Thursday, April 6, 2017

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Speakeasy (San Luis Obispo, CA)

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Speakeasy is the San Luis Obispo outpost of the Paso Robles-based  BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

The smallish taproom is located in a basement below Mike's Barber Shop, half a block down from the Mission. Just find the stairs on the left side of the barber chairs, and head on down. The interior is dimly lit, with old brick walls and a ceiling of old wood, pipes, and rusty cast iron beams.

There are seats for six people or so at the bar and maybe 30 at small tables and on one big sofa. A shuffleboard game table sits at one end, and along one wall there is a small cooler full of bombers and six packs for sale.

There were about 20 customers on an early Thursday evening in mid-February, and it was a bit noisy.

16 taps, all of them BarrelHouse Brewing Co. beers, and including a selection of sour and wild ales (Salvaje de Robles series) and non-sour barrel-aged beers (Reservado de Robles series).

Variable pricing for taster sets, glasses, 32oz. growlers, and 64oz. growlers.
Tasting flights consist of five 4oz. glasses.
No food, except for popcorn.

This is a not a bad place to stop when in town. The beer was good to very good, and included a fair range of styles.

1033 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Tel: (805) 296 1128

Tuesday - Wednesday: 3pm-10pm
Thursday - Friday: 3pm-Midnight
Satuday: 1pm-Midnight
Sunday: 1pm-8pm

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tap It Brewing Company (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Family-owned Tap It Brewing Company is located in a sort of industrial park area just south of downtown San Luis Obispo.

You enter through a sort-of promotional anteroom, which also stocks merchandise and bottles for sale, and then the taproom is on the right. 

 There is rather large open outdoor area with long tables and a long oval fire pit. The taproom itself feels like a sports bar, with many high stools and small circular tables. The colors and font for their logo reminded me of that of the San Francisco Giants. A large window behind the bar gives onto the production area, and you can watch and hear the bottling line slowly clanking away.

The decor is kind of old-timey automotive themed, with an ancient gas pump in the bar area and old rusted out stock cars set up high on the outdoor area wall. There was some fairly loud reggae on the sound system and a couple of sports TVs going. 

For their regular beers, flight of four beers for $6; pints for $5; pitchers for $15. Specialty brews have variable pricing. Bottles are also available: 6-packs, 12-packs, and 22oz. bottles. It wasn’t terribly crowded on a late Wednesday afternoon However, given the size of the outdoor area, I could picture it filling up with college kids on weekends. 

The service was friendly and beers were pretty good, all in all. It’s probably one of the better beer places to visit in San Luis Obispo. 

Tap It Brewing Company
675 Clarion Ct.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Tel: (805) 545-7702

Sunday: 12 pm-6 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12 pm-7 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm-8 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 12 pm–10 pm