Firestone Walker Barrelworks | Buellton, California
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Firestone Walker Barrelworks
Excellent based on 13 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 (4) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 5

Firestone Walker Barrelworks

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Beer Available At Firestone Walker Barrelworks (arranged by most recent)
Firestone Walker Feral One Batch 2 , Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee 100, Firestone Walker Sour Opal 98, Firestone Walker Helldorado 98, Firestone Walker Reginald Brett 98, Firestone Walker Foeder #2 , Firestone Walker Feral Vinifera - Component Two: Chenin Blanc , Firestone Walker / Flying Dog Hydra Cuvťe 90, Firestone Walker 18 (XVIII Eighteenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin 96, Firestone Walker Maltose Falcons Brownywine 88, Firestone Walker SLOambic 99, Firestone Walker Gestalt , Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 99, Firestone Walker Feral Vinifera 95, Firestone Walker 14 100, Firestone Walker Double DBA 99, Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse 97, Firestone Walker Opal 97, Firestone Walker PNC 100
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13 reviews for Firestone Walker Barrelworks
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  74%
 Selection  79%
 Food  100%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
t0rin0  (1462) 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 youíre 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 wouldnít 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 donít get these people.
Schlenkerla  (378) , 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
Iím 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. Iíll 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  (77) 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  (260) Kristiansand, Norway | August 9, 2013
The tap room itself isnít very exiting, but nice anyway. Knowing that thereís lots of barrels in the backroom though, thatís 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 youíre 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD  (57) San Diego, California | May 11, 2013
Small sampler pours that are on the pricey side but the selection is deep and filled with beers youíre not going to try elsewhere. Setting is intimate and nicely laid out. A very cool compliment to the existing Buellton tap room and restaurant.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis  (445) Sunnyvale, California | April 24, 2013
Finally! Stopped in on a Sunday on our way back home from Disneyland. 16 taps, filled with yummy barrelworks only goodness, plus a few "regulars." You walk through the actual, dark, barrelhouse to get to the tasting room, which is a cool touch. They only do tasters here, but they are reasonably priced. Staff is friendly and helpful. All in all a really fun place. Main drawbacks are: limited hours, silly rules (you canít even take a taster from the tasting room to the adjoining restaurant. No growler fills or even full pints. As previously noted, they have an interesting bottles to go cooler, with Anniversary beers back to 13 and Parabola back to 2011. But holy crap do you pay for the older stuff!

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