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Jupiter

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BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
15 Beers
132 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First off, this place is very easy to get to if you take BART. The station is right there. Nice interior with an old world prohibition type of feel at the bar. Outside in the back is very nice too. Beer is solid. Pizza is good. If you are visiting San Francisco and want to make a little East Bay trek, you can't really go wrong with this spot.

Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by after the Supberbowl today.... been many a year since I last visted the Jupiter alehouse.

Have always really loved the atmoshere and layout of this place, with it's wonderful red wood, copper bar tops, etc. The alehouse has otherwise a very low key, informal vibe, and so this is a great place to hang out with a beer or three. As for the beer selection, it's pretty good, with the house beer selection coupling very nicely with the well thought out guest selection. On this day, the latter included the alaskan barleywine, old rasputin, moonlight lunatic and bombay by boat, among other thigs.... Food is OK... got the gem pizza which was tasty and full of fresh ingredients.

Service was fairly friendly, but I finally had to walk up to the cash register to pay my tab. My waitress sort of realized she'd screwed up at that point, but regardless... service was friendly, but otherwise a bit distracted and unattentive.

Despite the fair at best service, I've always been a fan of the Jupiter (used to stop by all the time, but this was my first visit in some years), and had a good time here tonight as well. There are probably better places in Berkeley to grab a beer I suppose, but regardless, I had a pleasant evening as always at the jupiter alehouse.

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on Dec 23, my second time. This is on Shattuck in the downtown Berkeley area, not too far from Cal. Not a large footprint but between the space downstairs, upstairs, and outside this place can seat a fair amount. I sat in the outside area which was a nice oasis perfectly situated for enjoying the world class Berkeley weather (even in December). Around 10 Jupiter beers on tap plus another 10 or so "guest" beers. The Jupiter beers that I've had are not exceptional, but certainly solid. Guest beers were a diverse selection, but nothing I'd consider outstanding. Nice college town vibe but leaning more towards an adult rather than newly minted legal ID crowd. As long as my relatives continue to live in Berkeley I'll be enjoying trips to Jupiter.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.93/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jupiter has a staple of about 10 house beers which are locally brewed. Besides their Quasar Double IPA, the house beers are low alcohol % and meant to accompany their food, which is mostly pizza. Jupiter also has a guest tap list which is usually a great selection of top notch california microbrews. Jupiter is two stories and has an outdoor area which has live bands a few nights a week, which is usually a great atmosphere. Everything is priced decently and the pizza is good restaurant quality pizza for the price. The best thing about Jupiter is the guest tap list which often brings me by for a beer or two when I find myself out and about enjoying Berkeley night life.

Photo of colonelforbin
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pains me to write this review as I love almost everything about this place. The food is great, the atmosphere is one of the best in the bay area, the physical location is ideal and the service is very good as well.

The one thing that kills me about this place is that they have something funky going on with their tap lines, the guest tap lines in particular (outstanding guest tap list, by the way). They all seem to be running on a slight nitro burst, which works for some beers (very few), but not 95% of the beers they serve at Jupiter. I do not know why they do this and no one seems to notice.

Frankly, I am shocked that other reviewers have not noticed this. I have been going here for 6 years and it's always been like this. A weird flavor in relation to the carbonation is all I can describe it with but it's been very consistent with every beer there for a long time.

You're probably wondering why I still continue to go, well as mentioned earlier, they have a wonderful atmosphere, great food, good service and live music most nights of the week, not to mention one of the better outdoor patios anywhere in the bay area. I do put up with the off beer for these reasons but would probably go more often if they cleaned up their tap line situation.

Anyway, definitely worth checking out for all the reasons mentioned above, but beware of the nitro contamination in all their guest tap lines.

Photo of HoppyMoth
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my standard fallback for good beer and great food in campustown. The menu is pretty limited but the pizzas are fantastic and the garlic bread is amazing (whole roasted head of garlic you spread onto fresh bread).

The beers are decent, but not amazing. Their HXP (extra hopped pale) is one of my favorites, especially for lunch.

I think this place is like many brewpubs - they split the difference between either being a great restaurant or a great brewery. What you end up with is really neither, just a place doing too much. But Jupiter has mastered the food and their beers are better than most brewpubs. If you want a good meal this place will never disappoint, and they always have other great guest taps!

Photo of Arbitrator
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been going here for years, since I was an undergrad at Berkeley. This is actually where I first loved a beer. It deserves a review.

The location is ideal; it's right next to the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, with an exit right in front of the bar. There is an indoor seating area as well as a beautiful beer garden out back. On a sunny summer day, I opt for the outdoor space. It's wonderful. The crowd ranges from families to cyclists to yuppies. Always a pleasant atmosphere.

I don't know what "quality" means in the context of BeerFly reviews. The house beers aren't that great, but they have 15 or so guest taps at any given time, including stuff from Moonlight, Port, Drake's (which is part of the same company), Stone, North Coast... The lines are well maintained and the selection rotates quickly. Can't complain.

Even the food is great. I love the sandwiches the most, but I'm not opposed to the brick-fired pizzas. Their Persephone (portobello mushroom sandwich) is top-notch. I frequently find myself craving it even when I'm not at the bar. I just wish it had some avocado slices in it. But anyway, for a beer place, the food is exceptional.

Very fair prices given the quality of the food. The service is fast and attentive; I never have to wait for a beer. and the waitstaff is friendly. They generally don't know much about the beer beyond what style it is, which is really all I care about.

I like to go here almost every weekend in Berkeley. I recommend it highly.

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Damn, another place that did not exist between 1987 and 1989! The conspiracy continued to crumble in my sodden wake.

The layout was unique, in my estimation. The m.d.s. was in a corridor set back just inside a pathway that began at the sidewalk. By turning right at the m.d.s., I found myself in the bar area with a Vertigo-like staircase leading up two flights to a separate seating area. The walls on both sides of the first floor were lined with pressed tin (!). Turning to the right inside the entryway, standard tables and chairs lined the walls as well as the three windows overlooking Shattuck Avenue. The "L"-shaped, copper-topped bar began just past the stairwell on the right side of the space and included color chalkboards, a wood storage cabinet/cooler, and the wood-fired brick oven, all as part of the back bar. All of the way aft was the very crowded outdoor patio which could be accessed either from the m.d.s. pathway or from the bar area. Upstairs was a bunch of restaurant tables and chairs with more windows overlooking Shattuck and a short balcony overlooking the patio.

Food: I had the Andromeda (cheese) pizza from the brick-oven!

Beers: Pilsner; Hefeweizen; Quasar Double IPA; Amber; Porter; Helles Lager; Honey Wheat; IPA; Red Spot Ale; Dry Stout.

Lots of guest taps, ciders, meads and wine.

Photo of mjl21
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Recently hit up Jupiter for a nice Friday lunch. Time for a Beerfly review.

It is conveniently located on Shattuck Avenue across from the BART station. There are a few parking garages nearby so parking can be found. When you walk in the bar is right in front of you and there are two hanging chalkboards with the beers on tap. There is plenty of seating inside and they have a really nice beer garden out back.

The menu has plenty of options including salads, sandwiches, and pizza. I went with my wife and we each ordered a nine inch pizza. I had the Triton and she had the Mercury. Both were very good and we had a few slices as leftovers.

The beer selection is very good. They have a bunch of their own house brewed beers and also have a large selection of guest taps. I tried their Quasar DIPA and the Honey Wheat. Both were good. Their guest taps are very good. I had a Pliny the Elder. There were also offering from Triple Rock, Moonlight, Anderson Valley, and a few others.

The service was quick and I never had to wait for a drink.

This is a great place to go for pizza and beer. The prices are reasonable and the beers come in imperial pint glasses. Highly recommended.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of lhaqq
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 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.

Photo of byaeger
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of bcm119
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Maudite
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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...

Photo of Natural510
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I love Jupiter. Located in downtown Berkeley literally on top of the BART and one block from campus. The atmosphere is cool, open, and big with a GREAT outdoor patio area where they often have really good, funky, avant garde music performances in the good weather months. Selection is great with a nice spread of house brewed beers and some good seasonals and guest taps as well. Moonlight is usually available and their house brewed double ipa quasar is pretty awesome. The food is great, with the pizza being a personal favourite and the prices are a little high but perfectly reasonable for downtown berk-dizzle. Put ya stunna shades on.

Photo of t0rin0
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My brother and I took the train from the penninsula and to my surprise, the bart station is across the street from the brewpub. I had a pint of Old Godfather while I waited for my old roomate to show up. I noticed that they had a pretty decent selection of guest beers on tap. Once everyone was there, we did the sampler and it was about 10 beers or so. I really liked the Quasar DIPA and I enjoyed the german hefe. There were a few other ones that were pretty good and there were a couple that I didn't think much of. But overall it was a pretty diverse beer selection.

The waitress was helpful as she arranged a sampler for us to try. She claims that they don't normally do samplers. We had already eaten at that point so we didn't even look at the menu, I couldn't tell you how good the food was or how expensive it was. The beer however was reasonably priced; the house beer was cheap and the guests beers were a bit pricey.

The setup was interesting as the furniture was all wooden and had a dark stain to it but the bar was a bright reflective copper. The bathroom was a community bathroom shared by the neighboring buildings and there was a rope elevator thingy to send orders up the 2nd floor. It had a very San Francisco vibe to it. It was also relatively quiet but it was early saturday afternoon. In end I enjoyed the place and would return if I find I myself in Berkeley.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is GREAT!!!! The atmosphere was perfect both inside (all wood) and outside(nice gas fires). Service was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. Food was terrific although not many choices on the menu. I would recommend this place to anyone living or traveling through the bay area as it is very affordable. It will also save you time going to other brewpubs in the area as they have their beers on tap as well. Their IPA is delicious. Cant wait to go back and I am hoping their porter is available next time.

Photo of DaveDLD
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

jupiter was the first brew pub i got to go to during my visit to the bay area this past weekend. it was funny because my girlfriend and i were visiting from los angeles and we didn't even know that USC was playing UC Berkeley until we go to san fran. we were at jupiter on saturday evening right around the time that the game started so it wasn't very crowded. the beer menu was very impressive, however they were out of about 25 percent of the beers they offered. i didn't see the guest tap list until i was leaving but they had some pretty good choices. the double ipa was very good. the seasonal white ale was good but not anything too special. the wheat was actually very good too. the only problem is that all the beers are served in the big ol' 20 ounce glasses, so you can't sample too many without getting drunk. overall a very nice place and a MUST stop if you're in berkeley (right across the street from the downtown berkeley BART station)

Photo of bradybeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here a few weeks ago with my wife and friends before a Wilco show. You can walk in through a side entrance or the beer garden. Walking into the bar area you will notice a massive bar area with some round tables nearby. You can either go upstairs, outside, or grab a spot inside. We opted for inside near the bar. The atmosphere is excellent with lots of wood and a humming bar area and I didn't notice any TVs (yeah).

The had about 10 beers of their own on tap and another 10 or so guest beers. I tried the Quasar Double IPA and my wife the Porter-both were excellent. After a couple pints of the Quasar I had an Old Rasputian on Cask-Nice.

Service was good-it did take a while to get someone-once we did she rocked. One of the cool things about this place is that they use PDAs to take your order which means they know if they are out of a beer and they can also look up reviews!!!

Food was the "bomb" as the kids say-we had two of their pizzas and both were outstanding.

Word of warning get here early for a table-by 5:30pm it was standing room only.

It was 8 years since I was last at the Jupiter-but now that I live within driving distance I would love to make this aa regular stop.

Photo of HoppyDude
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I do like Jupiter, but my complaints would be that 1) it's often hard to find a seat during dinner hours, esp. when there are 2-3 people sitting at tables for 8, and they have a large bar but only like 4 stools for the entire thing. Also, their menu is very limited. If you want to eat something other than pizza you're out of luck.

Lastly, their house brewed beers tend to give me hangovers/headaches the next morning, even if I've only had 1 or 2. I used to experience the same thing at the old 20 Tank Brewery in SF, and a friend of mine that used to work @ Pete's said it's because they're tapping/serving the brew before its fully matured. No idea if that's the case @ Jupiter, but the headache scenario has occurred there more than once, on nights that I wasn't getting "drunk".

Thankfully Jupiter also has an impressive guest beer list, which last week included El Toro's Poppy Jasper (unfortunately skunky), Bear Rep's Racer 5 (one of my faves), Humboldt Hemp, Moylans 2IPA, Rogue, Speakeasy, and other tasty micros from CA, OR, etc. As many of the other reviews have stated, the outdoor beer garden is nice, it's just often difficult to find a table if you're not there early in the eve.

Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.