I stopped here yesterday to see what this place is all about. When you walk in, it almost has a monastic feel with high ceilings and wooden picnic tables. Lots of echoes and noise. As you amber back, there is a little alcove to the right with some selected room temperature bottles, which favor Belgian and Scandanavian beers. There are some typical American brews, too from Stone, RR, Bruery, etc. Beyond the alcove is a bar that seats maybe 8 people. There are about 15 beers on tap, and the selection is diverse, but nothing especially mind-blowing. They do have some stuff you see in bottles, but not typically on tap, though. Behind the bar, there are several cooler doors with appropriate lighting full of some very interesting and hard to find beers. A big pet-peeve of mine is that these bottled beers cost about 4-5$ more if you choose to consume it on premises. They also have some simple cheese plates and olive plates, etc. I did not try any of those. Nonetheless, a decent place to have a brew, and the influence from The Trappist is apparent here.
A great place for beer geeks and beer newbies alike. Staff is super friendly and and they definitely know a thing or two and will help you find something you will enjoy. Best of all, they are really passionate about the beer, so you know they’re not just feeding you some crap to sell you something they don’t like. The bottle selection is extensive and spans everything from IPA to lambic. Atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, a great place to meet up with friends and chat. Definitely worth checking out even if you don’t live in Walnut Creek.
Great ambiance, knowledgable staff, great selection on tap along with a multitude of bottles, good pizza (the black&white [iirc] was quite tasty) delivered from next door, average value.
bytemesis (906) Sunnyvale, California | January 30, 2013| Updated January 24, 2016
Very interesting bar/bottle shop in Walnut Creek. Very good taplist, and they do tasting flights - four 4 oz pours for $16. Not cheap, but its a good way to try some interesting beers. The bottle shop portion is small but dense. The bottles all have two prices; one for drink there and one for carry home. The take out prices are good, not great, and the selection is pretty interesting, with a lot of good beers but few whales. They did have three Cantillons on the shelves when I was there, including about 10 bottles of Mamouche, but they are priced very high ($70 for Mamouche) and have no reduction for carry out. All in all a pretty good place.
rgmundy (2) Concord, California | November 19, 2012| Updated May 26, 2013
Great place to drink great beer. They have 18 beers on tap that change periodically and Litetally hundreds of beers to sample in bottles, some on the shelf and some in the fridge. The bartenders are very friendly and knowledgable about beer. The customers who go there are also very friendly. You have to go!
ØL is clearly one for the best beer bars in California if not the US. This place stands far ahead of most everything, exceptional selection and quality draft and bottles. Small but so is Walnut Creek. The bartenders know their shit. Nice clean comfortable place too.
This cozy beer place is located on a side street in downtown Walnut Creek. There is a nice bar in the back with a few stools facing a wall of 18 taps dispensing good beers, including Belgian, American craft and local beers. There are several tables near the front door, but all service is at the bar. There is a also a fairly extensive bottle shop with some good finds. Check it out - it’s worth the drive.