SLO Brewing Co. | San Luis Obispo, California
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SLO Brewing Co.
Exceptional based on 14 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1119 Garden St
San Luis Obispo, California United States 93401 [ print map ]
805 543 1843

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Mayor: Theydon_Bois (9) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 4+


SLO Brewing Co.

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Beer Available At SLO Brewing Co. (arranged by most recent)
SLO Cali Wheat , SLO Honey Blonde 21, SLO Pilsner , SLO Blueberry Ale 40, SLO Reggae Red , SLO Oatmeal Stout 85, SLO Imperial Winter Brown , SLO IPA 71, SLO Irish Stout
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14 reviews for SLO Brewing Co.
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  74%
 Selection  66%
 Food  72%
 Value  76%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  76%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 22, 2012
Been here twice now, once in the middle of the day a couple years ago and once last night (12/21/12).

The place gets pretty busy at night. I kind of felt like an asshole ordering a flight while he bar was packed on a Friday nigth but what can you do? The flight is set at 6 samples and you dont get to mix and match. I asked for tastes of the two and we got them for free.

The beer isnt overly offensive but it isnt amazing either. I remember the Blueberry and the Pale being on tap at Yardhouse 5 or 6 years ago but I dont think theyíre distributed anymore. Oh well. Itís mostly a college bar and the kids dont mind drinking it so Iím sure it all moves.

Service isnt bad for a busy college bar though they dont know much about the beer, not that I would expect them to. There is an upstairs area where all the action is and a quieter darker bar downstairs. If youíre in the 21-25 year old age bracket Iím sure itís a fun place to hang out, though I did have a good time for the 30 minutes that I was there yesterday.

Not sure if they serve food or not. I never even asked.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (825) Orange County, California | December 24, 2012
Stopped in on a Friday night. Pretty packed with the college crowd (a $2 cover to get in, discounted shots and cocktails, some beers on special too). Service was pretty good, considering we pulled the douchebag move of ordering a flight on a busy weekend night. Beers were all pretty decent with the IPA being the standout.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 13, 2012
An interesting brewpub that is actually more of a music venue/bar/night club that has a brewery upstairs that happens to make some very fine beers. Mellow and spacious upstairs during the day and crowded at night, specially when they do keep the pint nights on tuesdays. The downstairs is the dance floor/stage and they host some very good acts for SLO and have concerts several times a week. Probably the best selection of live music on the Central Coast overall. The standard beers are a red ale, blueberry ale, honey blond, porter, pale ale, and IPA. Then there are usually a couple seasonals that range from German wheat beers and lagers, to imperial ales and stouts. Quality is always high, though recipes tend to the conservative side because of the large college clientele. Iíve yet to meet a bartender that knowís anything about beer. This place doesnít deserve such good beer, but itís nice as a music venue/bar that also has good house beer, rather than a geeky brewpub.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor  (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 6, 2006
Also known as Downtown Brewing Co. in downtown San Luis. Came here on a Friday night for dinner and drinks to kick off my brotherís bachelor party. Spacious area, smoke free of course, with a variety of seating options (bar, tables, couches, etc.) We took a high rise table and had about 6 pitchers, several appetizers, and the tuna melt to myself. Tasty stuff. Some of the beers are the standard brewpub stuff, but the oatmeal stout and abbey ale were particularly enjoyable. Happy hour goes until 6:30 p.m. and gets you half-price beer!
62
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | October 2, 2006
This is the type of brewpub my girlfriend loves, I find okay, if a bit cookie-cutter in design. Upstairs in what seemed to have been some factory building, wide-open space, dark red brick, brewing equipment closed off with a garage door, pool tables, lots of widescreen TVs gives it a very sports bar/restaurant theme. We were there around 5pm and the place was pretty quiet, so a friendly waitress that had basic knowledge of what was on tap served us pretty quickly. 5 or 6 regular brews were on, with a seasonal or two and I think they had a guest brew from Firestone-Walker. Selection was pretty conservative. I went for the IPA if memory serves, and it was quite good. I also had a few samplers, nothing bad to say about any of them. Prices were dirt-cheap during happy hour. Food menu is standard brewpub fare that we enjoyed. Pretty solid brewpub experience from top to bottom, nothing blew me away but all my expectations were met and I had a good time.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy  (106) Bakersfield, California | October 18, 2009
Upstairs in downtown SLO in one of the old brick buildings. Nine of their beers were on draft and I had a sampler with lunch. The ahi salad wrap was excellent to go with the brews. The IPA was the best brew with lots of Simcoe hops in evidence!
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu  (92) Florida | July 24, 2013
Neat looking place with good service. Food is just ok. The beers are quite good. Tase flights available. They have a decent selection of their own brews. Their IPA is really quite good. Thereís a big music scene here too.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister  (52) Houston, Texas | September 10, 2007
Paso Robles location. Solid beer selection with okay food as well. Nice location right on the downtown square...although at night it can be overrun with little punks. Waitress was solid and enjoyable. Service as good as well. Go in the day to avoid the crowds, unless you like crowds, in which case you should go at night.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417  (51) Madison, Wisconsin | September 10, 2008
My girlfriend and I were held up in SLO for a while, waiting for a bus out of there when walking around town, we found Downtown Brewing Co. Once we went inside, we were greeted by friendly bartenders who assisted us with everythign we needed even giving us a couple free beers because we were from out of town. The food was absolutely excellent and the prices were fantastic. After eating, we played a round of a pool, where you pay by the hour. When we headed to the bar to pay for our 1 1/2 of pool time, he told us not to worry about it. There was even an area with glass walls, so you could watch the brewer at work not far from your table. Itís rare to find this kind of treatment. So I definately recommend checking it out. Finally, the hemp beer that they brewed was fantastic!! Not one bad beer was tasted.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed  (15) Bakersfield , California | December 5, 2004
not a bad brewery at all.if you show up on the weekends they have a dj playing really bad radio hip hop,but besides that,its pretty dope.the food is good and all of the stouts they offer are excellent.

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