Iíve been here 4 or 5 times, always during either the DIPA festival (February/SF Beer Week) or the barrel festival (November), so I really cant comment on what a normal business day is like here.
The festivals keep going up in price but at least now you get 12 tickets and the pours are usually pretty generous. The tri tip sandwiches that my brother and I bought were definitely not worth $8 a piece. Mine was decent but his had half the amount of meat and he got all the center meat that was really rare, with none of the rubbed/bbq sauceíd outside.
Always some good beers on tap (both the festival lineups as well as the regular taps). Cant complain there. Not sure if they have bottles or not, Iíve never looked. Located a block from Buffalo Bills which is a nice stop for food in the middle of a festival. Oh and they have live music which is a plus.
Cool little place in downtown Hayward. Not the most extensive tap list, but always some good stuff on. Usually a pretty laid back atmosphere when Iíve been, when there isnít a festival going on, that is. Cash only is kind of a bummer.
Stopped by for lunch. Parking lot across the street. Roughly 12 taps going, half of which seemed to be left overs from the IPA fest 2 months ago (faded). A few interesting thins like a Speakeasy BA Porter. Waitress was nice. They have a sandwich counter, but I wouldnít bother with it. Atmosphere was music venue centric. I am sure this is a great place to visit for their epic festivals, but as a day to day visit, it is a little underwhelming. Cash only, but they do have an ATM.
I have only been here during an event (IIPA fest) but they handled it very very well. the inside is smallish and the selection not huge, but they had some superior quality type stuff on and there is an event. friendly, knowledgeable staff.
My first visit to this establishment was for the Wet Hop Festival where I had the pleasure of meeting beerguy101 and Davecooks. I had a roast beef sandwich that was chalked full of flavor. Yum. They doubled the number of taps from their dozen or so fixed taps with temporary ones for the event. There was just bar seating inside with maybe six stools and outside seating on tiny tables. People were smoking out there so that was a bummer. All in all a nice experience and some excellent wet hop brews sampled.
My review of this place is a little skewed because I have only visited it during the Double IPA fest. I didnít even notice a listing of their standard brews as I was more interested in figuring out which Double IPA I would sample next. A relatively small place, made much smaller by several hundred patrons of the fest. During normal business hours, Iím guessing the size is just fine. Has an outdoor patio which gets sunlight starting at around noon, depending upon the season. Clearly owner Vic cares about beer, and the Bistro therefore has passed the first meaningful test of a worthy establishment. Together with Buffalo Bills brewpub just up the road, Hayward is a worthwhile destination for beer lovers when in the Bay Area.
Visited during DIPA-Festival in February 2014. (the DIPA-Festival was brilliant)
The place itself was rather small but with a friendly service and with some interesting beers.
Located not far from the BART Station. I would not mind to visit this place again.
Classic joint you can call home. Plus they put on world class fests. Visit here out of respect for the emphasis they put on great beer. One of those places you walk into and discover you have found a beer paradise. This place is one of the go to places on the west coast.
I only really come here for the festivals which are awesome. Iím not too pleased with the price hikes though. $40 for the barrel aged fest this year is getting a little steep. The people are cool and friendly and the location is nice in a good part of Hayward with lots of restaurants nearby and walking distance from BART. The bar itself is a bit divey. They have a rather small tap list, but Iíve heard the bottle list is good.