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Latest reviews from Oakland

100 /100 5815 COLLEGE AVE
“Awesome little cider bar and bottleshop on College Ave. in Oakland. Cozy space, great selection. They carry a wide array of smaller cider producers from across the US, and the world. During non-COVID times they offer a monthly cider club, but they're currently offering curbside pick-up or delivery if you live close enough by. Definitely worth a visit.“
LagerAromas68 155 days ago
66 /100 4930 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Free street parking nearby, which is cool. Not a large space, bit of a hippy vibe. Mix of in-house and guest beers. Flights available. Service friendly, beer ok.“
bytemesis 255 days ago
84 /100 292 4TH STREET
“Just wow there beers a fantastic.. and there staff are great too...“
Wirralbeerveg 255 days ago
80 /100 292 4TH STREET
“Wonderful brewery to drop by after a 50 mile bike ride to Oakland. Approximately 20 beers on tap plus cans for sale. Excellent beers overall. Tried a sour, hazy IPA, Pilsner, imperial stout. Very good.“
wetherel 329 days ago
80 /100 2421 TELEGRAPH AVE
“So for the basics, you have around 20 taps (two ciders, mix of styles, all very west coast with some really good stuff there). 8-10 coolers covering all the styles, again with a focus on the west coast. They also have a cellar list which you have to ask for - had a few 3 Fontenein, a bunch of Firestone Walker and, most excitingly, 7 Bottle Logic imperial stouts. So yeah, I snatched those up. If you go and want the good stuff, ask for the cellar list. That makes this place worth a visit. Thought they were a bit stretched for service but no big complaints. As noted, neighborhood seems a bit rough. Maybe a 10 minute walk from BART so not too bad.“
WestCoastHawkeye 356 days ago
84 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Great place, just as good as the barrel house in San Leandro. For a place with mediocre beers widely distributed, Drake's does its home bases right. Huge building in a street-type market, outdoor and indoor spaces. Would guess around 25-30 lines, mostly their own stuff. Their own stuff is damn tasty. Good at styles I can normally take or leave, great at styles I like. Lots of IPAs and sours but enough other stuff to chose from to hit all types of strokes different folks like. Food was superb (pizza, but they have burgers and snacks too). Decent prices too. Well worth going out of your way for.“
WestCoastHawkeye 396 days ago
48 /100 1 AIRPORT DR
“Located across from gate 29. This is the old Gordon Biersch location. They haven't changed anything except the beers on tap, 3 Drake beers and 2 Anchor and few bottles. Food is pre-made sandwiches and limited pub grub. Small bar with limited seating.“
Sledutah 474 days ago
68 /100 4115 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Actually only visited on accident as I was lost and needed WiFi, but this place really caught my eye! Situated very close to the McArthur station it's quite easy to get to. Staff is nice and they offer half pours and flights, but only from their own brewery. You can fill growlers and buy cans as well. Prices are normal. I wouldn't have planned a visit there, but if you are ever in Oakland you should come here.“
FinnIckler 576 days ago
90 /100 460 8TH ST
“What else is there to say about this place? It's spectacular. Two bars, 25 drafts, some interesting bottles (although not as ridiculously awesome as other local places - e.g., Good Karma) - the stars here are on draft though. I've had a lot of beer all over the world and I haven't even seen at least half of these taps anywhere else. And the stuff I had was either great or interesting. The Bay Area is spectacular for beer. This place has earned a slot near the top of must-visit places.“
WestCoastHawkeye 605 days ago
80 /100 292 4TH STREET
“Stopped in on my way up to Rare Barrel. This is in the industrial area near 880. Good news is that there is actually quite a bit of street parking, and it is in fact free. I walked a block or two, but well worth free. The place itself has a small outdoor patio out front. Inside they had a place set up for roving food vendors; it was a very popular gyoza/potstickers place when I was there. further back is the smallish and quite busy bar area. Tables of various size and a high bar under the tap list wall. Perhaps a dozen beers on tap, more I think - 14? IPA heavy which has certainly become the norm, but they had a smattering of other things including a Tripel and a couple of lagers. Flights of six available for $15(!). Of course the beer whore in me took control and I did a flight. Kinda glad I did though, cause the beer was actually quite good. Well above average quality wise, including a couple of standouts. Good service, clean bathrooms. A place to watch for sure. I have seen their cans around, but not in the places I usually shop at.“
bytemesis 609 days ago
74 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Big open-air garden. Good taplist with a good variety of beers. Enjoyed our visit, though not sure I'd rush back.“
explosivedog 685 days ago
74 /100 5612 COLLEGE AVE
“Lively place, there for a trivia night, atmosphere was lots of fun. Tap list was good, lots of California beers. Food was good, I had a chicken burger with waffles instead of bread! What a world. Probably not a priority beer place, but it's a nice bar if you're looking for somewhere in this area.“
explosivedog 685 days ago
72 /100 6510 SAN PABLO AVE
“Nice little tap room and brewery. The beers are all solid. 14 beers on tap. Good, friendly service. I'll be back. My only complaint is there prices are in the high side, but not too bad. $2/$3 tasters. I paid $10 for 4.“
Sledutah 732 days ago
90 /100 460 8TH ST
“First visit...amazing place. Not a lot I can add to all the stellar reviews. The reputation of the craftbeer bar, restaurant, and building is warranted in my view. The décor is a very authentic Euro look. Such a fantastic listing of taps...front and back bars. A lot of the best Belgium's and Euro ales...some more common (but not often assembled all in one place like St. Bernardus ABT, North Coast Le Merle, Allagash White)...and some rarer...like Leipziger Rauch-gose "Pineus and La Trappe Dubbel, and Allagash Curieux...the latter rare on draft at least...plus a number of great but hard to find American craftbeers...Revision Dr. Lupulin IIIPA, Evil Twin Even More Coco Jesus, and Wild Card Bandwagon Pale. All of this plus over 100 bottles..."and" absolutely top notch food...both in quality and selection. The Trappist is a must visit when visiting anywhere in the Bay area.“
PRBeer 863 days ago
84 /100 3891 PIEDMONT AVE
“Spent a pleasant hour here on a Saturday afternoon. Funky but pleasant ambiance with a nice selection of drafts. I would frequent this place if I lived in the neighborhood.“
Iphonephan 919 days ago
72 /100 420 3RD ST
“8 taps is minimal, service was good. Beer was good as well. Small venue, I only have been one time, and it's obviously not "supposed" to be a brewery there. Got a flight and some crowlers. A-ok“
ffbot 1041 days ago
70 /100 3096 E 10TH ST
“Cool location, plenty of seating and live music when I came once. 10 taps isn't terrible, and no real bottle selection kinda sucks. Decent prices for the east bay. It's alright.“
ffbot 1041 days ago
64 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Some overpriced food which is good but doesn't make up for it with the price. Some good taps, but only a few of them are Woods then there's guest taps. Cool spot and live music sometimes.“
ffbot 1041 days ago
72 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Meh, I like the San Leandro one better. And it's cheaper beer-wise. Growler fills, forget it like $30 yeah right. Huge place which is the only thing I love about it.“
ffbot 1042 days ago
94 /100 2421 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Yeah, I like this place. It isn't the cheapest, but it's Oakland and the prices are average. Decent service, good bottle selection, and I've found some pretty rare stuff on tap here from Dogfish Head and other great breweries.“
ffbot 1042 days ago
72 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Was there on a First Friday and the place was packed. There was a band at the front, and we staked out a spot at the bar in the back. Whacky variety of beers; I appreciated that they are doing different things, and there were definitely a few winners as well.“
Oakes 1071 days ago
80 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Massive place, in a hipstery type building in downtown Oakland. Lots of beers on tap, and a lot of really interesting ones. Had a great stop in that regard, and the service was good even as we were closing the place down.“
Oakes 1071 days ago
86 /100 460 8TH ST
“We came pretty late, wasn't very crowded and the back bar was closed. Nice interior and ambiance, reminded me bit of European beer bars. Luckily the beer list had enough interesting US beers, I've enjoyed Saule from The Bruery. Very good service. Well worth visiting.“
Iznogud 1084 days ago
82 /100 2421 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Pretty spacious bottle shop/bar. Impressive bottle fridges, nine of them during my visit so probably few hundred bottles. 16 taps, some interesting beers on tap, but nothing super exciting. Worth visiting.“
Iznogud 1084 days ago
70 /100 420 3RD ST
“Finally stopped in on the way home. Thi this is an industrial area; lots of semis loading/unloading produce. They share their space with other tenants; restrooms are outside of the brewery proper for example. Their space is smallish pretty dead on a Sunday evening. Friendly service however. 8 taps available. No flights, although that may change - they said they were waiting on glassware to start. 10 oz pours available. The two beers I had were unforutnately nothing to get excite about. An adequate IPA and an unfortunate sour.“
bytemesis 1115 days ago
84 /100 2421 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Great hybrid of a bar and bottle shop. Modern feeling interior. Small pours of anything available and decently priced. Great, well-curated taplist. Super friendly staff as well. Highly recommended when in the area.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
74 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Massive place right downtown, with tons of seating. Modern atmosphere and very busy. Custom flights available of the house beers, though rather pricey. Very friendly service. Worth visiting if you can’t get to the Barrel House in San Leandro.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
60 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Small, narrow place, with a more upscale feel to it. Flights of 4 beers available for $13... pricey. Friendly service. It can get loud when there’s a live band in here. Beer quality is decent, with a one stand-out in my flight. Worth checking out if nearby.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
70 /100 1802 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Very cool, modern bar with a great taplist - mostly guest taps, only 2 house beers when I visited. Flights available, though they’re pretty pricey, as the norm here. Friendly service and comfortable place to chill over some beers. Worth checking out if nearby.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
84 /100 460 8TH ST
“A bit more upscale-feeling compared to Beer Rev. Great selection of draft beers. No flights or small pours, so not ticker-friendly, but it’s worth having a drink or two here. Very comfortable place to hang out, with tons of other options nearby.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
66 /100 420 3RD ST
“Walking distance to many other places, including Beer Rev. Small tasting room, with limited seating room. They had 8 beers on tap, but offer no flights or sample size pours, but the bartender was nice enough to let me sample all the beers. Beers were all decent, but nothing mind-blowing. Worth a stop if you’re in this area already.“
mcberko 1149 days ago
42 /100 444 HARRISON ST
“Grungy place in a very industrial part of town. Six beers on tap, available in 4 oz tasters for a whopping $3 a piece - unacceptable. The beer itself ranges from infected / off-flavoured to competent. Service is nonchalant but decent. Prices obviously aren’t warranted given the quality. Can’t recommend this place.“
mcberko 1152 days ago
76 /100 3096 E 10TH ST
“Located in an industrial area, about an 8-10 mins drive from Oakland’s downtown. This place is modern, yet warehouse-y in feel. 10 beers on tap. You can order custom flights of 6, priced according to the beer. Some are $4 / 4 oz - that’s too steep. Service was super friendly and helpful. Recommended stop when on the east side of the Bay.“
mcberko 1152 days ago
64 /100 1802 TELEGRAPH AVE
“I visited this place yesterday. It’s a nice comfortable large open space with plenty of seating around the square bar area. They had only 2 house beers on tap, and about 25 guest taps. They had some really solid beers on tap, and a decent to-go bottle menu. Prices were reasonable. The one thing that utterly pissed me off was that one of the bartenders was spewing absolute bullshit to patrons. I overheard the bartender telling a patron that east coast IPAs area hazier and less hoppy than west coast IPAs because they use Brett for their yeast. Also overheard the bartender tell a patron that a scotch ale tastes like a barleywine and a scotch. Anyway, it’s just 1 person, but it still turned me off to this place.“
DYCSoccer17 1199 days ago
58 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Visited this place yesterday. It has a large, airy outdoor patio area with a bit of sterile decor. The taproom area is fairly dimly lit and cozy. Bartender was pleasant. They had about 8 of their own beers on tap, while there were 2 guest taps. I only had 1 beer, because the prices were fucking stupid. Charging $1/oz for beer is unacceptable, and your business will not get my money.“
DYCSoccer17 1199 days ago
78 /100 4115 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Lots of white inside, with a decent amount of seats. BIG outdoor patio with a food truck. We went outside so we could play with the doggies. Decent selection of beers...trending towards hops, but they had some other stuff too including a great Berliner, and their hoppy stuff is legit. The back corner of the patio is next to their trash, and it was more than a little stinky - but as long as it’s not packed out there, it’s easy enough to move far enough away for their to be no smell.“
slowrunner77 1217 days ago
72 /100 6510 SAN PABLO AVE
“Small brewery in north Oakland (still seems like you’re in Berkeley). Was lucky to grab a parking spot across the street. Neat little spot, with everything (including the hollowed out taster trays) a play on novels. 10-12 taps, with a decent selection of styles, most well executed.“
slowrunner77 1217 days ago
88 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Went here with Nils together, to run around, have awesome beer and celebrate my 6000th! Large place with lits of outdoor seating, bit indoor is very pleasant too. Busy but well organized, with a clean yet inviting feel. Very, very friendly staff, very honest. The food looked really great, but wasn’t hungry. Beers are amazing, tapped in top quality and for decent prices. Loads to choose from. Some shirts and other memorabilia are sold. Welcoming place for single visits as well as groups, casual as well as a bit more formal. Very fun place to be.“
erickok 1232 days ago
88 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Everything we tried was interesting, to delicious, wish we were hungry as the food looked nice.“
vtafro 1247 days ago
70 /100 420 3RD ST
“Visited on a Thursday evening. Located in the Jack London Square area of downtown Oakland. Seems to be a rapidly redeveloping area. The brewery itseld is a smaller tasting room, with the brewery itself visible in the back. This place smelled like it was brand new, and based on what the bartender said, it sounds like it is. Seating is at the bar, or a couple of tables in the room. Beer selection is 6 house beers, though they had tap space for a total of 8. Available as 10 or 16 oz pours. Highlight is an old school pinball machine. Nice service. Place was pretty quiet when I visited, seems like this place hasn’t been discovered yet. With Beer Revolution and Independent close by, worth adding to your list.

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

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
58 /100 1 AIRPORT DR
“Visited before a flight on a Friday afternoon. Located by Gate 24 in Terminal 2. Open spot, with bar seating or tables seating. Was one of the bigger restaurant locations in Terminal 2. Selection is 7 Pyramid regulars + Sam Adams and Bud Light. Food is standard airport fare.

58 = ★½ (Place tickers only)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
76 /100 1802 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Visited after dinner on a Thursday. Located near a BART station near the corner of 18th and Telegraph. As you enter, the brewing equipment is in the front room with a big square bar past that, and a couple of other high tops. 2 house beers available, with 26 guests beers. The guests were other smaller breweries with quite a few from Baja California. Additionally, a small selection of cans and bottles are available. Fun friendly crowd.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
82 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Visited after dinner on a Thursday. Located near a BART station at the corner of 17th and Telegraph. AN odd corner building that has enclosed outdoor patio as you enter, with a food stall, tables and a fireplace. The bar itself is in back, with a 14 seat “L” shape and a few other stools against the wall. 6 house beers on draft, with flights and growlers available. Additionally, 4 wines and 10 guest beers on draft. Both of which were well chosen. Service was friendly, and the crowd was local and having a good time. Chill music playing, good vibe here.

82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
76 /100 911 WASHINGTON ST
“Visited late afternoon on a Wednesday. Located in Old Oakland, right by the convention center. The layout is very much a Sausage / Deli counter - step up to the counter to order food and beer, tables by the window or out on the street for seating. All tables are communal picnic tables. 15 beers on draft, mostly local with a wide range of styles. Service was efficient.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
88 /100 460 8TH ST
“Visited late afternoon on a Wednesday. Located in Old Oakland, near BART. Cool old building, with a small front room and bar as you enter, with two additional smaller rooms past the bar with tables, and a larger outdoor patio in the alley. There is also a back bar which was closed when I visited. There are different tap lists at the front and back bar, though both were available to order from and each were super high quality with a ton of Belgian beers and speciality craft. In total there were 25 beers on tap. Bottle list also available which had a couple of fun beers on it The food menu is Belgian snacks and some lighter meals. Efficient service with higher prices though about what I expected for this level of quality and the location. Certainly a top stop in Oakland.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1253 days ago
82 /100 2325 BROADWAY AUTO ROW
“Visited on Monday for a later dinner with a friend. Easy to find in uptown Oakland. As mentioned on their website, public transportation is the way to go - parking is crazy. Located in the back of the building, enter through the big open biergarten space. ⅔ of the restaurant is the outdoor space, with the the remaining ⅓ making up a bar area. A bunch of tables, as well as fire pits are set up outside. THis place was very dog friendly. Service was prompt and friendly. Food is primarily pizzas and burgers and the pizza I had was quite good. Beer selection is 13 core Drake beers, and 12 limited release Drake beers. Wide variety of styles, high quality beers. I really enjoyed the scene and vibe here.

82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1254 days ago
70 /100 444 HARRISON ST
“Visited late afternoon on a Monday. The brewery is located right by highway, just south of downtown Oakland and near Jack London Square. A bit confusing to locate, as Harrison splits at 4th, and the brewery is on the Harrison street to the south. Entrance is located around the corner, and parking is on the street. The tasting room is quite small, 10 bar seats and maybe 5 tables. Tiny stage area in the corner. The bartender mentioned they were close to opening an outdoor patio, which will be nice. 5 house beers on served as 10 or 20 oz or 32 or 64 oz growlers to go. Very knowledgable and friendly bartender, soft jazz playing, I enjoyed the vibe.

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

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1254 days ago
74 /100 1701 TELEGRAPH AVE
“Visited during the RateBeer Best 2017 bus tour. Small taproom with a decent patio area, brewing space upstairs. Unique beer list display, sort of an 80’s/90’s vibe. Beers were solid with a couple standouts, decent variety of styles. El Porteño empanadas available for food, tried three different ones that were all pretty tasty and hit the spot during the bus tour. Worth a stop if you’re around here.“
GenDV138 1256 days ago
74 /100 2221 BROADWAY
“A block from Drakes Dealership so why not sneak in and have a beer and get a place rating. Nothing mind blowing on tap, but I did get a Fieldwork beer that only had 1 rating. Nice L shaped bar with tables scattered around. Fast and friendly service.“
Sledutah 1321 days ago