ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop
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Taps: 18 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.44/5 rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2 | $$$$
Thisa place will appeal very highly to the Belgian Beer lover, I am not of that group. They have a couple or three styles that appeal to me. That is not enough for me to frequent this place very often. Yesterday we took my mom there for a quiet beer and I was hoping there would be something on the list that would match our tastes. Mom and my girlfriend had a Pils which they liked I had a IPA which was good. Pour sizes are small, I paid $5.50 for the IPA in a tulip style glass, the Pilsners were 6 bucks each and were bigger in volume than mine. They don't serve food per say but have snacks. Olives, nuts, cheese plates, etc. We got the crackers for 2 bucks. it was a joke. Four small crackers, my girlfriend wa so upset she went back to bar and said "do we get refills" I shouldn't be surprised in Walnut Creek. If your preference is IPA,'s Pales, Ambers, etc then I can't tout the place. If you're a Belgian lover and like rarish beers then go for it. Atmosphere is good and bar staff are fairly friendly and seem to know their stuff. Overall the place is not for me on a regular basis, only when I feel like over paying will I drop in.
05-14-2014 20:02:22 | More by Mark
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
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...
06-08-2013 18:14:46 | More by ek_ek
4.09/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
This is a spinoff of the Trappist in Oakland that has been operating in Walnut Creek for a couple of years now. Overall it's a pretty good place to enjoy some craft beer from around the world. They have a pretty solid rotating tap list and they have a great selection of bottles (both cold and room temp).
Atmosphere: no tvs, 1 bar in the back with some seating in the front. This is a place where you come to try new beers and just get away from it all. (4)
Quality: They always have high quality beer here and keep things very clean and tidy. (4.5)
Service: All of the servers know their beers well. They are also fairly handy at pointing you to other beers of a similar type if you ask for something they don't have (4)
Selection: They tend to focus primarily on belgian ales (and belgian style). They normally have one IPA and one lighter beer from somewhere in CA on tap. (3.75)
Food: They don't have much. Eat before you come, or bring in your own food (I think they don't mind).
Value: A little pricey. After tip, don't expect to pay much less than $8 for ~2/3 pint. But you go to a place like this for variety and to try beers you may not find elsewhere.
05-22-2013 13:03:48 | More by mxchap
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
12-13-2011 02:31:11 | More by elviejo
ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop in Walnut Creek, CA
93 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.