Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
BA SCORE
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104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, California, 93446-3993
United States
phone: (805) 238-2556

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great vibe, great beer I can not say enough nice things about this place cheers

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What I said on Yelp:

This was the first brewery I've been to at which every single beer was good if not spectacular. There always seems to be at least one beer here or there, if not many, that just don't do it for me---even at my favorite breweries. But FW really is on to something.

I came in with my cousins and wife, one who enjoys beer but is not a fiend like me, the other who was looking to get wasted, and my wife who was most likely hoping to see cider on the menu. I can't say they were as impressed as I was, but they all found several beers to enjoy. And yeah, we tried every beer they had.

Of course, I threw down a two ouncer of the Sucaba and the Parabola first, squeezing them in before I took a guided tour. Both beers are highly sought among beer geeks and have high ratings on BA, so I couldn't contain myself. I was highly impressed by the smoothness and balance, even if the alcohol content in both was more apparent than I would've expected. I am chalking that up to the freshness of these beers that most people cellar, so I no complaints.

After the tour, which showed their blind tasting area, brewing components, and the kegging and canning process, I returned to the room ready to run through their menu. Thankfully, the small pour option (2 or 4 ounces, I forget) allowed our crew to find what we loved. I was unfortunately pressured to drink up quickly so I didn't take notes or really get the chance to savor and assess each beer the way I'd like to, but I can say with assurance that I could regularly drink FW's DBA, their Union Jack, the Wookey Jack, the Double Jack, the Unfiltered DBA (better than the regular!), the Double DBA, the Parabola and the Sucaba. I'd be in here everyday if I lived in the area. But the real treat was the Parabajava, the breweries coffee-laden version of the Parabola. Not only was this a great beer, but also a treat for being available only at the taproom.

Finally, you can pick up some of their brews, as well as snifters and mini-snifters and other swag in the taproom, much of this stuff being a real catch. I had to splurge on some bottles to take home to New Mexico and spent above $60 for three bottles. Well worth it though.

Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have been to this place several times over the last few months. Anyone who likes craft beer should definately stop by. They do a four beer taster for only five bucks, well worth it in my opinion. Each beer in the taster is about 8oz. To top that off you get to keep the pint glass. The place looks like any old bar but through a door is the brewery. If you are therre on a saturday than you can take a brewery tour for free. I did the tour and it is one of the best that I have been on. They also have some of their harder to find beers ot tap. I have tried Double Jack, Black Xantus, Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale and many others. So if you want to stop and check out an award winning brewery and sample some of their beer stop here.

Photo of bargerking
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Being that I live in Paso and I like to drink good beer I have been here a time or two. Atmosphere is very welcoming. The frequents are very nice and have no problem sparking conversation with you.
Service is great but best on the weekends when miguel is there. He is a major figure for the company and its great to see someone like that pour a beer for you. Its nice to see Matt (head brewmaster) sweep through the room every once and awhile too.
Selection is good. However, my only peeve about this part is that I wished they had their specials more available on tap. My favorites from FW are they Parabola, Abacus, Velvet Merkin, Saucerful of Secrets, and the Oaktoberfest. These are always in small limted offerings and I hope this would change some day...
I dont expect to eat when I go into a taproom. I think it throws focus off. Pretzels and mustard is just fine for me. I understand parings are a very big thing in the industry but it shouldnt be done inside a brewery taproom...

Overall value is reasonable considering the beers you drink are the freshest you can get. This is a great place to experience the passion for the pale....

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice place. My only negatives that the great beers that Firestone Walker puts out is not on tap at the "mother brewery". As I was driving in from Monterey, I took a detour to sample something I never tried before, I was a bit disappointed. I had an 8 oz pour of Parabola. it is a good beer but at my regular spot, I get the same beer in a 10.5 oz pour at a better price and an overall better selection of their unique beers. All in all, a cool place to visit. A good spot to buy a tee shirt but, check the section if you are planning to stop in just for a beer.

Photo of adsomers
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Pit stop on my way from LA to SF. I make the drive often and FW will be a growler-fill stop as often as possible.

$2.50 10oz. pours of the house stuff is a great deal IMO. Growler re-fills are $15 or $20 depending on what you get--reasonable.

I tried the Velvet Merkin (Oak aged doubled-up version of Velvet Merlin [?]). Very good. I wish it was a little less expensive ($6 for 11oz. pour) but I'm not gonna second guess the economics of selling one-off beers on site.

Really wish they had at least SOME food besides bags of rold-gold pretzels.

Photo of RogueOz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Firestone does a great job overall.The private tasting area available is separate to the main restaurant, although you can also sit at the bar in the main facility and do flights. Parking here can be a mess, especially in inclement weather, parking on the curb-less road and limited stalls on premises. The bottle sales area is much larger, which also seem to be the brewery tour gathering area, so it can be occasionally very crowded. This is the main brewing facility so the vibe here is much different to the Buelton facility, which is more storage than production. The menu is identical, and tap-list similar to Buelton. I attended a Feral release in Buelton that also coincided with the 14 Parabola release. They offered 4yr flights in this facility but not at Buelton on the day of the release. I'm not sure if this is always the case for such releases. I stop by here when I can. Price for food is a little more than most places but the food is of quality and freshness. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Photo of blindtiger24
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The taproom offers standard, delicious bar food as well as some interesting and creative entrees depending on your mood. Beer selection is pretty good, although if you want the speciality, barrel aged beers (parabola, abacus, etc.) you need to go across the street to the tasting room. Don't fret too much, you can still get classics like Double Jack and Wookey Jack in the taproom.

Service was very friendly and attentive. Staff gave great recommendations both for the taproom and the Paso Robles area, including other restaurants and wineries.

Atmosphere is the biggest drawback. There's a cool bottling line going through the bar area, but aside from that it's no different than a standard sports bar or restaurant interior.

Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

We ate at the restaurant taproom, which is a full pub/restaurant with bar.

The place itself is nice, having a bit of a pseudo-industrial-chic character that works well. It is fairly cavernous but decorated interestingly and enjoyable when busy. The lighting is good and nicely accents the bottles moving along the conveyor belts, as above the bar.

Beer quality is outstanding, especially the Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale.

Service is good, effective and pleasant.

Selection is very good, but Firestone Walker does keep to a rather small range of beers, which is ok because the quality is usually very high. It is nice that they have some good special beers in addition to the bottled range, and have the UDBA as a standard beer.

Food was great. Steaks, vegetables, kids' menus, all being very good and quite a bit above the usual brew pub standard. with good choices to be paired with the beers.

Photo of dutesanch
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great service from attractive waitresses. Only flaw was that most of the beers served were ones you can buy at any grocery store. Enjoyed the multiple rounds of 5oz taster pours anyway. Food is excellent.

Photo of microbrew52
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went to Paso for the wine but I had to stop by this brewery. The atmosphere is nothing special although the back room were the brewery operates is cool to see. The people behind the bar were very knowledgeable and didn't mind chatting it up with the patrons. The beer is great here which is what its all about. They had one special beer on cask that was over 11%! She did warn me before enjoying too much. You also gotta love those little paddles they use for serving the snifters. All in all, a place to go visit if you are also into trying the local wineries.

Photo of KMDouds
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally got to the Taproom on New Year's Eve 2013/2014- having passed by it on the 101 the last several years, it was this Beer Lover's near perfect lunch experience. In addition to the variety of Firestone Walker Brews available commercially, the Taproom made available a few non-distributed offerings including a recently awarded IPA- my personal favorite style.

Because my family and I travel from Long Beach to Monterey, CA at least once a year- we now have another compelling destination to break up the drive! Next time we'll hopefully set aside a few extra minutes to take the Brewery tour next door. This is a spectacular Company with a special trajectory- Bravo!

Photo of OStrungT
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We decided to stop here for a growler on our way to Avila Beach. We didnt know the hours, so we got there an hour early. The woman working saw us waiting, and let us in early. That was very cool.

The outside looks incerdible. It is a very nice looking building. There were some hop vines growing by the door. Some barrels in by the road with Firestone Walker displayed on them. the inside looks good too. When you enter, the bar is dead ahead with some merch to the right. To the lest is a small room with some tables. A TV playing sports is on the wall. The door by the bar leading to the restrooms is right next to the bottling line. I didnt see anything going on, buy my wife did the last time she was there, and she said it was great.

The woman working was very cool. She knew her beer, and was fun to talk to. She gave out some free samples, and we bought some half pints of Double DBA. Good stuff. I still appreciate the fact that she let us in a half hour early. Also, I guess there was an event the night before, and they had some left over cheeze, so she let us pair some with the beers. That was very cool.

The beer selection was good. They had all their regular beers, along with Double Jack and Double DBA.

The specialty growlers were a bit pricy at $30 eac, but the beers are good. Also the halfr pint of Double DBA was $5.25. A bit much for 8 OZ I think, but the regular beers were decently priced at $2.50 a half pint, $5 a pint.

There is no food here. Thry do sell small bags of pretzles for 50 cents, and they have cheeze for sale.

Overall: Good place. i will probably stop by here every time I head to the coast. A growler on the beach is always great.

Photo of JBogan
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the brewery/taproom on a weekday just after they opened which is noon. Besides myself there were only three other guests sitting at the stools, and a young guy tending the bar. They also have a room adjacent to the small bar with about a dozen tables.

Service was quick and friendly, and the bartender was very knowledgeable about their beers. The room the bar is in also doubles as a gift shop. Plenty of clothing and glassware with the Firestone logo available for purchase. Also available are jars of their DBA mustard, which I must say is probably the best mustard I've ever had. I had some on one of their large soft pretzels (served hot) and it was a perfect snack to enjoy with the various beers I tried.

Speaking of the beers, next to the bar is a chalkboard which lists what is on tap at the moment. Besides their "regular offerings which are easily found in stores, they also had about a half dozen other beers Firestone makes which I have never seen available elsewhere. Very nice!

There's a small door down a small hallway to the right of the bar which leads into the brewery itself. That's where the bathrooms are located, so when nature calls you get a quick and up close mini-tour of the brewery in action.

I've heard it can get very busy in there, but when I went it was nice and peaceful and quite enjoyable. If you like beer (and if you're reading this you probably do) and happen to be anywhere near Paso Robles this is a must stop.

Photo of VegasBill
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As I was going right by and as they have beers on tap that are not available elsewhere I had to stop. Atmosphere, well its hard
to describe, big with a nice bar. For beer I had the Pale 31, it was excellent and the Wookey Jack, a Gold Medal winner but not my style of beer, my fault for ordering it.
I did eat here and had the BBQ Smoked Brisket sandwich, again excellent.
The bar was not busy so service was good and I was even given some suggestions of places to go in SLO.
I wish this was closer for me as I would go out of my way to stop but its just to far away.

Photo of KristineT
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

We always love to stop in to Firestone Walker when visiting Paso Robles. As my husband says, you need an IPA after a day of wine tasting. We usually sit in the bar area of the new restaurant. But we have visited the tap room prior to the restaurant being built.

The decor is brewery chic with an industrial feel. Service is usually good. I live the sample size pours available and are served in petite snifters. Functional and classy. The value I listed as a bit pricey for the food, the quality is worth it. The beers are very affordable.

Put this place on your must stop list when traveling on Hwy 101 in central Ca.

Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Great beer and great prices on beer. Good food, expect to pay $12-$25 per person for food. I'd go back if i was ever in the area, but its not near much. Union Jack and their dark beers are outstanding.

Photo of Dfaudoa
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Great vibe and quality of beers.

Photo of tprinzing
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries. For my birthday my family took me to the brewery for a tour and lunch. We all had a great time. I had Stickee Monkey, Anniversary 18, Double DBA, and Aggrestic. I took growlers home of Wookey Jack and Double Jack. I felt like the food was pretty good, but the beer is definitely the best part. It was a really fun day.

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on Cinco de Mayo in the evening. It is an impressive restaurant/brewpub as you walk in the door. Lots of brushed stainless steel and wood. I sat at the U shaped bar that was half full. Took about a minute for me to get a menu and some attention. The bartenders seemed preoccupied. This became worse as the night went on since the place closes at 9 pm. But they were nice.

The quality of the beers is excellent with a pretty good selection. I would expect more on tap given the number of beers this place produces, however it is still much better than most places. I had a 9 oz Parabola first. Naturally it was terrific on tap. Then I had Pale 31, Taproom Brown, Hammersmith IPA, and lastly Pivo Pils. The only one I would skip is the Taproom Brown.

Between the store and the brewpub left with a bottle of 2012 Parabola, 3 bottles of 2014 Sucaba, 2 bottles of Velvet Merlin, 1 bottle of the 16th Anniversary, and 1 bottle of the 14th Anniversary. They have an impressive walk in cooler adjacent to the store for your purchasing pleasure. My wallett was much lighter after this visit! However worth it given that I live in Florida.

The food was good but nothing to rave about. If you are in the Central California coast area then I would recommend visiting.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Got here late about an hour before close. Place had a pristine modern feel... a cleanliness to it I generally don't like in brew pubs but for some reason seemed to work here. The selection was OK, but not on a level I had hoped for as far as out of season stuff. There were a few rarities, but nothing earth shattering that I had hoped for from a great brewery. Service was good. Will probably go here again but for the most part it would have been from the prestige of the beer alone anyway.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a cool place but has a very corporate feel to it. It is absolutely huge and I can't imagine too many times where there would be a long wait for a table. The place is very clean and modern.

The beer selection was a tad disappointing. There was a list of brewpub only beers, but none were all that interesting. The disappointing part was the lack of any of the special release beers on tap. I was told that I just missed a Parabola vintage release, which only made it worse.

On the positive, the service was EXCELLENT. And they sell bottles of the most recent release of Parabola, Double DBA, and Sucaba for on-premises consumption or to go for basically retail price ($17) and they also had the most recent anniversary beer for sale fro $24, which is also retail.

The food was good but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After an afternoon of wine tasting in Paso Robles with my wife, I insisted to make a trek down the street to Firestone Walker (as we were staying in the Paso Robles Inn just a few blocks away) as I had my fill of the local wine, and needed some great beer.

The tasting/tap room is fairly small, but clean and organized. The beers are listed to the right of the bar, close to all the swag for sale.

We shared a flight that come in these FW snifter glasses in a custom wooden paddle. Ended up buying 4 for those to take home for tastings, but sadly the paddle is not for sale, so I've been on the lookout to have one made ever since.

At the time, they had Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale on draft, Velvet Merkin/Merlin, Black Xantus, Union Jack, and the Robust porter.

Service was good as the place closed about an hour in a half after we got there, and was somewhat slow, and we sat at the bar. Didn't get a chance to try any food, perhaps next time. If your in Paso or a nearby area, (as there are very few options in the area ) it's worth a visit, but also its Firestone Walker, and at least 1 visit is in order.

Photo of poluti
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in a couple months ago on business and made some notes of the place while I enjoyed a couple pints. It's a great stop in the middle of Paso Robles wine country. The red, white, and blue painted wood keg was fantastic as I walked in the door. It was filled with pretzels. There isn't any food, however the place is fairly big for a tap room. I found the sole bartender to be very nice and courteous. A nice selection of their beers are on tap for $3.50 a 16oz pint and $5.00 for a mug. It was a pretty relaxed taproom with a group of old locals at a table enjoying a pint and a few women chatting with the bartender at the bar. Everyone seemed to know each other. I enjoyed staring up at the World Beer Cup plaques and unwinding amidst the wooden ambiance. It is extremely clean. The IPA I had there was delicious and I will definitely stop by again if I'm in the area. I saw a sign for some Friday events, unfortunately I was there on a Thursday. I would call the brewery ahead of time if I was there on an extended trip. It is a must stop location if you're in the area, and enjoy FW brews.

Photo of mverity
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The place looks great; however, it' feels more like a restaurant with the beer as an after thought. The beer was excellent as I'm accustomed to from FW. Our server was okay, but not too knowledgable. Good variety of beer styles, and the wine list looked good as well. The food was crazy overpriced and not very good. I'd only go back to scoop up some take home beers or to grab a pint.

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
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