Iíd heard about this place a few times but never manage to make it over when Iím in town. Actually, since high school the only reason I ever go to down town San Mateo is for the old B Street Music shop (which isnít actually on B Street anymore, but that moved over a decade ago. Shows how much I actually come here) so itís not all that surprising that I havenít been in. Iím glad that I did finally check it out. I could see being slightly more of a regular here, as in maybe once a month or so. The set up is kind of sad with a small L-shaped bar that seats maybe 5 on one side. There were no seats on the other side but Iím guessing that is because they want to take orders there. There are a few tables too but only a few. There is a large shelf prominently displaying a lot of Fou Foune bottles (empty) as well as a bunch of other popular beers. The only full bottles are the wine bottles. I never even thought to look at the bottle list but I can only assume they have some Cantillon on menu.
They have a modest eight taps but theyíre all good or at least interesting. I saw Faction on the list and assumed it would be hoppy and thus ordered a glass but it turned out to be their dubbel. It was quite good, even if it was a bit light in color. The people sitting next to me were interested to try the Cedar Plank pale ale from Ballast Point so against my advice they bought a half glass anyway. Suckers. That brings up an interesting point though: they sell half glasses. I also spotted some taster glasses though I didnít ask if they do flights.
Prices werenít out of control: $6ish per glass, but more than Iíd like to pay for a beer. No idea on bottles. They also have a small food menu that ranged from $4 to $8, mostly snacks like some charcuterie or a bowl of olives. The service was very friendly and he seemed to know the group that was at the bar next to me that opened a growler of something or other and showed me the Fifty Fifty / Healthy Spirits collaboration beer.
As mentioned before this place is a little depressing since itís so open and you can hardly get any patrons in there but aside from that itís a pretty cool place and Iíll be back.