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El Toro Brewing Co.

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85
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 21.47%
Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 360
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

17605 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, California, 95037
United States
phone: (408) PUB-BREW

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Reviews by clickpush:
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

On a road trip to South Bay this was my first stop. After the Celebrator write-up I just had to see for myself. Showed up lunch time on a Monday, only a couple other tables were sat in this huge restaurant/brew pub. The woman who was hostessing seemed very cold, somehow started the experience off on the wrong foot, but then the server redeemed the whole place, offering suggestions, being knowledgeable about the beer, the food, everything else.... The Blue Burger was excellent, got it w/ a bowl of avocado soup which was very tasty, and then split two samplers with my buddy. Tried 8 different beers, yet there were over 20 El Toro beers to pick from. I was ecstatic to see their Batch 500 on draught, a barley wine they brewed in 1999. Still had plenty of body and I was disappointed (still am!) that they were out of growlers at the location. It was $8 for a 4-sample tray of their specialty beers, and I believe $5 for 4 samples of their mainstay brews. I tried their '99 BW, a winter warmer from '02 called Yo (they offered '02, '03, and '05 vintages), the porter (delicious!) and their Russian Imperial Stout, also delicious. I would love to head back here on a weekend and see what kind of atmosphere they can come up w/ then!

Cheers to El Toro, and thank you for offering more than the amber and pale ales at the pub, the dark beers were much loved and much appreciated.

clickpush, Jun 13, 2007
More User Reviews:
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1.84/5  rDev -50%

Xfse71, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of brywhite
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of QuakeAttack
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

After volunteering at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, we stopped by on a Saturday night for dinner and a few beers. In quaint downtown Morgan Hill, you walk into an open, high ceiling brew pub. While the bar was inviting, we sat down for dinner. I started with El Toro Yo (barleywine) while my wife had their Poppy (Amber) and her friend had the Wheat beer. We all liked the beer.

For dinner, I had fish and chips. My wife had a burger and her friend fish tacos. Once again, we all enjoyed the food which was good quality and tasty.

I left with a growler of their El Toro Cocoa (very chocolaty stout) and big smile. We will be back. Wish this place was in downtown Sunnyvale.

QuakeAttack, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of JackDempsy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

JackDempsy, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Sarmartay
1.99/5  rDev -45.9%

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.

Sarmartay, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Topher78
2.45/5  rDev -33.4%

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.

Topher78, May 13, 2013
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

JeremyDrinksBeer, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Seanibus, Nov 06, 2011
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El Toro Brewing Co. in Morgan Hill, CA
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.