Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
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4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Stopped in here for lots of ticks, and they certainly were able to provide that!
The place has sort of a vintage and run down vibe, but it works very well with Berkeley's ambiance in general. The service was great from the lone man behind the bar (though at 1 or 2 pm on a Sunday, it wasn't terribly busy).
They had 12 different beers and several ciders on tap, which was great and provided a nice variety for all sorts of different beer lovers.
I didn't have anything to eat as I stopped at one of the many other fine Berkeley eateries (in this case, Top Dog) prior to my trip. But the food looked and smelled great.
The prices were reasonable, $2 for a sample and a handful of bucks for a proper pint full. And the best part was that most of the beers were pretty good.
I'll certainly be back here again at some point.
12-28-2010 00:02:15 | More by womencantsail
2.8/5 rDev -27.6%
I'm surprised this place got a B+. I went here after Jupiter Brewhouse (which is amazing) I got their shooter set, and almost all of the beers went from uninteresting to suck. I'd rather have Anchor Brewing and i don't really care for their beers (except a few).
These are the beers I got:
Black Rock Porter
Batch 4000 Belgian Dark
Titanium Pale Ale
One great thing about this was that it cost me $5 for this sampler set. Basically it was a dollar per double shot glass. That's a good deal! It would be better though if it actually tasted good.
10-21-2010 19:18:51 | More by yuichituba
4.18/5 rDev +8%
Stopped in today for lunch, it had been years since my last visit...
Nice spot that is fairly easy to visit, parking is hit and miss, but we got lucky. Open inside, lots of old beer stuff, and a nice big roof seating area. Only downer? The shuffleboard is gone! They lose a 1/2 point for that...
Qualitiy is quite good. Even better than I remember. Tasted my brothers hoppy brown ale, it was outstanding. As were the IPA and 2xIPA I tried.
Service was very good. The girl that helped us was quite fast, and volunteered to get us free tastes without us even asking.
Selection was solid. I think they had 10 beers and 3 ciders.
Food was filling and pretty standard brewpub food.
All in all, a great place in the East Bay, well worth checking out. I just wish they still had the shuffleboard...
05-31-2010 04:08:31 | More by flexabull
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
Call this nostalgia drinking. This was the first place that I ever had craft brewed beer, over twenty years ago (roughly August 1, 1987). On Christmas Day 2007, I was back at the bar, gazing around.
They have a wide front with the doorway in the center. Round restaurant tables sat in the center with standard restaurant tables and chairs along the right front wall. Further back on the right were a few booths, followed by larger family-style tables. The brewhouse was visible through windows on the left side. The "J"-shaped bar was up a step on a slightly raised stage. The bar and back bar had a comfortable vintage feel, as did the paneled wood walls. The real draw, to me, was all of the vintage breweriana,including trays, bottles, posters and wooden boxes. Excellent jukebox action! I heard Siouxsie, the Stooges, and the Kinks among others. A fellow patron was wearing a grey wristband labeled "Despair". Perfect!
My server, Erika, told me that I was not alone in being a returning patron of the early days of Triple Rock.
Also, be sure to check out Top of the Rock, their 2nd floor biergarten.
Mom: Yeah, it the kitchen were open. It's not one of my constantly off-putting joints that I seem to be famous for finding.
Beer: Northside Pale (cask); Brimstone (cask); Reindeer Ale (for the holidays); Stonehenge Stout-7.6; Bug Juice (APA)-5.5; Red Rock Ale-6.0; Pinnacle Pale Ale-4.8; Black Rock Porter-5.3: IPAX IPA-6.1; Titanium Ale -7.4 (light but strong). Dragons Milk-7.6.
11-26-2009 14:03:37 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
One of the many brewpubs I have visited while back in California. Decided to meet up with old friends from years past and I must say it was a good decision to pick the Triple Rock.
Atmosphere is nice and open with vintage beer signage gracing the walls. Huge TVs are a bit of a distraction.
Service was very good. The waiter was very knowlegable about beer and the beermaking process. Kudos.
My only gripe with this place is the selection. Almost have of their beers were not available. All of which sounded the tastiest. Oh well. I had their Belgian Single and it was excellent. I also had a DIPA from Drakes (Denoggenator) that they had on tap and it was huge.
I had a burger and it was very good and well crafted. Only praises from my friends as well.
If they had the beers I wanted to try I think this place would rank pretty high on my list of places to visit. Overall a very good experience.
06-11-2009 20:12:10 | More by bosco7
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Have been hit up Triple Rock twice in the past few weeks for lunch so I feel it is appropriate to give this place its due.
The building itself is long and sort of narrow. There is a ton of old beer posters lining the walls. There are plenty of four tops on both sides of the room. The bar area is not very large and probably has 10 stools. There are more tables in the back and they have a beer garden that I have not yet seen. They have 2 large flatcreens in the front of the room and always have some sport going. My one gripe with the layout is that the chalkboard with all of the beers listed is hidden to the right of the bar and the printed menus do no have all of the beers that are available.
The menu is full of your typical brewpub favorites: sandos, burgers, salads, nachos, etc. I can vouch that they make a great burger with bleu cheese and the fries are sprinkled with chili powder and taste very good.
The beer selection is really coming into its own since Rodger Davis took over. The IPAX IPA is a great West Coast IPA. They also always have a PA, Red, Stout, Porter, Strong Ale, and a few others. They also have two hand pumps. They usually have a guest tap going and the last two times it has been Valley Brewing (Uber Hoppy and a Port BA Wheatwine).
I have had the same server the last two times and she has been prompt at taking orders and filling drinks.
03-09-2009 16:58:50 | More by mjl21
3.06/5 rDev -20.9%
I walked here in the pooring rain from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, only about six blocks away, walked into a crowded place and sat at the only seat at the bar, had two beers while visiting, their Stonehenge Stout and Titanium strong ale, both were okay but not great, the atmosphere was a bit weird with a very mixed crowd and did not seem like much of a beer establishment, even though it was one of the first brewpubs ever in California, there was also a lot of college kids eating lunch, place seemed a bit run down and was not the cleanest, beer selection was quite weak and I was not impressed with their house brews, only seemed to have about a dozen taps, service was pretty slow and was expected with the amount of people in there, but still it could have been a whole lot better, place was also on the more expensive side, I bet their Firkin Fest and Sour Night, and other events are lots of fun but this place by itself on just a normal day was quite disappointing, the food looked pretty good but I had eaten at Jupiter before walking over, which I ended up going back to after seeing this place, probably would not go back here unless there was some kind of festival that I was really interested in, might be worth checking out for its historical value alone though if you happen to be in the area
02-07-2009 01:27:50 | More by Floydster
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Located near the heart of downtown Berkeley. One of the first brewpubs I visited when I discovered craft brew in the early 90's.
Good amount of beers typically on tap, including 2 hand pumps. I specifically like the stout, IPA, and pale the best. Others such as the Triple & Porter have been misses for me. Always something new & interesting though, which is great.
Small bar with 8 or so seats. Plenty of tables throughout. Standard brewpub fare. Everything I've had has been fine. Lots of old brewania adorn the walls. Plenty of cool stuff to look at.
Service has been quick & friendly on every visit I've had.
Overall a cool spot to grab a housemade brew & some grub. I like the vibe here much better than Jupiter, which is right down the street.
09-19-2008 23:58:04 | More by bbothen
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.