Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 779
Beer Avg: 3.78
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Figeroa Mountain Brewing Co, in Buelton on Industrial way, just off the 246. If your near Solvang, the Firestone Walker tasting room, and or Anderson's Pea Soup, then your a mile or two from this brewery.
I believe they have been open just over 1 year. Anyhow, visited back on Labor Day Weekend with family & friends. We actually just walked from our camp ground at Flying Flags RV park, since it was 1 mile flat away. Place is towards the end of the road, on the right, in a rather large industrial warehouse, so seems they have room to grow. The space inside is decorated in a sort of old west/shed sort of way, with wood, aluminum siding for roofing over the bar, and a display on the history of barbwire, the west, etc.
The food is actually catered from the next business over, so menus of what can be delivered are around the tasting room.
There are about a dozen plus tables in the space, and they could probably fit about 50 or so inside. We all enjoyed the taster flight, which included a decent range of beers, from a oatmeal stout, brown ale, red ale, DIPA, IPA, pale ale, and pilsner. Would have like to see a bit more variety, such as maybe a barley wine maybe, but all the beers offered are also bottled I believe, so seems there model is to match that. They have a Hefe, so maybe other Germans styles will be made in the future (Dopplebocks, Kolch, or others perhaps?)
Pints, growler fills, and bottles are also available. Service was great, quick, friendly & attentive.
I enjoyed most of their offerings. Not yet world class in my humble opinion, (though they have won some medals, FWIW) but good, & above average, and another small local craft brewery, welcome for the area. Also happy that my local bar, which is not 2 hours away from me as this place is, has recently started to carry fresh kegs of their beers from them too.
12-12-2011 22:15:35 | More by Retsinis
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I just visited on Saturday night over Memorial Day weekend. We arrived before 6 PM and the place was packed. Getting served was no trouble. The place seemed to be pretty well staffed. A few different employees took the time to chat with us during our visit.
They were out of their Hurricane Deck DIPA (draft). There were plenty of bottles so I grabbed one and walked it up to the bar for an opener. I was told no bottles could be opened / consumed on premises. :(
Oh well. We had to go back across US 101 and and drown our sorrows in Dbl Jack at Firestone instead.
BTW The desk clerk at the Marriott gave us a beer tasting map that has several local stops.
06-03-2013 01:43:43 | More by ALECOHOLIC
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.
08-18-2012 23:04:12 | More by DocJitsu
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.