Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Bar, Eatery

620 McMurray Rd
Buellton, California, 93427-2511
United States

(805) 686-1557 | map

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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Note that this review is for co-vid conditions. I know they have limitations on seating options, and I suspect that a post-Covid visit will cause an increase in the "vibe" rating, but the current situation with the outdoor seating is sort of "parkinglot-ish" and not really a good competitor to places that have dedicated, long term outdoor patio facilities. Despite that detail, I really like this place because their food is outstanding (go for the tri-tip sand. and the wonton ahi tacos, for sure), they have a selection of not only their mass market beers, but also their barrel-aged specialties in a variety of inside and outside seating arrangements, including dog friendly area with water bowls they top off regularly, and the service is very friendly and quick (although I was there between lunch and dinner midweek and the crowd was small). My ONLY disappointment was that the way they are handling the menus, at least during co-vid, is that no where on the printed menu does it show that their special barrel-aged ales, stouts and wild ales are ALSO available as menu selections besides their mass market beers. The availability of those specialty beers is only shown on video screens in a different room and the server did not tell us that. They do sell their individually bottled specialty beers and they have a nice assortment of Firestone-Walker "stuff" for sale. The whole place is insanely clean, including bathrooms.
Sep 10, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by grapeshops from California

Jul 23, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by artdob from California

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.66 by Nace4 from Virginia

Jul 20, 2017
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Reviewed by PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
Unique place with a slew of options for how to approach their beer (patio, high-tops, bar, sit-down restaurant, and then Barrelworks in a separate room). We ate before heading to the latter for a liquid dessert of BA goodness.

Like others have said, the staff can certainly be angsty and a bit forthcoming with you. Regardless, our server was friendly, knowledgable, loved their beer, and gave us relatively quick service.

The food is expensive but man is it delicious. My wife had the 805 pizza (vegetarian) which was awesome, and the Wookee Jack Brisket sandwich was incredible.

My only complaint is that most of the seasonals were not on tap, and they had no stouts or Wookee Jack on tap either. Great stop for sure!
Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by crob3888 from California

May 31, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by chrisjws from California

Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by Camillo from California

Feb 16, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by the_encinitan from California

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by sheenisgod from California

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by BecauseWhalezbro from Colorado

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by BarleyAndBrett from California

Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 4.88 by Suds_With_Buds from California

Aug 27, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by BeerZombies1 from Nevada

Jul 02, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by SaulFox from California

Jul 02, 2015
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This spot is in the same building as Barrelworks, but this is geared towards their food and "normal" beer operations. They usually have all of the widely available FW beers on tap with an occasional one-off or special release. There is bar seating available, but most of the space is tables for eating. Service has always been pretty good, but it can get busy when there are special events.
Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by Docrock from Illinois

Jun 16, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by TrojanRB from Texas

Jun 16, 2015
Rated: 5 by MisterKilderkin from California

May 08, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by loganburgh from Michigan

Dec 17, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by Drink_LocalSD from California

Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by shescrafty831 from California

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 5 by LakerLeith from California

Nov 07, 2014
Rated: 1.72 by Fooditems from Hawaii

Nov 04, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Rado from California

Oct 31, 2014
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Reviewed by RogueOz from California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
I would give this a 4.5 -4.75. FW has always impressed me as a well run outfit, having attended several new bottle releases over the past year. I'm not a local boy, so no bias in that regards, they just go bigger and better than most. Plenty of parking on premises, or on the street. Nice check in area and bar area whilst waiting. two separate seated areas, although I've never sat in the area left of the bar/entrance. This area seems more casual than the larger seated area to the right and behind the check-in desk. Small but ample merchandise area incl reg beer offerings. The tasting room has their rarer beer stock. Tasting room is actually divided into two parts, depending on the functions that may be running. High ceiling for affect in the larger restaurant area. The atmosphere in general is always great, load and busy during main meal times. Knowledgeable staff, esp when it comes to the beer, as you would expect. Professional and polite staff. Bathrooms are clean and functional. I like the tasting room here better than stone, just for the privacy, but this does lack outdoor dining options, and given the great weather in the area, not sure why that may be. Classy place overall, in a well-healed area. a must visit if in the area. Hope this helps. Cheers.
Oct 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by StoutSnob40 from California

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 5 by ejhansen7 from California

Oct 09, 2014
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Rated by riotontheroad from California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
Absolutely love the addition of Barrelworks!
Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by HotRod_G from California

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 5 by Davit from California

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by AlexM from California

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Evan from Maryland

Aug 23, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by JayPeso from California

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 5 by EB1 from California

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JOrtt from North Carolina

Jul 22, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by AleHunter805 from California

Jul 17, 2014
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 101 ratings