Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

99 Ratings
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
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 41
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The food is above average and though a bit pricey. I haven't had anything bad off of the menu yet. Firestone wine is always a good choice, though they have a good selection of other brands. The beer is always great, of course.

The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you get your money's worth.

**Barrelworks is an across the board 5.00. My only complaint about it is that I wish they were open more often than a few hours on the weekend.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

*I am going to combine my scores and reviews for both the taproom and barrel works since they are one listing over here on BA*

Our last stop on our drive to SD. I was mainly stopping to check out the barrel works but we decided to stay for dinner so I got to check out both. Atmosphere at the barrel works was awesome, you can get a beer and take a walk through the barrel room which is awesome. The taproom was packed with people but it still had a good vide. Quality across the board was quite good. Lots of great touches in both spaces help but don't detract from the atmosphere. Service in both spaces was solid. I never had to wait for a beer and the bartender at barrel works was great to talk to, especially being a fellow cicerone. Selection was excellent. Taproom had all of the staples on and the barrel works had 9-10 specialty beers on, most of which never leave the premises. Food in the taproom was pretty good. I got a burger and it was pretty good. Prices on the beers were fine, food was definitely overpriced on nearly all of the dishes. Overall a really nice showpiece for a great brewery. Glad we could stop and check it out.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I finally stopped here after driving by a couple times a month for the last 5 years. Yeah, I don't know what took me so long either. Great place. Much bigger inside than I had expected. I was sort of in a hurry (I HAD to get to a home brewing meeting later that afternoon), so I didn't get a chance to try to the food, but I have heard good things. I had a pint of Pale 31 and then a pint of Wookey Jack. Both great. I loved the Wookey Jack. I had never had it before. I ended up getting a growler of it to take to the home brewing meeting, where it was a hit. Service was great. I was there on a Sunday afternoon around 12:30. I thought it would be more crowded, but I guess it is hit and miss. Prices were a little high, but I'm sure they get the tourist traffic stopping off the 101, so those people don't mind paying a little more. I am looking forward to going back and checking out their new(er) tasting room, Barrelhouse, where they have their stronger beers and their sour beers. Should be fun. I recommend this place to anyone driving by.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I stopped by here after briefly visiting the Brewery in Paso Robles. I decided to wait to drink and buy goods at this location, instead of the brewery, because of Barrelworks. At first I was a little confused, because Barrelworks is around a corner once you walk in the main building and it wasn't obvious. I initially sat down and the ordered a Parabola from the waitress only to get the reply "it's not on tap". I was a little frustrated because I had decided not to drink it at the main brewery and thought I was not going to get to try it. The only issue I had was the waitress didn't say, "you can get it just around the corner in Barrelworks", which I had to find out by myself. A small issue, but not handled the best.

I spent the rest of my time in Barrelworks, so I'll comment on that. The facility is beautiful, with a great feel to it. They have an amazing selection, they have several beers that they do not distribute and they are outstanding. Mostly Wild Ales and other Barrel aged yummies. Unfortunately, you are not able to get anything bigger than a sample and for $3 for a few ounces isn't cheap. I guess that is what you pay for exclusivity. They also have a very nice selection of bottles to take out also, example '10, '12, '13 Parabola, Anniversary 12-16 and '12 and '13 Sucaba. It was pretty amazing, although they are expensive. I would have given a 5 for selection if I could have had larger pours.

I didn't eat, but the service was very good. They have a great selection of merchandise in both the main area and Barrelworks.

Definitely worth going to if you are driving through or live even remotely close. Well done overall and amazing beer.

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
4.09 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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