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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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DaveDLD

Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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)

11-13-2007 04:42:38 | More by DaveDLD
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bradybeer

California

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

09-06-2007 19:52:01 | More by bradybeer
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Arbitrator

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

08-17-2010 16:55:59 | More by Arbitrator
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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
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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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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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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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Erbayd

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Second only to Triple Rock, Jupiter makes for a solid choice for grabbing some great beer and dinner whether you're with a large or small group of people. I haven't had many of their house brews, since it's hard to choose anything other than the Quasar DIPA and Red Spot. This place wins the contest for best-named barleywine, and last winter they made a really awesome barrel aged version of it! They have a great range of beers that will please hopheads and fans of tamer beers as well. Jupiter gets bonus points for keeping a solid selection of guest beers from local breweries like Drakes (try the denogginizer if you haven't), Moonlight, North Coast (Old Raspy), and even some stuff from Green Flash down in San Diego.

I recommend getting a table outside, as the beer garden is what gives Jupiter an edge over Triple Rock in terms of atmosphere. Live music & DJs pretty much every night, so that's nice. Pizzas are really good and they make vegan pizzas too! You can't go wrong with pizza & beer, and if that's what you're looking for in Berkeley then Jupiter's the place to go!

09-19-2013 20:59:27 | More by Erbayd
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xhcadamx

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

12-14-2007 03:50:07 | More by xhcadamx
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Floydster

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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

02-07-2009 01:38:12 | More by Floydster
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Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.