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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

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%

Stopped in here on Wednesday about noon and there were about 5 people there. It is off 101, exit on the right. Pay attention to directions or you may give up on it. Just follow the road...The taproom itself is nice. Upon walking in the bar is ahead with some stools, wall seating to the right, small patio outside and the major seating is to the right upon entrance. You might want to to get up and go to the bar. if you sit down and wait for service...you wont get it and this is typical Firestone. They dont have to cater I suppose. You must go to bar to get a adrink otherwise you can forget being waited on much like the Buellton location. Beer was DB, Union Jack, Pale, Porter,and Opal that was overpriced(majorly) and a few more. It was pricier than the Buellton location. My chief complaint is this. You find alot of their limited production brews/rare and wanted beers down along San Diego and LA. Very rare you find the special brews at the Firestone locations. Maybe they forgot about us who come or came on routine basis. Who helped them build their empire.
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11/8/08-Visited here for the 12 release and service was exceptional. Still thik selection should be expanded to host more of their prized beers.

barleywinefiend, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%

First stop of our last day up along the Central Coast, walk in and see a bar with ten taps, mugs, shirts, and other accesories for sale to the right of it, then some tables, and an outdoor patio on the other side, can see the brewery through the windows and walk upstairs to look around too, the bathroom is actually in the brewery pretty much, crazy how much equipment they pack into a small place, I ordered a snifter of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Double Barrel Ale for six dollars, my girlfriend and her friend got a sampler with four beers including Hemp Ale, Hefeweizen, Unfiltered Double Barrel, and Union Jack, for six dollars and it came with a free souvenir pint glass, other beer choices were Double Jack, Pale 31, their porter, Nectar IPA, and standard Double Barrel, sat down and had a bag of Rold Gold pretzels with the Firestone mustard for fifty cents, walked around a little bit and were on our way, the guy working the bar was pretty rude and in a hurry when nobody else was ordering, asked him one another question and got a very short answer, cool place and especially for this area, as you know Matt brews some great stuff, too bad I missed Slo-Lambic by a few days, I will revisit here when I am in the area again for sure, cool atmosphere with a lot of tourists, they do tours Saturdays too, recommended

Floydster, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -6%

Really cool setup, you have the big ass restaurant and bar area on one side of the street, you have the smaller tap room & gift shop on the other.

Tap room has I dunno, around a dozen taps, some real cool gems like Helldorado (awesome) were available. Lots of polished metal around the area, some neat spots away from the bar w/ small tables to sit at. Tomme from Lost Abbey came and sat a few feet away from us. I recall Largadeer was in between. Gift shop prices were all over the place, some stuff was inexpensive (festival trucker hat $10) some was expensive (oxford companion to beer $50). Service at the taproom was better than it was across the street, despite having less help and a bigger crowd. Props to the taproom girls. Even the thicker ones have it going on if you follow.

On the other side of the street, eh, less people, more bartenders, slower service. Food was good, good burgers, good fish, good steak, good everything. Televisions around the bar. Huge vaulted metal shed type walls and ceilings.

While its not quite Sierra Nevada or Stone in terms of a beer mecca destination type of amazing acreage or lot its on, I'm telling ya, this place is close, and definitely the best option within hundreds of miles.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Visited by Wisemen Nick, Peter, Justin, and unwiseman Crappler. (Since been visited multiple times by Nick and Justin. Review has been updated along the way.)

Atmosphere: Appeared pretty dull when we first entered, but after a while, we realized that this place is pretty cozy. The area is very small with very little decor. Probably half a dozen wood tables fill a small side room which is where we sat. Most of the people there appeared to be regulars, and while there was no background music to be had, the air was filled with friendly conversation. Cozy.

Quality: Establishment was very dull and empty in terms of decor, however all of the beers served to us were delicious, and the food (though meager) was pretty damn good too. Wish the pub glasses and snifters were for sale - both were very cool/classy.

Service: Upon arrival, we asked if any tours were still running. Renae (sp?) said that tours weren't being offered that day, but then offered to give us a private tour for free. I thought we'd just get to take a peek at the equipment and get a brief explanation, but we got the whole enchilada! She took us up the staircase and into the brewing area, led us down onto the main floor and showed us the entire process. It was very, very cool! She also offered us free samples of Velvet Merkin and gave us some free snacks (cheese and bread/crackers) later on. Miguel (the bartender) was also very friendly. EDIT (06-13-09): Renae is definitely the friendliest person at Firestone. Not to say that the other employees aren't friendly as well, but... well... actually, the other employees aren't very friendly. If you get Renae, lucky you!

Selection: Wish they had more of their special beers available. We got a round of Unfiltered DBA and a round of Velvet Merkin, but everything else could be found around SLO. The list included: Union Jack, Pale 31, Walker's Reserve, DBA, Unfiltered DBA, Velvet Merkin, Honey Blonde, Hemp Ale, and IPA Nectar. EDIT (06/13/09): No growler fills of any of the seasonal/small batch brews (like Velvet Merkin, Lil' Opal, Abacus, Parabola, Oaktoberfest, etc.), which fucking blows. The only "special" brews available for growler-fills are Unfiltered DBA and Firestone Honey Blonde. Yay...

Food: Not any food to be had other than pretzel sticks and mustard. We were fortunate to get a little bread and cheese later on, but food is essentially non-existent. With that said, the Firestone Double Barrel mustard was very good. EDIT (06-13-09): They now charge for pretzels. Lame.

We paid $4 a pint. I don't think anything cost any more or less than that. Free samples to boot. EDIT (06-13-09): No longer the truth. I haven't seen any free samples since that first visit, and the new serving sizes are 10oz. nonic ($2.50) or 20oz. nonic ($5.00). If you ask, you can get a 25oz mug for $6.00.

ThreeWiseMen, Dec 15, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

AlexM, Wednesday at 08:06 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TheRealPour, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of VegasBill
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

VegasBill, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dwagner003, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Rumrunner
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

I stopped in here to have a quick pint and to check the place out while on a road trip from southern California to northern California. A very good spot for a quick refresher pint or to have some tasters. Not too many though if you are the one doing the driving.

Located at the brewery, the taproom bar is small. There is an adjacent room next to the bar area with some tables and chairs and a very small patio. The atmosphere is pretty plain. Marble like bar with a wooden facade around the tap area. Plenty of wood gives this place a rustic feel. The atmosphere does not have to be overwhelming. This is a tasting room and not a club. Overall it is comfortable and relaxing.

The service is fine. Just one bartender serving when I was there. She did an excellent job and has a great rapport with the locals. A very friendly bartender.

I did not have any food. I don't think they offer food here other than pretzels and snacks.

The selection is Firestone Walker beers. I recommend trying the unfiltered double barrel ale or the nectar IPA if you have not had them before. Beers are served in a selection of four tasters or by the pint. They also sell growlers. I noticed on the website they stated they have Friday Firkin nights. I don't remember seeing a hand pump while I was there so I don't know if they still do this or not.

This is a simple tasting room and a good place to stop if one needs a break from driving but does not want or need food to go along with their beer.

Rumrunner, Jul 07, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Bwagner1122, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
2.45/5  rDev -41.4%

I stopped here with a mixed group of beer drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts. It was my second visit at the brewery and I was eager to share the experience with others.

Skipped the food as the options didn’t excite. Picked up some swag in addition to a series of tasters and pints.

The waitstaff was off putting, something that I experienced and was dismayed to find out that others in my party had also felt. Its one thing if you are by yourself and you have a bad experience at a place you like, but it’s another thing when your friends also have that experience. Especially if it’s a special stop. I can’t place my finger on what it was exactly for me—perhaps the server’s inattentiveness, or the ignored requests, or even the automatic tip deduction from the bill. They keep busy, and I’m willing to overlook things in light of rush crowds but taken together it wasn’t an enjoyable visit—which is a real shame, since I’m such a huge fan of their beers and everyone I’ve ever met from FW at tastings, festivals and release parties from the top down have been nothing but friendly folks.

elNopalero, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

OStrungT, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Retsinis, Jun 16, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Offa, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

HoppySeb, Jul 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mecmd, Aug 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

davegray, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.68/5  rDev +12%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

drewone, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

MrDave, Jun 09, 2014
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