Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
Active Beers: 76
Beer Ratings: 316
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by lhaqq:
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A pretty good brewpub. But since it is pretty close to Jupiter, I usually end up going there instead because I prefer the atmosphere and selection. All of Triple Rock's beers are pretty high gravity yet hide it well. There's a beer I think called Monkey Head Arboreal Ale, only served on Thursdays, that is around 9% so is popular for that reason (it might be really good too, but I haven't had it since usually the place is packed on Thursdays). Most of their beers I've had, though, aren't particularly amazing. Their scotch ale, the Tree Frog, is probably my favorite. Also, they usually only seem to have a few guest brews. Inside isn't bad; there are a couple of TVs, so it sometimes feels a little more like a sports bar than a pub, but they usually are muted. They have a nice patio upstairs, but there have been a number of times I've been there that it has been closed or reserved for some reason or another.
12-27-2008 21:57:21 | More by lhaqq
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
An amazing brewery and an awesome place to hang out! In my opinion it's the best place to grab a beer in Berkeley (though Jupiter is a close 2nd). If you like hops you'll love it here, and I highly recommend IPAX as a go-to beer. It's definitely a great example of a West Coast IPA. Pretty frequently they'll brew a special IPA (Greenhorn, Rye Smile, etc.) and those are always really great. They do a great job of offering seasonal specialty beers, and the Reindeer Ale and Keyser Soze Imperial Stout are super tasty and really strong.
Great food to accompany the great beer, and the whole bar has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere to it. If you don't like crowds, don't go on Thursdays as it can get really hectic. However Triple Rock on a Thursday night is an essential experience for anyone in Berkeley. This place is awesome!!
09-19-2013 20:46:48 | More by Erbayd
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Old stomping ground of mine from my university days.
Headed in for Friday lunch last week. Had a taster flight of beers, all pretty decent (porter, pale ale, IPA, and strong saison). The food there is always pretty good too.
Since the pints are a little pricey here, I would definitely suggest getting a bunch of 5oz samplers.
It's a great way to go. On a sunny day go upstairs and enjoy your beer outside on the patio!
And Thursdays are monkeyhead day. Drink two if you dare...
05-19-2013 02:12:23 | More by mxchap
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in at Triple Rock during a work related trip to San Francisco in May 2013.
A: Atmosphere is typical bar chatter, not overly crowded on a Tuesday at 6pm. One thing I did overhear was more conversation about the beer and brewing of beer rather than the game(s) that was on the two tv's this bar had.
Q: Quality was above average. None of the beers were over the top must have beers, but good none the less.
S: Service was fantastic. The bartender knew his beer and was full of recommendations, as well as always being on top of filling my glass or getting me a food order.
S: As mentioned the selection was decent. 10 or so Triple Rock beers on tap, a wide variety throughout the spectrum. (A few guest ciders as well) Sadly they were out of IPAX, as it wasn't pouring/looking correctly and decided NOT to continue pouring it. (No ding here, glad they went that route)
F: Food was decent. Typical bar food but just slightly higher. I had the Turkey, Avocado, Swiss and it was delicious.
V: Value was entirely reasonable. $6/pint and ~$8/meal.
O: Overall, it was well worth the trip. Nothing outstanding, but good beer and good food. You can't visit the Bay Area and NOT go here. If you're anywhere near the BART, it's a simple 2 block walk. (I rode the bart from Downtown San Francisco Montgomery Street Station)
05-08-2013 04:27:28 | More by WesM63
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I can't believe I've never reviewed this place. Down the street from Jupiter. Shattuck to whatever this is on. So you're downtown Berkeley, one of the cooler concrete jungles IMHO, and that's coming from a staunch conservative.
Tons of wood when you walk in, good size wood bar, big mirror, excellent taps, excellent house brews. Usuals, some seasonals, a few exceptional rarities. Small area upstairs, I like that they don't let people smoke up there even though its 'outdoors'. Cramped areas and smoking are eh, not the coolest thing in public. But I don't even know if the general public is allowed up there, because come to think of it, the only time I've been up there was during Sour Sunday, so who knows. Its cool, so it'd be ashame if they don't utilize it. But anyways, back to inside, its roomy, some old breweriana around the place.
The food smelled good, but I can't recall what I've had there, so there ya go. Is this place affiliated with Jupiter? It seems to be, both cool places, I recommend checking out both since they're right by each other, and in a nice part of downtown Berkeley as well.
02-28-2012 05:32:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Triple Rock has a selection of easily 10+ beers of varied styles all brewed on site at Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. The beers range from 4-6 dollars and mostly all come in a pint glass. For an experienced beer drinker, the beers here aren't going to blow you away, however, they are highly drinkable and decently priced. From the dozens of times I've been to Triple Rock, I would summarize my experiences by saying that you get decent microbrew beer that comes with a relaxed and intellectual atmosphere.
The food is moderately priced and can be described as above average bar food. I'd recommend eating at Triple Rock if you don't feel like walking around Berkeley to find something better.
One word of warning: Thursday nights is the "Monkeys Head" special and the place gets extremely packed with college kids trying to get hammered.
11-26-2011 02:59:31 | More by BenHesk12
4.16/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited here in July 2011. First of all really like the old-timey neon sign out front and considering this is one of the oldest brewpubs around it's appropriate. Taps are almost all in-house brews but lots of interesting styles. Brewer seems to be interested in experimenting and I indulged in a sampler flight of six which were all good or great. Good vibe with college types and other Berkeley locals making up the crowd. Fun place to watch a Giants game but beer rather than sports is the main focus. Server very knowledgeable and attentive.
08-01-2011 03:16:57 | More by coldriver
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the oldest brewpubs in the nation. Triple Rock has a nice vibe with assorted tables, a smalli-ish bar and a great outdoor patio on the roof. The patio is a hidden gem. Lots of wood on the walls, floor, bar, etc. Somewhat of an older building.
The beer is generally very good. IPAX is pretty much always on, a great IPA. Their standard rotation of house beers is solid, very well made. One thing that stands out about Triple Rock is that they are always making new beers. I've had over 60 of their beers over the years and I'm sure there are a number that I've never tried. They do a great job with their hoppier offerings and have been doing a single hop series over the past year that has been nice to try. They have also been barrel aging various beers at the Drake's facility over the last year or so and those are generally very good and a treat to try.
They really do change it up a lot with regards to new brews on tap. Kudos to Rodger Davis for this.
Triple Rock also puts on some pretty good yearly events, such as their Firkin Festival in April and their sour and barrel aged event in February
The food was good. One thing that is nice about Triple Rock is that they have multiple options for vegans. The vegetarian chili is usually pretty good but the recipe is always for changing for this item.
Service is good. Generally pretty prompt and the bartenders know their beer.
Definitely stop at Triple Rock if you are in Berkeley or the east bay. Just two blocks from the downtown Berkeley BART station.
06-17-2011 18:16:15 | More by colonelforbin
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here as part of a bunch of bar hopping in the Berkeley area. Forced my typical college roommates to go here, and they didn't enjoy the "way too bitter pilsner", but I couldn't care less. Atmosphere was nice and relaxed, with a blend of grad students, locals, and adults hanging out. TVs running were nice and large, and both showed sports stuff which I always like. Service was great for how busy it was on that Thursday night, and bartender was very prompt in delivering drinks. Selection as almost exclusively house-made brews, with only one or two guest taps. However, there was so much variety in the house-taps that there was no need to turn anywhere else. I had a 7 Fity (English pale ale) and Bunny's Toe (American barleywine) and both were very strong offerings. I was surprised to see that neither one had even been added as a beer on this site either, encouraging me to go back and have some more of the more obscure beers. I didn't get to have any food there, and haven't heard much about it, so I can't really pass judgment on that issue as of now. Prices were average, with ~5$/pint of regular beer and ~6$/pint of high abv/specialty beer. Great place overall, I'll be sure to visit again many times in the future.
02-15-2011 11:03:21 | More by madvermin
4.5/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is presently the finest brewpub in the SF Bay Area. Yes I have been to Santa Rosa. One reason is the brewmaster, who creates art through hops. The IPAs and barley wines here are to die for, and you won't be finding them in the bottle. This Berkeley landmark is also known for its friendly neighborhood feel and simple but predictably excellent menu selections. Not quite a traditional pub fare, but almost, in a good way. The staff here is precognescient (they know when you need another beer or a glass of water without you asking). I wish I lived in Berkeley so I could make these guys rich.
01-16-2011 07:10:00 | More by easong
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
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