Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.77/5
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

45 Industrial Way
Buellton, California, 93427
United States

(805) 694-2252 | map
figmtnbrew.com

Notes:
Food available for purchase at adjoining restaurant.

Added by t0rin0 on 01-15-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
108
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,319
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
48
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
3.93%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by DocJitsu:
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4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's located in an unassuming, non-touristy area of Buellton. This place has undergone an evolution of sorts, with more change expected in the near future. It's owned by a local person, which has it's advantages (e.g., in touch with the community) and disadvantages (e.g., less aggressive with investment for expansion). There have been recent additions of brewing equipment, which has made an already cramped space even moreso. When I first starting patronizing the brewpub (sometime around February 2011), there were never more than a handful of people there. With the beer's exploding popularity, it's nearly impossible to find a seat now on a weekend. The wait staff is always patient and attentive. However, there simply may be too few of them to handle the demand at times. The overall pleasant and patient personality of the wait staff parallels that of the manager, Dave, who is a British gentleman who has experience in the brew pub industry.

Fig. Mtn.'s mug club was a brilliant idea and has morphed into it's own fraternal sub-culture. There is certainly some envy of club
members without the conceit from members. There's plenty of
social involvement--even among members and non-members. While membership is exclusive, it is not necessarily the result of VIP, power, or wealth. It's more due to luck, being in the know, and perhaps being in the right place at the right time. The way it's been explained to me is that nearly immediately after the brew pub opened in Fall 2010, the waitlist for the mug club was pages deep.

Pints of anything Fig. Mtn. has are available. They have bombers to take with you and they also sell growlers at a reasonable price. But, the sampler flights are very popular. Particularly among non-mug club members and tourists. This gives you the unique opportunity to try all of Fig. Mtn.'s offerings for a very fair price.

Now, the brewer. AJ Stoll, a Santa Cruz Banana Slug and former dorm room homebrewer is a genius. He has created one of the most remarkable collections of artisan beers in America and, perhaps, the world. This is one of those rare occasions where a local business owner pairs up with a subject matter expert who likely far surpasses any expectations the owner had at the business's inception. Good for them and great for us, the consumers.

Lastly, I like that Fig. Mtn. is in an anonymous area of town, but I think a move to larger and, unfortunately, a likely more visible area is inevitable.

The Buellton rivalry (Fig. Mtn. v. Firestone-Walker) is on like Donkey Kong!

ADDENDUM: Figueroa Moutain has now added a beer garden to the east side of their building. All outdoors with some grass, fire pits, adirondack chairs, picnic tables, umbrellas for shade, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, and a stage for live music. This has immensely improved the atmosphere, hence my increase in the rating, in addition to the space issue that was becoming a problem. This has been an excellent addition.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shoegueuze
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The interior of this place is quite nice, good wood motif, decent amount of seating and to-go bottle list selection was also cool. Few of the pluses: They do flights for $8 for four 4. oz pours (which is a good deal imo). They also sell a lot of the bottles they're pouring there. If they don't have bottles of it this place has a crowler canning machine and the beertender informed me they would do fills of any of their beers on draught (though that some would be pricier than others, obviously.)

The cons of this taproom are the location, there's just nowhere to fucking park! My father and I came on a Monday around 1 PM in the afternoon and there was literally NO parking. I would expect it on a Friday evening but at this hour it's a bit ridiculous. I feel like in order for this taproom to truly be good it would need to move somewhere where there's enough parking or buy up some more space for parking because the inconvenience of getting to this taproom makes me not want to return.

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Photo of HippieDave56
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bradybeer
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really nice place for high quality beers and excellent vibe. We stopped off before hitting our hotel for a few beers. We had the Danish Red, Black IPA, Imperial Brown and Bohemian Pils. All were solid with the Black IPA being outstanding. We will be back.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.07/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Camillo
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Krusty71
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Teen-o
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The main brewery is a must stop if you are in the area. They usually have at least 10 of their beers on tap and some bottles for purchase to go. There is seating inside and patio seating outside. I believe they offer tours of the brewery at certain times. Service has always been pleasant but it can take a while to get beer if they are busy.

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Photo of torr99
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mig100
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of My-glass-half-full
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Great service and complementary tastings on mid-day weekdays.

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Photo of Orthodoxkardia
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Maybe not my favorite beers ( nothing to complain about, they're tasty enough) but the staff was excellent. Would come back just for the service... And beers.

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Photo of the_encinitan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of aquazr1
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of teraflx
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of HobbNobber
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Absolut
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Visited the Santa Barbara location. Full selection of the beers while watching nfl football. Ordered food through bartender from lucky penny which has great pizza. Excellent afternoon of beer and food. Great service.

A must if you are in SB and looking for some beer.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Nbdreher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of vtarider
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,319 ratings.
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