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Beer Available At Drakes Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Drakes Drakonic Imperial Stout 99, Drakes Jolly Rodger (2012) 98, Drakes Dark Matter Schwarzbier , Drakes Sir Francis Stout , Drakes Discovery One , Drakes 7 x 70 IPA , Drakes / Triple Rock Barrelhouse Rock Flemish Red , Drakes Barrel Aged Robustito , Drakes La Resistance 65, Drakes Framboise , Drakes Wild Hundo , Drakes Headzo! , Drakes Cryptographic DIPA , Drakes Denogginizer 99, Drakes Aroma Coma IPA (6.7%) 98, Drakes 1500 Pale Ale 97, Drakes Black Robusto 97, Drakes Session Saison , Drakes Dry Stout 79, Drakes IPA 98
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Dogbrick (733) Columbus, Ohio | September 29, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 08/2014): Drakeís is located off the Nimitz Freeway on Davis Street, basically hidden behind a Walmart. Parking is available in any of the lots in the complex, as well as in a garage.
Once you do find it though it is easy to spot, being a large blue warehouse with a large logo sign and fermenters outside. The barrel room was closed during my visit for First Friday, so they had pouring stations and the garage doors open to serve beers. There was a cool festival atmosphere as a result, but I wasnít really able to see anything other than the outside.
As for the selection, there were about 12 beers available for the event, including First Friday (which was sold out), Aroma Flora, Aroma Coma, 1500, Pork Pie Rye, Discovery Vienna Lager, Blonde, Hefe, Porter, Omega and Double IPA. All the beers I tried via the token system in use that day were good.
Service during the Friday late afternoon event was good at the pouring stations.
I did not have food on my visit, although there was a food truck there for the event.
All in all I was happy to stumble on a visit during First Friday and would like to visit again on a normal day to check out the rest of the operation. Regardless I had a good time.
AdamJackson (186) Enfield, New Hampshire | August 16, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great ambience. Awesome selection and youríe surrounded by barrels full of beer. love the outside seating. The staff is great even on busy days. iíve been here 3 times and itís always an awesome time.
Sledutah (370) Utah | January 9, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
A nice tasting room in the barrel room. Tables spread out throughout the room, also a patio. The prices (tasters) are on the high side but well worth it. Drakes makes some solid beers.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | October 5, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by for a few beers on my way through, tucked behind some big box stores. Great layout, nice outdoor seating area, big warehouse style tasting room with plenty of seating and nice bar area. Service was good, staff seemed to know about all the beers. The selection when I showed up was fantastic, BA Drakonic, 2 different aroma beers (one with NZ hops) and lots of other great offerings. Value was pretty good until you hit the top tier, $4 for a small sample, but oh well. Overall a great place, will come back for sure.
Errl (21) Plano, Texas | August 26, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited on a Thursday afternoon..It was not very hard to find since I read some other reviews..Nice crowd of people in a big dark barrel room..Went to the bar and ordered a sample of everything they had on tap and then ordered another taster of the barrel aged beers.Grabbed as Growler as well..Very nice beers and one of the best sours I have had..badass place
mrhoppy (226) Santa Clara, California | July 28, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Came here and sampled a bunch of beers. After sampling I went and asked the girl pouring beers she could give me a half pour of two barrel beers in one glass. She said no like the beers could not be tampered with. I said why not arenít barrel beers usually blended anyway? She still said no. So I ordered one of the beers I wanted. Several minutes later she came over and apologized and said they could accommodate my request. Whatís the big deal if I want to make a screwball concoction. I thought it tasted great! Cool place with great beer.
bvc (103) Kenmore, Washington | February 16, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited the barrel room on a Friday early afternoon on a nice day. A little hard to find as gps gets you close, but not quite there as you canít see it. But there is a sign off the last turn in for Drakes and a couple of other businesses and it says in smaller print, íbehind wal martí. We then drove around the back to see it. Industrial area, air traffic over head, functioning facility with a ramp/patio with outdoor seating and a large roll up door that opens up to more seating, a decent number of mixed barrels stacked 4-5 racks high and a nice long stand up bar with many taps and a chalkboard listing beers, some description and pricing. Sample, full pours, growlers and bottles to go. Fair pricing and some great one off draft only offerings. Only got to try 4 beer samples and wish I could had tried some more. Worth a stop for sure.
high_on_hops (23) Burlingame, California | February 16, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The bar is located in their barrel room and is no-frills, along with some patio seating out front that gets plenty of sun. The bartenders have tried pretty much everything on tap and can make great recommendations from a great, wide selection.
t0rin0 (1382) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 11, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Been here a number of times over the years, at both the brewery and the new barrel house tasting room. The grand tasting for RBSG 2009 was also here.
The brewery side is only open on Fridays for their open house. Its been a few years so I dont know if they still do it this way but it used to be that you paid $10 or $15 and got a glass and 3 or 4 drink coupons. Full pours only, no samples. They also have a BBQ going and sometimes some music as well.
The barrel room has seating, bottles to go, does samples as well as full glasses, and sells growlers too. There are always at least a half dozen barrel offerings on tap as well as a half dozen regular beers on tap. No food served but you can bring food in or have it delivered.
Prices are reasonable, service is pretty good, nice place to stop and have a beer or a couple ticks. About a mile walk from the BART station in San Leandro if you want burn off some calories. Otherwise there is plenty of parking at the Walmart and Home Depot next door.
bytemesis (387) Sunnyvale, California | September 21, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty cool place with a great number of taps, basically an open warehouse door inviting you to come inside or side at one of the few picnic tables. Nominally three barrel aged beers on tap, but two were out when we were there. Otherwise, this is what a tasting room SHOULD look like at a small microbrewery in my opinion. As for food - they supposedly have trucks sometimes, but I hope you like pretzels, or else grab something at the Togoís down the way.
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