Visited on Friday noon with RateBeer Besr tour 2016. Really great place! We were lucky and there was no fog so we had a great view of San Francisco! Indoor and outdoor seating. Inside there is a smaller room with the bar and the taps and a very large room with many tables, a lot of wooden barrels and the brewing equipment. We had all the beers in flights (24 I think). Good service and prices. Dont know about food.
Far, far off the beaten track. I think you have to have a car to get there. Fine selection of around 20 of their beers on tap. You can get a flight of five but you donít get to choose yourself. Nice large outside area with a view of the bay. If you manage to get all the way out there, donít miss the gin destillery next door
had to drive through the hood to get here, but it was worth it. view of weeds on cement, but then the bay just past that. hoppy and strong beers were fantastic, the others fair to midland. busy, but good service.
This place was super busy when I went, but the line moved quickly. They had a large selection, at least 20 beers on tap. They do growler fill ups but I didnít bring mine, instead I got 3 4 ounce pours, the chocolate milk stout was super good and actually tasted like chocolate milk. My wife and I both had a great time and said weíd come back. Super cool giant building with horse-shoe tossing and other activities inside. Prices are higher, but itís the bay area, itís expected
You canít stumble on this place: you have to drive to Alameda, go as far out as you can go, enter an old naval base, and find the place deep in the warehouses. Itís fantastic, though: clean and delicious beers, primarily IPA/APA styles. There are multiple seating options: stay around the tables at the bar area; go to the rear of the warehouse (where the barrels and fermenters are) where foldout tables, cornhole, and a small bar are set up (about 1/3 of the tap selections as the main bar); or the outdoor patio right by some food trucks. Service was swift. Tasters were pricey, so Iíd stick with splitting full pours with others if youíre ticking. Iíd go out of my way to come back!
Great stop. Alameda Runway (where Mythbusters film most of their crashes) right next to St Georgeís Distillery and a winery tasting room. Huge facility run by Roger Davis (ex Drakes and Triple Rock). 18-20 House beers on tap during my visit, more than half of which were APA, IPA, DIPA or hoppy Pils. All that I tasted were excellent quality (better than some of their debut beers from a year ago). One or two of their IPAs are among the best hoppy beers coming out of the Bay Area. Parking was adequate. Weekend vibe was festive with live music, a mobile BBQ smoker and a happy crowd. Great location next to the distillery; cannot wait to return. Highly recommended.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | February 27, 2015| Updated March 6, 2015
Visited February 8, 2015.
Finally stopped in after looking at this place on the map during my last couple trips to SF. Itís not convenient to get here at all. There is a bus that takes you from Oakland to somewhere near the brewery but it still takes forever and requires some walking. As mentioned in another rating the speed limit is painfully slow through much of this side of the island. As it turns out the fastest way to actually get here is from the peninsula via the ferry. Once here though you can kill time drinking good beer or walking next door to the distillery and the winery. Realistically though the brewery is all that youíll need since many of the hoppy beers are pretty solid, and if itís not cold and rainy you can sit outside and look over the bay. Kind of an interesting view since there is about a quarter mile of asphalt beyond the fence. It is a former naval base that has been left alone since there are some local animals that live here now.
I was really not expecting this many taps but there were about 20. They do individual tasters but they arenít cheap. I tried the remainder of the new to me Defcon series as well as some of the new hoppy beers. The Two Hop series is pretty good as are some of the other IPAs. Way too much stuff to try if youíre drinking any more than an ounce of each one. I had a good time talking with the employees at that tasting room. One of them was someone I had met somewhere at some other beer festival in the past. Turns out he used to work at White Labs in San Diego and I have this feeling that heís the one that used to let us split the taster glasses there (White Labs has TONS of new beers on and itís a chore to work through them all). Super nice guy. In the end I bought half a dozen tasters and a growler. Great place, just donít know how often Iíll get back onto the island.
You can get here by public transit and walking, but itís a lot easier if you just drive. Just a note as I typically try to talk BART when Iím back up in the Bay Area and doing any sort of beer tour. Also note that the speed limit on the island is pretty low (25 in a lot of places), so be careful.
The brewery is located in a building which I would assume was a former naval warehouse, given where it is situated on the island (that is, amongst all the abandoned naval buildings). Doesnít look like much from the outside other than the fact there are a lot of cars and people outside.
The space is pretty well done. Big patio seating area with tables. A number of tables in the main tasting room, and a decent sized bar to order from. You canít really sit there. Only gripe I had was that it was pretty crowded when I visited and the line went out the door (also making it difficult for people to enter/exit).
They have a ton of beers on tap. Luckily they do tasters of any of them/flights. They also have a pre-set flight that you can do. Unfortunately, the pale hoppy beers were great but everything else was kind of meh. Tasters are about $2 each, so it can get pricey if you want to try everything.
All that said, the service is great and you absolutely cannot get a better view at a beer venue in the Bay Area. Particularly if you sit on the patio or near one of the windows inside and get a great look of the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.