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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

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Triple Rock Brewery & AlehouseTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
BA SCORE
88
very good

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 382
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 Erbayd
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

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!!

Erbayd, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of RDB51
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

RDB51, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of easong
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

easong, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of colonelforbin
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

colonelforbin, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

woodychandler, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of madvermin
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

madvermin, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

womencantsail, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 07, 2014
Photo of Mark
4.19/5  rDev +8%

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!

Mark, May 10, 2014
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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...

flexabull, May 31, 2010
Photo of coldriver
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

coldriver, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of bradybeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

bradybeer, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Troyone, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

hoegaardenhero, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

bosco7, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Liquered_up
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

Liquered_up, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Boneheadmx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Boneheadmx, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

mjl21, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of WiggyKGB
4/5  rDev +3.1%

WiggyKGB, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dwagner003, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of WesM63
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

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)

WesM63, May 08, 2013
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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.