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.
Visited this past week, and the tap list was awesome, with plenty of barrel-aged beers left over from the barrel-aged festival. This place was just a great overall experience. The bartender was awesome. She accommodated my frantic excitement about the numerous rare offerings and made sure that I got to taste everything that I was interested in. Value was outstanding: $4 for tulips of barrel-aged stuff like Older Viscosity and Valley Brew 12 Cuvee, as well as PtE. Smaller sample sized snifters were only a buck fifty, and the food was also very reasonable and quite good. Nothing too fancy on the menu, but enough to keep you satisfied while enjoying some great beers. The Bistro will definitely be a top priority in future visits to the east bay.
Well worn look but clean and relaxed, the service has always been good the half dozen times Iíve been here. The beer selection is about 15 taps [always great beers] and a small but interesting bottle selection. overall a nice tap house with some interesting music in the evenings.
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.
Small, dive-ish bar in a reasonably pleasant section of Hayward, right next to a Saturday farmerís market. Friendly staff, nice patio outdoors, and excellent hosts for the Barrel Aged Fest, which is probably one of the best and most under-advertised festivals during the year. Their regular taplist tends towards excellent (if easily accessible) hoppy American beers and Belgian bottled selections.
I could see this getting boring if the taps arenít rotating fast enough. But it manages a great old-time feel and the patio is beautiful. Menu is simple but seems honest and well-done: certainly made by hand which takes long when one staffer has a party of five. Good offering of NorCal beers.