Creekside Brewing Company

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Creekside Brewing CompanyCreekside Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1040 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
United States

(805) 542-9804

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 01-21-2009

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Reviews by californiakulak:
Photo of californiakulak
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I recently visited this place with my wife and we were both quite impressed. We sat on a little balcony overlooking a beautiful creek. Just inside is the huge fermenters, which I must say are beautiful as well. I had their pale ale and my wife had their wheat beer. The pale ale was great and the wheat beer was average. When we finished those beers we decided to share a stout, which we both liked. Their food selection was mostly sandwiches, but the ones that we ordered were exceptional. Overall our experience at this place was positive and we would recommend it to anyone in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gobzilla
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited several weeks ago. Seated on outdoor patio overlooking a flowing creek with sycamore and willow trees. Around 8 two-seater tables with a brick exterior and tile floors. Inside the main dining room is a glass enclosed brewing set-up with an open wood ceiling. Downstairs is a small bar/pub. Food was very good and well prepared/presented. The beer list included 6 house offerings plus a guest tap. Nice variety from Wit to Brown to APA, IPA, and Stout. Weekly special infusions are made such as a Stout with cocoa nibs and chipotle peppers. Good attentive service. Definite stop if in the area.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of EBurg052
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of VegasBill
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The setup here is an upstairs restaurant with a deck overlooking the creek and a small pub downstairs. Upstairs is the brewing area and I only took a quick look downstairs but I think there was more brewing equipment down there too. The weather had been rainy but the sun came out and it turned out to be a nice day and they were not busy so I sat on the deck. For beer I had the IPA , it was good but that is all. I felt so comfortable sitting on the deck I ordered a second beer, the Red Ale and a sandwich, the Live Oak Sandwich. The sandwich was superb way way above pub fare.
I was talking with some local people sitting a few tables away and the said the menu is small but every item is done to perfection. They also said that in the summer Creekside is packed and there can be a hour wait for a table.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Creekside over Labor Day weekend. I headed straight downstairs to the bar area, which is sort of a dungeon atmosphere in my opinion. A bit cramped and dingy and claustrophobic really. I was able to try the 5 Creekside beers on tap straight from the source. They came out pretty good but one of the beers seemed to have a slight infection to it. Service was good but I was down there with only one other person. Selection was good for what this place was about - 5 of their own beers on tap with a few guest taps and some bottled offerings. The price was right at $5 for 5 tasters of all their beers. Worth checking out if you don't expect too much from your visit.

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Photo of scottakacrash
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a couple times during business trips to the Central Coast. The upstairs restaurant is usually busy during the day and as the other reviewers mentioned, it sits alongside a nice creek and seems to get better reviews for the atmosphere than the service. It was deserted the night I was there and too cool to sit outside, so I went downstairs to the bar, which is much more of a Rathskellar than a typical California bar or brewpub. The crowd was friendly and a good mix of college students and people more...ahem..closer to my age. Sitting at the bar, I found the service from the bartender to be prompt, friendly and exactly what I expect for a casual pub meal. I had three different pints(all at the special Monday night $3 price). Their Belgian IPA and Double Dark Stout were both good, as was the hoppy Amber style "guest beer" whose name escapes me. I tried to look it up on the website later, but the most recent "guest beer on tap" listing was 6 months old. The Creekside Stout burger was also good, although at $13 bucks, I would expect it to be. While I wasn't in the mood for chatting about the beer, the two guys sitting next to me both ordered sampler trays and had lots of questions. The bartender seemed to be attentive and informative to them, despite their inability to figure out which one of the darkest brews was the Smokey Porter or the Double Dark Stout. It was like listening to a lesson in Beer 101, but the bartender kept the info rolling without skipping a beat. Thanks. I'll be back.

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Photo of colonelforbin
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Interesting spot, as far as writing a review for a place.

The location is outstanding. Right over the creek, and the outside tables are the place to be. Super nice on a sunny afternoon, which is when I was there.

Beer leaves a lot to be desired, unfortunately. Had their sour wheat and IPA (pints) along with tasters of the other 2 beers they had on tap. Nothing special, and nothing to go out of your way for. As I said, the location is great and a nice spot to get lunch or dinner, but there are better places to get beer in downtown SLO.

Service was OK, not great, but not too bad. If they stepped up the quality of their beers by just a little bit, they would be onto something with their location.

Worth checking out, but don't expect too much from the beer.

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Photo of sj660
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great brewpub atmosphere with the brewing vessels in the center of the restaurant. And "Creekside" isn't just a cute name. There is a small deck with several tables hovering over (literally) San Luis Obispo Creek. It's more or less impossible to avoid both tourists and college students in downtown SLO, so you have to pick your poison if you're a local (or eat away from downtown). I'm at the age where the former bug me less than the latter. Fortunately, at Creekside, the Poly crowd seems to segregate themselves to the bar downstairs and the out of towners sit up stairs with me and my wife and kid. (;

I am acquainted with one of the brewers and actually got to watch some of the production going on while I ate through the glass. Their brewing software was pulled up on a laptop near me. Interesting to watch. They know what they're doing.

My server was courteous, but disorganized. To me, a mostly empty restaurant shouldn't have lag issues--one element of my wife's order came a long time after another, but you needed the one for the other, so we kind of sat there. (Fortunately, we had beer!)

The beer selection is very good, far above average, but, perhaps they could have a few more beers on tap, and even more in bottles. Maybe they know what their customers want, maybe they're still in the trial-and-error phase. If the latter, I would suggest trying to make the place the beer aficionado's equivalent of a place that would get a Wine Spectator selection award. There are a dozen restaurants in town that have dozens and dozens of wines (it is wine country here after all).

Now, here's the thing. The food is f(&%# amazing. It comes off on the menu as a sort of limited choice routine pub food kind of menu, but !wow!. You have to have good food in SLO to survive, because there are tons of great restaurants. People will go somewhere once for the novelty and then not come again if the novelty isn't backed up with high quality at a decent price (more on that in a minute). The owners might be aware of that, since they took over the site from SLO's 5000th anonymous Italian restaurant that in no way distinguished itself from all the others, and thus failed. Whatever the reason, you could go there just to eat and forget about the food. I made a point of sending my compliments to the chef!

Value, I guess, is in the eye of the beholder. To this SLO local, the prices are very reasonable, but restaurant prices are typically quite a bit higher on average around here. To me, the quality of the food was well worth it, and, so to me, it was a great value.

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Photo of emagana
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I dropped by on a week day during lunch. I didst have lunch because I ate at the modanna inn before. I did see the cook argue with the waitress about an order that was screwed up. Not very professional. There was only one waitress for several guess which made it hard for her to get things done. She was very nice and on top of it. The atmosphere is very calming and you can hear the water stream.
Not alot of beers offered on tap but plenty of guess bottles. Great beers by far. Their Belgian was a little hoppier than normal but very taste. Great plac to have lunch. The balcony is the best. Try need a bar. I'm sure they work with limited space. Nice place to visit overall.

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Photo of bret27
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went to a tasting here that the owners graciously let us use a banquet room for. Tried some food after. Overall a decent brewpub. Only about 5 or so brews but all decent and solid styles. A few guest taps as well as bottles. Food is very good and reasonably priced. You can go for decent pub fare or classier choices.
The highlights for me were the service and layout. There is a restaurant upstairs w/standard seating, then downstairs a banquet room and bar area. Live music later at night as well. Owner and staff were super nice, and owner even recommended other beer bars in the area (which most bar owners wouldn't do). Overall a pretty fun spot that is fairly new and is worth checking out.

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Photo of nerow
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a Wednesday afternoon with my father and took a seat at the bar which is a nice room with a subterranean feel to it, very cosy. The quality of the beers I had were rather good, with the Stout being a standout of their beers. Einhorn was on tap and quite tasty. Service was great, my father and I were served by the owner not only of Creekside but of Einhorn. I managed to be given a free pint of Einhorn Doppelbock and a free sample of their Wisenbock. Keep in mind, this may bias my rating a bit. The owner was a very interesting man, as was the owner of Einhorn. Selection was good, with 7 beers on tap and a good menu filled with bottled beers ranging from DFH to Duvel.

I'll certainly be stopping in again the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first stop in here was for the Cali Cen Coast BA gathering. Parking along the streets and very well located downtown, by the creek but off the main streets keeps it low key as well. Walking in is plenty of seating, some of it overlooking the creek outside. There is a bar area downstairs with about 10-12 seats at the bar, some tables in case the bar is full. Crowd ranges from Beer Advocates, homebrewers to the college student who just appreciates beer. The servers are all nice and pretty savy on the beer and pretty too. Selection ranges from Pales, Stouts, IPAs and theyhave guest beer from Einhorn on tap plus a pretty good bottle selection. We did have the pretzel and it was good. Next time more food over beer. Had a great time and this place has been a long time coming! We needed this and thanks Creekside for delivering. You've got an advocate here. Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Probably my favorite place from my recent trip up north, located right along the creek near the mission and across the street from Natural Cafe, it was really hot that day or we would have sat outside on the patio next to the water, instead we chose the air conditioned basement area which was awesome by the way, I walked to the bar and opened their house IPA which happened to fantastic and it was served in an imperial pint glass for five dollars, we sat down at a table and noticed a slew of board games, so next thing I knew we were playing Battleship at a brewpub while enjoying a fantastic hoppy beer, not much more to ask for, I went on and had two more beers which were Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel and Einhorn Hefeweizen which were both served in their appropriate glassware and were also only five dollars, would have been even cheaper if we did not just miss happy hour by twenty minutes or so, they had a few other taps inlcuding their Blonde, Stout, and Vienna Amber, their IPA was worth going back for itself and I did the following night before heading over to the Palm Theater a couple blocks away, the atmosphere in here was very laid back and the people were super friendly, both servers and customers, service was very good, selection was quite good for only seven taps, will try the food next time I am there, this will be a must stop while I am in San Luis Obispo in the future

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Photo of rhertan
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

BEst place in SLO town without a doubt.
Eric and John have done a great job. Real nice lineup of tasty beers with a few being awesome, including the Red, Dunkel and IPA. Food is good and the atmosphere is the best, especially down in the bar area. Also a pro beer advocate place as they have hosted a few BA gatherings, beer classes and dinners.

On Monday Nights they have a pint night for $3 House beers all night.
In a town that is starting to put its place on the beer map this has become my regular place to go and will be for a long time

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Photo of oliphant
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Was in town for the day and surveyed BA for brews in the area and settled on Creekside. Glad I did - it is a great little spot.

There is a restaurant upstairs, but we went straight down to the bar downstairs. The bar is small, but cozy, and sits alongside their brewing apparatus. We had a couple of pints of their IPA, which was a quite respectable rendition of the west coast style.

I'm guessing that if I lived in San Louis I would be a regular - it seems like the best local place.

Highly recommended if you are in the vicinity.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This review is based off multiple visits to Creekside and each time I've had a great time. The place is located off the main street that goes down SLO so I've never been in when it's been really crowded. The restaurant portion of Creekside is street level and also has seating over outside that over looks SLO Creek. I haven't been up here for longer then a couple minutes just to look around. Looks like plenty of seating for all who want to go and eat there. I have only had food here twice and both times were snacks and not full meals. Both were very good and enjoyable but I can't comment too deeply into the food offered here.

OK now to the bar and the beer. The bar is set downstairs of the place, stairway is close to the main door. There is about eight seats at the bar (maybe up to 10) and three or four smaller tables (seats 3-4). There is also a back room, assuming for bigger gatherings and banquets, that has some couches, coffee table and some other tables that probably seat around 12 each. I've been in the banquet room once during a BA Gathering for the Central CA Coast BA's and it was very nice to be able to relax and drink good beer.

The selection for Creekside is mostly bottled beer. They have seven taps at the bar. Of the seven, five are in house beers and the other two are guest taps. The tap list for Creekside beers are listed on a chalkboard to the left of the bar. The bar itself is very clean and the bartenders are always nice to talk to. I've never ordered a bottle from the bottle list but the list is fairly good, maybe even rivals Spike's but I'd have to go back and compare the two. The brewing equipment is also set down in the bar area behind plexi-glass walls for all to see. The service here is very friendly and speedy. As I just mentioned the bartenders are very friendly and I've talked to them many times.

A final few thoughts. First I have to say that Eric and John the owners are super friendly and great guys. I've had the pleasure of drinking with them at a few gatherings held at Creekside. Second, this place isn't geared too much toward the college aged but I enjoy coming here because I like the more relaxed feeling offered. I will be coming back here many times before my college career is over for sure. A good place to stop and drink some good beer with some friendly people.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wiseman Zach and I went in here tonight to see what was up. I had been in several times before, but this was the first time I had actually sat down for a drink.

Atmosphere: So far, Creekside has been pretty empty. They had a soft opening about two weeks ago, and the lack of publicity is probably the culprit. We hung out in the bar downstairs and conversed with one of the bartenders and the owner. Both of them were fairly nice, but neither Zach nor myself felt very welcomed. This place seems to be geared toward an older, more well-to-do crowd; not college students like ourselves.
EDIT: Came in here on St. Patick's Day morning with Jorge, and Eric and crew were very friendly. Business seems to be picking up a bit as well. Still pretty empty, but hopefully this place continues to improve.
EDIT: This place gets better and better each time I go in. I should also add that Eric was kind enough to host the 1st Annual Central Coast BA Bacchanal a week ago. He's been extremely kind to us BAs and has offered to host future gatherings whenever we please. I should really rewrite this review; Creekside is quickly becoming my favorite place to enjoy a brew.

Quality: Everything in Creekside is very nice. All of shiny equipment is out for the public to see (behind glass walls), the tables are comfy, and the bar is very nice. There's even balcony seating that hangs over the creek. Glassware includes pint glasses, weizen glasses, wine glasses, and snifters.

Service: As stated above, our bartender (Chris) was very nice. Eric was quite nice as well. They were both willing to talk and were quick to get us whatever we ordered. With that said, we were the only two people in the bar at the time.

Selection: There are only eight taps at Creekside: seven CO2 taps and one nitro-tap. There are roughly twenty beers available in bottle. While the overall selection isn't the largest, it does have some pretty options. The tap selection included Union Jack, Old Rasputin, and the tasty Creekside Opening Pale. The bottle list was quite good as well, and included Delirium Tremens, Anchor Steam, SN Bigfoot, and others.
EDIT: Eric has added a few taps (or so it appears) and has been offering a great tap selection.

Overall, this place is a bit on the pricey side: $5-6.50 for tap beers and >$6.00 for most of the bottles. Hopefully some discounts are established soon, otherwise I won't be stopping in here too often. Creekside is very nice, but definitely not geared toward college students like myself.

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Creekside Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 90 ratings