Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

143 Ratings
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(805) 238-2556 | map
firestonebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
Taps:
13
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by Rumrunner:
Photo of Rumrunner
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in here to have a quick pint and to check the place out while on a road trip from southern California to northern California. A very good spot for a quick refresher pint or to have some tasters. Not too many though if you are the one doing the driving.

Located at the brewery, the taproom bar is small. There is an adjacent room next to the bar area with some tables and chairs and a very small patio. The atmosphere is pretty plain. Marble like bar with a wooden facade around the tap area. Plenty of wood gives this place a rustic feel. The atmosphere does not have to be overwhelming. This is a tasting room and not a club. Overall it is comfortable and relaxing.

The service is fine. Just one bartender serving when I was there. She did an excellent job and has a great rapport with the locals. A very friendly bartender.

I did not have any food. I don't think they offer food here other than pretzels and snacks.

The selection is Firestone Walker beers. I recommend trying the unfiltered double barrel ale or the nectar IPA if you have not had them before. Beers are served in a selection of four tasters or by the pint. They also sell growlers. I noticed on the website they stated they have Friday Firkin nights. I don't remember seeing a hand pump while I was there so I don't know if they still do this or not.

This is a simple tasting room and a good place to stop if one needs a break from driving but does not want or need food to go along with their beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gottiline559
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of qcghost
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of spartanlaker
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SmokingWood
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MickeyHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of artdob
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Camillo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of brewaddict
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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 +1%
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 +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA
4.12 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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