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Brewbakers Brewing

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Brewbakers BrewingBrewbakers Brewing
BEER AVG
2.99/5
Based on:
9 Beers
24 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

219 E Main St
Visalia, California, 93277
United States
phone: (559) 627-2739

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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 13
Photo of Double07Inc
5/5  rDev +33%

This place has great fish and chips- garlic fries. They have a great selection of freshly brewed beers and home made sodas. Great place for the family to have an enjoyable meal.

Photo of TheSubDude21
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Nice atmosphere to have a beer. Staff are knowledgeable and food is good!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

We stopped here on our honeymoon-mainly because we stopped for the night in this town and wanted to go eat dinner.

They make their own beers and sodas. My husband and I were not impressed by any of their beers so we ordered their homemade sodas.-which were really good. Service was slow0but they were pretty busy. The food was decent and once again my husband had no trouble getting a rare burger. That pretty much sums it up. This is a skippable brewpub in California.

Photo of The_Feebler_Elf
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Brewbaker's has been a go-to place of mine for years (10+). The beer was always good, if not excellent at times, the food was pretty typical for a brewpub: fried and tasty - but not excellent, and the service has always been good. It's always had a nice, mellow atmosphere, and I wouldn't hesitate to take my kids there.

However...

As I understand it, it is under new management. I'm not sure when the business was sold, but it seems to be going downhill lately. The food is the same as always, but the beer seems to be just a little more one-dimensional these days, and on our past few visits, the staff has lacked the friendliness that some of the old staff used to have.

Photo of AcE311
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Great place to bring someone from out of town. Not a whole lot of selection and they usually change up their beer menu a bit but its a wonderful atmosphere great people very friendly staff and amazing nachos. Being the only brewing in town its the only place to get a fresh beer. Theres plenty of other bars around it that have a way bigger selction but your not going to have nearly as much fun than here. If your in the Central Valley for any reason and happen to be passing through our little town of Visalia definitely check this place out.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Back in the day, my cross country team in college would stop in Visalia for lunch before heading towards Kingd Canyon for a week of high altitude training. We passed by downtown each time, and I always wondered what it offered. Well, among other things, there's a brewery downtown. As I way heading back from Fresno, I took the detour towards Brewbakers Brewing.

The vibe, despite the TV's (one at each end of the bar), felt early 20th century. High wooden ceilings, old brick wall, "stained-glass" lamps, and old memorabilia fill the interior. The brewing equiptment sits behind the L-shaped bar. A flight of stairs leads towards the second floor full of "extra" diners. A good crowd sitting at the bar added extra texture to the scene.

The beer menu hangs over the bar. Eight options were available during my visit; blonde ale, IPA, doppelbock, Double IPA, red ale, stout, raspberry wheat, and apple beer. By the beer styles are the alcohol contents for each beer, which I found helpful cuz I would have ordered that 7.2% stout after my already strong 8.5% doppelbock. Speaking of the D-bock, it was solid, as was the apple beer. Shaker pints, liter mugs, and pitchers are available, as well as growlers to go. Beers are served very cold, so get your hands ready to warm the glass.

Service was fine. The bartender was there when I needed a beer or had a question. Food is served too, much of it looked typical brewpub grub. One aspect that surpised me were the prices. Maybe I should have expected it because I was in Visalia and not Orange County; $4 for a pint of doppelbock, $2.75 for the apple beer. That qualifies as "inexpensive" to me.

If you're heading towards Kings Canyon yourself, maybe stop by Brewbakers for a couple rounds beforehand. As for me, I had a decent experience, but my destination was southward.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.83/5  rDev -51.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

Located right downtown. Atmosphere is standard brewpub, lots of tanks, wood seats, bar, television or two. Crowd is not beer geeks.

Quality was lacking, did a flight of their beer. Tried to go the night before, called ahead, they said they would put our name on the list, nonetheless, a story about 13 people changing from outside to inside magically transformed our 7pm quoted time to 8-8:30. Of course, when we said we'd just take the outdoor table the party had left from, they said it was no longer available. I dunno if they instruct the hosts to lie, but obviously this did not pass the smell test.

The beer, was all below average to bad. IPA was decent. Octoberfest was appalling, might as well have been BMC. You order a flight, half of it is soda or soda flavored fruit beers. No porter, no stout, no esb.

And then of course not opening until almost noon on a Saturday. . . ever heard of college football starting at 9am PDT?

I can't recommend you stop at this brewery if you like quality beer. Or actually, go ahead, just drink only the ipa. Or maybe the porter, but they didn't have that available, but they had tons of soda and fruit beer malternative tasting stuff!

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on 23 Apr 2008 on a road trip from California to Texas.

Mid afternoon on a random Wednesday but the bar was still reasonably populated. Seemed like mostly locals, maybe a homebrew club? Three parties of 2-3 people each (including ours) were waiting to be seated but no staff seemed to notice or care, so took a while to get seating although there was plenty of space available.

Did not order food, but menu was typical pub fare, nothing stood out. Ordered the sampler of all six beers they had at the time plus three sodas that they make there.

Did not take extensive enough notes for a full review but here are the impressions (note several of these beers not currently listed in the database):

Honey Wheat was hazy golden orange color, fairly sweet, medium body.
Blonde was clear golden, very crisp, light in body and flavor.
Apple was like a tart macintosh (not entirely clear if this was a cider or an apple beer).
Raspberry Apple was qhite pucker and sour, heavier on the apple than the raspberry (again not sure if cider or beer).
Sequoia Red was dark reddish brown, quite dry and roasty.
Sherman Stout was very dark brown, fairly dry, lots of roasty espresso flavors.

Sodas:

Root Beer, had a lot of good light spice flavors, best of the three.
Orange Cream was like a watery diet orange soda, not too good.
Grape was like a grape jolly rancher but not as tart.

Overall service was decent (besides the initial wait for no real reason). Have to agree with previous comments that if there was any competition they would either impove or go under.

They don't bottle but do offer growlers.

Photo of OStrungT
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This place is located in downtown Visalia. Parking can be tight. It is very small. Inside, there are a couple tables, and a bar running about half the building. At the end of the bar, there is a stairway leading to some second floor seating. Also on the second floor is an outside area where you can smoke. The place is tiny. I would say there are about 20 tables inside, and 10 outside. They are small tables though.

All the brewing eguipment is behind the bar but elevated. Not exactly the second floor, but you need to use a ladder to get to the equipment. I doubt it would be too enjoyable brewing in such a tight space.

The service is good. The wait is never too long, and the staff is friendly. One waiter drew me a map to what he said was the best liquor store in town, Franks Wine Shoppe.

The beer selection is a little lacking. They usually have about 4 house beers on tap. A decent variety, but still not much to choose from. An IPA, wheat, pale and a porter usually, but it varries. They also sometimes have one or two guest beers. Also, they make soda, so my kids are happy.

The food selection is the usual brewpub fare. Burgers, sandwiches, and a few pasta items, and salads. Not much to choose from, but everything I have had has been good.

Although I can not recall off the top of my head how much a pint costs, I do know that it is not overpriced. I have left very satisfied with the price.

Overall: I live in Lemoore. I moved from San Diego. I may have my standards set too high, but this place would not last in San Diego. I am glad that I have at least a few options within an hour drive. I would, and will go back often.

Photo of GoreStorm
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A - this place is pretty rad, you've got the brewtanks in full view and awesome brick walls and a really nice long bar with booths opposite. there's an upstairs area that also has a smoking balcony. a really nice place to hang out.

Q - the beers here are okay, often i've had them and they've left something to be desired, i've never had a "good" beer or anything exceptional here.

S - the service here is pretty good, the waitstaff are always fast and friendly. the people clearly like their job, i've seen the waiters and bartenders clock out, take off their work clothes and sit down and have pints with the guests until closing.

S - about 8 beers on tap, a few constants and the rest are in rotation, you have your general styles, every once in a while they'll have like a raspberry or apple beer. they also serve 2-3 hand crafted sodas, which in my opinion are better than their beer. the orange cream soda is a knock out.

F - it's allright, i usually have the reuben sandwich and garlic fries, i believe they do a bit of everything from fish to mini pizzas and steaks and so on.

$- it's an okay value you can go and have some dinner and beers and take a growler home and you won't be set back too badly.

Photo of Zoh
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In downtown Visalia, California on a quaint main street. The storefront is quite small and I happened to notice it driving by. Interior feels small as well; the left wall is lined with copper fermenters and the bar with booths along the right wall. There is an upstairs dining area with an outdoor area that is available most of the year. The service is average but the food is very good with a large selection of appetizers, burgers, pasta, and other dinner fare.

The beer is also excellent with at least four regulars and four rotating specials. I have had an IPA, pale ale, Irish red, doppelbock, apple cider, and several others here. It became a favorite hangout for a group of us stationed at NAS Lemoore, despite it being forty minutes away. There is also live music Thursday through Sunday. Overall, an excellent place to visit if you are in the Fresno area.

Photo of BradBLR
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is located in downtown Visalia on Main St. It is very small, when you walk in you know you are in a brewery. The east wall is lined with tanks, floor to ceiling. The place feels like a good place for a having a couple of brews. The beers were very good, I had the IPA and it set the standard high. They had about 8 beers on tap in just about any style you wanted. The had what was on tap listed on a chalk board, so I am not sure if anything is brewed regularly.

My only complaint was that the service was not very good. Everyone was nice, but you had to wait for a while to get your food or a refill on your beer. Unlike some local brew pubs, the food here was very good. My wife and I were both very pleased with what we had and looked forward to going back. The price of everything was very resonable and the had tasters for 75 cents a piece.

Definatly worth a try if you are in the Visalias area.

Photo of VegasBill
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

BrewBakers is located in downtown Visalia, and 10 minutes from Ca. 99. The Micro is small inside with the tanks right above the bar. The brewer at BrewBakers brews some very unusual beers. Examples are marzen,dunkelweizen and wit, I should say unusual for a small town(no offense meant) micro. My favorite was a recent Double Buzz Stout. Maybe you have figured out that there is no standard beer list with a few seasonals, the selection is always changing. They also make sodas which are very tasty. I have tried Root Beer,Cream Soda and Green Apple.

The customers are mostly local and are very friendly. the food is standard pub fare, only good quality but always consistent. My favorite is the cheeseburger, I know boring but its good.

Because it is small it can get crowded at times but the customers are so friendly for me it is not a problem.

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Brewbakers Brewing in Visalia, CA
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