Beer Revolution

Bar, Beer-to-go

464 3rd St
Oakland, California, 94607-3834
United States

(510) 452-2337 | map
beer-revolution.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
112
pDev:
11.39%
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 112
Reviews by John_M:
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

The end of a recent California trip saw us staying at the Inn at Jack London square. As we were pulling into the parking lot, I saw this tiny beer bar across the street that was just packed with people. The thought crossed my mind that this might be a younger event, so I ran right over to see what was up. No younger, as it turned out, but I was far from disappointed by what I saw on offer.

As part of SF beer week, the BR was hosting a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. I about fainted when I saw what was on offer; 48 different SN beers, with 5 vintages of Big Foot. The draft selection was just awesome, and then there looked to be another 300 or some bottled beers as well (with nary an adjunct lager to be seen anywhere). This place is undeniably tiny, with a small indoor bar and table service area, and then a modest size outside patio area as well. There were kegs and beer paraphenelia strewn everywhere inside, and quarters were undeniably tight. Service was OK.... I was there at closing (9:00 on a Sunday), and I think the staff was a bit worn out at the end of a long day. So service was a bit slow, and the staff wasn't exactly gushing with friendliness, but no matter... no one was nasty or unpleasant, and I had no problem with any of the servers here. Prices were fine I thought... all the SN beers were priced at $5 or $6 a glass, served either in a pint glass or tulip.

This place is just outstanding, and I can completely understand the high BA score. I'll definitely be back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BerryKumquat
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mnine
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of 22Blue
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Mikey440
4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of heymikew
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Beer geek refill stop

A must do, major beer place if you're anywhere near 12th Street Bart or Jack London Square.

Great, ever changing selection both on tap and for takeout.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I liked this place the first couple of years but they seem intent on re-creating yet another Toronado toilet kind of place. It's dark, odiferous, and the bathroom is apparently a playground for unpleasant nine year olds. The sound system is cranked up to painful volume but I couldn't say if it was actually music or something gone wrong with the espresso machine. Only place I have been carded in the Bay Area in thirty years. The deck on the sunny west side is at least a decent place to enjoy a beer if the weather cooperates.

I used to make a special trip here to buy beer, but I keep seeing the same bottles, and the selection seems to get more and more random. You can't read labels without opening the cooler doors and crouching down while people try to get past you. It doesn't look like they've checked on what's on some of those shelves lately. I think I'm done with this place as Oakland is incubating some new brewpubs.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Claytonis
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of kbuzz
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bumchilly25
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SFCraft
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of adamfaustbailey
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of snuffy707
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of leprakhan
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ironchefkook
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of define333
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mxchap
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

One of the best places to grab a beer in the entire bay area.
On the short list of places you should check out if you are visiting the east bay

Vibe: Small and not a whole lot of seating. Not a looker, per se. Lots of great people there though. The hops growing outside and hanging on the ceiling are a nice touch [3.75]
Quality: Seems like the taps are always rotating. Fresh IPAs abound. Never an issue with a bad pour or stale beer. The pricing is pretty fair as well (most beers $6-7, and smaller pours on special releases). [5]
Service: This is a bit variable. I've had some incredible service here, and some terrible. For the most part it has been improving though. Everyone knows their beer [3.5]
Selection: 99% of the time I am really pleased here. Always something new or just an incredibly diverse selection of beers on tap. And don't forget about the bottles! There are some gems in there, and they are affordably priced to drink there ($1 corkage) or to go. [5.0]

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Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 112 ratings