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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

81 Ratings
Ratings: 81
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%
Taps: 13
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @firestonewalker

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(Place added by: Todd)
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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.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 13, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

californiakulak, Dec 11, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

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....

bargerking, Jun 22, 2009
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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.

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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.

RogueOz, Oct 28, 2014
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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.