Finally made it here for my first time yesterday (12/21/12). I’ve 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 I’ll make sure to stop in again some time. It’s also just a few miles (about 4) from Solvang Brewing.
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.
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.
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.
A slightly hard to find brewery a few miles down the road from the Firestone Tap room. Parking is easy in the industrial space. A very nice looking tasting room that was surprisingly crowded for a brewery I had never heard of in a small town. The brewery is big and shiny, looks like there was a lot of money put in to this place and they have plenty of room to grow. They serve snacks (pretzels and some top notch mustard). Beers overall were slightly above average. No bad ones, but not many highlights. A worthy stop if you are in the area. Fair prices. They just started bottling.
Situé à une distance raisonnable (30min) à pied de Firestone/Barrelworks. Petit pub avec une tonne de charme et d’habiletés en commençant par la collection de barbelés dans l’entrée. Des bands se donnent en spectacle entre deux fermenteurs aussi parfois. Pour ce qui est de la bière, c’est assez égal de la ipa à l’impériale stout mais rien qui émerge dramatiquement.
It’s located in an unassuming, non-touristy area of Buellton. It has undergone an evolution of sorts, at key times in its development. It’s owned by a local person, which allows him to be in touch with the community. When I first starting patronizing the brewpub (Feb ’11), there were never more than a handful of people there. With the beer’s exploding popularity, it’s 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.’s mug club was a brilliant idea and has morphed into it’s own fraternal sub-culture. There is certainly some envy of club members without the conceit from members. There’s 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. It’s more due to luck, being in the know, and perhaps being in the right place at the right time. The way it’s 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 business’s 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.