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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Restaurant/Brewery Review: Taps Brewery and Barrel Room in Tustin

Finally - a place dedicated to Taps Craft Brews! 

You're probably been to Taps Fish House and Brewery, the successful restaurant and brewhouse that started with its popular Brea location. Known for great food and just as much for its award wining craft brews, Taps newly opened 19,000 square foot Brewery and Barrel Room consolidates their full scale production while offering the public a new place in the OC to enjoy a beer and a bite! 

The new space in Tustin also offers a large tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating, a pool table, pinball machines, outdoor games and a permanent food truck serving up Taps "street food".  

Seriously something for everyone here and yes, it's pet-friendly as well as family-friendly. Built in an area surrounded by business complexes its really the perfect place to meet a friend after work or spend a lazy Sunday afternoon! 

What, you ask, is Taps "street food"?! Basically, it's 'beer-centered' bites that go with a nice cold glass of beer! While visiting recently I was able to try the following items: 

Bulgogi Masa Fries
Crispy handmade masa fries, kimchi, heirloom pico de gallo, lime crema

                                                              Truck Wings 
                                (your choice of buffalo style or citrus Vietnamese style)
                                 I tried the Vietnamese style w cilantro, mint and chilies

                                    Colonel Roman's Fried Chicken Sandwich
                     Y’all fried chicken breast, cider vinegar slaw, house pickles, truck sauce

                                                        Royale w Cheese 
                                    Smashed beef chuck patty, ‘Merica coalition, sriracha
                                 pickles, shaved iceberg, truck sauce, Martin’s potato bun

                                              Impossible Vegan Nachos 
                                  Crispy plantains, truck smoked impossible chili,
                                heirloom pico de gallo, avocado coconut cream, cilantro

While everything was tasty, the standouts for me were 1) the Colonel Roman's Fried Chicken Sandwich which was cooked perfectly crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. I also couldn't get enough of the vinegar slaw that was slathered on top of the chicken. A MUST try when you visit;  and 2) the Impossible Vegan Nachos - now, I'm about as far away as you can get from being vegan and admittedly I didn't expect these to be so spectacular but I gotta call a spade a spade when I see one! Topped with chili made from the impossible burger patties and drowning in the most delicious avocado coconut cream sauce - these were vegan heaven on a plate! 

Now, admittedly I'm not a huge beer drinker but I couldn't come to the new Brewery and not try the beers, right? I actually sampled several of the beers including the American Cream, the Irish Red, the Barrel Aged Boppledock, and the seasonal Pumpkin Ale.   

My hands-down favorite was the Pumpkin ale which I HIGHLY recommend you try before it goes *poof*!  I also I really enjoyed both the American Cream and the Barrel Aged
Boppledock and would order these again on future visits. 

If beer isn't your thing have NO fear for they also have a variety of other drinks including cider, red and white wine and even a few soju cocktails! Definitely worth a visit no matter what your drink of choice is! 

Taps Brewery and Barrel Room is located at:
 15501 Red Hill Avenue in Tustin. 
                         Mon-Thu 3pm -10pm 
                         Friday 3pm - 12am
                        Saturday 12pm - 12am
                        Sunday 12pm-8pm

Be sure to tell them OCFoodieGirl sent you! 

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