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Bootlegger's BreweryBootlegger's Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

130 S Highland Ave
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States

(714) 871-2337 | map

Tasting Room Hours
Sun - Thurs 11am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12pm

Added by BeerBaronAaron on 06-28-2008

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3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.75

For those of you who don't know this brewery used to be located in the warehouse district of Fullerton. That location was very small and only had a half dozen tables or so but the atmosphere was great. I believe that they still have that but it's not open as a tap room anymore because of their new location and pilot brewery in downtown Fullerton.

The new location I was very impressed with but there are some huge issues. The first is parking, if you try and park in the front of the brewery there are only 4 or 5 parking spots. They are also very small parking spots so it's tough. There is parking located around the area and on their website is a list of locations that you can park. The second big issue that I found was the staff and cashier set up. I went there on a Saturday afternoon and found this place packed; a great sign for this company. Unfortunately, the line for the bar was out the front door of the building. When I finally got up to the bar I realized it's because they only had 2 cashiers open with 1 beer runner. This is a big issue because it took us 40 minutes to get our beers. I had a growler that I was planning on filling up after drinking our beers but there was no way that I was going to wait another 40 minutes! There still isn't any food made by the brewery but there was a food truck (kind of a food truck) in the back. It had really good food but I didn't want to rate it in my review because it can change too easily. The truck that was there when I was there was a BBQ trailer. Another issue that we encountered was that there were several tables in the back to sit at, unfortunately, there were glasses over 1/3 of the table. In total there were probably about 50 glasses left on the table from the last couple of groups that had been there. No one came around in the hour that we were there to clear any of the tables. It's kind of disgusting sitting next to that may glasses with old beer in them from earlier in the day. The area smelled like spoiled beer because of it. They need to get more staff working at this location or else they will have issues with returning customers. The last issue (not really an issue just a warning) is regarding the tables in the back area. This is discussed below in more detail but the short of it is if you sit on a table near the ends, the table flips over.

Other than the parking and staffing issue, the new facility is really nice. They don't have a large brewery area in this location, it's listed as a "pilot facility" for them to test recipes. The beers that they make are very good and I have been impressed with several. The new location has a big open air area in the back with a bunch of tables, but be warned, they will flip over if you don't sit right in the center. They actually went so far as to draw lines on the seats with instructions to sit within the lines if you are alone. They need to get these tables bolted down because it's a potential hazard and it's an easy fix!

Overall I won't be back any time soon to have a drink. If anything, I'll go there and buy growlers because their beer is pretty good, but the service was horrendous. They need to get familiar with the new location and staff it properly, after that I may be back but until then I'll drink their beer at my house.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rwaynes
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Handsome_James
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A summer night feel with the beer selection and outdoor seating. Cornhole is always fun and there's a good pizza place next door that delivers over.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of fureousangel
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

They usually have a very good selection, super nice barbacks. The beer just lacks sometimes.

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Photo of ESEbrew
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of jwswigs
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of markgugs
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bsuedekum
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kingston213
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BreweryRun
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Catracho5
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in to score Knuckle Sandwich IIPA in bottles but it was already gone. Had a few beers and I do enjoy their Black Phoenix. The seating inside is limited, outside seating is more expansive, and there was only one person working the bar. There wasn't many people there but it was early Saturday. I think they need put a little bit more into the scenery, I've been to establishments that are aesthetically pleasing. But the beer, atmosphere, and service are great. It's worth a visit.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Did a flight although missed out on the vaunted Knuckle Sandwich. Beers were good but not great. Taproom was in a garage with plenty of room but it was early. No food available that I knew of, service was satisfactory. Probably would go back but only to try Knuckle Sandwich as competition is fierce in Cali.

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