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.
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!
My fiancee and I both loved the rustic look. Lots of wood and corrugated steel. It felt very homey, half industrial, half farmhouse. As a homebrewer, I liked that you could see their brewing operations from your seat at the bar.
For a new brewery, I was impressed with the ambitiousness of their selection, including two different kinds of lagers and a smoked stout. The smoked stout was fantastic. The Hoppy Poppy IPA was Simcoe heaven. I couldnít recommend it highly enough.
They get demerits for not having two of their most popular beers available at the time of our visit (though some growing pains are expected). Also the hostess, though friendly and attentive, could not answer most of the detailed brewing questions I had, so they lose points there.
Still, this was a very pleasant surprise and one of the best breweries I have been too. It is definitely worth the trip just for the Hoppy Poppy. But the ambiance and selection put it over the top.
Little hidden gem. Heard about it from an awards list at San Diego Beer Festival. Thought I would try their Stout, was very impressed. Place was well equipped, trained staff. Beers were very good across the board. Pale ale was well balanced. More of a session beer in class but great malt balance. They had a Danish Red Lager that had to be the biggest surprise to me since I was expecting a sugary beer but it was very crisp great finish. One of the better CA beers outside of the mecca down here in San Diego. Going back for a wedding will stop back by.
What a find! My wife and I were on our way back from wine tasting and saw this on ratebeer and stopped by. In an industrial park but inside is a killer taproom and an active brewery. 8 beers on tap which was nice and they had a Davy Brown Ale which was great as a brown fan. All the beers were well above average and well balanced. I guess they are a newer brewery but already have 4 gold medals. Stout and Pale have great flavor. My wife and I will make sure we stop in again.
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.