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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.27/5
Outstanding
145 Ratings
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, California, 93446-3993
United States

(805) 238-2556 | map
firestonebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
145
pDev:
9.6%
 
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of keelyvetter
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

had the krieky bones and loved it. great sour, refreshiing

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visiting PR for a wine tasting event with the relatives, and took a break from the wine to visit this place.

Really impressed by the size and layout of the brewery, and liked the tasting room as well. As you come inside and meander over to the left, there's a good size wrap around bar (holding roughly 20 or 30 seats I think), with a smattering of tables and chairs as well. Was here fairly early on a Friday afternoon, but there was still a fair size crowd enjoying the cool, well air conditioned, dark ambiance of the place, along with the 6 or 7 flat screen TV's on the wall. Service was a bit slow at first (to the point I was starting to get annoyed), but when I was finally served, it was pretty outstanding. The staff was knowledgeable and engaging, and when I expressed an interest in the Fortem IPA (only available in cans unfortunately), the bartender poured me a sample of a can he happened to have open.

In terms of the beer, I think there were roughly 20 FW beers on tap, along with cans to go of different items. The tap selection consisted of around 7 of the low abv., core beers (DBA, 31, Union Jack, etc.), and then a variety of limited release beer and BA stuff. Got a sample of the adversus and Generation one, along with the feral one, the hefe and the 20 anniversary beer. I was not impressed with the feral one and remain convinced that this is just not FW's strong suit. However, the IPA's were all outstanding (including the fortem), and the XX and hefe were both quite excellent.

Didn't try the food here, but what I saw looked pretty good. This place is definitely worth a pit stop any time I'm in the area from now on.

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Photo of Gottiline559
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of qcghost
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of spartanlaker
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SmokingWood
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MickeyHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Large bar area with plenty of tables. Did not have anything to eat. Classic rock played on the "radio". Very attentive and knowledgeable bartenders. They serve flights as well as beer for tasting and by the glass. Growler fills available also. Delicious year round beers on tap, as well as seasonal releases only available in the Taproom. Can't wait to go back!

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of artdob
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Large restaurant space. Full selection of Firestone beers plus some local extra specials. Enjoyed two different pizzas from the menu - on a return visit I would just get one pizza for two people. Beer selection was the Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout - not too heavy.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited 04/16 after a disappointing visit at Barrelworks

Had dinner at the taproom, our server Sonya was awesome and friendly. My fiance had the ribs which she loved. I had the NY Strp ordered medium came out well (did not send it back or complain) Sonya found out it was my bday and we were visiting from AZ after finding out we drove out to pick up Parabola and they were out, plus our less than stellar visit to Barrelworks, she had the manager came out with a bag containing a bottle of Parabola and a bunch of FW stickers. Very nice touch and made up for the Barrelworks visit a little.

Beer list contained pretty much their everyday offerings and would be nice if they had at least the most recent Vintage series release on draft at the taproom. Also a bit disappointing that the visitors center closes so early (6pm) on the weekends.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Split from the main campus, the big bar and restaurant require a trip across the street from this joint.

Taproom is still in the polished metal vibe, like most of the stuff there. No rhyme or reason to some of the pricing structure in the gift shop. Good book selection. Seems like a friendlier vibe, more intimate here (not as good as barrelworks though).

I'm surprised I don't hear more about the FW stuff, perhaps its the way they put CA last on bottle distributions.

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Photo of South2NW
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Camillo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of brewaddict
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Taproom is a solid brewpub experience. The decor is industrial with a lot of stainless steel and natural wood. The bar area has a number of TV screens for sporting events. The staff is friendly and prompt. The food is good. I've only eaten here a few times, so I'm not familiar with all of the options. The pizza was OK. The seared Ahi Tuna (dinner menu) was very good. The Bratwurst Mac and Cheese (lunch menu) was phenomenal. Especially paired with the Nitro Merlin Milk Stout. A great salty sweet combo!

The beer selections are mostly your standard FW options. Besides that, they do offer one seasonal, one nitro, one Library, and one Barrelworks beer on tap. This is rotating, so it just depends on what is in season. You do typically get a better selection of nonstandard offerings at the visitors center located across the street.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

It's a bit tough for me to show my full opinion through these review categories so I'll elaborate here.

Firestone in general and definitely the taproom come off as very upscale and elegant. Maybe a bit too much. It feels a bit stuck up, kinda like you could get in trouble for laughing a bit too loud. The food is all very good, but can be a bit pricey. The beer is also quite tasty, but I wish they would make their beverage menus more up to date and informative. When I stopped in 3 of the Taproom exclusives listed weren't available and the menu simply said to ask the server about which rotating beers were available with no pricing or size options in sight. When told what available was I was sad to learn that a couple of beers that were available in 3 oz pours in the visitors center that I wanted more of (Why only 3 oz pours? Why? So frustrating!) were not on tap here. Oh well...

Overall, it's a nice place with some very good beer, but it caters to a different demographic than I'm used to. Bring your $ and you will have a good time.

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Photo of dmk82
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 145 ratings
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