I’ve been here 4 or 5 times, always during either the DIPA festival (February/SF Beer Week) or the barrel festival (November), so I really cant comment on what a normal business day is like here.
The festivals keep going up in price but at least now you get 12 tickets and the pours are usually pretty generous. The tri tip sandwiches that my brother and I bought were definitely not worth $8 a piece. Mine was decent but his had half the amount of meat and he got all the center meat that was really rare, with none of the rubbed/bbq sauce’d outside.
Always some good beers on tap (both the festival lineups as well as the regular taps). Cant complain there. Not sure if they have bottles or not, I’ve never looked. Located a block from Buffalo Bills which is a nice stop for food in the middle of a festival. Oh and they have live music which is a plus.
Cool little place in downtown Hayward. Not the most extensive tap list, but always some good stuff on. Usually a pretty laid back atmosphere when I’ve been, when there isn’t a festival going on, that is. Cash only is kind of a bummer.
Down the street from Buffalo Bills. Kind of a dinghy place inside. Outside seating available as well. Taplist hand-written on a white board in some impressively bad writing. Not really impressive, honestly. I thought Beer and Brats down the street had a better selection. Cash only, which is something to be aware of; though there is an ATM in the back. Single restroom for "Persons" seems like it would create a challenge when busy. I hear a lot about the events here, but on a normal Sunday it was not a standout beer destination.
I have only been here during an event (IIPA fest) but they handled it very very well. the inside is smallish and the selection not huge, but they had some superior quality type stuff on and there is an event. friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Stopped by for lunch. Parking lot across the street. Roughly 12 taps going, half of which seemed to be left overs from the IPA fest 2 months ago (faded). A few interesting thins like a Speakeasy BA Porter. Waitress was nice. They have a sandwich counter, but I wouldn’t bother with it. Atmosphere was music venue centric. I am sure this is a great place to visit for their epic festivals, but as a day to day visit, it is a little underwhelming. Cash only, but they do have an ATM.
My first visit to this establishment was for the Wet Hop Festival where I had the pleasure of meeting beerguy101 and Davecooks. I had a roast beef sandwich that was chalked full of flavor. Yum. They doubled the number of taps from their dozen or so fixed taps with temporary ones for the event. There was just bar seating inside with maybe six stools and outside seating on tiny tables. People were smoking out there so that was a bummer. All in all a nice experience and some excellent wet hop brews sampled.
Visited during DIPA-Festival in February 2014. (the DIPA-Festival was brilliant)
The place itself was rather small but with a friendly service and with some interesting beers.
Located not far from the BART Station. I would not mind to visit this place again.
My review of this place is a little skewed because I have only visited it during the Double IPA fest. I didn’t even notice a listing of their standard brews as I was more interested in figuring out which Double IPA I would sample next. A relatively small place, made much smaller by several hundred patrons of the fest. During normal business hours, I’m guessing the size is just fine. Has an outdoor patio which gets sunlight starting at around noon, depending upon the season. Clearly owner Vic cares about beer, and the Bistro therefore has passed the first meaningful test of a worthy establishment. Together with Buffalo Bills brewpub just up the road, Hayward is a worthwhile destination for beer lovers when in the Bay Area.
I only really come here for the festivals which are awesome. I’m not too pleased with the price hikes though. $40 for the barrel aged fest this year is getting a little steep. The people are cool and friendly and the location is nice in a good part of Hayward with lots of restaurants nearby and walking distance from BART. The bar itself is a bit divey. They have a rather small tap list, but I’ve heard the bottle list is good.