This place is like a GD campus. Itís enormous, with the golf-carts whipping around, an entire blockís-worth of kegs towering over one sector. The bottle-shop area didnít have much in the way of special stuff and was no more reasonably priced (maybe even higher on vintage stuff) than I can find here in PDX.
Didnít stop for lunch but grabbed a growler fill of the special pub-only beer.
Not an overwhelming experience, but really the most reliably amazing brewer of beers I can think of.
Only did the visitor center and the tour, but it was great. Beautiful brewery with a nice bar to try some samples at before and after the tour. Service was great, friendly and knowledgeable, I think all were cicerone beer server certified. Selection was awesome, the core stuff plus some stuff I didnít even know Firestone made. A very cool brewery making great barrel aged beers, as well as some superb regular stuff.
I went to gain weight using food and beer. Sorry, no tour. I was successfull in my goal but wait, there was more. Friendly service, above average food, and a good tap selection.Velvet Merlin on tap? Yes fucking please. Oh, thereís a sweet view of the freeway, too. No but seriously, Paso is beautiful, but this freeway view was stellar.
SinH4 (98) Garching b. MŁnchen, Germany | June 24, 2015
Did not have time to do a brewery tour, unfortunately. A nice place with nice ambiance, very american! Located right next to the Freeway. The food was good, the beer is Firestone Walker, which I had wanted to dry for a while already. Food was not cheap, the beer flights are quite cheap. Overall recommended.
At a conference in Pacific Grove with a day off, so we headed down there on a Wednesday after booking a tour over e-mail 2 weeks out (probably not necessary, as there were only 2 others on the tour). Tour was fun, cool history with some samples during it. Our tour guide gave us a few more samples in the tasting room too, which was really cool and appreciated. Had lunch across the street in their tap room. A little disappointed that the barrel aged beers (4 of them) were available at the tasting room but not across the street in their restaurant. Food was very good. They also had bottles for sale (Stickee Monkee, Velvet Merkin and 17). Would certainly stop by if driving past on the 101!
Went on a tour and had lunch at the brewpub. Tour was pretty good, a few samples and some neat stories (Current head brewer breaking in when FW bought the brewery from the bank, was then hired due to the dedication to the beer, still in tanks, that the FW crew saw in him) Great selection in the brewery taproom after the tour. Some vintage stuff as well as their more well distributed offerings. Lots of beer for takeaway, both growlers and bottles. Prices seemed rather high. Food at the taproom was good, though pricey (I think...thanks Jeff!). I had the daily special pizza. Overall, Iíd return again for the beers in the brewery, but would probably scroll past lunch there.
The place looks great; however, ití feels more like a restaurant with the beer as an after thought. The beer was excellent as Iím accustomed to from FW. Our server was okay, but not too knowledgable. Good variety of beer styles, and the wine list looked good as well. The food was crazy overpriced and not very good. Iíd only go back to scoop up some take home beers or to grab a pint.
The Taproom was special. There is a sign on the wall that states: "We are living beer." The Taproom is across the street the brewery and their tasting room. It was Sunday and they had the NFL games running in the bar area. Overhead the bar was a track with beer bottles moving in a circle. This is definetly "Industrial chic". The kitchen is open to the dinning area. It has the feeling of inside a brewery. Beers are excellent.