1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
51 Beers
908 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.14%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

45 Industrial Way
Buellton, California, 93427
United States
phone: (805) 694-2252

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Food available for purchase at adjoining restaurant.

(Place added by: t0rin0 on 01-15-2011)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DocJitsu:
Photo of DocJitsu
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's located in an unassuming, non-touristy area of Buellton. This place has undergone an evolution of sorts, with more change expected in the near future. It's owned by a local person, which has it's advantages (e.g., in touch with the community) and disadvantages (e.g., less aggressive with investment for expansion). There have been recent additions of brewing equipment, which has made an already cramped space even moreso. When I first starting patronizing the brewpub (sometime around February 2011), there were never more than a handful of people there. With the beer's exploding popularity, it's nearly impossible to find a seat now on a weekend. The wait staff is always patient and attentive. However, there simply may be too few of them to handle the demand at times. The overall pleasant and patient personality of the wait staff parallels that of the manager, Dave, who is a British gentleman who has experience in the brew pub industry.

Fig. Mtn.'s mug club was a brilliant idea and has morphed into it's own fraternal sub-culture. There is certainly some envy of club
members without the conceit from members. There's plenty of
social involvement--even among members and non-members. While membership is exclusive, it is not necessarily the result of VIP, power, or wealth. It's more due to luck, being in the know, and perhaps being in the right place at the right time. The way it's been explained to me is that nearly immediately after the brew pub opened in Fall 2010, the waitlist for the mug club was pages deep.

Pints of anything Fig. Mtn. has are available. They have bombers to take with you and they also sell growlers at a reasonable price. But, the sampler flights are very popular. Particularly among non-mug club members and tourists. This gives you the unique opportunity to try all of Fig. Mtn.'s offerings for a very fair price.

Now, the brewer. AJ Stoll, a Santa Cruz Banana Slug and former dorm room homebrewer is a genius. He has created one of the most remarkable collections of artisan beers in America and, perhaps, the world. This is one of those rare occasions where a local business owner pairs up with a subject matter expert who likely far surpasses any expectations the owner had at the business's inception. Good for them and great for us, the consumers.

Lastly, I like that Fig. Mtn. is in an anonymous area of town, but I think a move to larger and, unfortunately, a likely more visible area is inevitable.

The Buellton rivalry (Fig. Mtn. v. Firestone-Walker) is on like Donkey Kong!

ADDENDUM: Figueroa Moutain has now added a beer garden to the east side of their building. All outdoors with some grass, fire pits, adirondack chairs, picnic tables, umbrellas for shade, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, and a stage for live music. This has immensely improved the atmosphere, hence my increase in the rating, in addition to the space issue that was becoming a problem. This has been an excellent addition.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LADaveBN
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Nbdreher
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of vtarider
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -1.5%

I can't stop in any town in America without paying a visit to a local brewery, and of those in Santa Barbara, this is the one I was most interested in checking out.

When I arrived with the family, the place was packed and a band was rocking out, making for a very loud establishment. No biggie, but surprising considering it was the afternoon.

As I usually do, I start with a flight for myself and find the sweetest beer available for my wife. My wife wasn't crazy about the wheat beer I chose for her, but I found plenty to like with the flight. Based on what I recall and a little help from the Untappd app, here's my impression of the beers I tried:

Lizard's Mouth- A Double IPA. I enjoyed this and found it very easy to put back. It was well-balanced and, surprisingly, wasn't the typical West Coast Hop Bomb. It was still very approachable. 4/5

Monkey's with Typewriters Rye- As the name suggests, this is a rye, and a decent one. My recollection is that I wasn't getting the rye spice that I wanted and that the hops were pretty subdued as well. Still, it was good enough. I gave it 3.5/5

Stearn's Irish Dry Stout- This isn't a style I don't see too much, but I did enjoy it. I recall a strong dark malt presence and hints of coffee with almost no sweetness. 4/5

Big Cone Black Ale- This was good and it required a second, full, pour. A moderately hoppy beer with dark malts that provided some hints of chocolate and toffee. 4/5

Davy Brown Ale- This was a run-of-the-mill brown ale. I enjoyed it, but didn't find anything unique about it. 3.5/5

Also, while up north in the town of Cambria, I had a pour of Fig Mountain's 3rd Anniversary Stout. The beer was very robust and complex in its flavors, with lots of oakiness, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and coffee notes (it's a stout and I believe it's aged in bourbon barrels, although I didn't detect a lot of bourbon notes, but I'd just had a Bourbon County before trying this). The beer was tasty and I'd certainly have enjoyed more, but when I was at the brewery they only had it in bottles and it was selling for $23. Whoa! Fig Mountain, I like your stuff, but there are a number of barrel-aged imperial stouts I like much more and some as cheap as $9 a bottle, so I couldn't justify this price. Anyway, the beer has sold well, so the locals are happy.

Finally, the service was friendly enough, so no complaints there. I don't recall seeing food, so beware coming hungry.

Photo of Dasmall2011
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JayPeso
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of raulazzer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Augzilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ferrari805
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CTaylorBrew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TheMarkE
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BryanCDM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dranklin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GeorgeH
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.