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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Enjoy craft beers at a family-friendly taproom

After a day exploring the rancher-meets-winemaker town of Paso Robles, or maybe explore Morro Bay, about 30 miles/48 kilometers west on the coast, head to this impressive brewery and restaurant. Firestone’s celebrated beers are made using a fascinating oak-barrel system currently used by only one other brewery in the world. Learn about its unique qualities and the kinds of beers it produces on a brewery tour—kids ages 12 and older are welcome to come along.

The large onsite restaurant offers pleasant outdoor seating—perfect for families. Kid-friendly items on the menu include house-made pretzels, a trio of fries (regular, sweet potato, and seasoned), fish-and-chips, and pizza. Once they’ve tucked into their fare, you can lean back and sample from house-favorite pours, taproom-only kegs, reserve series beers, plus Velvet Merlin Nitro and other seasonal and specialty brews.

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