Drake's Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 120
Beer Ratings: 4,287
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 24 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by colonelforbin:
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the more interesting locations for a brewpub/barrel house that I've seen. Just past a giant strip mall Walmart parking lot in San Leandro, just off the freeway.
Outside seating is kind of odd, with little tables lined up to the left of the loading dock, yet allowing some nice privacy, etc. in its own way. Inside there are tables and a bar that people seemingly only sit at if the tables are all full (weekend afternoon when I went and very uncrowded).
The charm of the Drake's barrel house, at least to me, is in the barrel aged beers on the menu. Got to give them credit for trying so many different new things. Some are a hit, others mediocre, and others a big miss; but at least they are attempting some of these beers that others would never try. I think a combination of being owned by east bay beer baron John Martin (plenty of capital from owning so many prime beer spots in Berkeley) and the sheer volume they otherwise do allows for the experimentation that you see here.
I have tried a number of their barrel aged experiments and they really are all over the map quality wise, never seen anything like it. Their hoppy offerings have always been top notch, on the other hand, so I give props to Drake's.
Check this place out if you are driving 880 between San Jose and Oakland, or vice versa. Growlers and kegs available at reasonable prices, and wacky barrel aged beers available for sampling at all times.
11-17-2011 08:18:40 | More by colonelforbin
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4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Great place to visit. Awesome selection of beers to sample, more than I can sample in one visit. Nice to see a brewery with a variety of year round beers along with plenty of seasonal/rare beers to sample. Would love to visit again if ever in the area. Highly recommended for the average craft beer drinker to the beer drinker looking for something special.
06-26-2014 01:15:41 | More by kevrice88
Drake's Brewing Co. in San Leandro, CA
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.