Written by Tom Becham
The recent birthday of a long-time friend was the occasion of a nice beer field trip this past Martin Luther King holiday.
Our first stop was Figueroa Mountain’s new brewpub in Westlake Village, California. Figueroa Mountain’s main production facility is in Buellton, about 100 miles away. But Fig Mountain has been aggressively expanding, despite only recently celebrating their 4th Anniversary in business. They have other brewpubs and taprooms from San Luis Obispo down to Los Angeles.
Fig Mountain’s success is not an accident. They produce very good, commercially successful DIPAs like Lizard’s Mouth and Hurricane Deck, as well as the more standard American brewpub offerings like Brown and Pale Ales, IPA (Hoppy Poppy is likely the best IPA I know to please both hopheads and malt guys alike), Porters, Stouts, etc. While they share the same small town with Firestone Walker, they have taken a markedly different approach to growing their business.
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