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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

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Triple Rock Brewery & AlehouseTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
49 Beers
308 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of yuichituba
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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
Dragon's Milk
IPAX Ale
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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...

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

Photo of Floydster
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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

Photo of 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.

Photo of bbothen
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of opwog
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is a classic. This has to be one of the longest standing brew pubs in CA, having started back in 1985. It has never changed since I started going back in 1990. It is a comfortable and large bar that caters to students and neighborhood beer freaks. Completely affordable food and drinks makes this a great hang out for friends who need the alternative to another night at a 5 macro tap bar. If you are loking for friendly staff and even friendlier customers to chat up about any subject, then Triple Rock is your place. Oh, and did I mention that the beer is definitely a step above most brew pubs in the area.

Photo of bradybeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located just north of University in downtown Berkeley. Walking in you wil notice the nice selection of beer collectibles on the walls and the bar and brewing equipment to the left.

Went with friends and my wife-we ordered pitchers of the brown ale, stout, "Scotch Ale", and pale ale.

The stout, Stonehenge, was very drinkable as was the brown ale. We thought that the pale ale and the "scotch ale" were a miss.

Service was first rate and it was a good place for us to whittle away some time.

Beer and selection not as good, IMO, Jupiter-but it has a real neighborhood feel and one that welcomes locals and tourists alike.

Photo of Maudite
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Like the previous reviewer, I've been here several times, I like it, I just can't DIG it. It's cozy and wooden and typical of an alehouse. Round, lacquered wood tables and chairs, a bar with a small, nearly unreadable chalkboard, and an unconcerned wait staff.

A- It's nice and cozy inside, and even when it's loud, it isn't LOUD. Can get crowded and uncomfortable on weekend nights, though.

Q- The beers vary greatly. Some are amazing, some aren't very good at all. Dragon Milk stout, Tree Frog, and a select few others are always enjoyable. The seasonals tend to be not as great.

S- The service is consistently lousy. Perhaps if I were a regular it would be better...Even when it is slow in there it seems to take forever to get something after it's been ordered, or to have someone come take your order. They are friendly, usually, just not extremely concerned about you. Alot of waiting around there.

S- The selection is slightly better than many brew pubs I have been to, both in regards to food and beers. THey have a good range of beer styles, and have them paired on their menu, which I feel is important for a brew pub. It certainly opens peoples eyes and gets them to try other things.

F- The food is typical pub fare, alot of burgers and fried food, not overly greasy, and slightly better tasting than typical pub fare. Not the highest quality, but some of the higher quality pub food I've found.

V- Not pricey, but not cheap. Worth the money you'll spend.

Photo of bcm119
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I've given this place many chances but I just haven't warmed up to it yet. On paper this is a good place though.

The atmosphere is American brewpub with a tendency towards 1950's decor housed in an old wooden storefront space. The bar is nice enough but seems a little small for the size of the space. There is also a back room space with small tables adorned with red/white checkered tablecloths. There is a small patio on the roof with outdoor seating. The whole place is usually very loud in the evenings, with blaring, cavernous acoustics which makes conversing very difficult.

The crowd there is particularly un-Berkeley; its a little slice of Americana in the middle of Berzerkeley. You'll often see sports fans and college Dads there eating burgers. Service is average, not unfriendly but not beer-enthusiast oriented either.

The beer at triple Rock tends toward the delicate, mild side. Most of it seems well-crafted and session oriented. The Dragon's Milk is a nice toasty brown with a dry-hopped herbal twist. The IPAX is an unfiltered, quaffable IPA with a soft Simcoe bitterness. There are decent seasonals, some better than others. Overall this is a pretty good brewpub, but if given a choice I'd rather spend an evening at Lanesplitter, the Albatross or even Jupiter. Still, worth checking out if you're on a thorough east bay beer hunt.

EDIT 10/2008
The beer here has improved. The head brewer has moved over to Iron Springs and has been replaced with a brewer from Drakes. There have been some tasty double IPA's and fresh-hop seasonals lately, and the flagship IPAX seems to have moved into "outstanding" territory.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a nice place on Shattuck just north of the downtown Berkeley bart and only 2 blocks from campus. Atmosphere is cool with super old brewery stuff, and nice dark wood in a spacious, yet often crowded, bar area. Quality of the beers is good and whilst the selection is not mind blowing they do craft some good seasonals here and the line up rotates quickly so you never get too bored. Service is good as well and this is just a good chill spot where I often grab a pre-class pint. Cheers to triple rock.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

i really like this place! the 50's pub atmosphere is totally rockin' with vintage breweriana covering the walls. it also has a very warm feel with the high polished wooden wainscotting. also the bar conversation is what you would expect from berkeley, a step or two up from your typical bar. and the wacky 80's jukebox that provides that tunes is pretty awesome.

the food is decent but not what you would expect from a place in the bay area. it is ok as far as classic pub food goes but not very innovative or amazingly delicious.

the beer selection is great. there is always a cask and nitro selection and around 8-10 beers on tap all the time. and the beers are really good, simple and delicious made fresh.

i really like this place and it is definitely worth a visit.

Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walked here after stopping at Jupiter. We were seated at a booth and were served an interesting sampler of beers. The menu didn't help much as a good number of the beers in the sampler weren't on the menu. They had a couple of cask conditioned versions of their normal beers. They had a pretty decent red ale and good IPA. The Titanium pale ale was probably my favorite though.

The waitress was prompt and courteous and the bill was reasonable. The bartender was nice and asked us our thoughts about the beer, I think he is the brewer. The place was not overly buisy on a saturday afternoon but the patrons were lively and the place was enjoyable.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Nice wood-paneled walls, funny signs, two big TVs, nice tables. A little bit small, but nice nonetheless.

The quality there is very consistent, and both the food and the beers are excellent.

The service is also very good, with servers coming by pretty often to check up on things. Also, the servers at the bar are even-headed even when things get crazy Thursday nights.

The selection of beer is decent, with a nice amount of beers brewed right there. They have their standard beers plus Monkey's Head, which they serve exclusively on Thursday nights (It's always worth it to get a liter of Monkey's Head, so try it!).

The food is also very good. Their garlic fries and chicken wings are particularly memorable.

Overall, a pretty fun place to be to have a couple of drinks.

Photo of cbreitro
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I first went to Triple Rock when I live in Berkeley for the summer in 1996. The place was within walking distance of my place. The variety of beer was great, and they seem to change their offerings, so there are new things to try. Bug Juice was my favorite, a hoppy pale ale.

The place is a little ways away from the UC Berkeley campus, but not a bad walk. Inside, at least when I went, it was quite small. The decor seemed more like a coffee bar or something, with menus on the chalk board. The food was very good, though I usually just drank. I try to get to Triple Rock anytime I am in Berkeley.

Photo of clickpush
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited mid-afternoon on a Saturday - there were only a few other tables of customers and, after waiting for about 2 minutes at the entrance grabbed a couple of menus and seated myself - apparently that was the unspoken seating method around there. A waitress came over shortly afterwards and took the drink orders - my g/f, cloaked in hangover, went for a Barq's Root beer. Me, wearing the same, told the waitress I wanted something not too hoppy, as the last thing I needed was something bitter. She asked "do you want bitter or sweet?" And I replied that the Stonehenge Stout was fine, not wanting to go through how bitter or sweet each beer was. I ordered the special for $9.95 which included a buffalo chicken sandwich, fries and a pint of beer. My g/f got the burger which was huge but came only with a side of slaw - seriously, who serves a burger and charges extra for fries?? The beer was tasty but unremarkable, the food quite enjoyable, and the service about average. I would def. check this place out again to sample more brews, but don't think mid-afternoon is the right time to have fun here. On the other hand, the music was extraordinary, clear beautiful guitar from the 60s and 70s... if only I wasn't the only one in the whole place enjoying it. A few TVs hung from the ceiling showed college football games.

I'd like to give this a try on a Sunday evening when the Raiders were playing (and not sucking). Think the place would be a lot more enjoyable.

Photo of mikron1234
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of baiser
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.