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Taking a break at Disney studios at the new Baseline Pub

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

 

 

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

It’s been another long day at Disney.

You have been to three parks and it feels like you have walked from Pensacola to Key West. Your  back aches, your feet are rebelling and your throat is as dry as Death Valley in July.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios now has a cure for what ails you, a brand new venue called the Baseline Tap House.

This is a great location for a pub. It is about as off the beaten path as you can get at the studios. The corner location (Grand Avenue, toward the rear of the park) was most recently home to The Writer’s Stop, a coffee shop, with a small retail area.

There isn’t a trace of the aroma of roasted coffee beans at this new lounge, where the atmosphere is retro Disney, and a menu that emphasizes the California lifestyle in beer and wine.

Inside, the lounge celebrates the Figueroa Printing Company, a company linked to the early studio days of Disney back in Burbank.

Disney buffs will really like this place. If you have time to study the walls, you will find a lot of print history, including many reproductions of material from the Figueroa Printing Company like a poster announcing the opening of Disneyland at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

It’s a cozy set up. There is standing room at the long bar, which is better suited for ordering than a place to rest after a long day. The lounge also has some seating, including what will be highly-coveted window seats.

If the lounge is crowded, you actually might find it quite nice outside in the large patio, especially on a late fall or early winter night.

But despite that inviting appearance, most patrons of the Baseline Tap House are here for another purpose: the beer, or wine if you prefer.

There are nine beers on tap at Baseline, listed from light to dark, which makes ordering easier. If you still can’t decide, you can also make the select your own beer flight as your choice, and you will receive four brews of your choosing, each 5 ounces for  $10.50.

Individual beers are $8.25 for 16 ounces, $9.50 for 22 ounces.

The beer selection:

Golden Road 329 Lager, Los Angeles (4.8 percent alcohol, 25 IBU). Note: IBU stands for International Bitterness Units. IBUs gauge the bitterness found in beer from the hops. The higher the IBU, the more bitter bite.

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Fort Bragg (4.7 alcohol, 22 IBU).

Anchor Meyer Lemon Lager, San Francisco (4.5 alcohol, 22 IBU).

Golden Road Hefeweizen, Los Angeles (5.0 alcohol, 15 IBU).

Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker Wheat Ale, San Diego (5.5 alcohol, 5 IBU).

Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale, Napa Valley (7.2 percent alcohol,  43 IBU).

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Chico (5 percent alcohol, 30 IBU).

Lagunitas IPA, Petaluma (6.2 percent alcohol, 52 IBU).

Stone Delicious IPA, San Diego (7.7 percent, 75 IBU).

Beer selections can change, so you might find some other beers on tap when you visit.

Also available, cider on tap, Ace Space Bloody Orange Hard Cider, from Sebastopol, 6.9 percent alcohol.

There are only two wines on tap ($9 a glass), St. Francis Chardonna, from Sonoma County and Line 39 Cabernet Saugvignon.

Non-alcoholic  selections include Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda on tap, $3.29; and Wild Strawberry Lemonade, $3.99.

The Baseline Tap House is not a restaurant, so food items are limited. But nothing goes with beer quite like a pretzel and the lounge serves up freshly made Bavarian pretzels. You get one large pretzel, served with beer-cheese fondue and spicy mustard for $9.

Also available is the California Cheese & Charcuterie Plate, a selection of cheese, meat and grape, for $10. Spiced almonds are also available for $6.

If you don’t care for beer or wine, two cocktails also are available, Negroni, a blending of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth and California Sunset, consisting of vodka, Southern Comfort, orange juice and sweet and sour with a float of pomegranate juice. Cocktails are $11.25 each.

The Baseline Tap House is open daily at 11 a.m.