Visited on Friday 29/01/16 around 3pm. Place was pretty quiet in between lunch and dinner. Old skool kind of vibe to this brew pub with lots of wood on offer and a long bar to the side.
Service was a little slow to begin with but picked up.
No tasting flights available which is frustrating for brew pub and would certainly influence whether I visited alone or not. Beers were decent enough ... coming in around the 3.4 mark which is about my average. No wifi available either ... so again going against the lone rater from overseas big tim ! Pizza was tasty. As Petey Hale says .... parking was not easy so donít forget to pack a Petey to do this for you ! Overall decent enough for an older brew pub but one to perhaps skip if your time is limited.
Had a brief but enjoyable visit here. They have a pretty good range of beers, and the quality is decent. They donít do ísmall poursí (closest thing was a half pour, I think). There is a nice range of guest beers as well. Friendly service. Good value. The pizza is quite solid. I would recommend this as a place to get a bite to eat while trying a couple beers. Worth checking out, but probably not a must-visit.
Stopped in here for a quick visit before the Rare Barrel opened. Parking is a bitch in this part of Berkeley - right by campus - when school is in session, and the rain didnít help. The place itself is low-key and a bit dated, but funky and cozy enough to be warm and interesting. The pizza was good but the place had a cheese smell I couldnít get over, like cheese was everywhere and hadnít been cleaned. Almost like having someone puke in your car. The beers were decent and there are some guest taps, as well, although the menu is a bit confusing as to which are house beers and which are guests. Prices are good, Iím guessing because itís closer to campus. Not an essential stop, but not a bad one, either.
Did a quick stop here for some food and got a few ticks in as well. Big selection of house and guest beers on draft. Their own brews didnít impress much though, even if they werenít bad. Pizza was good. Staff had a good sense of humor and was quick and professional. Worth stopping by for lunch and a few ticks, but Iíd rather drink something else than their own beers. Interior feels a bit old school and clichť. Canít remember what kind of money we payed, but it probably wasnít too expensive.
Serendipitous stop with the wife; we were actually headed somewhere else to grab a bite and she pointed it out as we walked by. Super busy on a Saturday night. We did get a table inside. They also have outside seating, which is first come, first served and has live music on the weekends. There is an upstairs as well, but I did not go up. Bathrooms are out of the main restaurant on the way to the outside seating in back. Service was decent, given how busy they were I should not complain. They had a mix of their own beers and a number of guest taps as well. I did not ask about sample trays as this was a stop with the wife. I did order an XHP, which was respectable, and a pizza, which was good. I would definitely return.
Visited on a Friday night in November 2015. Really struggled to get a seat on a very busy Friday evening. Did manage to stay for a drink, went to the bar to get it as table service was terribly slow. Beer range was very good with a good list of their own beers plus guests. Would like to return when itís much quieter to sample in peace.
Visited during Sour Sunday in February 2014. It was crowded but a liked the ambiance of this place, especially the outdoor patio. I only tried one of their own beers, the Jupiter IPA and it was descent.
Located close to the BART Station so itís easy to visit this place if staying in San Francisco.
With all the times Iíve come to Berkeley, canít believe Iíve never gone here until now. An institution. Right across from the downtown Berkeley BART station. Interior has a wonderful old feel to it with well kept wood everywhere and a lot of brick as well. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the house beers and their guest offerings. They donít do flights, but he was gracious enough to set me up with some tastes of a handful of beers and let me order what I wanted (of course, I didnít order any of the ones Iíd already tried). Pizza seems to be the way to go here as I saw (and smelled) quite a number of them. Mostly parked myself at the bar downstairs, but also a great outdoor area and an upstairs as well. As with Triple Rock, the ambiance and the place itself might overshadow the beer, but well worth a visit.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 12, 2013| Updated July 16, 2013
My brother and I took the train from the penninsula and to my surprise, the bart station is across the street from the brewpub. I had a pint of Old Godfather while I waited for my old roomate to show up. I noticed that they had a pretty decent selection of guest beers on tap. Once everyone was there, we did the sampler and it was about 10 beers or so. I really liked the Quasar DIPA and I enjoyed the german hefe. There were a few other ones that were pretty good and there were a couple that I didnít think much of. But overall it was a pretty diverse beer selection.
The waitress was helpful as she arranged a sampler for us to try. She claims that they donít normally do samplers. We had already eaten at that point so we didnít even look at the menu, I couldnít tell you how good the food was or how expensive it was. The beer however was reasonably priced; the house beer was cheap and the guest beers were a bit pricey.
The setup was interesting as the furniture was all wooden and had a dark stain to it but the bar was a bright reflective copper. The bathroom was a community bathroom shared by the neighboring buildings and there was a rope elevator thingy to send orders up the 2nd floor. It had a very San Francisco vibe to it. It was also relatively quiet but it was early Saturday afternoon. In end I enjoyed the place and would return if I find I myself in Berkeley.
Update: I usually only bother stopping in for the sour/barrel fest (split between Triple Rock and Jupiter) but have on occasion poked my head in to see whatís new, which isnít much since I donít think they actually brew here anymore and they donít do samples of guest beer.