Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
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4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
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
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-09-2008 05:52:50 | More by francisweizen
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.
06-02-2006 17:37:13 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
02-07-2009 01:27:50 | More by Floydster
4.14/5 rDev +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.
02-28-2012 05:32:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5 rDev +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.
07-07-2008 20:37:38 | More by bradybeer
4.18/5 rDev +8%
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
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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
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.
06-17-2006 01:55:05 | More by benito
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.