Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company


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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(805) 686-1557 | map

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Photo of tjensen3618
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here on a recent trip to Solvang. There was no wait, even on a Sat. at 7:30. The restaurant area was quite nice which you wouldn't have expected by looking at the bar area when you first walk in.

I had a Velvet Merkin and an Unfiltered DBA, their beer selection was small, but thats not too much of a surprise considering they only sell a few beers in stores. The only thing lacking at this place is the selection, some guest taps would have changed that.

The food was excellent, I had the Flatiron Steak and my girlfriend had the Halibut Fish and Chips. Both were really great, and the service was good as well.

This is definitely the place to go for a good beer in the area, and I will stop in again when i'm there.

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Photo of jdense
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by with buddies for an after-round beer at La Purisma GC. Had to ask for directions from club pro, but easy to find, and easy access to northbound 101. The Firestone Walker standards were on tap, with the Velvet Mirkin seasonal a plus. They had FW XIII for sale $25 including the wooden box which is the best price I've seen (sans sales tax). We arrived during happy hour, the restaurant wasn't open yet. Had some pub grub. Took a look at the restaurant which all agreed was very nice, and all stated they would bring their spouses for a dinner here, which is a pretty high compliment for the atmosphere. The pub was certainly primarily catering to locales, the friendly barkeep seemed to know everybody's name. I had a 24 oz. pour of Union Jack IPA for $6.50, and the freshness and barrel aging shined through more than the Oregon purchased versions I've enjoyed in the past. I would have liked to see more adventurous taps (e.g. Abacus), but other than than a really pleasant stop, will be sure to come back again when in the area. Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Taproom off 101 between Santa Maria and SB. It is a nice place. When you walk in the bar area is directly ahead of you, the sitting off to the right a little bit. The tables abd bar seem really nice, atmosphere is good. They have a very large area for parties and overflow on the opposite end of the taproom.

I have mixed feelings about this place. The first few times I visited I was terribly disappointed in the service. However, I have made recent trips this summer and was surprised by the improvement in service. They are often understaffed, especially during the busy afternoon crowds. It looks promising but I am hesitant to give it a good rating on service due to my past experiences but its looking better. I am also continuously disappointed in their selection. Firestone has lots of great beer(Parabola, Abacus,Saucerful of Merkin, and more) These beers are VERY RARELY on tap at their own taphouse. I was going here every weekend but I stopped because of their distribution practices and quite frankly I am tired of having the same beer over and over again. To me that is a foul and a big one. Unfortunately I live on the Central Coast so I am stuck. You wont find anybody here to speak knowledgably about beer. Instead you might a get tourist or local who just drinks and does not know what they are drinking.
///2 Nov 08-Ok. Service was slow and bad once again today. Some things never change...and the same beers AGAIN!
///26 Sep 09- $27 for a growler of Double Jack? Are you kidding me? That is w/o the glassware!What a rip off! House pints are nearly $5. From a place as abig as FW you would think could have cheaper house pints but nope, they are hyping the beer and price. Screw these guys!

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Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stayed in Solvang one night during our central coast trip and this was the obvious choice for dinner, first thing I noticed when I walked in was that Double Jack and Abacus were on tap, that won me over right there, place was huge and looked a production brewery on one side even though it is not, probably lmost as big as the actual Paso facility now that I think about it, atmosphere is cool with a big bar area including a dart board, dining area right next to the kitchen, bunch of labeled mugs around which made me think they have some kind of club where the locals get their own glass and have it filled for a discounted rate, place was wide open and clean, one of the nicer dinners I have had in a beer establishment in some time, people working were nice but a little confused when I asked questions, employees seem to be having a good time which is a good thing, other beers available were pretty standard inlcuding pale, double barrel, porter, hefeweizen, hemp ale, etc., my Double Jack came in an oversized wine glass for six dollars and did not have any more than six ounces in it, was not too stoked on that after having full pints of it for a dollar less back home beforehand, food was good but expensive, fried chicken special was seventeen dollars and came with a reasonable amount of mashed potatoes with tasty gravy, small amount of watermelon and corn on the cob, overall it was a fun experience and glad we went, would go back in the future

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

stopped in here while on a Santa Ynez Valley winery run, i was the only hophead in a car full of grape heads so i was pleased i was thrown a bone to stop at a brewery, and what a selection.

they didnt have anything to crazy on tap when i stopped. and being with a bunch of wine afficionados they werent as stoked as i was, so we didnt stay too long. just enough for my friend to have the sampler, and i had a pint of the Walker's Reserve Porter. rather tasty. we sat at the bar on the cusp of the dining room, so we saw most of the food arrive at the tables, and man did it look good.

the establishment itself looked appealing, clean, and interesting without being erudite or eclectic. a long bar and bar room precedes the dining rooom and was friendly and cozy

the service was ok, nothing to special, but adequate and helpful

if i ever find myself in that area of Cali, i will make it a point to stop here

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Photo of semihobo
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Easily accessible from 101, just off the highway.

Pretty typical atmosphere for a brewpub place, I snagged a table in the front room to watch an NCAA basketball game on TV. Smallish bar right when you walk in and what looked like a mammoth seating area in the back. Definitely family friendly, at least at the dinner hour.

Beers were fine, I tried the four mainstays via their sampler ($6 for four 4oz samples and a souvenir pint glass) and then had the honey blonde and the rotational offering, Lil' Opal. I was excited for a low ABV (below 4%) Belgian but it was pretty watery. Beers were fresh and tasty but all were pretty mainstream and there weren't that many to choose from. Plenty to keep you busy on one visit, though.

Service was great, our waiter was working a lot of tables but still got to us often and took care of water, beers, food, etc. Food was also solid, you can tell the chef takes his job seriously. There is a nightly special, on the night I visited it was pasta with seafood. When I inquired about vegetarian options, they offered to whip me up the pasta dish with no seafood and more vegetables. Not only do I appreciate the flexibility, but it was pretty tasty to boot. Sides, salad, dessert etc. were also good although not mind-blowing.

Total bill for a few beers and several courses for 2 was about $75, probably could have kept that down with cheaper food selections. Pints are $4. Nice place, not too adventurous but good people and competently operated.

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

Visited this afternoon following a holiday trip to the Central Coast. Hadn't been here in at least 5 years and many changes have occurred. Primarily, the actual brewery is now in Paso Robles. The Tap Room/Bar has been expanded into the former space occupied by the brewery. Lunch is served Friday - Sunday. The service was quite good. We had the burger and a specialty sandwich. Both were very, very good. While waiting we enjoyed some pretzels and spicy house mustard.

Beers on tap included the usual: Pale Ale, Union Jack, and Double Barrel Ale (DBA). I believe they also had an unfiltered DBA. The highlight was a special seasonal beer called Velvet Merkin. It is an oatmeal stout. Fantastic!!! Inquired about other offerings and was told that a keg of Saucerfull O' Secrets is soon to be tapped. But here's the best news - They still have a few bottles of the 12th Anniversery (even after I picked up a couple). Better hurry though, they're going fast.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Made a stop here on the way back to SoCal from a Northern California beer trip.

Just with a name like Firestone Walker, the appearance is very fitting here. Lots of wood, sorta dark but yet there's high ceilings. Kind of a Western vibe in here.

All the Firestone beers are on tap here, at a good price. There's free pretzels and their house mustard available. Simple menu (I had a hot dog, heh) but good. Interesting cross-section of visitors.

The bar is sort of small and a friend who has been here before says they're always understaffed so it's a bit of an adventure ordering as I witnessed first hand even though we were at the bar.

Very accessible, just off the freeway and a must-stop if in the area. Behind the bar they have a fridge case with some of their beers to take home if needed, a small gift shop at the entrance. Nothing fancy, but not low-rent either.

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Photo of charlzm
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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Photo of N1CKOLAS
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

I have been a long time fan of Firestone, but have never made it to the taproom. Living in San Luis Obispo, I usually go to the actual brewery to fulfill my cravings. I happened to be heading south this last weekend, and decided it would be a great idea to grab a pint and refill my growler. Initial impression was good, place was clean and cozy, but the goodness pretty much disappeared once I hit the bar. The bartenders were incredibly rude. I was shocked at the plain disrespect I received.

It is unfortunate that I now have this bad taste in my mouth. Make your way to the brewery in Paso Robles if you have the choice. Far nicer, and more humble staff, and some new brews on tap that are not even sold in stores. The taproom only offered the usual brews that I can pick up in virtually any store around here (except for the unfiltered DBA). I will not be returning to the taproom.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Have been in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area for 5 years now, and never made my way up to the Taproom until yesterday.

Atmosphere: Located in a tucked away corner of Buellton right off of one of the 101 exits, the outside is pretty impressive in its size. Big, tall building with the words "FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY" on the side. The entrance takes you right next to the bar. The bar has some smaller wooden tables to your left then the bar itself, which sports a variety of label-less taps with Firestone's logo on them (except for one on each flight that says "Double Barrel Ale"). My girlfriend and I chose to eat dinner at the restaurant, so we sat down in the very large, spacious, and impressive dining room. A room with what looked like a wine cellar was behind glass, an example of the barrel aging system on a pedestal, another bar for wine in the back of the dining area, some seating on a raised portion of the dining room, and tables all around. There is also a bar-like seating arrangement around the kitchen, which is in plain view.

Service: Was helped by a very friendly waitress. She didn't check our ID's, just verbally asked if we were 21. Anyway, later in the night when I asked for the 11th Anniversary Ale, she went in the back to get me one and brought it out in a nice bag. Also said a lot had gone out the day before (11/30), so they had to limit it down to one per customer.

Selection: I didn't check what other Firestone beers may or may not have been on tap that were "unusual" (although I can say the IPA, which I've had at Woodstock's in Isla Vista, is really good). I know for certain, by the menu we were given, that they had Nectar beers, and then Reserve, Double Barrel Ale (filtered & unfiltered), Pale Ale, etc. In other words, the typical Firestone faire, minus the unfiltered Double Barrel. I had a pint of the unfiltered, and it was, indeed, better than the filtered variety, and only made me wonder why the hell they think it's necessary to filter in the first place. It wasn't far stronger than the filtered version or anything. Strange.

Food: We got a cheese plate, which was good, including grapes, yellow raisins, and figs, plus blue cheese, a cheddar with herbs, some sort of goat cheese, and a brie. My girlfriend attempted the seafood chowder but had to send it back because it had bacon, only to be told that she really only had chili (another meat item) as an option for the replacement, so she ended up having no soup but upgrading her chopped salad to a large instead. Our entrees (I had the burger) were fine. I found the burger to be huge but not very tasty, perhaps because it was cooked medium well without me being asked otherwise. I didn't see any "Double Barrel Mustard" (just Heinz), but they did have a tasty mayo-based sauce for it. The fries were just okay. My girlfriend's salad also was only fine.

Prices are fine, but the food isn't wonderful, at least so far. Still, probably worth it for the decor and the beer.

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Photo of VegasBill
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been trying to stop here for a while now and finally made it. The atmosphere,think of a big modern empty warehouse that has a bar and restaurant in it. But somehow it comes off OK and while it is not as cozy as the corner beer bar it does have a comfortable feel to it. The food is good at lunch but it changes at dinner to outstanding. They make their own mustard and I ordered the burger for one meal,I had three, and piled the mustard on it WOW.
As for the beer, as stated before the Double Barrel Unfiltered Is outstanding, also I am not a big fan of nectar beers but again theirs is so good. Firestone Walker does a first class job in every way in my opinion and if I can fit it in I will stop here as often as I can.
One more thing, I was there in the afternoon one day and it was slow so I was talking to the bartender and she told me some of the regulars blend the beer, say one half pint of one and one half pint of another, why did I not think of that!!!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Passing on through to Pismo Beach, I decided to pitch the idea of stopping at Firestone's Taproom to my friends. After passing up the exit and having to backtrack about 3 miles, we finally reached the place at 7pm on a Saturday night. The first thing you can tell when parking is that this place is packed. The parking lot isn't very big to begin with, but cars are parking in huge lines along the street outside the place. When you walk in, there are about 8 or 9 tables in the bar area, probably able to seat about 40-45 total. Luckily there was one table open when we got there. There is no table service in the bar area but the bartenders will try to get out to you as fast as they can. If they are busy you are better off going up to the bar to order. The atmosphere is very rural, a large majority seemed like regulars who knew the staff's name. We each ordered a sampler ($5), which comes with the Lager, Pale Ale, Double Barrel, and Reserve. You also get a free pint glass that is given to you when you leave if you order a sampler. As you are drinking you can also go pick up bowls of pretzels from the bar, and eat them with some of the really good Firestone Mustard they have too. After we had the samplers I went with the Nectar IPA which was outstanding. There are 8 taps I think in total- 5 of the Firestone taps (b/c you can get Double Barrel filtered or unfiltered), and then 3 or so of the Nectar Ale beers that are owned and brewed by Firestone. We left after a couple pints to get back on the road to our destination.

Monday morning when leaving Pismo Beach and heading back down south we decided to stop at the Taproom again for lunch. The service in the bar area was pretty good, though only about half the tables were filled. On the lunch menu you can find hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, salad, and a special for the day, which was a Kobe beef hot dog this day. The hot dogs are pretty big I might add, and everything is served with shoestring fries.

Great find for us overall. This will be a regular stop on future trips to the central coast.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Boy was I happy when I found this place. I was staying in nearby Los Alamos, celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. We were on our way to Solvang to do some wine tastings, and when we were coming to the exit I saw this place. Being a Firestone fan, and not having any idea that this place existed I was thrilled. Practically screeched the tires on my Civic and pulled in to the parking lot. On the way in we said hello to Sammy, the Labromutt that one of the bartenders belongs to. We sat at the bar in the very spacious and charming Taproom, and had a bowl of chili, and(my girl had the chowder, and both were fantastic!

Firestone isn't known for having an extensive variety of beers, but the ones they make are wonderful. Everybody likes the Double Barrel, and I'm no exception. In fact, I like it more every time I have it, especially when it's un-freaking-filtered in the Taproom. Before this trip I had never had their Lager, and it was actually my favorite that day, and continues to be a mainstay among my session favorites. Nothing better on a hot day.

We returned for dinner that night, and were knocked out the box by the food. I had the Kobe burger, and my girl the Garlic Chicken. Both were outstanding, but the burger remains one of the best I've had, particualry when you smear some Double Barrel mustard on it.

We've been back a few times, and tried a few more things. Fish and Chips are ok, and the pizzas are amazing. As much as I hate to say it, the Walker's Reserve ice cream float is not what it seems it should be. In fact it was downright weird, but I love them for trying. The service in the dining room, not unlike BJ's and so many other places is unfortunate, but the bartenders know what's up.

I love this place, and we'll be going up there again soon. The girl's birthday is right around the corner, and I figure we'll go up there for a couple of wine tastings. I like wine and everything, but nothing makes me want beer more than wine.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Everything has been covered in previous critiques of this establishment. I'll add my impressions of the place for good measure. The location is cool because its off the beaten path of the wine riddled Buellton/Solvang and provides a sort of haven for those that want a good brew.

Firestone brews have grown on me. My first take of the double barrell was average. Come to this location and you can get the Double Barrell unfiltered and its a completely different experience that rocked!! Much more of the woody barrel and just more aggressive in every aspect. I was lucky enought that the 10th anniversary ale was still kicking and it was excellent as well. Picked up a case to go as they cannot open bottles for legal reasons. The service was good but be prepared they are tight with carding folks. If you looked like you were under 40 they were carding. No big deal just be ready. They have a few flat screen tv's in the bar section for sports viewing. Like others stated the lunch menu is bare bones but its enough to fill the void. Dinner menu is way overpriced. I got the fish and chips and it was very basic and just decent but they priced it near $20. My wife got the tomato basil soup and it was delicious. The bartenders were a father-son combo and they were excellent.

For wine drinkers they had a small seperate bar in the dining area for all their vinous products. DInner seating area is shutdown until 5pm which is the same time the dinner menu is available. It got really busy around 6:30pm and the barkeep said that was very normal. Tshirts and other schwag was available if you want some. I opted for a case of the 10th to go. Anyone up for a trade? in the cellar for now. Wait staff were a bunch of cute girls and the dinner side of this place had a nice darkened setting and looked very professional. This is the best place for good beer in the area and can easily eat up an entire day.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a great place to stop into as part of a day-long visit to the area. You have the famed pea soup at Andersons in Buellton, pastries and more in the Danish town of Solvang, and Chumash Casino all within about 5 minutes of the Firestone taproom.

I tried the Double Barrel which was decent. Though I wish I'd tried the Walkers Reserve, cuz my brother said it was awesome. I'll be going back for sure sometime soon and will have a better review of the beers.

As noted below, the lunch menu is limited at best. However, the diner menu is more extensive it seems. So don't come here before supper expecting to getting more than glorified appetizers. Go to Andersons to eat, then come here for the beer!

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Photo of bradybeer
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Having developed a taste for Firestone-Walker Brews as of late we decided to stop by this location while driving from San Diego to Santa Cruz.

As mentioned by others this is only a taproom. This is very easy to find, as it is right off the 101. This place is very large-the dinning area is to the right when you enter. The bar is straight ahead with more seating to the left. Seems to be very large for being out of the way.

We tried a sampler of six.

Firestone-Walker Double Barrel filtered & unfiltered

Firestone-Walker Special

Hemp Ale

Firestone-Walker IPA

Red Ale

All of the beers were well made and drinkable-the stand out for me was the unfiltered Double Barrel.

Since we assumed there would be a good food selection for lunch we were famished when we arrived. Word of advice-if you plan on eating here for lunch-don’t. The selection was thin, the quality was sub par-and it was expensive on top of that. We had the Plowman’s Plate-and for about $10 we should have received more meat and cheese-other than this selection there was a turkey sandwich, chili, and a salad.

Service was excellent our bartender was friendly and helpful.

Beer prices were good as well with pints at about $4 and the sampler at $6 for what looked like 3 oz samples-and you got a free pint glass.

I would stop off again-but next time I may try the Paso Robles location.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Buellton is a small city located in the central coast of California's wine country. Plenty of vineyards, grassy knolls and beautifull tree lined hills. Luckily for the beer drinkers there is the Firestone Walker Taproom.

The word 'taproom' makes one think that this is a small tasting room. Not at all. This is a large restaurant with a good sized bar. The bar is in the middle and there is a dining area on either side of the bar. The atmosphere is rustic without being too western. The wagon wheel at the front door might make one think of cowboys and hillbillies but the decor is pretty mild on the inside. A few wooden barrels and not too much junk on the walls. A very pleasing and friendly vibe to the overall feel of the taproom.

The place is very clean and well manicured. The servers were very pleasant and did a fine job. When I stopped by a few locals sat down next to me and we instantly had a good conversation going. I lucked out and talked with some great people.

The FWB has a full menu for lunch and dinner. A very large selection of mainly American style food. Steaks, salads, chili, burgers, fish, pizza cooked in a wooden oven and more. I found the food to be well prepared and definately worth the stop over on my road trip.

I had the FW Reserve(porter) and the unfiltered Double Barrel Ale. I think these are the breweries best beers in my opinion. They also brew the Nectar Ales which are available at the FWB Taproom. I think the tasters are a good choice for the first time visit.

If you are staying in Buellton or nearby this may be the only place for some quality beers. If you are road tripping on the 101 this is a great stop for a pint and some food. They also sell growlers for the road tripper on the 'go.'

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped in on a "wine tasting" weekend. The unfiltered dbl. bbl. is fantastic and I brought home a growler. There were two bartenders when we stopped in. The female seemed new but she looked great. The male barkeep had lots of info and the growler fill was perfect. The exit is Ave. of the Flags / McMurray. I had a pizza and my girlfriend ordered a flat iron steak. The pizza was generic but the steak was superb! It is a great stop if you happen to be hungry, thirsty or ready for a break from the 101 race. I will stop in again.

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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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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

There is an interesting story about why this place exists. Originally this was to be a brewery. Problem is that Buellton is in Santa Barbara County and this county is anti-business with a capital A. The county wouldn't give them a permit to operate a brewery so they made it in to a taproom and restaurant instead.

To get here take the "Avenue Of The Flags" Exit off Hwy 101 and it is right there on the East Side of the freeway.

The interior is a cross of lots of oak and brushed steel and chrome in what is your basic sports bar. Both bar and tables space is available.

As of right now the place is not yet finished, the restaurant part is being installed. The restaurant will go in the big room that was going to be brewing space.

So basically what they feature is their beers super fresh on tap and 2 beers that are not bottled.

If you stop here you must try their IPA and their Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale.


Beer is $3.50 for a 16-oz glass and $15 for a growler or $10 to fill your growler.

I will re-review this place after the restaurant starts up, which is supposed to be in June.

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Buellton, CA
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