My home pub, even though I live an hour away. It is a fantastic place, the food is better than it needs to be for having such a wide variety of beers. The beer club is great, always nice to get prizes for drinking.
April 2008 - Visited with Chris and Meredith from thebeergeek.com. This is where it all started for them. This is a fun neighborhood kinda-Irish pub in the lower level of a corner shopping area. They have a nice selection of rotating taps, leaning heavily towards California brews. The Sunday brunch menu was traditionally pub-y, but quite good. Nice place.
This place is great. 30 beers on tap which are constantly changing. Great variety too with something for every palate. The interior has a cozy feel with a great bar area. As for the food, I have only tried the steak sandwich and the steak platter Both were great. This place does get crowded and tables can be hard to obtain around dinner time. I only wish Barclay’s was in my own neigborhood and I would find myself there more often.
Quaint little place a few blocks from the BART station. A dozen tables and a decent size bar area are the non smoking in door seating options. They have two big flat panel displays for sports viewing. The tap list is nice with 30 offerings including craft selections like Green Flash, E. J. Phair, Hoptown, Moonlight, Speakeasy, Schooner’s, Iron Springs and a few others. The food was pretty much pub grub and tasty. The help is very friendly and not all that beer knowledgeable. Great spot to stop for a bite and a craft brew.
This is a well-designed drinking place, with a long old wood bar, numerous tables and outdoor seating. There are about 30 beers on tap, mostly west coast microbrews, and a few good bottled beers. There is a neighborhood feel to this place and the patrons seem quite friendly. If you’re not looking for Belgian beers and other imports, this is a good place.
Sat out on the patio on Saturday afternoon. By the end, the place was swarming with Cal fans after the football game, but it was pleasant for a while. Lots of good beers on tap, and service, though not great, was adequate (though they did accidentally overcharge my credit card). As a rater, I’d prefer them to do a better job at identifying the brewers of the beers they have on tap.
The College Avenue location is just a great place to hang out. The food isn’t anything to write home about, but the beer selection is amazing. These guys go out of their way to get the best of the region. You’ll never be disapointed. The regulars at the bar are friendly and it’s easy to start a conversation, and they all know their beer. It’s comfortable without being kitschy.