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Beer Available At ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop (arranged by most recent)
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marcus (163) Sacramento, California | July 26, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
This cozy beer place is located on a side street in downtown Walnut Creek. There is a nice bar in the back with a few stools facing a wall of 18 taps dispensing good beers, including Belgian, American craft and local beers. There are several tables near the front door, but all service is at the bar. There is a also a fairly extensive bottle shop with some good finds. Check it out - it’s worth the drive.
HerrMunich (2) California | March 8, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great ambiance, knowledgable staff, great selection on tap along with a multitude of bottles, good pizza (the black&white [iirc] was quite tasty) delivered from next door, average value.
bytemesis (313) Sunnyvale, California | January 30, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting bar/bottle shop in Walnut Creek. Very good taplist, and they do tasting flights - four 4 oz pours for $16. Not cheap, but its a good way to try some interesting beers. The bottle shop portion is small but dense. The bottles all have two prices; one for drink there and one for carry home. The take out prices are good, not great, and the selection is pretty interesting, with a lot of good beers but few whales. They did have three Cantillons on the shelves when I was there, including about 10 bottles of Mamouche, but they are priced very high ($70 for Mamouche) and have no reduction for carry out. All in all a pretty good place.
rgmundy (2) Concord, California | November 19, 2012| Updated May 26, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Great place to drink great beer. They have 18 beers on tap that change periodically and Litetally hundreds of beers to sample in bottles, some on the shelf and some in the fridge. The bartenders are very friendly and knowledgable about beer. The customers who go there are also very friendly. You have to go!
johnbrixton (21) California | August 18, 2012
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
ØL is clearly one for the best beer bars in California if not the US. This place stands far ahead of most everything, exceptional selection and quality draft and bottles. Small but so is Walnut Creek. The bartenders know their shit. Nice clean comfortable place too.
mgdo5756 (3) Napa, California | July 1, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beers on tap, a knowledgeable guy behind the bar, beer enthusiasts sharing stories, and a wonderful selection of bottles and glassware. What a find!
fidel (74) Livermore, California | February 12, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Dark wood, low lighting, and all around cool spot. Very Intelligent staff. Good selection on tap and on the bottle list. They had some true prizes in the bottle shop as well.
mrmartin (37) New York, New York | December 17, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in a few days ago and was impressed. The build out was excellent. High Ceilings, big front area with tables and a eight-seater bar in the back
Good selection of bottled beers available both refrigerated and not. 10 Taps of nice variety (mostly Belgian). Friendly staff and crowd. Its great to see beer bars like this popping up in the ’burbs.
Prices seemed a little on the high side (esp the $5 markup for consuming bottles on-site) but definitely was excited to be there. I didn’t try any food (limited snack-type menu)
DYCSoccer17 (297) Woodland, California | December 2, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
I stopped here yesterday to see what this place is all about. When you walk in, it almost has a monastic feel with high ceilings and wooden picnic tables. Lots of echoes and noise. As you amber back, there is a little alcove to the right with some selected room temperature bottles, which favor Belgian and Scandanavian beers. There are some typical American brews, too from Stone, RR, Bruery, etc. Beyond the alcove is a bar that seats maybe 8 people. There are about 15 beers on tap, and the selection is diverse, but nothing especially mind-blowing. They do have some stuff you see in bottles, but not typically on tap, though. Behind the bar, there are several cooler doors with appropriate lighting full of some very interesting and hard to find beers. A big pet-peeve of mine is that these bottled beers cost about 4-5$ more if you choose to consume it on premises. They also have some simple cheese plates and olive plates, etc. I did not try any of those. Nonetheless, a decent place to have a brew, and the influence from The Trappist is apparent here.
joeneugs (125) Livermore, California | September 30, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I visited this place on an early Friday afternoon and there was already some thirsty patrons filtering in. First of all, the location is nice in downtown Walnut Creek. It’s a bit ritzy for my taste, but it’s reasonably close to BART and other public transit so that’s nice. Obviously modeled after the Trappist in Oakland (same owners) it has a very Euro cafe feel with lots of wood and a nice seating area as you walk in with some shelves for bottles. The bar is in the back with only about 8 seats. There are some coolers near the bar that screamed "beer geek" with thermometers inside controlling it to cellar temps and tinted glass to keep out light. Very nice touch. The prices on the bottles were marked for both take out and on site consumption. Most bottles were about 50% more if you wanted to drink on site, but they were surprisingly reasonable for take out considering its in Walnut Creek. They had some rare Cantillon bottles on the shelves that tempted me despite the high prices. The tap list was very good. It skewed Belgian (like the Trappist) but also had some nice local brews. I had an 07 Iris. The barstaff was knowledgable and friendly. I will definitely return often.
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