I love this place. The employees are great and the selection is one of the best in Oakland.
They have started giving a lot more taps to local breweries which is cool, but it also means some of the beer isn't the best available. Glad to see a beer place support the local scene though.
Lots of Meet the Brewer events which is also a great plus.
A bit small on the inside but there is a nice deck in front which is great on sunny days. Can be loud sometimes.
This has easily become one of the best places for beer in the Bay Area. Huge taplist, crazy rotation, and tons of interesting stuff. Prices are quite reasonable, staff is very friendly, and the ambiance is great. One of my favorite places to visit.
My favourite spot of the recent visit to the bar area. A nice cozy dark space with about 50 taps of awesomeness pouring at any one time. Loads of IPA, barleywine (odd for summer but oh, so good) and other high gravity stuff. Fairly priced and really quite awesome. The clientele and the bartenders were super friendly and chatty. A bunch of bottles in the coolers that you can either drink here or take to go. A fantastic spot.
Loved this place, a proper drinker’s bar with an obvious love for beer - anywhere that sells 50 tap beers must love it! The barman even poured us half pints so we English tourists could try as many as possible, all in all one of my favourite bars around SF. I was slightly unlucky in that quite a few of the tap beers were from European brewers I don’t care for, but the 6 from Dying Vines made up for that!!!
Got here on a Saturday just after they opened and it was already packed. Interior reminds me of The Liar’s Club in PB (San Diego), may it rest in peace, where it is overly worn, seemingly just tossed together with furniture from the junkyard and not comfortable at all. If you add this to the loud music (good luck holding a conversation) and difficulty getting a beer (even with five people behind the bar) it does not make for a very enjoyable experience to feast on their huge tap list. Wow, I see multiple offerings listed from breweries I’ve never even heard of. That doesn’t happen. Impressive! All that said there’s a very good chance I won’t be back since there are more enjoyable and friendly atmospheres around to take in a pint. It was frustrating waiting and waiting to get a beer while the bar’s regulars and friends got served without the slightest wait . . . oh yeah screw this place, I won’t be back.
Located a short walk from the 12th St Oakland BART station, which only took 15minutes to get to from Central SF. Beer shop meets bar concept. I suppose I could loosely liken this to a rock bar inside, but it’s obvious with all the beer everywhere what the true focus is. Nowhere near as much of a dive as Toro SF. Crazy selection of 47 taps, the details of which are crammed onto a tiny blackboard above the bar. Real local focus i.e. I didn’t recognise half of the beers on. Amazing to see 2004 BFM Bon-Chien on draft! Lots of fridges opposite the bar full of interesting bottles at decent prices. Fridges separated into beer style, which always helps. All beer can be taken out or drank in for a nominal $1 extra. Small, but nice outside area at the front is also great on a sunny day. Staff were really friendly and knowledgeable. This really is one of the best places to drink good beer anywhere!
One of the only bars where I always feel right at home. Amazing selection and prices (more for draft than for bottles), knowledgable, friendly, and patient staff, casual atmosphere. Love the big porch in front, as well as the fact that they’ll let you bring over food from the vegan soul food place next door.
One of my favorite spots. There is a full wall of fridges filled with bottles that you can buy or drink on premises for a small fee. The chalkboard menu of on tap beers is extremely well selected and adventurous. Environment and music is very punk rock. Very fun place.
GT (672) San Diego, California | February 17, 2012
Crazy dive bar cum bottle shop that is pretty hardcore craft beer. The ceiling is decorated with brewery flags and dried hop vines. The taplist when I was there was a Firestone Walker and Lost Abbey/Port tap takeover. 13 Lost Abbey beers on tap and another 10 from Firestone Walker and Deschutes. Tons of other local beers. Service was very good considering over 200 people were packed into this beer store sized room. Glassware was nice, keg rotation looked rapid. Outdoor seating area is a big plus. Very sociable place. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with as many hard core beer people in my life.