Drake's Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 107
Beer Ratings: 3,630
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by colonelforbin:
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the more interesting locations for a brewpub/barrel house that I've seen. Just past a giant strip mall Walmart parking lot in San Leandro, just off the freeway.
Outside seating is kind of odd, with little tables lined up to the left of the loading dock, yet allowing some nice privacy, etc. in its own way. Inside there are tables and a bar that people seemingly only sit at if the tables are all full (weekend afternoon when I went and very uncrowded).
The charm of the Drake's barrel house, at least to me, is in the barrel aged beers on the menu. Got to give them credit for trying so many different new things. Some are a hit, others mediocre, and others a big miss; but at least they are attempting some of these beers that others would never try. I think a combination of being owned by east bay beer baron John Martin (plenty of capital from owning so many prime beer spots in Berkeley) and the sheer volume they otherwise do allows for the experimentation that you see here.
I have tried a number of their barrel aged experiments and they really are all over the map quality wise, never seen anything like it. Their hoppy offerings have always been top notch, on the other hand, so I give props to Drake's.
Check this place out if you are driving 880 between San Jose and Oakland, or vice versa. Growlers and kegs available at reasonable prices, and wacky barrel aged beers available for sampling at all times.
11-17-2011 08:18:40 | More by colonelforbin
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4.46/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
'love the drake'
Definitely a bit of an expedition to get here from SF via public transportation, but it worked. The physical location is buried behind a gathering of some of the worlds worst places (Sam's Club and other big boxes) but it allows for a nice big space with room for a food truck.
Nice vibe - interior filled to the brims with barrels and also some nice seating options outside.
Tap list was pretty extensive and diverse with a good stash of hops and barrel aged offerings, everything of which seemed pretty strong to me. I've had some Drake's stuff before but I'll be more appreciative in the future after seeing their pretty sweet operation in person.
03-04-2014 02:26:39 | More by dirtylou
Drake's Brewing Co. in San Leandro, CA
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.