Buellton Beer Guide: Your Buellton guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Buellton

62 /100
Parkway Market (Beer Store)
265 AVE OF THE FLAGS
“Parkway Market in Buellton is a quite typical liquor store. It has pretty decent beer selection especially focusing on Californian microbrews. No single 12oz. If you have already checked Firestone Walker and Figueroa Mountain, have a look. At least I found couple of interesting local bombers.“
rosenbergh 816 days ago
96 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Came in the early afternoon. The taproom had some guests, but just several people in barrelworks section so we almost had the place for ourselves. Liked the industrial and wooden interior overviewing the barrel storage facility. The whole venue is quite big but thanks to good interior design and separate areas doesn’t fell overwhelming. 11 wild ales and 6 strong ales on, some special release bottles in the fridge. The attached taproom had 15 taps of their regular and hoppy beers so everything is covered. Quality of beers is very good to excellent. Flights available. We had ribs and steak, both were fantastic. Very good service. One of the best beer places I’ve been to.“
Iznogud 1167 days ago
74 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“Stopped here after Firestone Walker which may have been a bad idea. Place was cramped, but still attractive. Had a sampler of beers and some pretzels. Different but not all that memorable.“
kathouse 1301 days ago
86 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Visited on a cold, wet Monday afternoon. The Barrelworks bar is off to the side of the main restaurant/bar area. I went in only to pick up some bottles and did not drink at the bar. Taps: 10 wild ales and eight strong ales. Some recent-year vintages available, too. Variable pricing. Bottles in a small cooler. Friendly, informed bartender, who answered my questions fully, and then let me wander around and make purchasing decisions on my own. Had to listen to (or rather overhear) some loud corporate-speak from a few visiting reps at the bar. Anyway, this is certainly the best place to sample or pick up bottles of very limited FSW beers -- things that will probably never show up at your neighborhood bar or beer store.“
maekchu 1356 days ago
70 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“We were taken here by our tour. I liked it the best cause the other three stops were wineries. Most people in our group had the lighter beer sampler. Andy had the Dark sampler(which I had some of) I chose the IPA sampler and changed out one IPA for a stout. Great DIPA’s and the stout! No crowd in middle of a Thursday afternoon. The women in our group did not like smelling the open brewing process while sampling the flights of beer.“
Ron 1490 days ago
78 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“Nice dark-wood pub feel in the taproom right next to the tanks. Many of their widely distributed varieties available, but also Half a dozen that are not available anywhere. No food beyond peanuts and chips. Very friendly and helpful service. Extra points for letting me in before they were really open for business.“
RedSox2004 1492 days ago
94 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Stopped here on a Sunday night to hook up with SamGamgee. Had not been here before but have had the sours along with many of the regular FW lineup. The bartender, Melissa was very helpful and knowledgeable, as we arrived first. Sampled most of the sours that we had not tried, the wine blends were amazing. Moved over to the restaurant side for dinner along with regular beers. Service there was very good also. The bottle selection was pretty wiped out being Sunday. Overall a worthwhile experience, worth the trek.“
larryLSB 1647 days ago
72 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“Visited after some locals I met the day before told me I should check it out. Awesoe ambiance, old school wooden pub built inside the brewery, right next to the tanks. The service is friendly and the people are passionate about their beer. Prices are good, you can get flights. The beer is solid, not too special though. Definitely recommended if you’re on your way through Buellton or here anyway for Firestone Barrelworks.“
SinH4 1950 days ago
82 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Easy to find as Buellton is not a huge city. Parking in front. Big restaurant with good selection of FW brews. Barrelworks was unfortunately closed at the time we visited the place. Friendly service, tasty food and decent prices. The giftshop was really small.“
rosenbergh 1974 days ago
100 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Nothing I can say to complain. Wonderful place in every possible way. Amazing.“
daknole 1980 days ago
88 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“hard to separate this place (or atleast not give it a little nudge upward) because it’s connected to but separate from Barrelworks, which is one cool friggin place. The rest is nearly identical to the restaurant in Paso. Good stuff!“
slowrunner77 1999 days ago
84 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“I was there for the bottle release, so I’ll update my rating again after I make a normal visit. But the place is awesome. Great beers, beautiful decor and lots of great people.“
JPDurden24 2009 days ago
92 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“hard to rate this pl;ace seperately from the brewery/restaurant that’s connected, but I’ll try. In short, I LOVE IT! Fantastic beer. Can’t get a full pour, but everything else is awesome.“
slowrunner77 2034 days ago
82 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“En symbiose avec le Barrelworks ce qui est en soi un grand avantage. C’est une formule resto-bar grand espace avec une saveur industrielle. La liste consiste à quelques fûts spéciaux en rotation autours du noyau de FW. La bouffe était correcte sans plus mais la bière compense amplement.“
Marheb 2060 days ago
78 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“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.“
Marheb 2060 days ago
98 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Le temple du chêne et de la fermentation audacieuse est tout simplement l’endroit le plus charismatique que j’ai eu la chance de cotoyer. La sélection est tout simplement phénoménale, le staff au sommet de sa forme et c’est également possible de repartir avec des bouteilles de Barrelworks et différents vintage de la BA series. Une fois que la lumière s’éteint, t’as juste à traverser de l’autre côté pour le resto-bar Firestone Walker avec ses classiques au sommet de leur fraîcheur.“
Marheb 2060 days ago
96 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..2.21.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . .Isolated Facility, Buellton
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Lower than expected, $3 or less tasters
Tap Selection. . . .Extreme, 15+ one-offs, special editions
Bottle Selection. .FW Anniversarys back to FW15 ($90), Bottleworks bottles
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .No
Beer Level. . . . . ..Very High
Food Level. . . . ...None, brewpub attached, separate place entry
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Extremely well trained, knowledgable
Growlers. . . . . . ...No
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Open, modern, corrugated metal
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: An incredible place worth great lengths to visit...this is a specialty tasting room that focuses on FW specialty one-offs like their sours, anniversary blends, components of their sours and anniversary blends, experimental offerings. Everything on tap was very good to outstanding...most are available on tap only or for sale in special release bottles. This is an incredible place to savor a large variety of FW’s best and rarest beers and none of them dissapointed. You can walk away with bottles to go including cellared anniversary bottles all the way back to FW15 ($90), FW16 ($75), FW17 ($50), FW18 ($25). Bottleworks Lil Opal also for sale. Overall, do not miss and double check their opening hours as they are NOT the same as the brewpub attached. “
GT 2062 days ago
84 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..2.21.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub
Location. . . . . . . .Buellton, Isolated Facility
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal, Slightly High for food
Tap Selection. . . .6 Core FW brands plus 10 rotating specialties
Bottle Selection. .Core selection to go, possible reserve list
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Very Good
Food Level. . . . ...Good
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Extremely Knowledgable, Prompt
Growlers. . . . . . ...Probably
Noise Level. . . . ..Lively, Packed
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Modern, Dark, Tavern, Corrugated Metal
Good for Kids. . ..Yes
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: Enormous facility that holds FW Barrelworks, a separate place entity, plus two large casual dining rooms, a smaller central bar, and a tiny to-go store for merchandise and beer. Full menu with around 40 options ranging from mac n cheese and buffalo wings to large entrees like flatbreads. Our server knew the beers on tap perfectly and was very helpful...obviously very well trained on the beers and the menu. Food prices seemed a tad high for being in the middle of nowhere, but obviously this place is super popular for the residents in Solvang I’m guessing, so prices were a tad higher than expected. Beers were normal to cheap though. “
GT 2062 days ago
54 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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 you’re 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 wouldn’t 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 don’t get these people.“
t0rin0 2167 days ago
74 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Meget sterilt i dens udformning med masser af polerede metalflader. Når Barrelworks ikke er åben er udvalget ikke kæmpe stort. Tasterne er fine nok men der mangler lidt i forhold til hvor søde og rare bryggerne var på CBC.“
Defreni 2282 days ago
76 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“Kom forbi og fik en række tasters plus en t-shirt. Søde og hjælpsomme mennesker. Rigtig god stemning. Fint sted der bestemt kan anbefales.“
Defreni 2282 days ago
8 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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!“
Schlenkerla 2351 days ago
68 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Ambiance was pretty upscale, but very nice. Wait staff was really not happy to be there it seemed and were not knowledgeable about the beer. Selection was great, got to try Parabola on tap! Value was so-so. Overall, could have been a great experience with a different wait staff.“
HIGHB4LL 2394 days ago
88 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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.“
orangesol 2442 days ago
84 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Our last stop on our drive to SD. I was mainly stopping to check out the barrel works but we decided to stay for dinner so I got to check out both. Atmosphere in the taproom was good. It was packed with people but it still had a good vide. Quality across the board was quite good. Lots of great touches helped to make it feel welcoming but don’t detract from the overall atmosphere. Service was solid, I never had to wait for a beer. Selection was solid. They had all of the staples on as expected. Food was pretty good. I got a burger and it was cooked how as I asked and tasted good. Prices on the beers were fine, food was definitely overpriced on nearly all of the dishes. Overall a really nice showpiece for a great brewery. Glad we could stop and check it out.“
orangesol 2442 days ago
100 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“I’m 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. I’ll just say this, FW reigns supreme!“
want1DIPA 2449 days ago
76 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Pretty nice place. BBQ chicken pizza was very good (beware, crisply thin crust!). Tasters $1.50, half pine and imperial pint pours available. 12 beers in tap including several that are taproom only. Decent service.“
Bacterial 2451 days ago
86 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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.“
Bacterial 2451 days ago
76 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“A very nice restaurant with the ability to be high end or casual. Food is high end, but I found it flavorless and lacking. Beer is all their own, with a library of old beers you can drink onsite for a premium. In all it wasn’t that great for me, I preferred their brewery store across the street.“
Ferris 2466 days ago
82 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Cool place for sure. I will stop here every time for good food and beer.“
mrhoppy 2501 days ago
88 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Latest stop was the day after the XVII release party, been here many times, figured it was time. Have sat in the restaurant and bar, prefer the bar for food and drinks. Wookey Jack and Taproom IPA this time, along with excellent calimari and the Trio of fries. Service was very good too. Love the interior with the bottling line going round and round, and several tv’s for viewing. The main room of the restaurant is a bit to spacious for me, making it on the noisy side...might as well sit in the bar.“
larryLSB 2546 days ago
84 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Stopped in on a Thursday evening on the drive back from San Diego. Dining room is large and was a bit noisy, even with plenty of open tables. Must be ridiculously loud when packed. Seated immediately. Service was quick and our server was very friendly. Our food arrived surprisingly quickly, was pretty tasty and were good sized portions. Didn’t realize the "Taproom" IPA and brown we had are the renamed Nectar Ales. Not bad regardless. Also had Velvet Merkin and Oaktoberfest. Glad we finally gave the place a shot.“
tripelthreat 2579 days ago
92 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“I loved the ambiance here and the draft selection was good. I wish they had parabola on tap though.“
want1DIPA 2588 days ago
78 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“I like the way the use the old malt bags to create dividing walls. We started out in barrelworks and by the time we finished there this place was packed but we only had to wait 15 min for a table. The service was fast and friendly and the food was good.“
Meilby 2622 days ago
86 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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.“
Meilby 2630 days ago
78 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“The place is a bit noisy, but looks cool. Mostly quick service as well. We got a lot of new beers, and a hearthy, delicious meal, and in general we had a blast here and in the barrel room. Did the barrel room first, which I highly recommend.“
yngwie 2634 days ago
80 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“The tap room itself isn’t very exiting, but nice anyway. Knowing that there’s lots of barrels in the backroom though, that’s 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 you’re near.“
yngwie 2634 days ago
86 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“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.“
Blairgus 2646 days ago
80 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“26 July 2013. Nice place. Service for lunch was initially hard to procure but once they noticed us they were very friendly. Good was great and while it seemed expensive at first, even for the small portions, the portions were a bit large (even the small portions!). Tap selections were mainly the standard FSW series. Also, there is inside and outside seating. Place looks great and outside patio was very nice.“
Blairgus 2646 days ago
82 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“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.“
DocJitsu 2646 days ago
78 /100 45 INDUSTRIAL WAY
“Have visited this place many times and just now getting around to reviewing it. You walk through what looks like a reception area to get into the tasting room, which has the distinct smell that reminds you that you are sitting in a brewery. The beers are pretty average, and priced fairly decently as well. On an interesting note, they give you a bowl of pretzels and mustard which are a pleasant snack will drinking the brews.“
Thrillhouse35 2652 days ago
88 /100 620 MCMURRAY RD
“Small sampler pours that are on the pricey side but the selection is deep and filled with beers you’re not going to try elsewhere. Setting is intimate and nicely laid out. A very cool compliment to the existing Buellton tap room and restaurant.“
peteinSD 2724 days ago
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