A bit more upscale-feeling compared to Beer Rev. Great selection of draft beers. No flights or small pours, so not ticker-friendly, but it’s worth having a drink or two here. Very comfortable place to hang out, with tons of other options nearby.
Visited late afternoon on a Wednesday. Located in Old Oakland, near BART. Cool old building, with a small front room and bar as you enter, with two additional smaller rooms past the bar with tables, and a larger outdoor patio in the alley. There is also a back bar which was closed when I visited. There are different tap lists at the front and back bar, though both were available to order from and each were super high quality with a ton of Belgian beers and speciality craft. In total there were 25 beers on tap. Bottle list also available which had a couple of fun beers on it The food menu is Belgian snacks and some lighter meals. Efficient service with higher prices though about what I expected for this level of quality and the location. Certainly a top stop in Oakland.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Second visit of my last day in the area. Tuesday noon, few people in the place so I found easily a spot at the front bar. The back bar was closed but you could still order beers from it’s tap list. Nice relaxing ambiance, good music, interesting tap list. There is also a bottle list with some interesting beers again. Good service, they dont do flights but they offer samples of the beers to try (and tick). For sure I would go again!
Visited on a Friday afternoon in November 2015. Really nice multi-roomed venue, really nicely decorated and has a beer terrace and a front and back bar. Great selection of beers available, service was good with the barmaid giving a customer more sass than he gave her!
It’s a really nice place, a block away from Beer Revolution. I’d recommend both places. This is definitely a huge step up decor wise but a better beer range at the other venue I feel.
If you’re heading into the bay area to check out the beer scene you already know about the Trappist; if you’ve been, you’re going back because the tap selection is diverse and full of quality, the environment successful in it’s old pub feel, the food good enough but working well for pairing, and the service helpful and friendly. If you’ve not gone you’ve heard a lot of hype and probably ready to give the silly white hip Oakland crowd a spanking via their poor beer taste or are enamored by the mythic Trappist lore that you’ve heard of. I think both outlooks will suffice. Go, it’s fucking good.
I was once a big fan but am sad to see what it’s turned into. It was arguably the cutting edge of Belgian beer when it first opened with a Euro ambiance that encouraged good friends and conversation. Now it’s just a plain old West Coast brew pub with loud alternative music and an endless supply of hoppy beers. If that’s what you’re looking for then go, but there are probably 25 places just like it closer to where you live. Kind of sad.