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Jupiter

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JupiterJupiter
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2181 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California, 94704
United States
phone: (510) THE-TAPS

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

One of the better beer bars in Berkeley. Located downtown on Shattuck across from the BART station. They brew their own beers and all of them are decent, but none are spectacular. They have 15-20 guest taps of pretty good quality. During my last visit I saw Racer X, Old Rasputin on Nitro, and a couple of Moonlight beers. Most of the guest taps are Bay Area breweries. Food is pretty good, especially the pizza. They have lots of seating but it's always a very busy place. Lots of great outdoor seating as well.

willjschmidt, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

On a Friday night in the city of S.F., traffic was terrible and parking is even worse. "Maybe we should hit up Jupiter" Only 14 miles away so why not. Being able to park with-in a reasonable distance from the restaurant is nice as well as being FREE.
With a twenty minute wait for a table we decided to wait at the bar. Nice to see Rasputin on Nitro, some good overall beers, and bar staff willing to assist you with any choices to be made.

Upon getting a table the food staff were courteous and fast. Food is awesome and decent in price, $15.00 for a gourmet pizza and $14.00 for 3 pints of beer.

I would recommend Jupiter for an evening of food and beverages. If you hit it up during the day Ledgers liqour is just down the street, so you can fix your hunger, build your thirst, and take home a bottle or two all on the same trip.

macktbone, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jupiter is always worth checking out for at least one beer. In addition to the house brewed beers (which are decent) their taps rotate pretty frequently. They always have a few interesting strong/barrel aged beers on draught. Last time I went in they had a boubon barrel aged wheat wine and a boubon Dale's Old Chub.
The ambiance is very low key, and well suited to contemplative drinking. Someone told me that the building used to be a church, but I don't know for sure. In any case, it's an interesting layout. They have a very nice outdoor patio, a bar downstairs, and larger tables upstairs.
One of the better places to get high quality micros in downtown Berkeley.

DaveHS, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

I literally walked out of the BART station and saw this across the street, I walked in and grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered a pizza as I was very hungry after a long morning, looked up at the board and saw a variety of guest brews and lots of house brews, I immediately ordered a Drake's Denogginizer, I ended up having their 18 Barrel IPA as well, then Quasar and a Moonlight Lunatic Lager when I went back, food was good and not that expensive at eight or nine dollars, their two IPAs I tried were pretty good as well, the place was really modern and close to the UC campus, nice garden in the back and located in a cool area, place was super clean, the upstairs section was neat and would be a fun place to go hang out with a group of friends, they had about two dozen taps total and they all seemed to be good choices, they had impressive guest taps from E.J. Phair, Moonlight, Deschutes, Speakeasy, and others, bartender was cool and kept asking me if I wanted to sample anything else, this is a place I look forward to going back to next time I am in the bay area, recommended

Floydster, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Having left Minnesota, this has become my new favorite brewpub. The indoor seating is good but usually crowded downstairs. Upstairs it is usually pretty empty, though sometimes they require that you order food to eat upstairs. Almost invariably, though, friends and I end up eating on their large outdoor seating area. There are plenty of heaters for cold weather. There is a stage in the back of this area with a beautiful tree that adds to the ambiance. Their music is generally pretty good; this past fall I would go almost every Sunday for live bluegrass. Their own brews aren't spectacular (though I like their dry stout), but they usually have a great selection of guest brews. Also, they probably have the best food of any brewpub I have been to. Their standard pizzas are great, and they also have a daily special. They also have a really good warm brie and pesto appetizer.

lhaqq, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

After wanting to stop by this palce for a few years worth of visits to the bay, I finally got the chance to. It is located in downtown Berkely. Parking can be a pain, but there is a garage about 2 blocks away. There is both indoor seating on two floors, and outside seating. On a nice day, the outside seating is very plesent. We got the table the farthest away from the building, and it felt very private.

The service was very friendly, and helpfull. I ordered a DIPA, and got an IPA, but just thought it was weak until my wife got her IPA and I saw that they were the same, and I told the waiter, and he got me a new glass. My IPA was over half gone.

The beer selection is decent. Every house brew looked kind of boring, but the DIPA was pretty good. They have guest beers, and I hear that they sometimes have some pretty great stuff, but this time, that list was somewhat lacking also.

The pizza was pretty good. Not the best wood fired pizza I have ever had, but definately tasty. They have more than just your average Pizza Hut pizzas also. I have one with garlic, and artichoke hearts. That is my favorite pizza, and I am always happy to have it over something more boring like peperoni.

This place was decently priced. I didnt like that the DIPA was priced more than every other beer, but with the hops still not being as available as they used to be, I can understand.

Overall: I liked this place, and I will more than likely come back. I dont usually find myself in Berkely, but next time I do, I know where to eat.

OStrungT, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of byaeger
3.98/5  rDev -2%

The main thing Jupiter has going for it is the outdoor patio and the wood-fired pizzas. The house brews are almost halfway decent but at least they have good guest taps.

The stout was thin and the hefe weizen was, well, it was wheaty but lacking in taste and body. It was a rare time when I actually dropped the lemon wedge in it.

Great crowd, mostly those who spill over from the UC campus, so you're apt to overhear conversations from students about classes or from professors about something scholastic and over your head. At least over mine.

If you're looking for a chill place to down some beers or a great pizza, you could do much worse than heading here.

byaeger, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of bcm119
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Jupiter has a few things going for it: a nice outdoor seating area, and usually a good selection of guest taps. Their house brew isn't the most exciting, and when given a choice between house brew and the many good guests I almost always choose the guests. Thus, I see this place as more of a beer bar than brewpub.

The atmosphere inside is loud and mixed; this is where students seem to take their parents, and there are 30's-ish white-collar folks there too. I think you see a lot of SF folks meeting their east bay friends here, since its right across from the bart stop. Its more of a restaurant atmosphere than a bar, at least during the afternoon and early evening when I go.

Neither the crowd nor the servers seem like beer enthusiasts, but someone there is choosing good guest taps. Recently I had an El Toro IPA which was tasty, and I've had beers from Moonlight, AVB, North Coast, Bear republic, Deschutes, Drakes, etc. I give them extra points for a rotating selection. Note that there are no pitchers served here, and the pints are a bit pricey.

The pizza is okay but sort of expensive. I recommend just drinking beer here and getting some slices around the corner at Pie in the Sky on Center street.

This is not a beer-geek place, but beer geeks can certainly appreciate what it offers.

Edit: I have changed my tune regarding guest vs. house beers. I've had so many stale guest beers that I now prefer the house brews-- they tend to be much fresher on average. The regular ipa and double ipa are decent, and the XHP (extra hoppy pale) is quite good. Plus the house brews are served in more attractive glassware.

bcm119, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Maudite
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

My wife and I just moved out from Austin,TX, a beer mecca to me. Finding Jupiter was great. Reminds me of a less classy NXNW. Their beer was good, but not amazing. It wasn't bad, i wasn't disappointed in the quality, but I want some beer that isn't so Californian. It was tasty, though. I was more interested in trying new local stuff, so i didn't bother checking out the guest beer selection, so check their website if that's what you're interested in.

We had a delicious pizza with bacon and yukon gold potatoes that pretty much blew my mind taste-wise, but like the reviewer before me, left me a little hungry, which was a shame for what we spent.

This is definitely a place I could find myself hanging out at as the atmosphere is excellent, especially outside. It gets loud and crowded, especially as the night draws on.

The service is the only thing I would complain about, but I felt bad for them as it seemed they were really short staffed, so I'll give them another chance before passing that judgement...

Maudite, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Jupiter has been a downtown Berkeley standby for many years, and I've paid them many a visit.
The house beers are brewed by 21st Amendment, which says something (good) about their quality. In typical West Coast fashion, they tend toward the hoppy side (as do most of the guest brews), so be prepared for bitters. Lost Coast, Old Rasputin & Stone are a few of the guest brewers they keep on rotating tap.
The service is spotty...sometimes due to the fact it's always packed in here, sometimes due to server incompetence. Either way, you should be prepared to flag them down for another, rather than being pampered.
The food, particularly at night, is limited to (very) thin crust pizza & salad. The pizzas are pretty tasty, albeit a bit on the expensive side for what you get. I'm usually hungry a couple hours later.
The main drawing point for Jupiter is the atmosphere. The interior is red-brick, something which is rare in the earthquake-prone Bay Area. On warm days & nights, you can also sit on their lovely patio, which is the closest you'll find to an actual Munich beer garden on the West Coast.

Natural510, Feb 11, 2008
Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.