Beer Revolution

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Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

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

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Added by EBbrewpunx on 02-09-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
110
pDev:
11.62%
 
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Photo of Arbitrator
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for the first time this past weekend, after doing some coastal cleanup down in Jack London square.

The atmosphere was about what I expected: kind of a punk-ish vibe on the inside (The Misfits were playing when we walked in; Rebecca and Fraggle both wear punk clothing). Beer memorabilia on the walls. Call me silly, but I liked that the music wasn't oppressively loud. We could (and did) sit and talk for hours without being drowned out by the sound.

Rebecca was super-friendly. She was quick to help our large group, which had a bunch of beer newbies, with tasters and recommendations. She also filled our water pitchers multiple times on an exceptionally hot day. My rule is 1 water for every beer. I love a place that accommodates that. Can't beat the service.

Three coolers full of great beer. They were mostly locals, and all things that would cater to a beer geek or someone reasonably interested in craft. Fair prices on everything, with a slight corkage fee ($1 or $2? Not listed) to drink on premises. I appreciated that the beer is kept cold and that the coolers aren't lit (so the beers are protected from skunking, as well). However, the bar was oppressively hot, with no A/C, and I began to wonder about the kegs sitting on the floor. The beers all tasted fine on draft, so perhaps it's not an issue.

There's no food per se, but they do have a partnership with local restaurants to bring food over. I tried the vegan soul food next door. It is amazing. On the strength of that non-affiliated restaurant alone, I would go back to Beer Revolution.

Move over, City Beer. There's a Beer Revolution coming.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Beer Revolution seems to be the next step in the evolving Oakland beer scene. With not only a great selection of 14 local taps, but three glass doored cases full of bottles you can easily find what you need.

Difficult to find mostly because the inter-google directions sent me to the wrong part of 3rd. . . should have written down the BA address! Broadway & 3rd Street, near Jack London Square.

The sunny patio stands in contrast to the dark bar waiting inside. Definitely a grungy punk feel so I was not surprised when I was told one of the owners played in a punk band - look for his record on the wall. Shoebox shaped, bar down the right side, bottles down the left, a series of barrels on end used as tables down the middle.

On selection and service alone, this place is an A. Unfortunately I had problems with the atmosphere & beer storage.

The downside of using barrels for tables and keg coolers as the 'bar' is you will continuously bump your knees as you try to settle in for a pint (no overhanging bar top). Also, there is no A/C and on the warm day I visited it was pretty uncomfortable inside the bar with all the compressors heating up the joint. Outside was a better option but the seats were packed so I drank quickly to beat the oppressive heat.

On the quality side, there were several kegs and bottles stored at room temp as they awaited their turns in the stock rotation. There were probably 20 kegs of various sized sitting by the door and a room near the bathroom back stocked with lots of bottles. The draft beers I had were all in good condition but with a few more hot days like this one, the quality of all the beers will start to suffer and this may show more in time.

So that is my long justification for my below average rating. I am looking for a grade A place to drink beer, not just a grade A selection. Add a walk-in to store beer cold, some A/C to cool off the bar, and an actual bar to drink and I would bump this place up. Again service & selection were great.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Met up with ipa247 here on Friday afternoon for a couple beers.

The place is located in downtown Oakland and is sort of easy to miss, actually, if you don't know it's there. A tiny little sign and some beer themed umbrellas on the patio are just about the only clue that this is the place you're looking for.

Inside the place definitely has a different feel than your usual beer store or bar. A lot of DIY/Punk influence, tons of posters and beer advertisements, and some damn good beer too.

The tap-list offers about 12 options, all of which are American craft or import offerings. A great selection of bottles (all in coolers), which is great too. Quite a bit of obscure stuff that you don't see at other Bay Area bottle shops or down here in Southern California.

The service was definitely friendly and quick, and the prices are pretty reasonable too (draft beers tend to be around $4-6, bottles vary quite a bit, of course).

This is a really cool little spot, and I'll make sure to come back whenever I find myself in the Bay Area.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here for a BA East Bay tasting. Owner was very hospitable and let us bring our own beer into the joint thats a cross between toronado and city beer store.

Great selection of bottled beers, great tap list, good atmosphere, friendly people, outdoor space. Indoors is a little cramped but it's a bar, what do you expect?

I will definitely go back. Loved the place, owner was cool, prices reasonable, awesome selection. Easy to get to from Bart, get off on 12th street and walk to fourth. Seven more characters.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Slipped in here the other day to check it out as I'm new to the area, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The bottle selection behind the glass is pretty nice, especially for local stuff. The Belgian selection could use a bit of improvement but still pretty solid. Beer Revolution does a great job with its tap selection. Great selection, and the spot continually circulates its kegs. On top of that, the gal behind the bar said they were thinking of adding even more tap lines. The folks here definitely leave you to your own devices when you are shopping for a bottle, but they are more than willing to give recommendations or help you out in any other way if you need it. Solid seating inside along with great patio seating outside. According to the event calendar, they do a pretty solid job of getting brewers in the location and holding special tastings. The prices here are very reasonable for both draft and bottle products.

All-in-all, definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A recent trip to the Bay Area allowed me the opportunity to check out Beer Revolution. I actually meet up with another BA here and was glad he recommended it. Really cool vibe inside. A smaller space, but used well. Coolers lined the walls with beers from all over. Great bottle selection. The tap selection was pretty unique, as well. I got to try Uncommon Siamese Sour and Moonlight Bombay by Boat. After picking up a bottle, I had to be on my way, but would have loved to spend more time here. Maybe next time I'll get to enjoy a few beers on the patio out front.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I saw the hype, I read some review, I had to check it out. I live in the south bay, so coming to Oakland I either go the Trappist.

I love the Trappist and this place is just a few blocks away.

This place is not quite, and has a vibe. Punk rock music playing on the stereo and a very eclectic tap and bottle selection.

I mean they have a really big bottle selection so the cool thing is come in, have a draft and chill, pick out a bottle or 3 to take home. Wide variety of micros, Belgium's and the like.

the staff is knowledgeable about the beer they serve and the atmosphere is laid back. If you don't like punk rock music, it is not too loud so you can talk over it and still have a good time.

If I was asked to pick this or the Trappist, I would leave the room though. Both are different, both are great and both will see me when I trek to Oakland to drink quality beers. They are well within walking distance to BART so you can be responsible!

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Photo of berkey
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I think I remember signing some sort of petition or something awhile back to help this place open but this is my first visit. I don't often write beerfly reviews but the great experience I had here inspired me.

Smaller place with a decent sized bar area and several large barrels covered in bottle caps that serve as tables. Lot's of random German, American, and Belgian beer paraphernalia cover the walls.

There are three tri-doored coolers of mostly common but thoughtfully chosen craft beers. Tap list is also very well chosen for the most part and heavy on locals which is nice. I went with a pour of 50/50 Old Conundrum Barley Wine.

Service is very attentive, friendly, and welcoming. Makes you feel good about the folks you're giving your cash to. While we're on that topic, the prices are excellent. Bottles are at a match with the most reasonable beer stores in the area (with a $1 corkage fee if you drink on site) while the taps are all $4 to $6. If you're on a tight budget and want to drink good beer outside of home this is your place. The small "tables" are very conducive to conversation as is the fact the punk music is set at a moderate volume, as someone with a low voice this is a plus.

Overall, while the beer store aspect is still developing (don't come here looking for any whales) this is an awesome place for a beer geek. The great prices and the unmatched social, comfortable, atmosphere are more than enough to earn my vote. This establishment just may have earned a new regular tonight. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bcm119
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Finally visited this place yesterday. Its a nice addition to the downtown Oakland beer stops. It features about 12 very well chosen taps and several coolers of specialty bottles. The business model seems to be similar to City Beer, but it feels a little more like a bar than City Beer. All bottles can be consumed on premises for an extra $1 fee. There is no food, but you can bring your own food in.
Tap selections lean heavily toward local breweries. Bottle selection is very good, not huge but well chosen. Many Belgians and craft 22s. Glassware is clean and appropriate for the style, but not fancy logo ware.
The atmosphere seems to be influenced by the Zeitgeist/Toronado feel, but its not there yet.
Seating is a little sparse, but there is a sunny outdoor patio with several long, communal picnic tables. The patio is the most comfortable place to sit. My only complaint was the noticeably uncomfortable seating indoors-- the stools are too tall for the tables, and the bar seats have no knee room. They could really use some sort of ergonomic makeover.
The owners are friendly, welcoming, and unpretentious.

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

Been excited about this place since i heard it was in the works. It's a specialty bottle shop and tasting room. They just opened early February. First chance i got to check it out was last Friday and i must say it's a welcome addition to Oakland's burgeoning beer scene. So much so i went back, Saturday and Sunday. The streak ended Monday (they're closed Mondays)

The place is very much unique, it has been born, not manufactured, but think City Beer Store with the punky edge of Toronado. There is a real sense of community here, patrons were helping bus glasses when it got real busy Saturday, the owners, Fraggle and Rebecca are awesome, natural hosts, know their beer, you can see this is a real labor of love.

The draft selection centers on local flavor, over the weekend they had 3 Beers on from Oakland's own Linden Street, the other 7 taps changed up a bit as they ran dry but tried brews from Moonlight, Santa Cruz Mountain, Iron Springs, Ale Industries and a little further afield some Green Flash. Growlers could feature in the future i would hope.

Hard to say how many bottles they have i'd guess well over 100, you can take them to go or drink them in house for a $1 'courtesy fee' I tried some stuff from the old country, the noble Belhaven Scottish Stout, the very English RCH Pitchfork Rebellion Bitter, and a lovely rounded Saison from Upright Brewing out of Portland, Oregon.

Highlight for me is the sunny patio in front, considering the excellent climate in the East Bay there really aren't that many good beer gardens to while away an afternoon. I am really looking forward to spending a lot of sunny afternoons/early evenings here before strolling up to The Trappist for a nightcap.

Viva Beer Revolution

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Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 110 ratings