United States > California > Buellton
SmashinSaxon (20) Virginia | April 8, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (73) Florida | July 28, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Itís located in an unassuming, non-touristy area of Buellton. It has undergone an evolution of sorts, at key times in its development. Itís owned by a local person, which allows him to be in touch with the community. When I first starting patronizing the brewpub (Feb í11), there were never more than a handful of people there. With the beerís exploding popularity, itís nearly impossible to find a seat now on a weekend. The wait staff is 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.ís mug club was a brilliant idea and has morphed into itís own fraternal sub-culture. There is certainly some envy of club members without the conceit from members. Thereís 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. Itís more due to luck, being in the know, and perhaps being in the right place at the right time. The way itís 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. The brewer, AJ Stoll, a Santa Cruz Banana Slug and former dorm room homebrewer is a genius. 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 businessís inception. Good for them and great for us, the consumers. Lastly, I like that Fig. Mtn. is in an anonymous area of town. It 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.
Thrillhouse35 (37) California | July 22, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Have visited this place many times and just now getting around to reviewing it. You walk through what looks like a reception area to get into the tasting room, which has the distinct smell that reminds you that you are sitting in a brewery. The beers are pretty average, and priced fairly decently as well. On an interesting note, they give you a bowl of pretzels and mustard which are a pleasant snack will drinking the brews.
Schlenkerla (322) , Austria | February 9, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
We visited the place late 2011, they just celebrated their first year. Nice looking brewery with a great tap room. Beers were very tasty, considering the brewery was so new in business, very impressive. This brewery might have a bright future.
bytemesis (324) Sunnyvale, California | February 4, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit; this was my backup. My plan was to hit the FW barrelhouse, but it was closed, so I headed here, and I am glad I did. Quite a nice place, doing a great business on Superbowl Sunday. 10 taps running, and four 4 oz tasters were only $6. Their regular lineup was also available as bombers for $5. I ended up unknowingly sitting next to the owner, who was a pretty good guy and loved talking about beer. I wish the beer was a bit better overall.
brokensail (756) Orange County, California | December 24, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting place. An outdoor seating area out front, a small lobby area with some couches and another area just before the bar with some tables. Fairly small bar, but lots of space and tables in the main tasting room area. They had a live band playing. The service was pretty quick and friendly. Flights of 4 beers were $6. Beers on the whole were just okay, but all were something you could drink a glass of. Interesting "old western" decor, too.
t0rin0 (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 22, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Finally made it here for my first time yesterday (12/21/12). Iíve been trying for a while, basically since they opened.
This place was pretty nice, maybe not a in the expensive restaurant sense but as a brewery that doesnt serve food I had a lot of fun. There was a band playing some blues as well as the obligatory Christmas songs, free pretzels, friendly servers, and plenty of drunk asses Advocating hard. There is also a bit of random stuff on the walls like the history of the nail or history of fencing materials.
There were 12 taps, a few bottles for takeaway, growlers, and souvenier glasses available. The IPAs were the best beers hands down. Some of the others were interesting like the red lager and the brown ale. The second anniversary unfortunately was not very good on tap, though I had it a few weeks earlier from the bottle at Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest and it was considerably better then. Prices on flights are moderately high. We paid $18 + tip on 12 samples.
There was a food truck outside and plenty of free pretzels and mustard inside. Decent amount of seating and even a couch in the lobby area. With 12 taps Iíll make sure to stop in again some time. Itís also just a few miles (about 4) from Solvang Brewing.
daknole (359) Scottsdale, Arizona | June 16, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Tucked away in a small town off the 101 is a great little gem. Great pub/bar atmosphere. Nicely decorated. Clean and really well done. I would love to call this my hometown brewery.
JPDurden24 (138) Chandler, Arizona | June 10, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Really cool place with a lot of great brews. Atmosphere is phenomenal, awesome mountain views. Great service and nice people.
dartman953 (2) | November 28, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
A true gem on the Central Coast, this little brewery only one year old is putting out some of the most fantastic brews around. In only this short amount of time they have won multiple gold medals at different International Festivals in 4 different categories. The brewery has a very home feel to it with the local regulars "muggers" enjoying the brews along with plenty of newbies. The Stagecoach Stout they serve on Nitro so it comes out nice and silky smooth with an amazing chocolate and espresso finish. My favorite is the Hoppy Poppy IPA. More of a session IPA with a nice grapefruit type aftertaste. The Davy Brown Ale was most of my friends favorite but the big surprise was the Danish Red. WOW! Awesome finish to this brew. We were pleased to see they have most all of these in bottles for purchase (except the Hoppy Poppy which they said will be in bottles in 2 weeks). If you are driving up through the Central Coast, make sure not to miss this spot on your trip. Youíll be glad you did!
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