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Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.92/5
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Place Score: 96
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.34
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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Photo of CJNAPS
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of jested
1/5  rDev -77%

Hello... here at the bar waiting to be served, yes I would like a beer but waiting here over 10 minutes and being ignored is no fun. Finally... Here is a twenty can I get change? Oh your shifted is done and you have count your cash box? No problem I will stand here and wait: -(

Piss poor service. Beer no way near the wait! Stay away

Photo of kevrice88
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Drake's has a tap-room located at their brewery in San Leandro. It's in a very hidden location, make sure that you read the directions on their website before trying to find it. It's behind a shopping center off of 880. The tap-room is located inside and they also have a large outdoor patio. Great selection, typically around 15-20 beers on-tap. Prices are $5-6 for a pint of their regular rotation and seasonals. They don't have food but they sometimes get food trucks, check their website for a schedule. A great spot to enjoy the great beer from Drake's.

Photo of BoobyTrappist
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Drake's Barrel House is great. It is probably the most chill environment you could ask for at a brew house... or should I say warehouse. By all accounts, they have taken their barreling house, added a bar and a few fridges to it, stood up a few extra barrels to serve as tables, and opened it up to the public. And, most importantly, the concept works great!

Drake's has a number of great beers in stores for purchase, but none of them hold a candle to what you can get on tap at the barrel house. They are not only very experimental (or should I say ex-beer-amental), but they maintain their high standards of quality around everything they brew as well. What you get are some non-traditional barrel-aged taste explosions.

The downside is food. There are a few snack items (goldfish, nuts, etc), but for the most part, you have to rely on the presence of a food truck. Either way, be prepared to get your calories from the delicious brews.

If you want to relax and try some amazing rare (or super hoppy) stuff, pull up a picnic table at Drake's.

Photo of dirtylou
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Go here.

Photo of JackDempsy
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is hard to find. It is in the back area between a Walmart and the Sports Authority. No food is served - but the let you bring in anything you want to eat. I usually go down to the sub shop in the nearby plaza. There are a few tables outside, but no view. The inside has a few picnic tables and a "standing" bar. So, why do I like it? Beer, service and value cannot be beat. It is for beer lovers alone - no football or children. I love it.

Photo of elNopalero
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Drake’s Brew House is nestled away in the back of a commercial complex behind a Wal-Mart, which makes it instantly the best thing about the location. (Although it’s too bad that its not the airport Wal-Mart, in which case it would be close to an In-and-Out. Speaking of which, there’s no food here to speak of, but you can bring things over.) The brewhouse has a full line up of their stapes and year round beers as well as seasonals and specialty limited releases. The staff is super-chill and laid-back, too. No complaints! I spent an afternoon here and had a blast. Last call came way too soon.

Photo of bray
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

stopped recently on a Sunday afternoon, crowded but still lots of seats and tables available.
Hard to find as everyone has said.

The 4 beers we tried were solid, the stout and IPA were really good.

we sat outside, it's a great place to hang out and relax.

they had a food truck when we were there

Photo of Topher78
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The Barrel House is located behind a Walmart just south of Oakland in San Leandro. This hidden gem houses one of Northern California's best breweries. Not as well known as Russian River or Lagunitas, Drake's can still hunt with the big dogs. They put out some of NorCal's best Hop Bombs; whether you're trying 1500(a dry hopped APA) IPA (a style setter for West Coast IPA's), Hopocalypse (DIPA & Triple IPA), Aroma Coma or Aroma Prieto. They also know their way around barrel aging too.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

First of all this is in rather an odd place, tucked behind a mini mall. Still, I had to check out the place that I've seen many Californians call their under the radar brewery. The place had a nice atmosphere, as the fresh air passed in from the outside as well as light from the California sun. I got a flight and while their beers didn't knock my socks off, their beers were respectably good with the IPAs probably the highlight. The service was also good and the menu did have a broad range of styles. This is a nice stop if you're in the area, and probably a great one in many other parts of the country. With such competition in the state at the very least that could be said is they're moving in the right direction and the most is that they will soon be players.

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Interesting place. In an old warehouse with an industrial area feel. Snacks are the only food options. It's all about the beer here. Great selection of good to great beers. Staff was very nice and knowledgeable. We sampled several, with the Hopocalypse ipa standing out as my favorite, a 5 rating. Also tried a beer with maybe the best name ever "25 years of issues", a 3 for the beer and 5 for the name. Ill be back.

Photo of FosterJM
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in on October 4th with my branch manager on a Nor. Cal beer binge!

Atm- A little bit out of the way behind the old plant in San Leandro, This location was the power center that was converted to house the barrels and the tasting room. Had a ton of barrels, large bar and nice tables and places to stand.

Quality- The quality of beers on tap was damn good. Had a good 15+ taps flowing with a wide ranging amount of styles and even the barrel aged offerings.

Service- The girls behind the counter were awesome. Very helpful and friendly and quick to chit chat. Met one of the owners and chatted for a bit about their beers.

Selection- IPA's, Red, Stouts, Blondes, Nitros, Barrel Aged. Little bit of everything behind the bar and something for everyone really.

Food- N/A

Value- Standard bar pricing. Was nice to see taster, 1/2 pour, pint, goblet pricing.

Photo of bbHOP
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is truly my favorite spot. Hidden amongst the gritty, urban sheath of a Wal-Mart anchored San Leandro strip mall is an oasis of innovative, expressive and exciting beer. I thank the good lord that I live < 10 miles away on a fairly regular basis.

Atmosphere-wise, so much of the charm is that you're in that crazy location. The barrel house has a cool, industrial vibe - roll-up warehouse door - and a clean, modern feel to the inside. Very open space - great place to bring a book / game and chill with friends while drinking quality brews.

The beer, obviously, is amazing. What puts the place over the top isthe amazing selection of barrel-aged stuff... Imperial stout in bourbon barrels, wheat wine in port barrels, you get the drift. If you have any interest in barrel-aging - this is the place for you.

People are nice, and seem to genuinely dig what they are serving.

Photo of colonelforbin
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon to sample some brews.

Place is kind of a pain to find, tucked behind a Wal-Mart, Drakes Barrel House is in a warehouse with a bar, fridge with bottles, some indoor seating and outdoor seating. It was a great day, so we sat outside on some chairs under an umbrella.

Quality is very good. I sampled three beers and they were all well above average, and a couple I thought were excellent. (Expecially the Alpha Session)

Service was great, the lady working the bar offered free samples of beers I asked about, and was friendly to talk to.

Selection is excellent. They had at least 20 taps with a great variety of beers, some sesssionable, strong, barrel aged, Belgian styles, etc... something for everyone here.

They only have beer, (except for a few snacks, like nuts, jerky, chips) but they encourage you to bring your own food.

Prices were average for the area.

All in all, a great spot. Very happy that we stopped here, and I would love to make it back some day.

Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited the relatively new Barrel House recently, which was really hard to find. It's actually "past" Wal-Mart on the right side, not really directly "behind Wal-Mart" as the single sign says in front of the Office Depot lot (wrong way if you see that sign). Directions on their site should get you there. They really could use better street signage though.

Building signage was great, we definitely knew we were in the right place from out front. The barrel house had a big red sign, and a sandwich board on the sidewalk leading to the patio (six tables with red umbrellas outside) and entrance. Inside the open industrial space, you see racks and racks of barrels, and a long blonde wood bar in the back of the seating area. tables and chairs along the sides, a row of barrel tables standing in the center. Assorted people were bringing growlers in, and there was a good sized diverse crowd for a friday afternoon. There was a longbearded guy scooting around on a forklift outside, and a pallet of kegs inside the door.

A to-go cooler was hidden on the side past the bar, and restrooms were at the towards the back where the drywall is. Some large mural cutout beer signs hung on the corrugated metal walls. Music was good, though the sound seemed to cut out during each song (annoying for the bartenders i'm sure).

24 house taps is pretty damn impressive. One was a guest tap (High Water No Boundary, brewed at Drakes), and a water tap also. A good mix of barrel aged stuff, year round, seasonals, etc. The highlight was Alpha Session, which I had a 2nd pour of, and later a gravity-poured pint at Beer Revolution. Barrel aged BW was good, boozy at 10%. Most of the barrel stuff was all higher abv, not as appealing on a warm sunny day, but fall is on its way.

Service was friendly and timely, they had two bartenders working, and they also looked to be bussing tables. A few little snacks were available, but it's byo for food.

Overall a great visit here, i'd drop by again to try some more of their beers, which were all of good quality.

Photo of bradybeer
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Located behind a Home Depot off of I-880. Walking in there are tables outside and inside there is a large bar and cooler (to the left). There are two lines of tables and a few barrels as tables as well. To the left of the bar are a large number of barrels filled with goodness! I spotted an Imperial Stout with Blueberries with the date of 1/13/13-can't wait.

There were 21 beer on tap with kegs, 6-packs, bombers, and cases to go. You can get pints and half pints of most beers except barrel aged with are 7 ounces.

We had the barrel aged brews to begin with-Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels, Imperial Stout aged in Brandy and another in Merlot barrels, and a sour amber. Very very good-I wish I could brought them home with us. I had 1/2 pint of the Imperial Red and our friends the DIPA and the Black Lager.

Service was off the hook! It was my birthday and they made me feel at home.

No food here so we brought some burritos from nearby Los Cabos.

I can't wait to get back here-freaking love it!

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Drake's Brewing Co. in San Leandro, CA
96 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.