To a Big Time regular, this place could not possibly feel more comfortable and home-like. Nice to see what the Big Time is modeled upon. Pretty decent list of taps (their beers only), decent beers, decent food. A decade ago this would have been the bomb. Now, it’s been passed up by advances in beer nerd culture, but I still enjoyed my evening there quite a bit.
Visited during Sour Sunday in February 2014.
The place was really crowded but I still liked it. Nice old style interior and a friendly service. They had around 10 of their own beers during my visit.
Would not hesitate to visit this place again if visiting Berkeley in the future.
Located around 10 minutes walk from the BART Station.
Walked here after stopping at Jupiter. We were seated at a booth and were served an interesting sampler of beers. The menu didn’t help much as a good number of the beers in the sampler weren’t on the menu. They had a couple of cask conditioned versions of their normal beers. They had a pretty decent red ale and good IPA. The Titanium pale ale was probably my favorite though.
The waitress was prompt and courteous and the bill was reasonable. The bartender was nice and asked us our thoughts about the beer, I think he is the brewer. The place was not overly buisy on a saturday afternoon but the patrons were lively and the place was enjoyable.
Update: been back a dozen times since. Always something new on. Also, the sour/barrel fest is awesome. Check it out.
Proper cool place IF you’re in the neighbourhood. Very dive bar feel, but the in house beer is actually very good especially their IPA. Bartender was even wearing a tie but by the end of it he was pissed with the tie off... What a great place, good fun great feel inside the place nice wooden bar.
Cool little brewpub in Berkeley right near Cal. The place is old/OG, and you get that feeling when you’re in there. Everything is wood, pretty much. Service is great, food is great, though the beers can be hit or miss. They have a tons of stuff on tap which is awesome, though only a handful really rotate much.
Been here a few times. A small bar, not a lot of seating. I didn’t eat, so can’t comment on the food. The beer is good. The service was slow. Not too impressive of a place, but I’m sure I’ll be back anyways.
I get what this place is trying to be but it’s just not successful. Wish they would change out their kegs more, switch up the menu... but nothing doing. If I was satisfied with drinking the same beers over and over again, I’m sure I’d like it more (and its location is so convenient!). I guess with such a steady lineup, the staff doesn’t really need to be so knowledgeable about beer...
Enjoyed this brewpub. I did not try any food, just the spectrum sampler. There was 12 beers to sample. Have not seen a selection this good exept at valley brew. All of the beers were really enjoyable. Good service, amd a decent ambiance made it a nice visit.
I was here a few weeks ago. Nice airy bar with hardwood floors, which is reminiscent of Big Time in Seattle. Tables on the right, bar on the left. They had about 10 house beers on and a couple guest beers on. Some nice and interesting choices. They also had Supplication on tap. Several hipsters working here, but they were knowledgeable and somewhat helpful. The food was forgettable pub faire, but good enough. Bathrooms were not the cleanest. Parking is a bitch, and I got a parking ticket. My bar tab started at 12:55pm and I received a ticket at 1:58pm. As I was heading out to my car to feed the meter again (at 2:00pm) , the meter maid was pulling away. Assholes.
Nice little place in Berkeley. Usually only end up here during SF beer week as they normally host a sour beer night and a barrel aged night. During these events the selection is fantastic! All the other times you are limited to their brews, which are solid. I heard a rumor that someone owns this, Jupiter (nearby beer garden) and Drakes brewing. There seems to be some connection to Drakes as they have ’single barrel’ batches of fruit-sour beers during events. Would like to see Drakes on tap here if so.