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ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop

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Reviews: 8
Visits: 20
Avg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1541 Giammona Dr
Walnut Creek, California, 94596-4130
United States
phone: (925) 210-1147

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @oel_wc

Place added by: rehearse on 07-09-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Visits: 20
Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Part bar and part beer store this place blends the two seamlessly. Had about 12 beers on tap with a wide selection of beer styles and sources including a small brewer from MD, a Belgian style brewer from the Netherlands and craft beers from CA and OR. Both cold and shelved bottles offer additional options as well. Did not have any food but will definitely be going back soon

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Photo of Topskee
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

If I were to really want to write an in-depth review right now, I could go on a rant but im gonna keep it short. I have a personal preferance of beer cafes over bars, and this place reminds me of an old tavern, dark inside with lots of older style wooden benches tables and chairs. now, dont get me wrong, i like the tavern feel but it gets load in there and the low light makes it impossible to read a damn thing. i think its the fact that there is nary a window in the front of the place that contributes to both of my negative comments. their selection is great and it branches far outside the local which is cool (since there are a lot of local brew favoring cafes in the area). The food is blatantly over priced and is really just brought over from the pizzeria nextdoor at a hiked up price. their service is great so i cant give an bad review of the place.

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Photo of Hophazzard
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Okay location with a pretty good selection of bottles. The downside is it's so dark inside you can't even see what a lot of the beers are. Makes no snese to me. Anyone in retail knows you never make it hard for a customer to buy something from you. I like to browse a bottle shop and look around for a while. This place you need to bring a flashlight to see what you're buying.

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Photo of Mark
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2

Thisa place will appeal very highly to the Belgian Beer lover, I am not of that group. They have a couple or three styles that appeal to me. That is not enough for me to frequent this place very often. Yesterday we took my mom there for a quiet beer and I was hoping there would be something on the list that would match our tastes. Mom and my girlfriend had a Pils which they liked I had a IPA which was good. Pour sizes are small, I paid $5.50 for the IPA in a tulip style glass, the Pilsners were 6 bucks each and were bigger in volume than mine. They don't serve food per say but have snacks. Olives, nuts, cheese plates, etc. We got the crackers for 2 bucks. it was a joke. Four small crackers, my girlfriend wa so upset she went back to bar and said "do we get refills" I shouldn't be surprised in Walnut Creek. If your preference is IPA,'s Pales, Ambers, etc then I can't tout the place. If you're a Belgian lover and like rarish beers then go for it. Atmosphere is good and bar staff are fairly friendly and seem to know their stuff. Overall the place is not for me on a regular basis, only when I feel like over paying will I drop in.

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Photo of ek_ek
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

This place is a great place to go with a friend to get a dose of quality craft beers not available at any other establishments in the immediate area. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, it is fun to have a beer and chat about hops, malt, barley and all things beer...

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Photo of mxchap
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a spinoff of the Trappist in Oakland that has been operating in Walnut Creek for a couple of years now. Overall it's a pretty good place to enjoy some craft beer from around the world. They have a pretty solid rotating tap list and they have a great selection of bottles (both cold and room temp).

Atmosphere: no tvs, 1 bar in the back with some seating in the front. This is a place where you come to try new beers and just get away from it all. (4)

Quality: They always have high quality beer here and keep things very clean and tidy. (4.5)

Service: All of the servers know their beers well. They are also fairly handy at pointing you to other beers of a similar type if you ask for something they don't have (4)

Selection: They tend to focus primarily on belgian ales (and belgian style). They normally have one IPA and one lighter beer from somewhere in CA on tap. (3.75)

Food: They don't have much. Eat before you come, or bring in your own food (I think they don't mind).

Value: A little pricey. After tip, don't expect to pay much less than $8 for ~2/3 pint. But you go to a place like this for variety and to try beers you may not find elsewhere.

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Photo of elviejo
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

It's great to see a beer cafe in Walnut Creek. OL opened just a few months ago and I have been there a few times to check what they are offering on-tap. The selection changes constantly. It's refreshing to find a place dedicated to craft brews, without loud music and no sports television. Most of my visits, there were few people and I was concerned for their success. This past Friday I stopped by at prime time, and the place was packed and very loud. It has an odd lay-out, but it is nicely done, and the wait staff seem knowledgeable and helpful.

I emailed the owners and suggested they tweet each time they tapped a new brew. I'd like to know when they open one I'd like to try on tap. I was disappointed, he didn't think that practical. Come on, how difficult is it to send a simple tweet? I'd certainly make an extra trip for that.

You can bring food in from anywhere to eat there. The pizza place next door is not the best. OL is somewhat pricey, but I have found a couple of new favorites there, and tried some others I probably wouldn't have otherwise. There are plenty of places with loud music and sports TV around this area. This is a great alternative to that scene.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ol's Beercafe has only been open for a few months so this is somewhat of a preliminary review.

Beer - Ol's has 18 taps and an interesting bottle room that you can browse while drinking. The taplist generally includes some interesting Californian microbrews as well as plenty of Belgian and French imports. You can tell that the selection is hand picked, there's rarely a beer on tap that ranks lower than a B on beer advocate. Experienced beer drinkers will enjoy the variety of styles and breweries. The price is the one thing that keeps me from coming on a regular basis. Beers are typically from 6-10 dollars for small glasses (25-33 centiliters usually). You can have the bartender open a cold bottle from their selection for you, however the price to drink a bottle at the shop is usually ~40% more than what they would charge if you want to take home a warm bottle.

Food - Ol's offers olives, crackers, and a cheese plate, which are all a little more expensive than you would expect. You can bring in a pizza from the place next door if you want.

The seating area is limited and a little awkward. The bottle room is unnecessarily large and takes up valuable seating room. Nice wooden tables, but no TV's or music (a downside if you ask me).

Edit: 2/16/12: The city of Walnut Creek cracks down on alcohol serving establishments. My party was forced to chug our beers at 10:59 SHARP while there were police officers waiting outside. The crowd here also seems to be taken over by rowdy Walnut Creek townsfolk. Either way, I'll never come here at night again.

Overall a great place for beer lovers to come try a thing or two, but definitely a bit pricey.

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ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop in Walnut Creek, CA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.