Fremont Beer Guide: Your Fremont guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Fremont

76 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“They're in the upper-middle-class of beer stores in the southern part of the Bay Area. Some esoteric stuff on the shelves, some really good stuff that goes quickly, and good stuff on draft. If I lived near them they'd be a goto, although I'd need to supplement with runs elsewhere.“
WestCoastHawkeye 52 days ago
72 /100 43484 BOSCELL ROAD
“It's a Total Wine. Pretty indistinguishable from other Total Wines. Better than Bevmo, fine if it's all you have access to, but better around. In a word, cromulent. I'm hitting them up because I'm in a dry month and so wanted non-alcoholic beer, and for whatever reason they have the best selection of non-alcoholic craft beer. Go figure.“
WestCoastHawkeye 298 days ago
72 /100
Mission Pizza & Pub (Restaurant)
1572 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Decent. About 32 taps, too many of them IPAs (would say 15-20) but what they do have on the IPA front is very good. Pizza is solid, generous on the toppings (even if the crust is a little too deep). Solid spot.“
WestCoastHawkeye 338 days ago
54 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Pretty mediocre. A few interesting singles in the cooler but mostly same old same old for the area. They have a tasting room which didn't have much that looked interesting (although I always appreciate being able to drink and shop). Not a ton of volume and not a ton of depth. Think like an OK corner store more than a place that should be rated in the 80s on here.“
WestCoastHawkeye 338 days ago
70 /100 44356 S GRIMMER BLVD
“Visited after dinner on a Tuesday. Located in a commercial, light industrial office park. The tasting room is an old house, and they make nice use of the 4 different rooms, with different places to hang out. They have also commandeered the parking lot in front of the brewery that is used as the patio. Beer selection is 8 house brews, with only of them being German styles, which surprised me a bit. The beers are available as flights, full pours or crowler/growler to go. Food is only a couple of bags of chips. Service was efficient, zero conversation just “what do you want” - they've got that part of German down at least. Brewery is visible behind a glass wall. (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time) I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 457 days ago
70 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“Visited mid afternoon on a Monday. Located just down the block and across the street from Mission San Jose in Fremont, California. Parking is on the street or in a side lot dedicated for California Craft Beer. I’d imagine the lot is key when the Mission is busy. No frills space with some high top tables, a smaller bar, and 5 cooler doors. The beer selection is 16 draft, all California, available as full pours or 4 x 5 oz beer flights. 5 cooler doors, beer to go or $1 corkage for 12oz / $3 corkage for bombers. Friendly service.

70 = **½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 597 days ago
64 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“Visited for a late lunch on a Monday. Outer parking lot location in a shopping mall. Plenty of parking all around. Sports bar vibe inside, booths, tables and plenty of seating at the bar. Beer selection is 7 house beers of which 3 or 4 seemed to rotate. Brewpub food menu. Friendly service. Small outdoor patio. Sports on a bunch of tvs. Had a burger, which was quite tasty.

64 = ** (Just ok)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 598 days ago
62 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“Big U shaped wooden bar. Service was slow but friendly. Problems with the a/c when it’s hot outside (today), fake it till you make it! The beers are average, nothing stood out. I wouldn’t stop here for a beer (unless it’s a new one).“
Sledutah 1271 days ago
72 /100 44356 S GRIMMER BLVD
“Another stop on my way to bytemesis’s house for a tasting. A little tasting room and brewery in a small business park. It’s actually kind of just on the other side of the freeway from the Fremont Total Wine, so maybe like a 5 minute drive.

They had eight beers on tap during my visit. I just did a set of four. They mostly do German styles, but also have some oddball things like a Triple Black IPA...okay. I thought a couple were okay and some not so good. Seems to fit in with my experience thusfar with this brewery. The people were friendly and they had the Sharks game on, so a fine enough place to just sit and try a couple beers.“
brokensail 1564 days ago
80 /100 43484 BOSCELL ROAD
“My first Bay Area Total Wine tick. Woohoo. Stopped here on my way to bytemesis’s house, actually. Just off of 880 at Auto Mall Parkway, so super easy to get to. It’s in a huge shopping center and happens to be by a Panda Express, In N Out, and hot dog place in case you are dangerously low on calories.

Typical Total Wine setup here with a big open floor plan and shelves after shelf of booze. The beers are more toward the left hand side of the store (if you’ve got your back to the entrance). Pretty decent selection, as expected, with the usual rotten singles sitting out on the shelves...seemed a little light in the chilled beer department here. Anyway, I ended up scoring a SpontanBasil and the new Weheinstephaner kellerbier here but could easily have left with a huge selection of bottles. Plenty of interesting and limited/rotating/seasonal offerings from all over.“
brokensail 1564 days ago
74 /100 44356 S GRIMMER BLVD
“I can’t believe it took me so long to get here. Finally stopped in on a saturday. As B00by says, make that U-turn at the little "Beer Here" placard. Plenty of parking in the lot. Quiet - maybe 3-4 other folks drinking. 8 taps running. Samplers of four were $8 bucks, if I recall. There are a couple of tables and a small bar with a few seats at it. Would get messy if it were truly busy. Food is limited to bags of chips, pretzels and pickles. Guy working was super friendly and talkative; from him I learned that they are no longer on at Mission Pizza, where I discovered them a couple years ago. He was not sure why, but there was some sort of rift. I focused my sampler on new ticks, which meant German and English styles. All four were solid by my palate. The Pils was pretty tasty, but the "German Pale Ale" was the best of the day for me. I guess the next new beer is a rauch; done now and just waiting for something to kick, which makes me want to go back soon.“
bytemesis 1716 days ago
84 /100 43484 BOSCELL ROAD
“Now this is pretty awesome. First Total Wine in the bay area, grand opening going on now, which means a free tote and $10 off a $50 purchase. Plenty of parking in the mall area. In-and-out across the lot. I have been to my share of total wines, and this one is typical, newer and cleaner than normal of course. Wine is obviously the big draw, but they had about 6 shelves of beer, 3ish for multi-packs and the rest for singles. This is really the place to go if you just want one of something. Nicely organized by country and style, although they did not separate by state; those were all organized by style alone. Another place with IIPA’s rotting away on shelves, unfortunately. Selection was pretty solid, lots of interesting breweries all as singles. They had a dedicated shelf for "premium craft" which featured things like BCS, Pugachev, Gose Gone Wild, and the like. I came in to look around and get my place tick and left with 7 bottles of beer. There is also a dedicated beer tasting area; I didn’t try it, but it looked to be free. They had a new brewer every day (today was Drakes), but I am guessing that will die down after the grand opening was complete. Finally, the service - A-list all the way. Checkout girl was friendly and helpful and even ran her own coupon for me to save me $10, cause I was too dumb to pick one up on the way in. This place pretty much blows the doors off BevMo. It won’t replace my go-to high-end bottle shop, but it is really THE destination for mainline craft. I just wish it was a bit closer to home, and they refrigerated IPA’s.“
bytemesis 1716 days ago
64 /100 5171 MOWRY AVE
“Go with the right expectations. Selection is ok but staff knowledge is very hit and miss.“
punkybrewster 1763 days ago
66 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“Much better than Mission Liquors is these days. I’d probably go there more often if they were closer to where I live. 16 handles with usually good selections; good selection in bottles as well.“
sbauer 2037 days ago
20 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Used to be the best spot in Fremont for craft beer, with a small tap room in the back of the store (12 handles). Since the original owner sold the place has really gone down hill - bottle selection okay, tap list sometimes interesting but good luck getting any service.“
sbauer 2037 days ago
70 /100 3714 PERALTA BLVD
“Local bar with a local crowd. Good beer selection because the guy that runs the place loves craft beer. Don’t recommend going later in the evening.“
fidel 2050 days ago
70 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“As Joe says, in a solid area of town, but pretty ghetto inside. At least no porn that I saw. Most beers were in the cooler, but its one of those places that I would hesitate to buy an IPA from; it just doesn’t look like turnover is that great. Selection was in fact decent, and service was fair. They also have a tasting bar in the back with 14 taps running of mostly local craft stuff. Worth a visit.“
bytemesis 2058 days ago
64 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“In the area and decided to try it out. Pretty empty on a Sunday afternoon - maybe 4 total people inside when I arrived. Despite that the service was still slow at the bar. I think the bartender was the only person working other than kitchen staff, so she was responsible for everything and everyone, including making photocopies(!) and trying to eat her lunch. They had 8 taps I think, and the sampler included six of them, with customer choice on two seasonals. I ordered the wings on the recommendation of MrHoppy, and they were indeed solid. Beers ranged from pretty Meh to decent. Nothing really special, but nothing with major flaws other than the wheat. Prices seemed a bit hight ($9 for the flight, for example. Not a bad place.“
bytemesis 2058 days ago
74 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“I was half expecting another run down liquor store in a dated strip mall, but this place is actually in a pretty nice area of Fremont and in a nice building. Inside however is more ghetto and at first glance doesn’t look very promising, but all the goodies are in the back. They have most of the bottles in cold storage, but some are on the shelves as well. There were several things here that we don’t get up in the northern reaches of the East Bay. Lot’s of Red Branch and Rabbit’s Foot Meads and Ciders as well as some Mike Hess cans and other things I don’t normally see… What the? A Rayon Vert four pack from 2012! Jackpot! Only $8.99 too. Score. I’d be a bit wary of the stock on the shelves though as some stuff seemed a bit old. Buyer beware. They also have about 14 taps of very well selected draft beers. The guy running the place was very nice and attentive although I was the only person in the place. He gave me several samples of what they had on draft which was nice, and made some suggestions based on what his other customers like. The prices seemed maybe a touch high on most things, but reasonable. Overall, I was very happy with this place especially since I scored four bottles of vintage Rayon Vert. Service was great too. Highly recommended.“
joeneugs 2096 days ago
78 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“Nice selection of bottled beer and a small tasting bar in the back with a small, but delightful offering of taps.“
fidel 2160 days ago
70 /100 44356 S GRIMMER BLVD
“Visited May 17, 2014.

I’ve been eyeing this place on the map since sometime last year and finally decided to stop in. Be warned, if you’re coming from 880 S and you get off at Auto Mall when you make a U turn on Grimmer it’s a very immediate right (second driveway). There’s a small sandwich board on the sidewalk so look for that. Actually either of the first two driveways will work as they both lead to the same parking lot. The next two driveways take you to a private lot where the signs tell you that you’ll be towed. Luckily making u-turns is easy on Grimmer so if you miss then just make another pass.

So apparently these guys have been open, brewing, and selling to bars for about 5 years now, and finally opened a tasting room about a year ago. I had no idea. It turns out that all this time they’ve been brewing on a little 3 bbl system which would explain why I’ve never heard of them (not to mention they only distribute to a handful of bars). They’re actually in the process of buying some 15 bbl tanks but will still be brewing on the little system. They normally have 8 taps going but when I was there the one lager had kicked. They still had a pils and a Maibock so I could see how their lager brewing abilities were. No off flavors so that’s good, but just average quality. The hefe was probably my favorite because it was banana juice. The triple black IPA was kind of bad but they did give me a handful of chocolate chips to eat with the black IPA.

The one employee/server present was very friendly and I had an enjoyable time talking to her and the other customer at the bar, but in the end this is just another warehouse brewery in an industrial park. The over the top German-ness of the place was a nice touch. They had German music playing, obviously the name and some of the beers are German, and they of course have pretzels available (hard pretzels). Nice people. nice place, but the flights were a bit expensive. $7 for a flight of four.“
t0rin0 2352 days ago
60 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“Visited December 29, 2013.

I’ve been wanting to stop in here for several years now since it’s fairly close to our data center in Fremont. I’m just there too late usually or don’t want to stop in after a long day of work and then having to put in several more hours in a noisy data center. Glad I finally did stop and I’m glad that I really don’t have to go back. It’s in a mall but at least it’s on the edge of the grounds so parking and getting the hell away from the mall are easier.

I was expecting the worst from the beer, and while some of it was bad (like the porter and the wheat) I think a lot of the hate is people not giving the beer a fair shake and just hating to hate. The doppelbock was drinkable, bordering on decent. The IPA was actually very piney and dank. I was surprised. It was still a bit too sweet, murky, and like all the samples was served in those terrible whiskey glasses, but it was bordering on good. The DIPA wasn’t bad either though it was too boozy. I gave up long ago trying to fight for honest opinions, so what ever. Besides, the place isn’t all that great regardless of the beer. There was a group at the bar that were talking about football and drinking heavily that were friendly but beyond that there wasn’t much going on. The bartender must know them as she was chatting them up the whole time and I couldn’t even get a glass of water. Oh well.

I paid $7 for a flight of 6 beers. They normally do 5 to a flight but I guess you can order as many as you want.“
t0rin0 2490 days ago
68 /100 44356 S GRIMMER BLVD
“Stopped in here on a whim after realizing no one has rated it yet. My rating would probably be higher based on the service and quality of the beers, but there is virtually no ambiance here. It’s basically a tiny spot in an industrial park. No seating inside, just a canopy with some rickety tables and chairs in the parking lot. They get some bonus points for spinning Bob Marley tunes. The service was very nice and attentive. The girl who was serving kept checking on me and seemed interested in what I thought of the beers... speaking of which, they were all pretty good. They only had four beers on that day (usually they have six) and all were above average. They had a new pilsner that was really clean and hoppy. Yum! There was also a 12% black ipa that was a little harsh, but not too bad. Overall, I would be happy supporting these guys. They seem very genuine and they’re making do with their less than stellar set up for now. The server said they are doing very well and hope to expand soon. I’ll be keeping my eye on them.“
joeneugs 2645 days ago
92 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“One of my favorite place to go. I love their IPA and garlic fries and wings.“
mrhoppy 2682 days ago
66 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“Cool place with decent beers and no food.“
mrhoppy 2682 days ago
74 /100
Mission Pizza & Pub (Restaurant)
1572 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Cool place with decent beers and food.“
mrhoppy 2682 days ago
80 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Cool place with decent beers and no food.“
mrhoppy 2682 days ago
40 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“This place is laughably bad. The service is absolutely awful, the beers are horrible, miserable atmosphere, and there was a "conditional pass" sign from the health department on the door. At least the sampler I got was cheap. Scroll past unless you just really want the ticks.“
brokensail 2805 days ago
74 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“I didn’t have any issues with the staff as noted here; they seemed pretty friendly to me. Decent taplist, with some interesting local/CA beers. Advertised as 500 bottles, which seems a little high. Nothing to spectacular, but they had Lagunitas Sucks, which i have been looking for. All in all it is worth the visit if you are in the vicinity. Bottle prices run a bit high. Update 04/14; prices are better, but they got rid of all the non-refrigerated shelving to make room for more tables.“
bytemesis 2852 days ago
56 /100 1584 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Nothing special about this place other than it is right next to Mission Pizza, so I decided to poke my nose inside. They have a decent selection of bombers, all refrigerated, plus a fair amount of latin american beers. I got my Honduras tick here, plus a bottle of 4 Calling Birds.“
bytemesis 2855 days ago
76 /100
Mission Pizza & Pub (Restaurant)
1572 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Standard pizza place, with decent food. Running about 30 taps with mostly local California brews and a few random European macros thrown in for good measure. Have about 5 taps dedicated to their "own" beers, which are all brewed at JP DasBrew, also in Fremont.“
bytemesis 2855 days ago
80 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Well this is an interesting place! Pretty good bottle selection, plus a tasting bar with 12 taps. I had Abyss while I was there. Tastings weekly, and bottle sharing events as well. I may need to trek to the East Bay a little more often!“
bytemesis 2855 days ago
64 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“Nice little bottle shop/ bar with adequate selection. The owner is not a happy man and is not making any friends. Might be a nice experience if I didn’t have to talk to him.“
fidel 2890 days ago
70 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“Pretty nice new place in Fremont. Good location right by the college. They have a pretty good selection of bottles, but nothing really amazing. The prices seemed a bit high. The bar area is very nice. It definitely has an upscale feel to the place, however the service is a little chilly. I was in there for about 15 minutes, and no one asked me if I needed any help. I ended up walking out since none of the bottles grabbed me, and the prices were high anyway. The tap list was thoughtfully put together with some nice locals. I would be happy if this place opened close to home, but I won’t be going out of my way to come here.“
joeneugs 2906 days ago
76 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“I can’t believe I’ve never been here even though it’s only about 20 minutes from my house. It looks like any other small liquor store from the outside. The selection is very good, although limited. Only about half of the store is dedicated to beer, and it’s a pretty small store to begin with. The great thing about this place is the small tasting bar in the back. It’s very nicely put together and comfortable. You feel rather separate from the rest of the place. There’s a small TV and about 8 different beers and they offer samples for a buck a piece. Nice deal, considering they had a few one offs and expensive beers when I was there. There is a good singles selection which is a big plus for me. The service was very prompt and courteous. I would stop here a lot if it was on any of my usual routes.“
joeneugs 2906 days ago
88 /100 43377 MISSION BLVD
“Cool new beer joint in Fremont. 16 taps. Easst coast, West coast, Belgiums. They have a very good selection on tap and in bottles. You can buy a bottle and drink ot there. you can bring food in. They have a cheese plate. 1.00 corkage fee which is bullshit.“
mrhoppy 2969 days ago
78 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Regular looking liquor store with a very solid craft beer selection. They have a small tasting bar, where you can taste a few ounces of 6-8 different beers on tap.“
fidel 3106 days ago
84 /100 3714 PERALTA BLVD
“Great place to hang out and have a beer. Live music of Fri. and Sat. nights. Good crowd. Mix of all ages. Kinda covers all the bases from Pabst on tap to Deschutes Abyss on tap. Always find something new on tap to drink. Not a die hard beer bar, but amazing for Fremont.“
misliq510 3177 days ago
84 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Great store. Evan and Rael know their beer and take care of their regular customers. Selection is up and down but there has never been a time I went in there and didn’t find something worth taking home with me. Prices are good for the most part. Overall a good store, with a good beer selection, and a good staff.“
danbierman 3351 days ago
56 /100 5171 MOWRY AVE
“Service is mediocre, some of the employees know their beer, others are clueless. Asked a guy at the counter if they had Parabola in stock and he didn’t even know what it was. Selection is average at best. Get some good stuff in, such as the aforementioned Parabola. Prices are average, not great but reasonable. Overall a decent stop if you want some run of the mill craft beer, but if your looking for some rare stuff this is not the place for you.“
danbierman 3351 days ago
86 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Another one of those looks can be deceiving liquor stores. They get a lot of the rare and weird beers that do not seem to show up elsewhere. Another one of those places that goes out of its way to find the stuff that isn’t available elsewhere. I walked in one Saturday and the guy behind the counter said to me. "I hope you aren’t looking for what I think your for. I sold out last night!" Good selection and very reasonable prices. They DO have single which is a big plus in my book.“
beerguy101 3433 days ago
80 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Was pleasantly surprised by this establishment in quiet Fremont. From the outside looked to be your average liquor store, but once you go to the back corner of the place, the beer is all around. Plentiful selection of six-packs, dedicated singles cooler, and lots and lots of great bombers available. Their stock moves at a decent rate as well, as I have seen something new that I wanted every time I’ve gone. Staff is very enthusiastic about beer, and it shows in the beer selection vs. the other liquors there. Prices were nothing out of the ordinary. Great store in an unexpected place.“
madvermin 3571 days ago
76 /100
Mission Pizza & Pub (Restaurant)
1572 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Didn’t try the food but the tap list is very impressive and you can’t beat their $3 pints during happy hour from 4-6.“
CampesinoTino 3649 days ago
80 /100
Mission Pizza & Pub (Restaurant)
1572 WASHINGTON BLVD
“Awesome place right off 680 on the Washington Exit. Pizza is good - California style (toppings on crust, thick crust but not Chi-Style). On tap they have a bunch of Port, Drakes, Stone, and what have you. Service is super cool, and very attentive.“
Taverner 3670 days ago
72 /100
Mission Liquors (Beer Store)
39945 MISSION BLVD
“Looks like your standard generic strip mall liquor store from the outside but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see an excellent craft beer selection inside. I came across many hard to find brews from Dogfish Head, The Bruery and Lost Abbey. You can also mix and match your own 6 pack from a pretty decent selection of singles. They also have a good selection of glassware (goblets, chalices, tumblers, etc). Definitely the best place to make a beer run in this part of Fremont.“
CampesinoTino 3848 days ago
60 /100 39176 ARGONAUT WAY
“Sports themed brewpub located in Fremont’s main shopping center, The Hub. I started off with a pint of Hefeweizen and it was a respectable take on a German wheat. The Garlic Fries are by far the best appetizer on the menu and worth checking out. I had a German sausage platter for my entree and it was good but a bit on the salty side. I’ll definitely try to make it back and try some more of their brews.“
CampesinoTino 3922 days ago
78 /100 5200 MOWRY AVE
“Although their main emphasis is on wine, this liquor store has a great craft beer selection. There’s also a spacious wine cellar open to customers that’s definitely worth exploring. It’s stocked with many high-end beers meant for aging. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and there are also beer tastings in the wine cellar once a month.“
CampesinoTino 3939 days ago
72 /100 5171 MOWRY AVE
“It’s your typical chain store with friendly, eager-to-please employees constantly asking if you need any help and a clean, orderly environment. They have an extensive selection of craft beers and I can always find a shopping cart’s worth to buy. Hopefully they will expand their selection someday to carry offerings from AleSmith and Russian River.“
CampesinoTino 3939 days ago
62 /100 5171 MOWRY AVE
“Same old thing for the most part. Did find a few low level beers I had been looking for.“
fidel 4066 days ago
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