Beer Revolution

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Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(510) 452-2337 | map

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Added by EBbrewpunx on 02-09-2010

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Unassuming place with a hopping wooden deck patio out front, and a jovial bouncer checking ID's.

Inside it was dark, first thing to see were taps and kegs piled by the door. Coolers to the left, bar to the right. Barrel tables down the center, restrooms in the back. Wooden paneling covered with signs, stickers, and framed artwork on the walls. Punk blasting on the stereo.

A cask of Drake's Alpha Session sitting on the bar, and four chalkboards on the back wall packed with a very wide assortment of drafts. Six cooler doors along the left wall held bottles that were available to drink at the bar for a $1 corkage fee, or to go. Nice west coast stuff like Pliny, Sculpin, plus assorted Belgians (Drie Fonteinen) and obscure imports, and a variety of small batch meads. Drafts like Temptation, High Water, and dozens of others that are hazy at the moment. Covered a broad range of styles, import, US, and obscure crafts from regional brewpubs (wish more bars did this).

Atmosphere was loud, dark, and packed on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of people, mainly a younger crowd though, hence the bouncer I guess. Took a little while to get a beer, but the tender was friendly and answered a few questions about the beers. Overall a fun place that seems to get packed.

Also, it's a bar that sells beer to go, not a retail "store" in the traditional sense, but serving the same purpose.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Can you believe that I almost passed up Beer Revolution because I though it was too crowded? After I saw a full crowd on the small outdoor patio, I walked away and headed in the direction of The Trappist. But then a half block later, something made me change my mind and I headed back. The crowds wasn't as thick as it looked, and after the swift process of checking for ID, I quickly headed inside.

Not a large place by any means, yet even with a large crowd, there was just enough wiggle room inside to move about. The bar is large enough to hold perhaps ten people. A handful of tables are set inside, while the rest is standing room. The crowd was very young; I'd be surprised if there was a patron over the age of 40. Surprisingly hot inside; is there air conditioning that works?

The system of the service was organized well enough. Bartenders service was sufficient to the demand, your dry glass won't be dry for long. Prices are listed for every draft beer on the menu (though you don't know what size), and each bottle is marked. These little things can sometimes be overlooked.

Glassware variety, freshness, and serving temperature are major strenghts of Beer Revolution. I had no freshness issues with my beer. I saw lots of glassware being utilized for other beers. My beer must had been served around 50 degrees from the tap, which is great if you're tasting beer.

Finally, we've come to the meat and potatoes of the review; the beer selection. The tap selection is outstanding, and on its own warrants a "5". Nearly every draft beer on the menu was either a limited release or hard to locate on-tap (for California anyway). Beers from Iron Springs, Moonlight, Lagunitas, Marin, Bison, Lost Abbey, Flying Dog's barrel-aged Gonzo, Linden Street, Great Divide, Shmatz. To sweeten the pot were the $5-6 pricetag on the draft selection. And if that weren't enough, 500 bottles are available, and we're not talking about every national lager type of bottle selection. Too many brands to list, so I'll list a handful; Coronado, Xbeeriment, Avery, t'Smisje, Liefmans, DeRanke. I may need to lobby for a "6" in selection.

I knew Beer Revolution had a lot of beers in stock. What I didn't expect to come across was how SPECIALIZED the selection was, especially the draft selection. San Francisco and Oakland already have enough of a sort of sibling rivalry; do we really need to hear the inevitable MVP-style chants between Toronado and Beer Revolution?

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Photo of John_M
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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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by while in the bay area on business. The selection of bottles to purchase and take home is limited with several small coolers arranged in an disorderly way. The tap list is extensive but seems to be so local, that I had a hard time recognizing anything. So I asked for a recommendation and got a decent CA IPA. It's got a great atmosphere filled with serious local beer fans. There's also a deck out front if you want to enjoy the sunshine. It's well worth a stop.

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

Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here yesterday on my way to another event in the area. Kind of has the dive bar feel but it is clearly all about the beer, reminds me of the old version of Shady McGrady's back home. Atmosphere was good. Lots of people sitting outside and a bit less inside. Service was great. Two guys behind the bar helping people choose their beers and explaining them well. Quality was pretty good. All of my beers were served in the correct glasses but the bar overall could use a bit of TLC to smooth out the rough edges. Selection was easily the best part. They had a ton of beer on-tap, even after finding out the entire middle board wasn't available for a few hours. They kept having to explain that to every person who came in, simple fix would be to put a sign on that board...whatever. Lots of bottles in the coolers on the opposite side of the bar, plenty of quality options in there. All of the drafts were $6 which was awesome because I have seen a few of them for much higher at other bars in the area. Overall a really cool spot.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Another really awesome Oakland/EastBay spot - the last stop on a nice little tour of Drakes->Rare Barrel -> Trappist -> Dinner -> Beer Revolution

It was prime time on Saturday night so perusing bottles wasn't very feasible - tap list was overwhelming, perhaps just due to the kaleidoscope of color involved and the large number of drinks already taken down.

Taplist seemed VERY california heavy, which was awesome - lots of stuff I really dont know a whole lot about.

The room had a sweet vibe and the energy was definitely present. This place was really awesome.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First things first. The owner or manager is a true benefit to craft beer. Many taps and offerings I was unable to count, as I was inundated with beers at the tasting I attended also there. Place had the nice homey pub feel, without being dingy or anything of that sort. This was my first downtown Oakland experience and with the farmer's market it was a good one. Previous to the visit, I asked a brewery owner if the Toronado is really THE place in town. He said to skip and go to Beer Revolution.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Incredible selection of taps here, and bottles were fewer but still mostly highly sought after beers. Bartender was polite and informative, even offering samples of beer before purchasing a pint. Visit was right at opening on a weekday (why so late opening, anyway?).

Place has a mellow atmosphere, not far from the Belgian bar just a few blocks up the street. Standard shaker pint glasses were used for my beers, which was disappointing given how many beer bars in San Francisco area use proper glassware. Well, the mellow atmosphere is actually more than mellow, and that's where I just don't feel the vibe - I was the only one not wearing entirely/mostly black, as well as sans tattoos. This part of the craft beer culture I just don't understand.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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

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

Beer Revolution is the business. Tons and tons of stuff I have seen stuff here I haven't seen at City Beer. Tap list is good, with plenty to choose from. I remember the first time I came here, I saw a keg of Cantillon near the door. (Not sure if it was empty or full.) I thought, "Yes. This will do." Very helpful staff.

Frankly, I don't think BR is for everyone. It's a bit gritty, and the overall vibe might not appeal to many. However, it appeals just fine to me.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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

This is a fantastic spot in Oakland. I was in town for work, and luckily my hotel was only a few blocks away.

First, the selection - about 50 beers on tap, all local/regional. I only saw one thing I can get in Atlanta (Russian River Damnation). The rest were mostly bay area beers from small and small-ish breweries, with a wide selection ranging from a coffee porter to a session IPA to a sour saison. In addition, there are several coolers of bottles that can be taken out or consumed in the bar. An out-of-towner couldn't ask for anything more.

The place itself is solid. Nice little patio out front, and a small number of seats inside, plus a few spots at the bar. Hops on the ceiling; tons of beer and brewery stickers.

Service was good. Bartenders were friendly and offered up suggestions.

Definitely a place to stop if you're in Oakland, or even in the bay area in general.

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

Photo of bradybeer
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

In Northwest Brewing News City Beer in SF was voted best beer bar in Northern CA. WTH? Located south of I-880 and within easy walking distance from The Trappist. Walking in the first thing you are hit with is a massive Tap list on a black board that while I was there blew at least 6 of their 40 plus taps with in the hour. We were there for the last day of SF Beer Week and the owner/brewer of Upright Brewing in Portland, OR was chilling at the bar-so I had a pint of his "7"-which was great. The owner of Lagunitas was there playing music and he ended up giving away free Lagunitas beer to everyone for an hour. Plus it was Lagunaitas keep the mug day-double score. On tap were the SF and Sacramento Beer week special beers from Lagunitas. Triple score.

Service and atmosphere were exceptional. Oh yeah, I didn't mention the bottle selection which was over the top.

Beer Rev is by far the best beer bar in the Bay Area and probably in Nor Cal-period.

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Not so much exciting as a bottle shop (not terrible though), but the tasting room is amazing - dozens of high quality, unusual taps. If you can't find something you like, you don't like beer. If you can't find something you haven't tried, you get out way too much.

The place is a little grungy-looking, with dark wood and worn looking furniture (there are several outside picnic tables s well).

The bottle shop portion is a couple of coolers across the back wall, with a few small room-temperature shelves. It looked to be a better import selection than domestic and the prices struck me as just a hair over the average in this market.

The nice thing is, however, that you can buy a bottle and drink it right there. But why would you bother with such a great tap list behind the bar.

Staff seems friendly and super casual.

Note that no minors are allowed, so don't even think about bringing the kids.

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

I remember coming here shortly after they opened and being one of a handful of folks at the bar. On my first visit I think it was just me and my drinking companion, and we closed down the bar. But even then I knew I was on to something special.
Flash forward two years and a lot has changed. This place is perpetually busy. I recently visited the Bay and stopped by mid-week in the afternoon and was surprised to see so many people present in-between lunch and happy hour. They’ve expanded their tap selection so there’s now an overwhelming number of options and started using “better”/proper glassware (no more glass mugs!). Prices seem to have gone up a buck across the board, but their prices are consistent with the market. Their “corkage” fee remains unchanged, thankfully, and there’s several treats along the coolers too. (Jester King in California!)

Coming from a self-described beer geek I was thrilled to find so many brews to choose from! However, I could use some help in the future—not just ABV but style or tasting notes would help, without me (or my at times indecisive drinking companion) burdening the bartender with questions or requests for samples. The vibe is pretty laid back, at least during the day time. (I haven’t been by in the evening or on a weekend in over a year so I can’t speak to the crowding.) Will I be back next time I’m in Oakland? Of course I will.

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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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Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 111 ratings