Been here a number of times over the years, at both the brewery and the new barrel house tasting room. The grand tasting for RBSG 2009 was also here.
The brewery side is only open on Fridays for their open house. Its been a few years so I dont know if they still do it this way but it used to be that you paid $10 or $15 and got a glass and 3 or 4 drink coupons. Full pours only, no samples. They also have a BBQ going and sometimes some music as well.
The barrel room has seating, bottles to go, does samples as well as full glasses, and sells growlers too. There are always at least a half dozen barrel offerings on tap as well as a half dozen regular beers on tap. No food served but you can bring food in or have it delivered.
Prices are reasonable, service is pretty good, nice place to stop and have a beer or a couple ticks. About a mile walk from the BART station in San Leandro if you want burn off some calories. Otherwise there is plenty of parking at the Walmart and Home Depot next door.
Really cool place. The bar has a handful of seats as well as a smattering of tables around the rest of the space. Patio seating outside as well. Tons of beers on tap, including lots of special barrel aged stuff. Prices are pretty good, they do flights/tasters of everything, too. Can be a bit difficult to locate if you’ve never been here before. Just keep driving past the WalMart into the warehouse area in the back.
Pretty cool place with a great number of taps, basically an open warehouse door inviting you to come inside or side at one of the few picnic tables. Nominally three barrel aged beers on tap, but two were out when we were there. Otherwise, this is what a tasting room SHOULD look like at a small microbrewery in my opinion. As for food - they supposedly have trucks sometimes, but I hope you like pretzels, or else grab something at the Togo’s down the way.
(Visited 08/2014): Drake’s is located off the Nimitz Freeway on Davis Street, basically hidden behind a Walmart. Parking is available in any of the lots in the complex, as well as in a garage.
Once you do find it though it is easy to spot, being a large blue warehouse with a large logo sign and fermenters outside. The barrel room was closed during my visit for First Friday, so they had pouring stations and the garage doors open to serve beers. There was a cool festival atmosphere as a result, but I wasn’t really able to see anything other than the outside.
As for the selection, there were about 12 beers available for the event, including First Friday (which was sold out), Aroma Flora, Aroma Coma, 1500, Pork Pie Rye, Discovery Vienna Lager, Blonde, Hefe, Porter, Omega and Double IPA. All the beers I tried via the token system in use that day were good.
Service during the Friday late afternoon event was good at the pouring stations.
I did not have food on my visit, although there was a food truck there for the event.
All in all I was happy to stumble on a visit during First Friday and would like to visit again on a normal day to check out the rest of the operation. Regardless I had a good time.
Stopped at the new Tasting/Barrel Room. A bit hard to find, but there is plenty of parking. A really amazing tasting environment, looks great with plenty of taps and bottles. Kegs to go. Sample sizes, full pints, half pints, growlers. Plenty of barrel aged beers and draft beer that you can’t get elsewhere. A few beers from Jupiter and Triple Rock as well (all owned by the same people). Great prices. I’ll be back every trip up north.
love me some Drake’s. kinda out of the way behind a strip mall and walmart. definitely worth a visit, though. AWESOME beers and a wide variety both times I’ve been. decent service. brough outside food both times,
First off, this location will not be correct in your GPS-the brewery is located adjacent to a Wal-mart. you have to drive through the Wal-mart parking lot (which trust me, was a challenge) to get to the brewery. your typical brewery in a warehouse setting. everybody seemed to be having a good time however, i was alone and kind of felt out of place somewhat. with that said, beer was very solid-had a couple samples and they were tasty. the crowd seemed a bit snooty and up-ity if you ask me. worth a stop if your in the east bay area.
I finally made it here after year after year of missing the 1st Friday off the month fun and then just two days ago (it was Feb15) showing up when the website claimed they were open only to be turned around by the staff stating they were closed. WTF! Please keep web content regarding hours up to date as some of us come from a very long way away to visit. But yes, I did finally make it to this big open warehouse space with way more open floor space than seating. I was able to try several amazing offerings and the IIIPA is dynamite >>>> Younger and I love Younger. The staff was friendly and professional even when being repeatable badgered by customers scheming to get IIIPA growlers (so they can sell on ebay no doubt, what dirt bags). Kudos to the staff for keeping cool and professional and not giving into the pressure.
Stopped by for a few beers on my way through, tucked behind some big box stores. Great layout, nice outdoor seating area, big warehouse style tasting room with plenty of seating and nice bar area. Service was good, staff seemed to know about all the beers. The selection when I showed up was fantastic, BA Drakonic, 2 different aroma beers (one with NZ hops) and lots of other great offerings. Value was pretty good until you hit the top tier, $4 for a small sample, but oh well. Overall a great place, will come back for sure.