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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

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Triple Rock Brewery & AlehouseTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
Based on:
45 Beers
301 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 37
Visits: 61
Avg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1920 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California, 94704
United States
phone: (510) 843-4677

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 61
Photo of mikron1234
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

It is after 10pm and you want a pint and a burger on a weekend night. But you are in Berkeley. Good luck.

Only one place I know of where you can do this: Triple Rock.

Food is good pub grub, with a nice mix of burgers, sandwiches, chili, wings...pretty much what you expect in a small pub. The kitchen, though loves to spice up their chili: you have been warned.

Waitstaff is pretty close to exceptional. If you think you can do better, then you probably have not waited on tables in your life. Very friendly, very on top of things. I never sit for too long with an empty pint glass at my table.

Triple Rock beer....i have been going to Triple Rock for over 10 years, and I make have no problem telling it like is. Well within reason. When I first stared, paxman was the brewer, and he was not consistant; you never knew what you would get one batch to the next. He left, then it got worse. Then the owners did the right thing: they hired Chris and he made Brad his assistant.

They now brew some of the best beer in the bay area. IPA's are HIGHLY reccomended. Stout/Porter not regular enough. Most of their beers are interpretations of Pale Ales/Bitters. This is a place you can go to find a light-like beer for the non beer geek, but still find a beer for yourself.

Upsides to Triple Rock: the beer, reasonably priced food, nice place to drink. No booze.

The downside: college students learning how to drink, and it can get rather loud in there for certain sport events.

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Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in for a drink and a gander at the World Cup games last week.

Triple Rock struck me as a fairly run-of-the-mill brewpub-style brewpub (I think we all know what that means by now), though they get big time props for having one piece of pre-Prohibition Fitger's paraphanalia.

At my visit, they had nine beers on tap, fairly standard style-wise (all English and American), and my buddy and I tried four. Their cask IPA, from Simcoe hops, had a nice flavor as did their hopped-up brown ale. That said, there wasn't one that I would have re-ordered.

Overall, I recommend this place only to the most die-hard of BeerFly hounds. Otherwise, choose one of the other, better San Fran/Berkeley destinations.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Roughly a dozen brews were featured at Triple Rock the week I was there including such styles as APA, IPA, American Brown, Vienna Lager, Scotch Ale, American Stout, Export Stout, Pilsener, American Red/Amber, and one fruit beer. Two casks were offered, but at too high of a temperature. A bizarre sort of box-growler is available as are 3 liter specialty beers to go. Atmosphere is typical older kitschy, wood everywhere tavern. Service is consistently friendly, knowledgeable, and talkative. So are the regulars. In fact the regulars are what I like the most. Each time I wandered into Triple Rock I was immediately engaged in some sort of interesting conversation on topics ranging from the literature of Robert Heinlein to modern applications of Eclectic Shock Therapy. I always had a great time. Beers are all drinkable but nothing stands out as spectacular. Worth a visit, especially considering its location in downtown Berkeley and close proximity to Jupiter, the BART station, and a few decent beer bars.

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Photo of baiser
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A very typical brewpub, with a big wooden bar, wooden tables and chairs. Big flat screen TVs to watch the game. Menus clearly list and describe the house brews. Didn't have anything on cask when I went, but they swore they normally do.

Service was prompt and friendly. Food was typical grub you'd expect at a bar and was decently priced and served it's purpose. Samplers of their beers were available. I had a pint of their Stonehenge stout which was pretty good.

Nothing outstanding, but worth a stop anytime you're in Berkeley.

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Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Tavern like atmosphere with a cozy bar area with the daily paper in the corner. Lots of beer paraphenalia on the walls and a few TV screens.

One of the first Brewpubs this place has unique wood fixtures, tables, chairs and walls. Glass windows separates the brewing room even from the outside, high ceilings, and nice beer patio upstairs. Some tap nozzles are brass and others are stainless steel and some are shinier than others. Part of the kitchen can be seen when one walks by.

Service is good and prompt, maybe I'm a regular..

Beer selection rotates (I think) twelve of their brews including at least two cask options. They have IPAX, a Porter, a Nitro (rotation, sometimes they even blend beers) and lots of seasonal options. I like the 1920 (their address #) ale on cask (hand pump) and another notable is their Stonehenge Stout also a local favorite.

The food is good with some healthy options.

Reasonable for the times.

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Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I went there with donnebaby and beerwomb for a little tasting on a dark Monday afternoon. We thought we'd hit happy hour, but they don't do it (l.a.m.e....) Anyway. We got a sampler of the 7 beers they had on tap. It was a good deal I thought, as the glasses were 5oz each for $1.25 as far as I can remember. All of them were decent and fit into their respective style, and the styles were quite representative of the diversity of American microbrews, although none was truly exceptional. Atmosphere was quite warm and chill, with a nice old-school wooden decoration. The waitress was nice and enjoyable. I didn't really like their cheese fries though.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In the same line (and company) as Jupiter down the street, Triple Rock goes for the 50's urban brewpub look, with all sorts of beer memorabilia signs on the walls, dark colors and red lights. Brewery is visible from the sidewalk and seems very tight if actual brewing goes down there. Nice atmosphere, full of Berkeley students, but seemed a little cookie-cutter even if it's not true.

Beers were OK, style brews that would be expected at an American brewpub. The Stonehenge Stout was my favorite, reminding me slightly of Guinness Foreign Export. Sampler's a good deal at 1.25 per 3 oz. sample. They were out of the beers I wanted to try and had nothing on cask, which was unfortunate.

No happy hour = lame.

We had cheese fries which were massive and yummy. Standard pub fare at inexpensive prices.

Service was good and waitress was well-informed.

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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.