AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0 (1463) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 24, 2013
Visited September 22, 2013.
I was told that they might not be open on Sundays so I was a bit surprised to see people at the bar while I was next door browsing the bottle selection. This is in the same building as Wade’s Wines and is of course owned by them as well. They advertise 100+ taps and they are in fact brewing on site now. I hadn’t even heard of this place until a few months ago (from bman) and it sounds like they’re ready to do their first anniversary party this weekend. They also plan to start offering growlers of the house beers at the same time they do the party.
It appears that they have a different fight of wine and another of beer every week to pick from. When I was there it was a flight of Almanac beers which included the 3 single hop beers as well as a gose. The gose was pretty good but I didn’t enjoy the single hop pales very much. They have a number of other premade flights on the front page of the drink menu and every tap shows both a pint and a sample price. You can keep busy just working through the new beers here. The house beers were interesting. I tried all four of them in a flight. I didn’t care for the SMASH beer with Centennial or the saison but I liked the Belgian IPA.
Just like next door at Wade’s, the service is very good, the prices are high, and the selection is hard to beat.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
FINALLY got a chance to come here. Tasting room attached to Wade’s Wines. About 100 beers on tap and tons of wines available for tasting as well. Some bottles, but they’re overpriced in the tasting room. Free pretzels with some small snack plates (sausage, cheese, olives) available. All beers available in sample pours as well as full pours. Prices are a little high (4 oz range from $2.50 - $4.50, full beers were all about $7-$9). A bit hectic in terms of service, but they really put in a lot of effort and make you feel welcomed. Would definitely return if the hours were more convenient and it were closer. They also have the Sundowner Brewing beers available here.
AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Renamed tasting room that was originally Wade’s Wine Tasting room (originally with 20 or so taps). They have expanded since and have 102 taps...you read that correctly! 60 or so bottles as well that they don’t sell next door. Pretzels and snacks. Really nice atmosphere with a bunch of wine paraphernalia. Lots of wine available as well (Malibu Sundowner is a Wine label of the owner of Wade’s). Staff is mostly knowledgeable. Beers are all available in full glasses or 4oz tasters. Prices are on the higher side but still reasonable. Still difficult for a first time visitor to find. Tap selection has quite a few local stuff as well as craft beer from around the country, Europe and Japan. No macros. Its not often I can find a bar within 50 miles of my house that has 7 unrated beers on tap. Impressive. I hope they can get enough traffic to have 102 beers rotate/stay fresh.