Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
Active Beers: 82
Beer Ratings: 357
Beer Avg: 3.86
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4.6/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
An amazing brewery and an awesome place to hang out! In my opinion it's the best place to grab a beer in Berkeley (though Jupiter is a close 2nd). If you like hops you'll love it here, and I highly recommend IPAX as a go-to beer. It's definitely a great example of a West Coast IPA. Pretty frequently they'll brew a special IPA (Greenhorn, Rye Smile, etc.) and those are always really great. They do a great job of offering seasonal specialty beers, and the Reindeer Ale and Keyser Soze Imperial Stout are super tasty and really strong.
Great food to accompany the great beer, and the whole bar has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere to it. If you don't like crowds, don't go on Thursdays as it can get really hectic. However Triple Rock on a Thursday night is an essential experience for anyone in Berkeley. This place is awesome!!
09-19-2013 20:46:48 | More by Erbayd
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
As a beer drinker, this is my favorite place to visit when in Berkeley. Their beers are excellent. Their prices are great. My only complaint is there is never enough room at the bar, so get there early. Their corn beef sandwiches are 'to die for'. I have never had a better sandwich or a bigger sandwich, than those sold here. My son, a Berkeley student, just rented a house around the block so I am looking forward to many visits with him and the Triple Rock.
After reading Erbayd post...I remembered that IPAX was the way to go. Also the bartenders were great....always offering a tasting before a new selection.
04-16-2014 20:45:45 | More by RDB51
4.5/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is presently the finest brewpub in the SF Bay Area. Yes I have been to Santa Rosa. One reason is the brewmaster, who creates art through hops. The IPAs and barley wines here are to die for, and you won't be finding them in the bottle. This Berkeley landmark is also known for its friendly neighborhood feel and simple but predictably excellent menu selections. Not quite a traditional pub fare, but almost, in a good way. The staff here is precognescient (they know when you need another beer or a glass of water without you asking). I wish I lived in Berkeley so I could make these guys rich.
01-16-2011 07:10:00 | More by easong
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Call this nostalgia drinking. This was the first place that I ever had craft brewed beer, over twenty years ago (roughly August 1, 1987). On Christmas Day 2007, I was back at the bar, gazing around.
They have a wide front with the doorway in the center. Round restaurant tables sat in the center with standard restaurant tables and chairs along the right front wall. Further back on the right were a few booths, followed by larger family-style tables. The brewhouse was visible through windows on the left side. The "J"-shaped bar was up a step on a slightly raised stage. The bar and back bar had a comfortable vintage feel, as did the paneled wood walls. The real draw, to me, was all of the vintage breweriana,including trays, bottles, posters and wooden boxes. Excellent jukebox action! I heard Siouxsie, the Stooges, and the Kinks among others. A fellow patron was wearing a grey wristband labeled "Despair". Perfect!
My server, Erika, told me that I was not alone in being a returning patron of the early days of Triple Rock.
Also, be sure to check out Top of the Rock, their 2nd floor biergarten.
Mom: Yeah, it the kitchen were open. It's not one of my constantly off-putting joints that I seem to be famous for finding.
Beer: Northside Pale (cask); Brimstone (cask); Reindeer Ale (for the holidays); Stonehenge Stout-7.6; Bug Juice (APA)-5.5; Red Rock Ale-6.0; Pinnacle Pale Ale-4.8; Black Rock Porter-5.3: IPAX IPA-6.1; Titanium Ale -7.4 (light but strong). Dragons Milk-7.6.
11-26-2009 14:03:37 | More by woodychandler
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here for lots of ticks, and they certainly were able to provide that!
The place has sort of a vintage and run down vibe, but it works very well with Berkeley's ambiance in general. The service was great from the lone man behind the bar (though at 1 or 2 pm on a Sunday, it wasn't terribly busy).
They had 12 different beers and several ciders on tap, which was great and provided a nice variety for all sorts of different beer lovers.
I didn't have anything to eat as I stopped at one of the many other fine Berkeley eateries (in this case, Top Dog) prior to my trip. But the food looked and smelled great.
The prices were reasonable, $2 for a sample and a handful of bucks for a proper pint full. And the best part was that most of the beers were pretty good.
I'll certainly be back here again at some point.
12-28-2010 00:02:15 | More by womencantsail
4.19/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have known about his place for years but had never been to it as it's a bit of a haul from my residence. After a bad experience at Barclay's, a beer bar across town from Triple Rock and much easier to get to for me, I decided to try it. I wish I had always come here. The extra travel time is well worth it. Food is very very good, tremendous burgers for one. Beer selection is small at times and there is no cask, but they do have the beer engines, just not working right now. The IPA is great and I like the Dragon's Milk which is a reddish ale. I expect all their beers to be solid. Very friendly employee's and we have been treated well all times. So long Barclay's, you have lost us forever. Going to keep coming here where we are not short poured and we are treated in a style befitting regulars that we are fast becoming here. Support this small brewery!
05-10-2014 19:52:27 | More by Mark
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...
05-31-2010 04:08:31 | More by flexabull
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
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