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Beer Available At Drakes Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Drakes 1500 with Peppercorns , Drakes / HenHouse Rye-Induced Fowl Play , Drakes Amber with Cascara , Drakes Cocoa Caliente Porter , Drakes Wild Hundo , Drakes Trappistito , Drakes Haymarket , Drakes Omega Session 88, Drakes Rakish Ryewine 87, Drakes Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 95, Drakes IPA 98, Drakes Orange Muscat 5000 , Drakes Manhattan Project , Drakes / HenHouse Bourbon-Induced Fowl Play , Drakes Bourbon Barrel Nebula , Drakes / Beachwood 510 Malt Liquor , Drakes Scarlet oí Bretta , Drakes The Graper , Drakes El Pato Negro , Drakes Headzo! 98
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joeneugs (178) Livermore, California | September 5, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Time for some re-rates now with the new Barrel House up and running! Iíve been excited for this opening for a while since Iím a pretty big Drakes fan. The location hasnít changed. Itís still behind the Walmart in an industrial park in San Leandro. Itís not hard to find right off of 880 on Davis street. Just drive like your going to Walmart and itís in the buildings right next door. Itís also reasonably close to the BART station, you just have to take a short bus or cab ride from there. Anyway, the ambiance is really nice now. The Barrel House has a nice patio and a large interior with some tables and benches amidst the many barrels filled with beer. It reminds me a bit of Lost Abbey with the industrial park setting, warehouse type location, and barrels of aging beer to peruse. I just wish they had some stools at the bar. They have about 20 of their regular beers on tap and usually 3 or 4 "strong" beers like Denogginizer and 3 or 4 barrel aged selections including bourbon, brandy, and various wine aged stouts, sours, and barleywines. The selection is outstanding. I imagine thereís going to be a huge rise in Drakes presence on the RB database, since most of the barrel aged brews are one offs. You can also get growler fills, bottles, and even kegs of the beer to go. Their regular brews are all above average, especially the IPAís, of which they make many. The barrel selections have been hit or miss so far. Some are outstanding (a merlot barrel imperial stout I had recently) and some have been not so good (a pinot aged sour) but itís still an exciting place to do some tasting. They do serve sample sizes for a small fee. The service was good, although I havenít been here when its been busy yet. Overall, this place is a must if you are a local or visiting from out of town.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | July 12, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The scene of the crime: RBSG Grand Tasting 2009. Really generous and good-natured hosts, trusting us with glassware, bathroom use, and access to their walk-in fridge which was stocked. Great people. Warehouse is danker than even AleSmithís - looks more horror movie-like and less tourable, which I enjoyed. Will go back to revisit the madness.
AgentSteve (83) SF Bay Area, California | November 11, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
The ambiance is a parking lot surrounded by a chain link fence. But the beer is good and very reasonably priced, and the company is always fun. People are friendly and social, and typically share everything they bring. Great way to finish the week and welcome in the weekend!
IrishBoy (107) Bakersfield, California | November 12, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Like seven beers on draft for the Friday 4-7 PM tasting. Pat does a great job on the BBQ, but you better pay attention because the food disappears as sonn as it hits the serving table! Great fun and comeraderie.
Ratman197 (134) Arvada, Colorado | August 4, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Ambiance was great considering you drink in the parking lot. The service was excellent considering how many people were there. THe selection was pretty good, not a bad one in the bunch. I never saw any food myself. Definitly a cool place and a good deal on beer!
marcus (180) Sacramento, California | June 24, 2006
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Drakeís is becoming known for itís consistently fine brews, overseen by Rodger, who is a very dedicated and skilled brewmaster. Friday afternoons at 4pm a party breaks out in the parking lot. The regulars bring assorted eats and various meats are barbequed and placed on the community table for all to enjoy. Drakeís sets up a bar to serve several of its beers at a very reasonable price. Itís great fun!
beerguy101 (75) Newark, California | August 24, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Drakes is a small brewery tucked behind the Wallmart in San Leandro. They have an Ďopen houseĒ most every Friday night (4PM to 7PM) in the parking lot of the brewery. Buy a mug for $3 and 5 taster tokens for a $1 each, and get a pint of Drakes Beer. There is a food crew, which is not associated with the brewery that cooks food for the folks showing up. Bring stuff along and they will cook it up for the group. Itís a very relaxed and casual atmosphere. Bring your own lawn chairs! Enjoy some beer and some eats.
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