Breweries along the 101.. Help Please

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  1. aekoops

    aekoops Initiate (112) Jan 20, 2011 California
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    Hi Folks,

    Driving down from the Bay Area and normally bolt down the 5. This time, we are going to roll slower and hit the 101. Got permission from stop by a brewery.

    1. What are the highlights along the 5. I know Firestone Walker in Paso is good, but what else is there?

    2. Any of aforementioned highlights kid friendly?

    Thanks!

    Adam
     
  2. soco89ziegler

    soco89ziegler Initiate (137) Nov 28, 2015 California
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    How far down are you going?
     
  3. aekoops

    aekoops Initiate (112) Jan 20, 2011 California
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    likely as far as morro bay and then cutting back in after doing some camping.... but open to hear about anything
     
  4. JayORear

    JayORear Champion (885) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    Libertine, either in Morro Bay or SLO. I've seen kids at all the Firestone locations, mostly in the restaurants. Also, Tap It in SLO.

    If you have one choice, make it Firestone.
     
  5. jdouge

    jdouge Initiate (25) Nov 27, 2005 California

    Firestone Barrelworks in Buellton if you can push the trip an hour farther south!
     
  6. 3SH33TS

    3SH33TS Aspirant (227) Dec 21, 2010 California
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    Barrelhouse in Paso.
     
  7. freeballard

    freeballard Disciple (389) Oct 21, 2008 California
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    Barrelhouse in Paso is great and there is a fairly new cider house next door, Tin City Ciders.
     
  8. rrryanc

    rrryanc Aspirant (286) May 19, 2006 California

    Alvarado Street in Salinas is probably worth a stop, and allegedly child friendly. I've only actually been to their Monterey location, so not definitive on that.
     
  9. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (415) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    While Firestone is great, you've probably had most of what they are pouring. As others mentioned, I recommend Barrelhouse, as their beer has greatly improved, and its an awesome location. I second the recommendation on Tin City Cider. They are next door, and doing some great fruited and barreled ciders.
     
  10. brewaddict

    brewaddict Aspirant (274) Nov 25, 2015 California
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    The Salinas location for Alvarado Street is right off of the highway and is fine if you want to stop and have a beer, pickup cans, or a crowler. But, it's just a bar setup in a warehouse with the brewing equipment along the walls. I wouldn't say it's really kid friendly. They don't serve food unless you catch it when there is a truck scheduled.

    If you can make it over to their Monterey location, it's a full service pub with seating for the fam.
     
  11. Martin_carvalho

    Martin_carvalho Initiate (73) Jun 13, 2014 California


    I would see if you could get permission to detour a bit into Capitola and stop at Sante. If not Alvarado Street has great beers.
     
  12. aekoops

    aekoops Initiate (112) Jan 20, 2011 California
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    Sante and I are well aquatinted. That would be a much longer visit.

    Thanks all for the input. Made it down with a single uneventful so at Firestone. Next time the stop will be elsewhere. Alvarado in Salinas was closed on Monday unfortunately.

    Now if anyone has a recommendation for the 5 between la and the bay...
     
  13. rrryanc

    rrryanc Aspirant (286) May 19, 2006 California

    Don't stop.
     
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  14. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (113) Feb 21, 2017 California

    Lol!
    Seriously.
     
  15. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (113) Feb 21, 2017 California

    If you take the 5 up to 580, the obvious choice is Altamont in Livermore. Juice above the Clouds FTW!!
     
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