Phantom Ales, Cider, & Cellar
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 9
Beer Avg: 3.14
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.26/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Wandering around Anaheim, I jumped on Yelp.com and discovered Phantom Ales, Cider & Cellar. I was delighted to poke my nose into this 3-fold business: microbrewery, winery tasting room, and home brewing supplies store. They had been open two months to the weekend when we popped by and I’m looking forward to visiting again.
Another hidden brewery in the mass of commercial business parks in Anaheim, Phantom Ales’ grapevines and feather signs help draw attention to their location. Just off the 91 and 57 freeways, Phantom Ales is close to downtown Fullerton, various other microbreweries, and CSU Fullerton (they even offer student specials).
Best of all, they have their own Beer Hop bus to help shuttle you around!
Comfort & Décor
It’s a bit confusing, because upon entering you’re in a home-brewing supplies shop. The store is kind of a foyer to the brewery/wine bar. I think perhaps they are going for a little bit of a speakeasy feel: darker color schemes with solid/large wooden tables and chairs, seating below a staircase, and a seemingly makeshift bar. Think speakeasy meets wine cellar. The tasting room is completely separate from the brewing area, however they do offer tours of their back brewing facility. It is a very small and intimate venue with seating for maybe 40 people.
We were there briefly, but we had enough time to do a quick sampler. I thought their Dunkelweizen was delicious – very well balanced and not too sweet- and even Rick (my IPA lover) liked it. The other memorable taster was their Perry Cider. Initially quite tart and mellowing on the back, the distinct pear flavor was sweet and would have paired excellently with some nutty cheeses. The rest of their beers stuck to their English style brewing with toasted malts and medium bodies.
There were three employees there when we stopped in, two behind the bar and one in the kitchen. I felt like they were still trying to find their stride.
They recently rebranded from Forty Vines Winery & Brewery, but the new Phantom Ales has a delightfully spooky logo with red beady eyes. The specter idea ties well into the dark motif of the tasting room. Their best marketing investment thus far has been the Brew Hop Bus.
The Phantom Brew Hop Bus is a free shuttle service that runs between the local breweries. We just so happened to be there the first day that they got the bus. How can you not love a short bus with a beer tap handle for a shifter, colored tube lighting, and schedule built around breweries?! They are still working out the kinks, but the Brew hop Bus runs Friday – Sunday and stops at some of my favorite local breweries: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Bottle Logic, The Bruery, and Noble Ale Works.
Second best would be their storefront. While I think it detracts aesthetically from the tasting room, it brings in a different class of clientele – these are people that not just love beer, they love to make it. Meaning that a lot of Phantom’s customers will hold the their brews to a higher standard.
Many of the other clientele will be college students, so weekly specials are a smart way to keep those Titans happy. Phantom’s weekly beer specials include:
Back to School Wednesdays – $2 off Any Pint with Valid College I.D.
Taster Thursdays – $9 Flights
Phantom Fridays – $3 off 1st Pint if wearing Phantom apparel.
Minor marketing mishap: I noticed that their coasters had their address misspelled, but that just one of the many kinks that’ll work their way out as they are open longer. I am curious to see where they are brand-wise in six months.
Food & Other Beverages
Have someone with you that is not much of a beer drinker? Phantom Ales also carries their various wine varietals for the gentler pallet. For food, their menu is small and reminiscent of a gastropub. We didn’t eat while there, but their cheesesteak looked amazing and I saw at least three people order it.
I feel like this would be a perfect first date location. Intimate venue with unique options in beers, ciders, and wine and gastropub fare – sure to impress your date! Also, it’s off the beaten path location puts you in the light of being “in the know.” In the mean time, I’m going to hold back my full recommendation until I go back again. I want to see what they are like after being open a little longer.
04-17-2014 05:56:17 | More by SoCalBreweryReviews
3.45/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went in after work after seeing all the street signs. When I walked in I was the only one there, nice place, a lot of wine making ingredients etc that you can buy. I ordered two tasters that were good but once I bought a pint it didn't taste anything like the taster, they have potential but kinda reminded me of Anaheim brewery ...all beers taste like watered down bud light .
03-22-2014 03:13:04 | More by Jeremyleeb
Phantom Ales, Cider, & Cellar in Anaheim, CA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.