Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.Drake's Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1933 Davis Street
San Leandro, California, 94577
United States

(510) 568-2739 | map

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by MilwaukeeCrusher:
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

First of all this is in rather an odd place, tucked behind a mini mall. Still, I had to check out the place that I've seen many Californians call their under the radar brewery. The place had a nice atmosphere, as the fresh air passed in from the outside as well as light from the California sun. I got a flight and while their beers didn't knock my socks off, their beers were respectably good with the IPAs probably the highlight. The service was also good and the menu did have a broad range of styles. This is a nice stop if you're in the area, and probably a great one in many other parts of the country. With such competition in the state at the very least that could be said is they're moving in the right direction and the most is that they will soon be players.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mothergoose03
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Drake's Barrel House is kinda tucked behind a Wal-Mart at the back of a shopping center, but separated enough to have it's own beer sanctuary feel. Big warehouse space with tables surrounded by racks of barrels, plus a small patio space. The staff is friendly and eager to put the right beer for you in your hand, though it can get a bit busy at times. (Finding a parking spot can be a challenge at times too.) There's always a ton of variety on the board from their standards, to experimental stuff, to a healthy list of barrel aged specialty brews. The food trailer out front serves up some solid munchies too.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Huge space once you find it (it's behind a huge superstore). Barrels everywhere and you can essentially sit among them, even to the point of being completely hidden from the rest of the customers and servers.

There were tons of beers on tap including a number of brewery-only beers and bottles were for sale too. A few brewery-only bottles were available and the prices weren't bad.

Flights were available and not too expensive and full pours also were affordable. I felt comfortable hanging out here with my daughter due to the open space and vibe.

A food truck was present but I didn't see it serving food yet when I was there.

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Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.96/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BootLeg_Pete
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of J_Sarcos
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of brewaddict
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Located in the corner of a warehouse attached to a shopping mall, the Drakes Brewing taproom isn't much to look at. Cement floors and wooden benches pretty much make up the decor of this place. In the center if the space is a large walk in reefer which acts as both a display case for bottle sales as well as the keg cooler for the bar which runs along one side. What it lacks in style, Drakes more than makes up in the beer selection. There are the normal distribution offerings on tap. But, there are as many or more brewery only choices to be had as well. Service is very good and there is a food truck now available on site. If you are looking for a more brewpub experience, check out Drakes Dealership just up the road in Oakland.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of drew42e
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Best to go during special release or "first Friday" when they pull out some special beers. Drake's is a hidden gem in the Bay Area, and its odd location tucked behind a strip mall and Walmart doesn't lend itself to "just happening upon it". I very much like their beers, and was pleasantly surprised at the variety offered at the barrel house. Many barrelhouse only beers, mostly barrel aged stuff they don't bottle, and I really enjoyed both events I went to. Large, open taproom with barrels all around. No brew pub, but they do have food trucks, and the Dirty Tots are legitimately one of the best things I've ever tasted.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Claytonis
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Original_Gravity
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of h42m47
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BDeibs
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I loved the tasting room in the barrel cellar. A huge TV, but it wasn't a focal point. Nice Bar service with a lot of people behind the counter. A decent selection of over 15 beers on tap. I dind't try the food because of the 45 minute wait, but really enjoyed my time and the duck tasting trays were fun too!

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.91/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Brewery/barrell house/taproom/eatery tucked into an industrial mall in San Leandro. The inside is cool and spacious and there is nice outside seating. Super friendly staff. Numerous, limited brewery only and tap only selections available. And, if you thought growlers were cool you should see there to-go kegrowlers, super cheap to refill!

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Photo of Jdizzy92
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been going here since they open up the barrel house bar. I go here a lot since it is near where I live. Their Barrel House Bar is the place to be at. They have a lot of seasonal/barrel beers that you won't see any where else. Seems like every time I come here there is something new. The people that work their are great and fun. I like most of the events they do.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jtburns777
4.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is the taproom where I fell in love with beer. Undying loyalty!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of manuelnoah
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Hop_God
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.54/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Drake's Brewing Co. in San Leandro, CA
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