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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(805) 238-2556 | map

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
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 artdob
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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 OnePuttBlunder
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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 brewaddict
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +1.7%
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 Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A very good stop for beer lovers! The place is not too far from San Francisco and offers a very good selection of beers, a good selection of food and a good atmosphere!

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Photo of amano_h
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Before I start this review, a caveat to those that visit Firestone Walker Brewing Company in search of beers that end in -bola and -caba: if it is FW's BA assortments you seek, you're looking for the visitor center across the street from the taproom which closes at 4pm. If you have no interest in food and are instead all about the booze, I suggest you visit Firestone Walker's Barrelworks in Buellton instead (where they have older vintages of aforementioned beers plus whatever Barrelworks offerings currently in season)

My visit to the Firestone Walker Taproom made the trek from LA to SF so much more relaxing than it should have been; never minding the god awful stretch on the 46 between Lost Hills and Paso Robles, and the fact that crossing over to the brewery past the freeway bypass on the 101 could be less confusing.

First of all, don't be like me and get paranoid about parking as soon as you pull up to Ramada Dr. and park almost a quarter mile away from the brewpub; there actually is a small lot-ish area close to the brewpub where you can and your designated driver can park your vehicle. The brewpub itself feels much like a bierhof or a beer hall; the main serving area is somewhat enclosed into a giant square with tables on the outer edges of the area; there's a small souvenir area where you can get FW's awesome Bear/Lion paraphernalia to the right of the area; you can also grab bottles to go by the counter at the far right corner of the serving area.

I fortunately had no issue getting the wait staff's attention while eating/drinking here, but I can definitely see how this place might get packed during the evening. I ordered the fish and chips and paired it with Easy Jack as was the recommendation per the bartender and I wasn't disappointed -- actually pretty much nothing could have soiled my meal as I promptly followed my Easy Jack with Parabojava which I can still taste on the tip of my tongue just thinking about it.

I'd definitely recommend this place if you're very particular about beer but quite flexible about food; the food here may leave you a little wanting if you're expecting gourmet style meals.

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Photo of mschantz
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Fantastic spot that serves not only the base FW beers but seasonal limited release offerings and the occasional Barrelworks offering. I was lucky enough to hit FW when the Bretta Weisse was on - love this beer. Given FW is best large scale regional brewery around, IMO the beers are world class. The food is great as well. My high end fish and chips (panko crusted Ahi) was fantastic. Definitely gonna be back.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

typical layout/design for a taproom. we sat at the u-shaped bar. sucaba had just blown, unfortunately. ordered a flight consisting of unfiltered DBA, taproom brown, opal, velvet merkin, bretta weisse, before ordering pours of velvet merkin & bretta weisse. ordered appetizers (french fries assortment & pretzel) which were very good. service was OK.. multiple requests for waters went unfulfilled; i guess we all helped out the water shortage that day.

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Photo of tasteology408
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Not much to sample here. They only serve 3 of 4 beers that you cannot buy at the store anyway. Plus they were out of half of those plus 2 others. Pointless to go if you can't even try different beer.food was awesome very high quality. You get what you pay for.

But over all it was like going to bjs.

More restaurant than brewery if you ask me. Not sure what the hype is but I would not come here ever again. Go to barrel works instead

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

Great service from attractive waitresses. Only flaw was that most of the beers served were ones you can buy at any grocery store. Enjoyed the multiple rounds of 5oz taster pours anyway. Food is excellent.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice place. My only negatives that the great beers that Firestone Walker puts out is not on tap at the "mother brewery". As I was driving in from Monterey, I took a detour to sample something I never tried before, I was a bit disappointed. I had an 8 oz pour of Parabola. it is a good beer but at my regular spot, I get the same beer in a 10.5 oz pour at a better price and an overall better selection of their unique beers. All in all, a cool place to visit. A good spot to buy a tee shirt but, check the section if you are planning to stop in just for a beer.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries. For my birthday my family took me to the brewery for a tour and lunch. We all had a great time. I had Stickee Monkey, Anniversary 18, Double DBA, and Aggrestic. I took growlers home of Wookey Jack and Double Jack. I felt like the food was pretty good, but the beer is definitely the best part. It was a really fun day.

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Photo of RogueOz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Firestone does a great job overall.The private tasting area available is separate to the main restaurant, although you can also sit at the bar in the main facility and do flights. Parking here can be a mess, especially in inclement weather, parking on the curb-less road and limited stalls on premises. The bottle sales area is much larger, which also seem to be the brewery tour gathering area, so it can be occasionally very crowded. This is the main brewing facility so the vibe here is much different to the Buelton facility, which is more storage than production. The menu is identical, and tap-list similar to Buelton. I attended a Feral release in Buelton that also coincided with the 14 Parabola release. They offered 4yr flights in this facility but not at Buelton on the day of the release. I'm not sure if this is always the case for such releases. I stop by here when I can. Price for food is a little more than most places but the food is of quality and freshness. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Great beer and great prices on beer. Good food, expect to pay $12-$25 per person for food. I'd go back if i was ever in the area, but its not near much. Union Jack and their dark beers are outstanding.

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Photo of Goalcam
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Beer menu is pretty good with some rarer beers available. The bar food menu is more limited than the restaurant and the negative is that the restaurant has short hours. I would certainly advise them to keep the restaurant open more throughout the day and definitely all day on the weekend. Tours and a nice little shop with the full beer selection are also available.

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Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on Cinco de Mayo in the evening. It is an impressive restaurant/brewpub as you walk in the door. Lots of brushed stainless steel and wood. I sat at the U shaped bar that was half full. Took about a minute for me to get a menu and some attention. The bartenders seemed preoccupied. This became worse as the night went on since the place closes at 9 pm. But they were nice.

The quality of the beers is excellent with a pretty good selection. I would expect more on tap given the number of beers this place produces, however it is still much better than most places. I had a 9 oz Parabola first. Naturally it was terrific on tap. Then I had Pale 31, Taproom Brown, Hammersmith IPA, and lastly Pivo Pils. The only one I would skip is the Taproom Brown.

Between the store and the brewpub left with a bottle of 2012 Parabola, 3 bottles of 2014 Sucaba, 2 bottles of Velvet Merlin, 1 bottle of the 16th Anniversary, and 1 bottle of the 14th Anniversary. They have an impressive walk in cooler adjacent to the store for your purchasing pleasure. My wallett was much lighter after this visit! However worth it given that I live in Florida.

The food was good but nothing to rave about. If you are in the Central California coast area then I would recommend visiting.

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Photo of KMDouds
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally got to the Taproom on New Year's Eve 2013/2014- having passed by it on the 101 the last several years, it was this Beer Lover's near perfect lunch experience. In addition to the variety of Firestone Walker Brews available commercially, the Taproom made available a few non-distributed offerings including a recently awarded IPA- my personal favorite style.

Because my family and I travel from Long Beach to Monterey, CA at least once a year- we now have another compelling destination to break up the drive! Next time we'll hopefully set aside a few extra minutes to take the Brewery tour next door. This is a spectacular Company with a special trajectory- Bravo!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The taproom offers standard, delicious bar food as well as some interesting and creative entrees depending on your mood. Beer selection is pretty good, although if you want the speciality, barrel aged beers (parabola, abacus, etc.) you need to go across the street to the tasting room. Don't fret too much, you can still get classics like Double Jack and Wookey Jack in the taproom.

Service was very friendly and attentive. Staff gave great recommendations both for the taproom and the Paso Robles area, including other restaurants and wineries.

Atmosphere is the biggest drawback. There's a cool bottling line going through the bar area, but aside from that it's no different than a standard sports bar or restaurant interior.

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Photo of tastyville
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This review is by no means a review on their beer. Their beer is still among my favorites. I remember when they didn't have that restaurant across from the brewery. I remember the taproom in the brewery was amazing. You used to be able to get tulips of Velvet Merkin on tap. I remember I tried to bribe one of the bartenders there to fill up a growler for me. I got turned down. The place was quaint, they didn't serve food and the bartenders cared about their beer and the customers. The place had high ceilings and a smaller floor plan with bench seeting and bistro tables. There were complimentary pretzels and peanuts. Well they have since closed this taproom to open up the pretty average eatery across the street. The bar is cool- they have a stainless conveyor belt with some of their beers along for the ride. The selection of beer is great, too. Sometimes they have their UDBA on cask which is amazing! The food reminds me of what I can get at TGIFs or Chili's. Not really the type of food I'd want to pair with their fine beer and pay that much for it. I used to live 7 minutes away. I counted. I loved going there but then they shut the small taproom down and opened up the pretty average restaurant. I just went to the bar anymore and it was kind of a bummer...

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Photo of arnold931
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Nice location. It is in the middle of wine country. The taproom is like a regular bar/restaurant with a great beer selection. I was dragging my wife around California touring breweries, but she loved this place. They had a blueberry/fruit ale that she loved. I don't remember the name. Worth a visit.

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Photo of mverity
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The place looks great; however, it' feels more like a restaurant with the beer as an after thought. The beer was excellent as I'm accustomed to from FW. Our server was okay, but not too knowledgable. Good variety of beer styles, and the wine list looked good as well. The food was crazy overpriced and not very good. I'd only go back to scoop up some take home beers or to grab a pint.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What I said on Yelp:

This was the first brewery I've been to at which every single beer was good if not spectacular. There always seems to be at least one beer here or there, if not many, that just don't do it for me---even at my favorite breweries. But FW really is on to something.

I came in with my cousins and wife, one who enjoys beer but is not a fiend like me, the other who was looking to get wasted, and my wife who was most likely hoping to see cider on the menu. I can't say they were as impressed as I was, but they all found several beers to enjoy. And yeah, we tried every beer they had.

Of course, I threw down a two ouncer of the Sucaba and the Parabola first, squeezing them in before I took a guided tour. Both beers are highly sought among beer geeks and have high ratings on BA, so I couldn't contain myself. I was highly impressed by the smoothness and balance, even if the alcohol content in both was more apparent than I would've expected. I am chalking that up to the freshness of these beers that most people cellar, so I no complaints.

After the tour, which showed their blind tasting area, brewing components, and the kegging and canning process, I returned to the room ready to run through their menu. Thankfully, the small pour option (2 or 4 ounces, I forget) allowed our crew to find what we loved. I was unfortunately pressured to drink up quickly so I didn't take notes or really get the chance to savor and assess each beer the way I'd like to, but I can say with assurance that I could regularly drink FW's DBA, their Union Jack, the Wookey Jack, the Double Jack, the Unfiltered DBA (better than the regular!), the Double DBA, the Parabola and the Sucaba. I'd be in here everyday if I lived in the area. But the real treat was the Parabajava, the breweries coffee-laden version of the Parabola. Not only was this a great beer, but also a treat for being available only at the taproom.

Finally, you can pick up some of their brews, as well as snifters and mini-snifters and other swag in the taproom, much of this stuff being a real catch. I had to splurge on some bottles to take home to New Mexico and spent above $60 for three bottles. Well worth it though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a cool place but has a very corporate feel to it. It is absolutely huge and I can't imagine too many times where there would be a long wait for a table. The place is very clean and modern.

The beer selection was a tad disappointing. There was a list of brewpub only beers, but none were all that interesting. The disappointing part was the lack of any of the special release beers on tap. I was told that I just missed a Parabola vintage release, which only made it worse.

On the positive, the service was EXCELLENT. And they sell bottles of the most recent release of Parabola, Double DBA, and Sucaba for on-premises consumption or to go for basically retail price ($17) and they also had the most recent anniversary beer for sale fro $24, which is also retail.

The food was good but nothing to write home about.

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