Albany Taproom

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4.25 w/ 7 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

745 San Pablo Ave
Albany, California, 94706-1130
United States

(510) 526-2998 | map

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Added by abdulah on 03-06-2013

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Staff tries everything and gets to know you. Food is made by attached burger joint and is top nosh. Try the apple zook.
The selection is always rotating with new breweries and beers I can barely keep up. Had a couple beers that have only been rated two times here. Their selection for beer week was great, especially the barrel aged night.

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Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MattCollins
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jdhowe
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been here a few times that I've stopped to have a drink -- once on a random weekday afternoon to check the place out, and once this evening for a Sierra Nevada event. All experiences were quite pleasant.

Atmosphere: A nice, clean atmosphere -- of the "good beer" bars in the Bay Area, this place is by far the cleanest environment, and the sanitation at the bar looks to be top notch. Bar utensils rest in glasses of sanitizer, and when I was there on a slow afternoon the bartender spent his time talking to me while cleaning out tap lines. During the day it's well lit, and at night it takes on a bit more of a darker "bar" atmostphere but still isn't unwelcoming. The bar itself is a nice light finished wood, and much of the other decoration is in stainless steel. I love that I don't need to worry about sanitation at this place.

Service: I've yet to have sub-par service here across all of my visits, regardless of how busy the place has been. Staff quickly has acknowledged me and made sure I have a drink if I want one or that I'm able to make whatever purchase I desire. Bar tenders have been happy to pour tastes of things if I'm not sure I want an entire glass, and otherwise have been very helpful with suggestions.

Tonight, I mentioned that I was excited when I saw that they had posted Almanac's Dogpatch Sour on their tap list photo and asked if they still had it because I did not see if on the current list. It turns out they did not have it anymore because the keg had just kicked, but Heather (the manager if I understood properly) had a bottle she had opened a few days back and happily checked that it was still ok and then poured the rest (leaving the very dregs) into tasters for my friend and I while cautioning us that it was a little old. She later came by with the last bit of a bottle of Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine to share.

Selection: 32 taps, rotating. Not the largest tap list, but a really good variety, and based on conversations had with the staff they really try to get good beers in as much as they can. They definitely have sours on tap more regularly than almost anywhere else I have been. Overall they offer a good range of styles, and if you don't find anything on tap, they have a pretty extensive bottle selection (less than Beer Revolution, but much easier to navigate) that is generally very well priced, and you can enjoy them there in proper glassware for $1 more. They'll do a flight of any 4 beers for $12, which is also quite nice.

Food: Entirely fine, but unexceptional fare. I've had a burger from the conjoined "Grazzy Burgers" and was not upset, but didn't feel compelled to order it again. The thing that will keep me going back here is the beer.

Value: Just wonderful. The draft prices are all very good for what they're offering, and the bottle prices are better on some things. Honestly, there are bottles I can get here for less than anywhere else in the area. Recently they had 2012 DDBA for $14. Tonight they had Almanac's FR No3, FR No4, Barrel Noir, Dogpatch Sour, and Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine for $10 apiece. It should be mentioned that all prices on bottles include tax and CRV already, so these prices are just straight up better than anywhere else in the area, not even close. I'm lucky to have a place that's this nice and such a good value close to me.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Albany Tap Room recently opened about 2 miles from my house and ventured there last night for the first time.

A: Walk in they have a nice big bar, one big TV for those that need on, but the volume was on mute it seemed. Spacious tables, long nice looking bar, bottles in the cooler in the back. Normal talking volume, didn't need to shout to converse with my friends/staff. Pretty solid atmosphere I'd say. Staff was welcoming and asked right away if I needed a pour or help with anything.

Q: 32 beers on tap, poured in the correct glassware, place was clean, signs easy to read. All craft beer, what's not to like?

S: Staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. I was quite impressed. They could really hold their own with even the biggest of beer geeks. They were quick, offered suggestions, when my glass was nearing being empty they were very timely with refills. No complaints, maybe the best service Ive had in a bar.

S: When I walked in looked like they had just kicked a Sucaba keg. While bummed about missing out on Sucaba they had BA Old Raspy to drown my sorrows in. 32 taps, with a wide variety, not over kill with IPAs the way most beer bars (IMO) including a few sours, belgians, and even cider.

Bottle selection was excellent as well. They had sucaba in bottles for those who missed it on draft, DDBA (yr of age on it for $14 including tax?!) etc.. over 100 bottles if you can't find a bottle you like that's a problem with you.

F: Didnt try the food, but the burgers did look good.

V: Value was on point. Best value in the area.

O: Really impressed and feel fortunate to have such a great local beer bar. Will def continue to stop on in.

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Photo of lou91
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

This is a review from opening night which makes service tough to review and the owners already admitted problems. They have 42 taps which is a great selection and one of the largest north of Berkeley on the 80 toward Sacramento. Most beer snobs will not be impressed by all of the choices but there were a couple decent California and local beers to make them happy. They have a pretty good bottle selection as well althouh prices on the bottles were about double the price you can find at the Bevmo across the street. They also charge corkage on these bottles. They had lots of $5 taps which is great. There is a high end burger joint next door which is linked but separate. Didn't try their food. The future looks promising especially as they get more adventurous with their taps.

Update 9/1/13 - They must have listened to the complaints about the bottle prices since they are now very reasonable and the selection has grown. Still think they should profile more local breweries and bigger bolder stouts.

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Albany Taproom in Albany, CA
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