Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
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4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-18-2012 23:04:12 | More by DocJitsu
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
Buellton location -- I believe they have a location in Santa Barbara, too.
I visited on a late Sunday afternoon in early August (in case there are seasonal effects).
I stopped in while in area primarily for wine tastings. It was a pretty standard bar area with excellent beers, friendly people and helpful and knowledgeable service. I bought a few bottles to bring home -- I would have happily bought much more but shipping home from California adds a lot of cost per bottle.
I did not try the food while we were there, although we eat at Gino's pizza which delivers there. The pizza was very good recovery food from a hard day of tasting.
I will definitely stop in again next time I am in the area.
09-14-2013 19:51:24 | More by ericj63
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.