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Old 06-13-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default Brewpubs in Pismo/SLO/Paso Area?

We're heading to CA for vacation next week and I wanted to get recommendations for places to find good beer. We're staying in Pismo Beach. I see one brewpub in Pismo where we're staying, and several in SLO. I was kind of thinking of hitting Firestone Walker in Paso. Are there other well-thought-of breweries/brewpubs I need to visit?


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Old 06-13-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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FW would be a sin to miss.


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Firestone Walker for sure. They now have a brewpub and offer tours.
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After FW in Paso Robles you might want to trek across 46 to Cambria. A place just opened and they are making really good beer.

http://cambriabeerco.com/

In SLO I have had lunch and beer at Creekside and both were very good. Not quite into the great category, but worthy of a few pints if you are downtown.

http://www.creeksidebrewing.com/
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Thanks for the recommendations, keep'em coming. I'll see how many I can sample and report back.
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If you don't mind driving south on the 101 about an hour there is Figueroa Mtn. Brewing in Buellton. Firstone Walker also has a taproom in Buellton.
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I didn't enjoy Creekside, had some average beer there and some terrible food, but I HAVE heard they've greatly improved since my visit right after they opened (3-4 years ago?). If you're in Downtown SLO, check out Downtown Brew- great bar/brewpub with some really tasty beers and good pub food. Mother's Tavern downtown is also great, has very good food and a decent selection of craft beer- not a brewpub though, they only serve other peoples' beer.
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Firestone walker has a great new facility (some under construction still).
SLO is just a cool place in general.
Are you driving down the 101?

There are some sweet / unique breweries in N. Cali too.
Mad River - Blue Lake
RedWood Curtain - Arcata
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I figure I should talk up both of my employers...
Doc's Cellar is the homebrew shop here in SLO, I recommend stopping in
You should stop by Central Coast Brewing as well; we have some tasty beer flowing right now
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Paul, definitely will do!

My daughter lived in Shell Beach and worked in Santa Maria for a year or so and we visited her once a couple years ago.. We didn't make it to SLO but hit a festival in Morro Bay that had wine and microbrew, and we saw Canned Heat. The whole family is going this time, kids are signed up for surfing lessons on Pismo. I plan to sample beer, wine and good food.


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