Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

40 Reviews
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(805) 686-1557 | map
www.firestonebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
97
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by charlzm:
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Visited for dinner on Sunday, 05/25/08 at about 6:30pm.

My party of four arrived at the Taproom concerned, as the modest parking lot was full and cars were parked on both sides of the street just outside.

Upon entering, we discovered that the bar and adjacent bar seating area were packed to the gills with folks, but that there tables available in the restaurant proper for immediate seating.

We were seated in the restaurant proper, a cavernous, dimly-lit two story room of cinder block dominated by exposed HVAC ducts overhead, printed banners hung on the walls depicting painted, stylized scenes of wine country, a two story window with drawn blinds and an open kitchen. The tables are seperated into several areas by waist-high dividers cleverly made from barley sacks stretched on frames. These provide enough privacy that diners sitting directly on the other side cannot see or really hear you.

The atmosphere was busy and convivial, with the demographic skewing to younger diners and families with teen children. Besides the food, most every table was drinking Firestone Ales.

The service we received was frequent, personable and accurate. What more can you ask for?

The food was, in a word, outstanding. Between our party, we ordered four entrees: fish tacos (declared as "very good" by my girlfriend), smoked grilled free range Alaskan Sockeye salmon and asparagus (noted as "among the best I've ever had" by my friend) and the Sunday shrimp special: butterflied, breaded and deep fried Fijian jumbo shrimp with shoestring fries. My friend's wife declared them scrumptious.

I ordered their burger, ordered medium well, which I shared with my other three dining partners. After we had all eaten some, it was declared unanimously as the best of our four meals and I will even go so far as to say it is the best hamburger I have ever eaten. Sorry, Office Burger!

For libations, my friend and his wife ordered a pint each of Walker's Reserve (which they both enjoyed). I had a soda and a four beer taster, all of which were very good. My girlfriend had a soda.

The total bill for all this food was $97.00. Wow. What a bargain for such good and plentiful food and well-crafted beer.

This was a sublime dining and beer drinking experience and I can only say that I am intensely jealous of those who live within easy reach of this fine institution.

The only negative I have is that there are only four FW beers available at a time, which is really not much of a complaint since all of their beers I had that night were at the least flavorful and good drinking.

I will return any time I am even remotely near, and may even consider a special trip form time to time. Yes, I liked it that much.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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1.72/5  rDev -57.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of RogueOz
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Buellton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
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