Firestone Walker Barrelworks | Buellton, California
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Firestone Walker Barrelworks
Excellent based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

620 McMurray Rd
Buellton, California United States 93427 [ print map ]
530 520 6981 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Fri - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Mayor: Leighton (5) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 5

Firestone Walker Barrelworks

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Beer Available At Firestone Walker Barrelworks (arranged by most recent)
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin 96, Firestone Walker Maltose Falcons Brownywine 88, Firestone Walker Velvet Añejo Merkin , Firestone Walker Feral One Batch 2 , Firestone Walker Agrestic Single Barrel # 9 , Firestone Walker Agrestic Single Barrel #16 , Firestone Walker / Flying Dog Hydra Cuvée 92, Firestone Walker Sour Opal 99, Firestone Walker Feral Vinifera - Component Two: Chenin Blanc , Firestone Walker Bretta Rosé 99, Firestone Walker Feral Vinifera 97, Firestone Walker Lil Opal 95, Firestone Walker 18 (XVIII Eighteenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee 100, Firestone Walker Helldorado 98, Firestone Walker Reginald Brett 98, Firestone Walker Foeder #2 , Firestone Walker SLOambic 99, Firestone Walker Gestalt , Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 99
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15 reviews for Firestone Walker Barrelworks
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  77%
 Selection  83%
 Food  100%
 Value  76%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb  (205) San Diego, California | March 6, 2015
Le temple du chêne et de la fermentation audacieuse est tout simplement l’endroit le plus charismatique que j’ai eu la chance de cotoyer. La sélection est tout simplement phénoménale, le staff au sommet de sa forme et c’est également possible de repartir avec des bouteilles de Barrelworks et différents vintage de la BA series. Une fois que la lumière s’éteint, t’as juste à traverser de l’autre côté pour le resto-bar Firestone Walker avec ses classiques au sommet de leur fraîcheur.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
GT2  (629) San Diego County , California | March 4, 2015
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..2.21.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . .Isolated Facility, Buellton
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Lower than expected, $3 or less tasters
Tap Selection. . . .Extreme, 15+ one-offs, special editions
Bottle Selection. .FW Anniversarys back to FW15 ($90), Bottleworks bottles
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .No
Beer Level. . . . . ..Very High
Food Level. . . . ...None, brewpub attached, separate place entry
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Extremely well trained, knowledgable
Growlers. . . . . . ...No
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Open, modern, corrugated metal
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: An incredible place worth great lengths to visit...this is a specialty tasting room that focuses on FW specialty one-offs like their sours, anniversary blends, components of their sours and anniversary blends, experimental offerings. Everything on tap was very good to outstanding...most are available on tap only or for sale in special release bottles. This is an incredible place to savor a large variety of FW’s best and rarest beers and none of them dissapointed. You can walk away with bottles to go including cellared anniversary bottles all the way back to FW15 ($90), FW16 ($75), FW17 ($50), FW18 ($25). Bottleworks Lil Opal also for sale. Overall, do not miss and double check their opening hours as they are NOT the same as the brewpub attached.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
t0rin0  (1471) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 19, 2014
Visited May 17, 2014.

FINALLY made it in. Been trying to go for several years and they have these really crappy hours which makes it tough to stop in if you’re just passing through town. The one time (before) that I actually did get there during business hours they were closed for some event. And to top it off, when I made it in May they shut the bar down early due to the Bretta Rose release. Really? I strolled in an hour before closing and there was no line. I could buy as many cases of Bretta as I wanted (I got several) but they wouldn’t serve me a drink. The only line was for the one and only bathroom. Natrually they apologized for not wanting my business. I signed the credit card bill, took my boxes of beer, and ran out the door to find a bathroom. A tree would have done but there were a lot of people out in the parking lot, so I took off for the McDonalds down the street. This was about the extent of my visit. Ironically this was the same McDonalds that I went to after they ignored us for 30 minutes at their restaurant next door on a prior visit. I don’t get these people.
Schlenkerla  (382) , Austria | May 19, 2014
We visited this place 17.5.2014. When we arrived at 5.30 pm they told us we cannot be served anymore as they are closing earlier today although they officially close at 6pm. Great customer focus!!!! I love Firestone beers, however this was the worst customer experience I had during my 350 visits to beer bars/breweries so far. They just did not care!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol  (158) Pennsylvania | February 17, 2014
Our last stop on our drive to SD. Atmosphere was awesome, you can get a beer and take a walk through the barrel room or just sit at one of the tables or bar chairs. Service was solid. I never had to wait for a beer and the bartender was great to talk to, especially being a fellow cicerone. Selection was excellent. 10-11 specialty beers on, spilt down the middle between sours and dark beers, most of which never leave the premises. Prices on the beers were fine, $2-3 depending on which beer you order. Overall a really nice showpiece for the breweries barrel program. I wish more breweries did something like this with their barrel rooms, it is such a cool space to have a beer in.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
want1DIPA  (20) , | February 10, 2014
I’m biased here because I visited here when no one was in the room. With that said, my buddy and I had just come from the the Pliny the Younger tasting at Russian River. I’ll just say this, FW reigns supreme!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial  (79) Twin Cities, Minnesota | February 8, 2014
My second visit. Cold in the tasting room. Filled with newly minted beer drinkers who are kind of loud. Bumping the ambiance up a bit based on wandering around in the barrel room itself, which is really cool. Lots of beer on tap - their strong ales are really superb.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Meilby  (58) Kristiansand, Norway | August 13, 2013
Entering through the barrel warehouse was rather cool. The beers where fantastic, friendly staff and good service. There is a couple of different vintages of Parabola, Sucaba and DDBA for sale to go.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie  (262) Kristiansand, Norway | August 9, 2013
The tap room itself isn’t very exiting, but nice anyway. Knowing that there’s lots of barrels in the backroom though, that’s cool. Any you can enter the barrel room too. We had friendly and quick service, the prices are a bit steep I think, but then the beers are mostly fantastic. Be sure to stop by if you’re near.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus  (95) California | July 28, 2013
26 July 2013. Located in a small room in the Buelton FSW taprooms. The only down side is that the Barrelworks and the taprooms are separate entities so you pay one tab before moving to the second location. Barrelworks is staffed entirely by cicerones who know beer. They may have been overly chatty with regulars but that's part of the game. Small location made for a cozy atmosphere. Amazing beer made it perfect. Had about 10 beers, all served in 3 oz pours and priced at $3-$4 apiece.

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