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Jupiter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 126
Beer Avg: 3.79
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 avwrite
5/5  rDev +23.5%

avwrite, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of DaveDLD
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%

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)

DaveDLD, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of bradybeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

bradybeer, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Arbitrator
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Arbitrator, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of VegasBill
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

VegasBill, May 23, 2004
Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

carln26, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of oggg
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

oggg, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Tang07
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

Tang07, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Erbayd
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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!

Erbayd, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of xhcadamx
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

xhcadamx, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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 woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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 devo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

devo, May 24, 2006
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%

braaka, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

samtrillo, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

spark3148857, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of jrancan
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Great place with 8-10 house beers as well as a good selection of 'guest' West Coast brews. Day I was there, the chalkboard listed 8 Jupiter beers, but to my dismay, they were out of four of them. Bartender told me that they were slammed the previous 2 days, so I guess I could understand...
No biggie, the guest list made up for it: Bear Republic Hop Rod and Racer 5, Moonlight Bombay, Drakes IPA, 2 from Stone, Fullsail, and a couple of others. For an East Coast guy, this was fantastic.
The atmosphere was great....fairly small downstairs bar that reminds me of a church, with pews used for seating and pressed tin on the walls. Cozy upstairs area and a real elaborate 2 level outdoor patio. The patio seemed like the place to be, complete with heaters and a little stage area for live music.
Next time I'm in SF, I will definitely make the side trip to Jupiter in Berkeley.

jrancan, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

DaPeculierDane, May 11, 2006
Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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 francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of misterscooter
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

misterscooter, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

I used to live within stumbling distance of this place, so its been a favorite of mine and I've been going here for over a decade. The atmosphere is great. Two stories, with tall ceilings on each level. The gem of the place, though, is the fantastic beer garden out back. Over time, Jupiter has taken over the small pedestrian plaza out back named Trumpetvine Court after the Trumpetvines growing all over the walls and over trellises out there. These vines are often loaded with red horn shape flowers that are pretty cool to have all over your beer garden. The beer garden is now quite large with lots of tables. Other features of the garden include a firepit, a second woodburning pizza oven, a stage where there is often music in the evenings, and heaters all over the place mounted above the crowds to keep the evening Berkeley chill away.

I frankly used to like this place better before they started brewing thir own beer. Their beer is fine, but before they used to brew they were a free house with 20 or so taps of the finest available in the Bay area. They still have roughly twenty taps, but now 8 or 9 of them have Jupiter brews, one or two have a cider, leaving fewer than I would like for other great brews. That being said, their brews have improved over the years, and maybe one day will be ranked with the best. Also, what they do still have on tap from elsewhere is usually pretty good. Last night there was Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Bigfoot, a couple of Moonlight beers, Rogue Brutal Bitter, and several others of similar quality. Their taps rotate frequently, and these people sell a lot of beer- the place is always packed at night- so the beer is always fresh.

The menu is limited, but both the pizzas and salads are quite good. They use woodburning pizza ovens, so when done right the pizzas are delicious with a thin char around the outside. When the orders are really stacked up, though, the pizza might just be ordinary as either the fire hasn't been stoked enough or the pizza is pulled out a little early. All the ingredients are quality. The service is usually solid, but hit or miss as far as whether your server knows anything about beer. During the day it's less crowded and a pleasant place to while away some time in the beer garden. I spent several years here doing my taxes in the beergarden while drinking Moonlight's Death and Taxes Black. Still a great place to go, and as others have pointed out, very accesible as it is right across the street from the Berkeley Bart station

Georgiabeer, Aug 22, 2006
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

PuckLSHS, Apr 19, 2006
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Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.