Refuge Brewery

43040 Rancho Way
Temecula, California United States 92590
brewery (Refuge)  4.25/5.0 12 reviews
Wed - Fri 4:00 - 8:00 PM; Sat 1:00 - 8:00 PM; Sun 1:00 - 6:00 PM

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | April 28, 2013
Visited April 27, 2013.

First stop in Temecula and quickly learned that all the breweries (the warehouse/industrial breweries, not the restaurants) in the area close at 8pm. So if you want to hit them all (Aftershock, Black Market, Craft, Iron Fire, Refuge, and Wiens) you need to start early. Also, this place is right across the street from Wiens which is nice.

The place is kind of dark and has a neat bar setup with an island with taps on either side for the bartenders and several counters at different angles. The service was very friendly and they explained a bit about each beer as they delivered them to us. Didnt se a food menu or a food truck but they did give us a bowl of pretzels to munch on.

I tried all eight of the house beers and on average they were all decent. Nothing amazing but nothing bad either. I’d say that they’re probably a little bit better than the ones across the street at Wiens. It’s also interesting (to me anyway) that they’re mostly Belgian styled.

I’ll stop in again some time just to see whats new. Of the six (out of eight) Temecula area breweries that I’ve been to this probably had the best atmosphere for hanging out and spending an hour.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock  (592) , England | February 20, 2017
Ambled in here after visiting their near neighbour ’Wiens Brewing Co’ over lunchtime on Friday 10th Feb 2017. Nice set up, small bar with 16 taps in use, all their own stuff. Comfy chairs, low tables, high stools, high tables: brewery in view, barrel aging in the room as you drink. Free Popcorn. Liked the place, the vibe and the beer. I asked the pleasant young lady behind the bar if I could speak to a brewer. She found one for me and we had a chat about the heat and barrel aging. He also recommended a bar in town that had great beer and food ’Devilicious’. We went there later and I will add it to the Ratebeer database once I have finished this review (which is now).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan  (380) Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia | September 25, 2016
Located close to the 15 freeway, this place is easy to get to. The ambiance is pretty austere, a few tables in the tasting room in full view of the business end of the brewery. The beers I sampled were all good with a barrel aged stout being a real standout.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs  (241) Livermore, California | March 10, 2016
Visited on a weekday evening. They have a U-shaped bar with a few tables around. They may have more space usually, but there was an art class going on when I was there. Kind of cool to watch that go down. They had quite a few beers on tap including a fun group of four kettle soured beers aged on four different fruits. They let you do a flight of all four for $10. Not exactly cheap, but not too bad either. Plenty of other regulars and a few barreled beers too. Nice selection. They didn’t serve food, but there was someone from a nearby pizza place taking orders to be delivered at the brewery. Also a nice touch. I enjoyed talking to the server who is an aspiring brewer. I got a chance to talk to the head brewer about a barrel of beer they found stowed away in the back of the brewery that was 4 years old. Rather than dump it, they added extra stuff to try and save it. I got a taste and other than being massively oxidized, it seemed like a serve-able beer. A pretty fun place with good beer. One of the top places in Temecula.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 2/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 4/20
ziggirachi  (1) , | February 20, 2016
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
donaldrpark  (4) California | October 10, 2014
Nice selection and I love most of the beers on tap. Seriously, you can’t please everyone all the time, but these guys do a great job!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | September 18, 2014
Simple enough looking set up with barrel tables next to a little bar area and then a barrel aging area off in the back. I do like how a brewery essentially carves out space in the brewery amid the fermenter farm and bright tanks and such for the tasting area. There’s a little roll up door to the back where a catering truck has pulled up to fill the space with foodie delight aromatics. This is simple effective and sort of seems Alesmith like when I visited there 8 years ago. The help was friendly and seemed eager to hook you up with a beer. There seems to be an array of non barrel aged offers alongside a number of barrel aged offerings.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah  (606) Utah | February 24, 2014
A nice tap room in the brewery. Friendly service. Only had time for a few beers, but they were very tasty. Need to go back to try some of the Barrel Aged beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Schlenkerla  (598) , Austria | December 21, 2013| Updated December 23, 2013
We visited this brewery 21.12.2013. It seems there was a brewery explosion in Temecula in the last 2 years, around 7 breweries in this small village. This is also a quite good brewery. They specialized on barrel aged beers using Belgium yeast, no lambics though. We had a Pumpkin ale aged in a Jack Daniels barrel, quite interesting. Nice bar in the middle of the brewery. The wooden barrels give a special atmosphere.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (1029) London, England | December 13, 2013
A nifty brewery tap room with a nice range of beers. Some dynamic offerings. Not all hit the mark, but the creativity is there. Good deal for a flight but you can’t get the special, one-off beers in the flight. Efficient service. Nice ambiance. Free pretzel mix on the bar, which is always nice. Of the three Temecula breweries I visited (others were Ironfire and Black Market) this place was my second favorite, after Ironfire.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1362) Dublin, California | July 21, 2013
Really nice modern and semi-chic decor (as much as you can get for a business park, anyway). They have 10 taps, but one of the beers was out on our visit. Beers were mostly just okay, but a couple of decent ones. Price is good for the most part, but they won’t do samples of their barrel aged beers and charge $6 for a snifter of each of them. Probably the best of the Temecula breweries to hang out at, as the beer is decent and the place is nice.

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