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A wanderlust at heart... captivated by the California Central Coast. Join me on my culinary and vino-infused adventures as I explore and discover the regional novelties of San Luis Obispo County that make living here...easy to stay...and hard to leave.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

Exploration is good for the soul...and the palate. 

Over the last year numerous friends and family have raved about BarrelHouse Brewing Company, and finally, this past Friday, I headed north to check out this hop spot for myself. 

Turns out, this steely beer fortress, which lies in the midst of an industrial park surrounded by gnarly oak trees and dry grassy fields, lives up to the hype. BarrelHouse Brewing is more than just your average watering hole.  

Located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo County, just on the cusp of Templeton and Paso Robles, this brewery crafts portfolio beers as well as seasonal limited releases. Massive brew tanks fill the interior where guests can relax at the bar or tables, and outside, an inviting half-acre beer garden provides a family-friendly hangout. Here's a peek...

BarrelHouse Brewing's picnic grounds and grassy lawn allow plenty of room for well-behaved kids to roam free. 

There's also plenty of room for adults. Our entourage arrived early Friday evening for a birthday celebration and snagged a table. 
Several guests brought their own chairs so they could sit, sip, and listen to live music. 

This vintage truck turned stage is the perfect medium for local bands to provide free weekend entertainment.  

Guests young and old grooved to classic rock tunes performed by Route 66

We ordered a sampler of BarrelHouse Brewing's tasty handcrafted beers like Poor Man's Blonde Ale and BarrelHouse Stout. I went back for a full size glass of their popular limited release, Brazz Monkey, a "delicious tropical blonde with clementine oranges and fresh local orange blossom honey." The perfect sip on a warm summer evening. 

Did I mention there was food? When there's live music, there's also nosh available for purchase from local gourmet food trucks. Last Friday, Fundaro's Foodstream set up shop and served up tasty dinners like these miso pulled pork sandwiches. 
Check BarrelHouse Brewing's event page for upcoming music and events.

The next time you're in need of exploration, BarrelHouse Brewing is the perfect setting to hang out with family and friends. 
Their venue is one of those places where you'll lose track of time and place...and want to return again and again. 

Click here for current operating hours and directions to BarrelHouse Brewing. 

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