Great place! Staff was very friendly and even gave me tips on bars to check out near where I was staying in LA. House beers ranged from good to great. I tried eight of eleven house taps, including three barrel aged beers. Even the ones that didnít quite work were interesting and worth tasting.
maekchu (147) Hirakata, Japan | February 21, 2013| Updated February 7, 2017
Stopped in on the way north on 101. Superbowl Sunday at noon, and there were only three other people in the place. In fact, the bartender said that they would be closing at 3pm, since business had been so poor on the Superbowl days in each of the previous two years. Place has been open three years (as of January 20). Very pleasant decor: a mix of country-industrial and the Art Nouveau beer label artwork on the wall. Seating for maybe 180 people, 12 at the bar, and some tables outside. Big fermenting tanks dominating the space along one wall. 15 taps, with some guest selections. Growler sales (I bought one of Chesbro IPA to take to friends in San Luis Obispo) and guest bottle sales -- but no Ladyface bottle sales. Food wasnít available that day, since they were closing so early. Had samplers of three brews, two of which were great and one which wasnít so good. Very friendly, fast-talking server. If I lived anywhere near the place, Iíd probably be a regular, since there doesnít seem to be much else for craft beer around here. I really liked the place.
I had been wanting to come here for a while. The restaurant looked beautiful on the inside. Wood floors, beautiful art on the walls, fermentation tanks next to my table. But boy was this place noisy. My group went at 6:00 PM on a Thursday and the noise was almost overwhelming. I could never imagine coming here during peak hours. The beer selection was great. Lots of different beers of theirs on tap in many different styles. They ranged in quality from good (RIS, cherry brown ale) to amazing (IPA, Biere De Garde). Everyone in our party ordered a cheeseburger. Mine had bacon and gruyere on brioche. It came with butter lettuce, pickled red onions, and tomatoes that seemed very fresh. The meat was juicy and cooked just right. With a side of so-so fries, the whole thing came to $15, which was just on the right side of a good value. We all got to share three desserts: a beer float, a chocolate porter torte, and bread pudding. All three were good to great. Dinner for three people with plenty of beer and dessert came to $95 with tip. I was very pleased with my experience here and will come back again if Iím in the area.
Not much has changed over the years aside from the amount of beers available. The house beers are pretty good, and every time Iíve been there Iíve found at least one or two new beers to try. They also do casks every week.
Service is always fast and attentive. Food is really good. If you eat there try anything that has the pretzel bun. They have a little bit of everything but what gets me every time is the smoking woodchip aroma; makes me want to buy some pulled pork.
They hooked us up for RBSG í12 as well. Great people, great beer, great food, and a scenic area. Oh, and if you need more ticks go down the street (literally, just a mile further) and check out Lab.
Iíve gone here a couple times as I sometimes work relatively close by. Very cool place, despite its location in a little strip mall. Well decorated, friendly staff, half-decent prices, and fairly good beers. The food is supposed to be great, but Iíve never eaten here.
I spent a glorious afternoon and evening out in Agora! I never thought Iíd say that.
Really nice place that was very easy to find, right off the 101.
Welcoming staff and knowledgable bartender.
The space is very nice and there is a great looking patio.
Looking forward to going back and trying even more of their beers.
Stopped by for a long lunch and a sampler tray. Very bright, open, and clean place, staff were friendly and had a decent grasp on the beers. They had quite a few house brews on tap, enough that the sampler gave me a bit of a buzz, and several guest beers. Food was tasty, would definitely go back.