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Jupiter

Not Rated.
JupiterJupiter

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 116
Beer Avg: 3.82

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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devo

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I've only ever sat in the patio in the back and I could not imagine why anyone would sit anywhere else. The space is comfortable and not packed too tight, though it's always crowded.

I've also only ever eaten the pizzas. I've found them good but not spectacular. The various pizzas are pretty unique, but, otherwise, It's pretty much your standard semi-upscale pizza.

Service is always friendly and generally very capable but, as the place is often crowded, it can be slow.

Their double IPA was a definite notable.

The Red Spot, Pale and Honey Wheat will also leave you happy.

05-23-2006 23:12:55 | More by devo
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Jupiter is a top brew pub/beer bar, standing out above its competitors in the East Bay and much of those in the city in terms of selection and to some degree quality.

I spent a respectable amount of time at Jupiter during the past several days and evenings and got to know the establishment and its beers fairly well. Jupiter is located on one of Berkeley’s main thoroughfares just a hop, skip, and a jump from a BART (train) station. The bar itself is copper and the walls around it are tin. In the rear is a large patio with an outdoor oven and plenty of sun. Near the front are some good looking steps leading to a second story. The place is narrow but deceptively large and it looks good.

Above the bar several chalk boards outline the house and guest beers. They are plentiful. I counted nearly fifteen house beers and roughly the same number of guests. Amongst these were a couple of casks and four nitro taps. Guest taps were almost all of great quality, i.e., Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Death and Taxes, Arrogant Bastard, offerings from Drake’s and Anchor, etc… Of the Jupiter beers I tried, their one-off Bavarian Hefe stood out as the best, just loaded with clove and banana. Ironically, their regular wheat beer was the worst, a cloying mess of lemon and rotten garbage.

Service was damn near perfect except for one thing. The first time I went in I was shortchanged by the bar tender. He corrected his mistake when I pointed it out to him but I had a feeling that his graft had been intentional, that he was pulling the “tricks of the trade” as we used to call them when I bartended. At any rate it only went up from there. I have been to few brew pubs/bars that are as generous as Jupiter with their taster pours. At one point I must have had four or five glasses, each with a 3 oz + pour in front of me at no charge and without me even asking for them. The bartenders just wanted to share their favorites and get my opinions. The last time I was in a particularly cute bartender didn’t even charge me for any of my beer. I took that to cross out the shortchanging on the first day so as far as I’m concerned, service doesn’t get much better than at Jupiter.

As for food, I only ate there once. I had a delicious chicken sandwich with basal and roasted red peppers. The portion was small but it was scrumptious. I also had a side salad served with a generous portion of blue cheese and a fine vinaigrette. The pizza looked and smell great and I wish now that I had tried it. It’s wood fired, which usually means good.

Overall, my thoughts on Jupiter are very positive. It takes some guts for a brew pub to put several of the best beers in America on tap next to its own products and I respect them for that. I also hand it to them for trying hard to please and for giving everybody plenty of samples and time to select just the right beer. If I could offer one suggestion it would be to raise the temp in their coolers. Their beers are served way too cold, almost icy.

05-11-2006 21:30:29 | More by DaPeculierDane
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PuckLSHS

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We stopped at Jupiter on the way back from our trip to San Francisco. They had about 15-20 beers on tap, 9 of them being their own. I have to tell you, I really enjoyed my experience at Jupiter. The wait staff was very attentive at the late hour we were there and the beer was quite wonderful. They also carried some of the local beers in the area.

The bar/brewpub has two floors and a great outside patio that is perfect for big groups of people. We sat upstairs since it just happened to be raining outside.

I want to definitely hit up Jupiter again. It is actually one of my favorite stops, minus the Toronado in San Francisco which is pretty hard to beat.

Oh yeah, after tasting about 6 of their beers (which they were really good about) I ended up ordering about 3 Quasar Double IPA's that night...excellent beer and boy oh boy was I a happy camper leaving that night.

04-19-2006 03:32:34 | More by PuckLSHS
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Troyone

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

The atmosphere is kind of commercial with the restrooms (clean) outside, away from the establishment across a hallway.. The bar only had about four stools.

The atmoshpere is business like, all of the bartenders had the same type of shirts, some what like a pizza parlor. There are different areas for dining that includes tables (wood) and chairs around the bar, upstairs, and a large patio area where there is live entertainment (Bluegrass today).

Mostly brass tap nozzles, some stainless steel, and some shinier than others. The pizza kitchen (hand made) is in the open with a fire oven. Some of their beers are brewed on the premises (did not see the equipment, supposedly in a shed out back) and some are brewed in San Leandro (maybe at Drakes).

Service is business like, friendly, and befriend your bartender.

Beer selection is ok for their own beers and even with a nice guest selection although no cask option. Possible notable is their Double IPA and their definite notables are the Mai Bock and Hefeweizen (does not need lemon but they will taint it if one does not say something).

Their food is ok and the Bartenders will give good suggestions and substitute items for one's liking.

pricey

07-04-2005 12:40:20 | More by Troyone
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tjd25

France

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I just stopped by for a pint on one of my last days in San Francisco. I sat outside and enjoyed the garden-like atmosphere of the place. I remember some nice trees in the patio, but maybe they never existed. I just went through the inside and the atmosphere there looked cozy and warm. Prices were decent, although they have no happy hour. Beers fit their respective style but lacked a bit of a real personality. And the hefe weizen was served with a lime... Service was merely ok, the waiter being kind of cold.

03-04-2005 14:41:01 | More by tjd25
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oggg

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Really close to the UC Berkeley campus. Saturday night we went, and there is some street parking, but also a $2 flat rate lot in the back. Bouncers in the front and side entrances check IDs. The place is a wooden beer hall with a beer garden in the back. First floor is a long bar with huge blackboards with a slew of beers listed. 25 taps. Several large tables and a few small tables, and live jazz acts perform in the front window area. That night we got in around 9pm no cover, but it was just a Jazz student group playing some modern jazz/ easy listening jazz.
Go up the wooden stairs into a warmly lit dining room with big and small tables again. At the back end there is a small balcony with a stairway leading down to the lush beer garden. Two firepits, multiple overhead heat lamps. One firepit is cover with an overhang of tree branches. What a perfect environment to have a beer in. You can sit at the bar, gather around tables, or chill in the garden.
Beer: I believe Triple Rock Brewery is their brewing arm that makes their house brews. Red Spot ale, amber, pale, IPA, hefe, honey wheat, porter, gold... and that night, the Quasar dIPA, quite good. The amber was pretty boring. The hefeweizen was pretty good despite the lemon. The honey wheat was okay, but probably needed the lemon. In addition, they had Drake's Denogginizer, Bear Republic Apex and BR Heritage, Sierra Wheat, Bigfoot, McGowan's IPA, Winter Braun, Deschutes BB Porter, etc. Very nice selection, though I didn't see Belgians. Guest pints were $4.25, but they were 20oz pints (even the dIPAs). I saw a few wines and a few ciders too.
Service: I didn't get a chance to interoggate our waittress but she did tell me they had run out of the Denogginizer when they hadn't. On the other hand, she returned to our table quite a bit to check on us. The bartender was up on his beers though.
Food: I didn't eat anything while we were there, but I say some good looking thin crust pizzas being made.

Overall: I totally want to go back to this place. Great beer selection (except for Belgians, I guess), great ambiance. Too bad it's so far from my parent's house in the Bay Area.

02-28-2005 07:06:48 | More by oggg
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misterscooter

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Always highly recommended, I could see why when I went for a visit the first time. The place is on a couple levels and has a patio to sit on when the weather is nice. Lots of places to walk up to when ordering your drink and, even though busy, the bartenders can get to you pretty quickly.

There are a lot of beers to choose from and they'll make recommendations if you ask. After getting your beer, you can wander through the dimly lit areas and find a table hidden away or in the open, whatever you're looking for. Suitable for bigger groups of people or smaller tables of two to four.

Jupiter tried to open a location in Walnut Creek and it didn't do well for whatever reason but the Berkeley joint is great. Come on in.

02-28-2005 04:45:58 | More by misterscooter
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Tang07

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've only been there for the nightlife and beer so I can't comment on the food. It is right next to the BART station. If you know where to get out from the underground you can get pretty much right to the front door, so anyone in the entire Bay Area can get there in 30 min or less and you won't have to DWI.

It is walking distance from Cal so you can go there before/after a Cal game. (It's closest to Baseball and Basketball. Football is up the hill a bit)

They have a wide selection of beers. The range from yummy (IPA) to yucky (Hegewiezen)

Very lively young croud. It's Berkely so there will be always be interesting people.

Great place.

09-12-2004 05:02:24 | More by Tang07
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carln26

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love the industrial feel. Big, high space, exposed beams. Nice copper bar, natural patina. Great carved moldings. Staff is pleasant. Food? Great BBQ chicken pizza, brick oven served hot. The food uses local ingredients with great presentation. I gave positive reviews to a couple of their beers, but you have to love a place that has enough confidence to serve other great beers beside theirs. They had a couple of selections from Triple Rock, a few Bear Republic, Anchor, and several other beers on tap. Nice place. I can’t wait to go back.

08-02-2004 01:11:33 | More by carln26
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VegasBill

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jupitor offers many great beers of their own and also offers a very good selection of guest beers. They have a new IPA called Kinnickinick sp? that is really good for hopheads like me.
They feature pizza and it also was great.
Jupitor has a outdoor two level patio,they call it the beer garden, with entertainment I think every day. The last time I was there they had the house band which is Bluegrass music, but the music runs the gamut, remember this is Berkeley!

The only downside is it is difficult to find a table on the patio and parking is impossible.

05-23-2004 19:06:27 | More by VegasBill
Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.