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Drake's Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Drake's Brewing Co.Drake's Brewing Co.
Based on:
74 Beers
5,062 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 22
Visits: 76
Avg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1933 Davis Street
San Leandro, California, 94577
United States
phone: (510) 568-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @drakesbrewery

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 76
Reviews by colonelforbin:
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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Original_Gravity
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of h42m47
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BDeibs
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I loved the tasting room in the barrel cellar. A huge TV, but it wasn't a focal point. Nice Bar service with a lot of people behind the counter. A decent selection of over 15 beers on tap. I dind't try the food because of the 45 minute wait, but really enjoyed my time and the duck tasting trays were fun too!

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Brewery/barrell house/taproom/eatery tucked into an industrial mall in San Leandro. The inside is cool and spacious and there is nice outside seating. Super friendly staff. Numerous, limited brewery only and tap only selections available. And, if you thought growlers were cool you should see there to-go kegrowlers, super cheap to refill!

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Photo of Jdizzy92
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been going here since they open up the barrel house bar. I go here a lot since it is near where I live. Their Barrel House Bar is the place to be at. They have a lot of seasonal/barrel beers that you won't see any where else. Seems like every time I come here there is something new. The people that work their are great and fun. I like most of the events they do.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jtburns777
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is the taproom where I fell in love with beer. Undying loyalty!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of manuelnoah
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Hop_God
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.54/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.34/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I'm a big fan of their beers, but the vibe at the taproom was kind of whack lol
The barrel room you taste the beers in was cool but it was like a bar where no seemed like they wanted to help you, but their Hopocalypse is coming out soon so I'll forget all about this review lol

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Photo of davegray
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of sillyhed8
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smanrob
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Beerswag
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JoeyStats707
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kingpin1010
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I really like the geographical location of the brewery/brewpub, as it's no more than 5 or 10 minutes from the airport (Oakland), and so an easy stop before dropping the rental car off and hopping on my flight back home. That being said, the location is kind of weird, tucked around the back of a fair size mall and Walmart. it's not the sort of place you're going to just happen upon; you really have to be looking for the place and intent on visting. However, Drake beers are pretty popular and worth the search, which I guess explains the sizeable crowd on a Friday afternoon. The pub is located in a warehouse type of large room with barrels, tables and chairs spread out everywhere. There's a nice patio area as well, and as the weather was gorgeous, there was a good size crowd taking in the sun and enjoyng a few brews on a warm afternoon in October.

In terms of the beer, I think they had roughly 20 different beers on tap, including a firkin and something on the handpump. The selection was pretty diverse, and included a couple of barrel aged wild ales and a couple of bourbon barrell offerings (the BB RIS had just blown, unfortunately).

I didn't see a food menu, but there was a sign noting that they have food trucks stopping by on select days. I didn't see one arond on the Friday afternoon I was here (nor did I see anyone eating), but that's what I read.. Service was OK. There was some table service I believe for the folks sitting out on the porch, but otherwise you belly up to the good size bar area inside and buy your beer there (to take back to your table). Prices were OK for the most part. Most pints were around $5 or $6 I believe for the core beers, with the limited stuff served in snifters. I did feel the $7 price tag for a so-so bourbon barrel aged porter was a bit high, but that was my only quibble with the pricing here. Folks working seemed friend and pretty nice I thought.

There's no doubt I'll be back.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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Drake's Brewing Co. in San Leandro, CA
96 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.