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93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

464 3rd St
Oakland, California, 94607-3834
United States
phone: (510) 452-2337

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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for the first time this past weekend, after doing some coastal cleanup down in Jack London square.

The atmosphere was about what I expected: kind of a punk-ish vibe on the inside (The Misfits were playing when we walked in; Rebecca and Fraggle both wear punk clothing). Beer memorabilia on the walls. Call me silly, but I liked that the music wasn't oppressively loud. We could (and did) sit and talk for hours without being drowned out by the sound.

Rebecca was super-friendly. She was quick to help our large group, which had a bunch of beer newbies, with tasters and recommendations. She also filled our water pitchers multiple times on an exceptionally hot day. My rule is 1 water for every beer. I love a place that accommodates that. Can't beat the service.

Three coolers full of great beer. They were mostly locals, and all things that would cater to a beer geek or someone reasonably interested in craft. Fair prices on everything, with a slight corkage fee ($1 or $2? Not listed) to drink on premises. I appreciated that the beer is kept cold and that the coolers aren't lit (so the beers are protected from skunking, as well). However, the bar was oppressively hot, with no A/C, and I began to wonder about the kegs sitting on the floor. The beers all tasted fine on draft, so perhaps it's not an issue.

There's no food per se, but they do have a partnership with local restaurants to bring food over. I tried the vegan soul food next door. It is amazing. On the strength of that non-affiliated restaurant alone, I would go back to Beer Revolution.

Move over, City Beer. There's a Beer Revolution coming.

More User Reviews:
Photo of leprakhan
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ironchefkook
4.09/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mxchap
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

One of the best places to grab a beer in the entire bay area.
On the short list of places you should check out if you are visiting the east bay

Vibe: Small and not a whole lot of seating. Not a looker, per se. Lots of great people there though. The hops growing outside and hanging on the ceiling are a nice touch [3.75]
Quality: Seems like the taps are always rotating. Fresh IPAs abound. Never an issue with a bad pour or stale beer. The pricing is pretty fair as well (most beers $6-7, and smaller pours on special releases). [5]
Service: This is a bit variable. I've had some incredible service here, and some terrible. For the most part it has been improving though. Everyone knows their beer [3.5]
Selection: 99% of the time I am really pleased here. Always something new or just an incredibly diverse selection of beers on tap. And don't forget about the bottles! There are some gems in there, and they are affordably priced to drink there ($1 corkage) or to go. [5.0]

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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Excellent selection of bay area brews and knowledgeable friendly staff.

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4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Pliney commonly available by the bottle, including to-go (limit 2/per, "unlimited" in-house)

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

This was a positive surprise spot for us on our San Francisco-Oakland visit. It has inside-outside seating, but really is your typical dive craft beer bar.

The bartenders were all nice, relaxed, and seemed to want to cater to regulars as well as new people. The majority of the taps are hyper-local with some breweries having 6 or 8 different beers represented. They also have several beer coolers that you can buy from and open on premise. The selection in the coolers was great, but no whales if you that is what you are in search of at a bar.

The only negative for me was that it closes at 11pm on a Saturday night. I was disappointed, but it was only because I was enjoying my time there.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of shivtim
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is a fantastic spot in Oakland. I was in town for work, and luckily my hotel was only a few blocks away.

First, the selection - about 50 beers on tap, all local/regional. I only saw one thing I can get in Atlanta (Russian River Damnation). The rest were mostly bay area beers from small and small-ish breweries, with a wide selection ranging from a coffee porter to a session IPA to a sour saison. In addition, there are several coolers of bottles that can be taken out or consumed in the bar. An out-of-towner couldn't ask for anything more.

The place itself is solid. Nice little patio out front, and a small number of seats inside, plus a few spots at the bar. Hops on the ceiling; tons of beer and brewery stickers.

Service was good. Bartenders were friendly and offered up suggestions.

Definitely a place to stop if you're in Oakland, or even in the bay area in general.

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Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA
97 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.