United States > California > Pleasanton
t0rin0 (1448) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 18, 2014| Updated December 8, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited November 8, 2014.
This is a couple miles from my brotherís place so we stopped in for dinner after the Bistroís barrel aged fest. Its funny, I bitched and bitched about the "house beer" made here and how Iím 100% sure that itís not really brewed at either Hopyard. I was told that no less than 3 admins looked at it. Now itís listed under a random brewery way up in the Sierras. Itís progress, I suppose. After all that the beer is kind of lame. Itís a "hefe" but itís got lemon flavor. No. At least the rest of the beer list is pretty good. Also, they do samples for 25 cents. Kind of ridiculous really, since itís probably 2 oz of beer for a quarter. Canít beat that. And if you found a waiter that was willing to play ball you could probably just order 6 or 7 of those and get a pint for less than $2. It was something I contemplated while sitting out on the patio enjoying my food.
The beer list is solid but not amazing. 40ish taps during my visit and most of them are from northern CA which is nice. The majority of the taps are from larger breweries like Sierra Nevada, North Coast, Lagunitas, Anchor, and 21st Ammendment. They also have some Russian River, Altamont, Faction, and Port if you want something good and hoppy. On that note they had Celebration on tap too. If youíre looking for ticks they also have some Auburn and Calicraft.
I went with the chicken Caprese sandwich which was alright but a little plain. The better choice would have been what my brother got, which was the Sierra Madre burger with smoked cheddar, bacon, and avocado. There is better food in Pleasanton but these guys have either the best or second best beer lineup in town (the other contender being Handles Gastropub).
brokensail (913) Orange County, California | December 27, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of hard to get to from the street (have to wrap around the parking lot a few times to get there). Plenty of seating outdoors and the inside is pretty much dominated by the bar area. Grabbed a seat at the bar. Tap list was dominated by bay area beers, which was nice to see. They do flights and half pours, but the half pours are expensive so youíre better off going with a full glass or a flight. Food is pretty typical pub fare. It was pretty crowded during the 49er Monday night game, but service was still quite good. Probably the best bet for grabbing a beer in Pleasanton.
hoosiers1994 (20) Maryland | May 21, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Here after reading the reviews. Was looking for a good place to grab a quick bite and toss back some brews. Beer list was great, had pitchers of Pliny, and a Old Rasputin on Nitro. Nice selection of beer, with many I cannot get on the East Coast. The food was quality as well, with homemade fries and a great burger. Others in my party said their cajun spice cheesesteaks were great too. The service was just average, and the value was pretty decent. Overall, a great place to stop ini if you are in the area. It is a bit hard to find from the road though.
joeneugs (155) Livermore, California | November 1, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
I think this place compares favorably to the other more well known beer bars in the East Bay. They have a large tap list with mostly good micros. Usually on a given day theyíll have three or four "exciting" beers that youíd have to drive to Oakland to find on tap. The food is good pub grub and the service is good. The servers have only a basic knowledge of the beers, but that OK. If you live in the Livermore/Pleasanton area, this is probably your best bet for beer.
jwbrewing (15) Lincoln, California | October 10, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Great rotating beer selection. Food is great. 1600 different beers have passed through the bar. WOW!
mrhoppy (226) Santa Clara, California | July 5, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Been here a few times the food and beer are always excellent.
ZazuH (5) Brentwood, California | September 29, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer selection w/ around 30 handles - over half rotate throughout the year hosting seasonal varieties and regional brews. Servers are generally knowledgeable about beer. Food quality is usually better than average. Menu consists of pub grub w/ California flair. Little noisy for conversation at peak hours.
fidel (91) Livermore, California | July 12, 2008| Updated December 12, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Cool spot not far from downtown Pleasanton and the fair grounds. Nice veriety of beers on tap. Good pub grub.
wetherel (83) Encinitas, California | June 9, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pretty interesting place. Lots of bottles and cans line the walls. All glued down, most of them full. Decent tap list. Pretty good pizza.
Aubrey (74) Bellingham, Washington | November 27, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Neat place in an odd location (strip mall kind of hidden from the outside). Pliny the Elder was on tap and I was so excited I didnít really try anything else. Asked about the cask, but nothing was on. Food was tasty ... typical pub grub, albeit better than expected. Apps were awesome.
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