El Toro Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 352
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20
2.83/5 rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $
This is a brewery/restaurant/sports bar. They have a lot of beer that they brew - and that may be the problem. Instead of doing a few great signature beers, they have a lot of average beers. I asked for a few samples and they gave me one sip free and all the other sips (and I mean a sip) for $2 each - that would have been ok for a sample pour, but it was less than a 1 oz shot. The burgers were average, but the garlic fries were great. The waiter was not knowledgeable about the beers and we had a couple of screaming kids in the booth behind us. It would have been nice to have a separate area for the bar and a staff that was versed in the beers that they serve.
01-25-2014 20:28:07 | More by JackDempsy
1.99/5 rDev -46.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1 | $$$
The beers are overpriced, considering you're drinking at the source(6 -8$ pint?). I've tried multiple selections and it's really hit or miss. I've had some that were good (Dark Raspberry Ale, raspberry wheat) and some that were absolutely disgusting (Moon Over El Toro). Their most popular brew, the Poppy Jasper (available on occasion at the local Safeway) is just ok..nothing to write home about.
The food is ok depending on what you order, but more often than not the orders are mixed up. The food is also completely overpriced (almost 13$ for a plain gardenburger, 9$ for meatless nachos that don't even have beans).
They have the most horrific customer service I've ever encountered. After the server made a massive screw up, I tried to talk to the owner who was unbelievably rude and nasty. I had never experienced anything like it.
10-27-2013 14:11:32 | More by Sarmartay
2.45/5 rDev -34.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75 | $$$
Seriously one of the worst Craft Breweries around. Half their beers taste yeasty and the other half are decent homebrew at best. Seriously I've brewed better beers than this place. As for the service...what service? The lady that was waiting on us huffed every time we asked for something. No joke, she was reading the paper at the bar and would get upset when we asked to try another beer. That was all before we realized everything was so below par we shouldn't be wasting our money on it. Oh well, you live and learn.
05-13-2013 16:00:21 | More by Topher78
3.39/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
El Toro... the brewer of one of the beers I love no one talks about, their IPA. In a large modern building, I was told it was a renovated police station. I did a flight of beers which in all honesty disappointed me a little: not that they were bad but I didn't think they were nearly on par with their fantastic IPA. I also expected to like their DIPA even more but that was not the case. In all, the beers were average to good and there was a barrel aged beer as well to try. Worth a stop if you're in the area but somewhat remote from other alternatives in the area.
03-15-2013 22:37:21 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
El Toro Brewing is really the only place for beer lovers in South County. They have over 20 different styles of beer as well as their own root beer and orange soda. I love their double IPA, Deuce. The Barleywine is also really good, they usually have more than one vintage on tap. The Ghost Chili Beer is so hot it is undrinkable, even with four people we couldn't finish the 4oz pour. I liked most of the food I have tried, though the kitchen closes early (9pm) if it is slow. The only real downside is that it is pretty expensive for Morgan Hill, with pints up to $8.
11-10-2011 01:48:14 | More by JeremyDrinksBeer
3.28/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The service really lets this place down. It is sloppy, slow and inattentive, though at least not unfriendly. Our server took about 15 minutes to even acknowledge us and seemed put out that we were not ready to order food when he finally did show up, despite the fact that nobody had bothered to give us a beer menu when we sat down so we had no idea what to start with drink-wise, which was the real point of the visit.
Despite the poor start, however, it turned out to be a decent visit. The fish tacos were good, the chili was good, and the clam chowder was, well, not terrible. The chicken wings were strange, but still good.
The beer menu is simply too complicated. The sampler trays are set up by a star system - regular, premium, and super premium - but the stars are distributed without any coherence across the menu. The menu is laid out strangely and there is a bewildering selection. For example, the offer a "Supper hoppy" version of their signature amber ale, but you have to choose among four hops which were used to dry-hop the normal beer. They also seem determined to fill every single possible beer niche, from the lightest Mexican lager to dense stouts. It's too damned much work to figure out the menu, which is never a good thing.
Once you wade through the irritating menu, however, the beer is good. The El Torro IPA, their basic ipa, is actually provocative and delicious, with an unusual malty musk.
11-06-2011 22:57:54 | More by Seanibus
3.6/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I really liked their beers, and their exception beer selection. Too bad the service sucked big time. The place was pretty much empty when I got there, so the lack of service quality was that much worse. When waitstaff treat you like they are doing you a favor serving you then they need to go find something else to do. The seem to be very attentive to the locals, but passers by pershaps you should not wast your time. The beer is also overpriced for a brewpub. $7.50 for a beer I can get that at the local hotel.
I started with a cask IPA, and 25 minutes later still did not have a beer. The barmaid did tell me that it would take time to settle but I already knew that, most folks will not even order a cask. Twently minutes to settle, and totally ignored in the meantime, give me a break. The barmaid obviously felt it was more important to play on her computer that attend to the very few customers sitting at the bar.
The cask IPA was exceptional, once I got it it was a bit much for early on a Saturday afternoon. I asked for a taste of one of their seasonal beers an LPA they called it. Nothing special, a bit too fizzy for my taste and it absolutely blew me away when I got charged for it. One sip, and I knew it was not something for me.
I was out for a day trip on the bike, I will give them one more time, they have some exceptional beers perhaps they can find some marginal waitstaff.
08-14-2011 04:31:20 | More by Stewartr
3.84/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Pretty nice bar brewpub from the outside and the inside which I later found out it was the towns old police station and before that was a bank. You could tell it was a bank cause it still had the bank vault off to the left when you walk in. It had a laid back chill vibe, typical of a small town bar but was not over crowded either.
The beers were pretty good and was glad to try three variations of the poppy Jasper which was dry hopped with with different hops. I was more impressed with their darker beers. I wondered why they haven't started a barrel aging program but the Brewer mentioned he didn't like Belgian and sour beer; damn that sucks.
Everyone was really friendly including the Brewer and was happy to answer the hundred question i asked him. The selection was actually better than I thought it would be and was rather impressed by some of their fruit beers too.
08-01-2011 15:15:56 | More by Gobzilla
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here on Sunday around noon for lunch and a couple of pints. It was my first time stopping, but definitely won't be my last.
The pub was relatively empty for the entire time that I was there (roughly 11:45am through 2:15pm), but that gave me a good chance to talk with the bartender, who also happened to be the owner and brewmaster. Geno was very talkative and candid, though a bit temperamental. I liked him though, and after he presented me with my discounted bill I liked him even more.
I only sampled the El Toro IPA and Deuce Imperial IPA - both of which were very good - but I wish I could've sampled several of the others. Geno had around twenty draft beers to choose from, including two vintages of his barleywine ('04 and '08), an imperial stout, several fruit ales, and three variations of Poppy Jasper. The line-up was impressive to say the least.
Both of the beers I ordered were served in pint glasses at a proper temperature. The sandwich I ordered was very tasty, as were the fries that came with it.
As for aesthetics, the brewpub was decorated with a lot of local and beer-related memorabilia. Everything was kept very clean, and the arrangement was relaxed yet orderly.
My only complaint about this place are the beer prices (the food prices were reasonable). Pints start at $4.50 and go all the way up to $8, with most of the beers falling in the $6 range. Six packs go for a whopping $13.99!
I make frequent trips between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, and Morgan Hill is right on the way. I'll definitely be stopping here again.
03-29-2010 04:04:10 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.3/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Very good and fresh selection of beer, including pub-only brews. Definitely pricey at $5.50 per pint though (gasp!). That's more expensive than buying a pint of El Toro in San Fran!
Food is okay, typical bar food with a few vegetarian options, but nothing extraordinary. Expect lots of cheese and bacon on the menu.
Service is a bit biased towards the locals...we stopped in on a recent road trip with our 3 kids and were treated like 2nd class customers. The host was cool but our waitress ditched us for long periods of time and other tables lapped us from a service point of view. She seemed a bit frustrated that we didn't immediately know what we wanted to order, but it was our first time looking at the menu!
Atmosphere is fairly dull, although it's a nice big open room.
01-05-2010 23:41:04 | More by rayjay
El Toro Brewing Co. in Morgan Hill, CA
87 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.