Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

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3.84/5
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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
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1920 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California, 94704
United States
phone: (510) 843-4677

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 37
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 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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 colonelforbin
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.

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 Mark
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!

Photo of coldriver
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 donnebaby
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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 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 BenHesk12
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of easong
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.

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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.