Firestone Walker Barrelworks

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Firestone Walker BarrelworksFirestone Walker Barrelworks
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Firestone Walker BarrelworksFirestone Walker Barrelworks

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

620 McMurray Rd
Buellton, California, 93427-2511
United States

(805) 350-7385 | map

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Added by deford on 10-30-2014

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by 2GOOFY:
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My local go-to so probably biased. But I love this place, try to make it in every Friday after work. Sour and strong ale fans will think it's worth the trip.

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Photo of crobinso
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of grapeshops
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BillyTheKid
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a great spot for food and for a massive selection of the Firestone Barrelworks collection.

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Photo of tux_alin
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of andyjeigh
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of shoegueuze
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great little taproom and restaurant! I'm including the restaurant too because they're adjoined. The beertenders are told to be super friendly and helpful and it shows. Mine was to the point of being annoying (in a nice way.) There was a decent number of bottles available to go and the selection on draught was also quite extensive including some verts of diff batches. Food next door was quite nice too.

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Photo of daem3384
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is simply an exceptional little tasting room and "wild" aging facility attached to their Buellton Taproom. Incredible, albeit quite expensive, tap list is split about 50/50 between wilds and barrel-aged vintages (most are $1+ per ounce). Very short bar at the front of the room, with tables and stools of repurposed barrel staves and iron about the rest of the room. Slick and scientific (!) infographics on barrel aging adorn the walls in here. Glass double doors at the rear invite you into the cool, dimly lit "wild" barrel aging facility, complete with larger than life tapestries and Baroque chandeliers.

The staff was incredibly helpful, asking just frequently enough if we had questions, needed more tasters, or if we wanted to chat about their beer or process. One gent in particular was insanely passionate and knowledgable about virtually their entire offering, great talking with him.

As an out-of-stater, I can't understate how pleased we were that they had so many of their heralded nectars on tap. I love how you can only get 3oz snifters each go, a setup that beckons you to try different styles and vintages. Beside, where else can a guy and his wife share Parabola, Sucaba, Rye Double, Stickee Monkey and Helldorado without having to line up in advance in a crowded bar? Just an incredible and easy going experience.

As others have said, they have a cooler with a solid selection of barrel aged and/or wild bottles to go. They also seem to have a different merch selection here than they do 50 yards away in the Taproom, and some of it was on clearance which was sweet.

If we're ever back in central California, we will make it a point to swing in here again!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.95/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This place is beautiful, and I have been going here for a long time (well before Barrelworks installment which was a huge plus). I love FW, but have always felt the service here isn't the best, and sadly, the to-go section has gone slightly down hill (probably because of increased popularity over the years). Not to mention the ridiculous prices of some of their past offerings. The food is great, the beer is world class, so hey, I still love this place and will continue to stop by every time I travel north. Cheers!

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lanedlr
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of LocestLXCX
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.16/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Visited 04/16 on our way up to the Paso Robles Location. I was looking forward to this stop the most on our weekend trip from AZ. Sadly it was the most disappointing brewery stop of the 3 we made. Service was awful from the main bar and Barrelworks bar staff. I was not greeted until after my fiance had time to go to the restroom and come back. Was not presented a tap list just asked rudely what I wanted. I abandoned our two bar stools and tried my luck on the barrelworks side.

On the barrelworks side the staff did not seem interested in our visit or being helpful I ordered a taster of Parabola and paid for a couple bottles we grabbed out of the cooler. Had to wait around after paying to ask for a bag for our beers. Was told no more Parabola bottles.

Decided to grab a quick appetizer of the 3 servers we experienced our waitress was the best of the 3. After eating my fiance decided she wanted a tank top after a long wait with no help from the main bar (not very busy) she tried to go over to the barrelworks bar to pay. I am glad she did because now the beer they were out of was mysteriously in the cooler, and we were able to grab a Parabola each. So the one plus of the poor service and us having to wait around we were able to get the bottles we wanted.

I was really looking forward to being here for a couple hours and to try some of the stuff the had on the amazing barrelworks list. Sadly we were maybe there for 45 minutes and hit the road hoping Paso would be better. After an amazing night at The Bruery taproom this was a huge letdown.

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Photo of drewone
4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Awesome selection when I was in. Barrel-aged beers, wild ales, and on and on. I wanted to drink everything but unfortunately there weren't flights available. No tall pours either unfortunately, as I would have loved to get a big boy pour of their Hydra Cuvee, 19th Anniversary or Parabola.

Actually, I wanted big boy pours of the wild ales too which were all highly impressive. They did have some of the wild ales for to-go bottle sales, but I didn't have the same luck finding any Barrel-aged stuff to-go.

Service was friendly and the gal serving very attentive and polite and knowledgeable.

It's also nice having the restaurant next door although it would be even cooler if the food was good and if one could order a beer in Barrelworks to drink at the restaurant.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Fantastic pub inside a larger beer bar/ restaurant. Plenty for the everyday craft lover...and even more for those looking for something extraordinary.
First...the people were awesome. People in larger facility were upbeat and friendly...very helpful. Ryan, Melissa and Bo in the Barrel Works bar were over the top. Super knowledge; super nice and super special going above and beyond. many interesting and delicious tart beers. Too much fun. Then the big beers blow you away...literally. One offs; vertical 3 years of Parabola; XIX and Sucaba 16?; even more??? Beer menu has extraordinarily well written descriptions of the beer (accompanied by great insider back stories and details from the bar team.
Had been looking forward to this prior to my traveling from East Coast, and was way more than satisfied. This was drinking with the Pros...and drinking world class brewing. Who would have ever thought Buellton, CA would be a beer (not wine) destination? When they do "Sideways II" ...Paul Giamatti will be coming here!
Great job make this pretty special.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Raziel313
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Spud762
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Intlpostman
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my favorite tasting rooms. The staff is Great and the selection of barrel beers from wild/sour to barleywine/stouts is on a level few others can match.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Stopped in for some tasters in the Barrelworks tasting room. Cool vibe all around with racks and racks of barrels in the back. Best part was walking around the cool room on a warm day and looking and what beers were in which barrels. Oh yea and the tasting selection options are incredible, SLOambic and Parabajava were the two best...

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Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA
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