Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

41 Reviews
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(805) 686-1557 | map
firestonebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
97
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.36%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Well, the brewery did use to be on site here back a few years and they used to have the Firestone "Burton Union" system setup. Back in those days the menu was kinda pathetic, frozen mini-gourmet pizzas (e.g. with cactus paddles).

What a difference a few years makes. What had been a side line part of their operation has now blossomed. The old back of house that had the fermenting barrels is now wide open with tall ceilings and operates in the evening as their full fledged dining room.

The front bar area has been spiffed up with more tables and space for the customers. The bar itself pours the full line of FW beers, including the vaunted and rarely seen Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale. Also included on the taps are some of the other products that FW now owns, like the Nectar Ales products (sometimes labeled as FW beers).

Clean, efficient and an oasis between SLO and Santa Barbara.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Camillo
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of Docrock
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of shescrafty831
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of LakerLeith
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Fooditems
1.72/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of Rado
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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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
4.09 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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