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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

Not Rated.
Triple Rock Brewery & AlehouseTriple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 307
Beer Avg: 3.87
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 yuichituba
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
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.

yuichituba, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -23%

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.

benito, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Floydster
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

Floydster, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of justinbrown
3.25/5  rDev -16%

justinbrown, Apr 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Russkiy, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Maudite
3.33/5  rDev -14%

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.

Maudite, May 14, 2008
Photo of clickpush
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

clickpush, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of After1am
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

After1am, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Ken_P, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of mxchap
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Old stomping ground of mine from my university days.

Headed in for Friday lunch last week. Had a taster flight of beers, all pretty decent (porter, pale ale, IPA, and strong saison). The food there is always pretty good too.

Since the pints are a little pricey here, I would definitely suggest getting a bunch of 5oz samplers.
It's a great way to go. On a sunny day go upstairs and enjoy your beer outside on the patio!
And Thursdays are monkeyhead day. Drink two if you dare...

mxchap, May 19, 2013
Photo of bcm119
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

bcm119, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
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.

lhaqq, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

tjd25, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of BenHesk12
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Triple Rock has a selection of easily 10+ beers of varied styles all brewed on site at Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. The beers range from 4-6 dollars and mostly all come in a pint glass. For an experienced beer drinker, the beers here aren't going to blow you away, however, they are highly drinkable and decently priced. From the dozens of times I've been to Triple Rock, I would summarize my experiences by saying that you get decent microbrew beer that comes with a relaxed and intellectual atmosphere.

The food is moderately priced and can be described as above average bar food. I'd recommend eating at Triple Rock if you don't feel like walking around Berkeley to find something better.

One word of warning: Thursday nights is the "Monkeys Head" special and the place gets extremely packed with college kids trying to get hammered.

BenHesk12, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of baiser
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

baiser, Sep 11, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ecrawley, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WiggyKGB, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SmellsofMahagony, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cletusdog, Sunday at 07:58 AM
Photo of donnebaby
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

donnebaby, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of mikron1234
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

mikron1234, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of bbothen
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.

bbothen, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

opwog, Aug 26, 2008
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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.