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Drake's Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
Drake's Brewing Co.Drake's Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1933 Davis Street
San Leandro, California, 94577
United States

(510) 568-2739 | map
drinkdrakes.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
125
Reviews:
1,630
Ratings:
5,659
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
88
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.86%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by bray:
Photo of bray
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

stopped recently on a Sunday afternoon, crowded but still lots of seats and tables available.
Hard to find as everyone has said.

The 4 beers we tried were solid, the stout and IPA were really good.

we sat outside, it's a great place to hang out and relax.

they had a food truck when we were there

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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

(#31 of 49) Here's a brewery that goes counter to the type of vibe that I like in a pub setting (I dislike an industrial building and interior), but the quality of their beers was so good and the display of oak barrels all around the place so that it overcame my prejudice. This brewery has moved into the top 5 of those that I have ever visited.

Our visit was on a Saturday just after lunchtime, and the place was busy. We wanted to try their beers and did not realize that a food truck was also available or we would not have had lunch before our arrival. We ordered a sampler flight of 10 beers (22 beers were on tap) to evaluate. Wow! I've never given so many scores that exceeded a B grade, but that's what happened here. Scores ranged from 3.75 (one beer) to 4.5 (three of them). Very well done, Drake's!

Although we had already had lunch, we did break down and ordered some loaded Tater-Tots from their food truck which were very tasty. Based on those alone, I've given a B grade to the food. This brewery is a must-visit if you are in the area, and it will be a must-revisit when we are close by again.

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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
3.94 out of 5 based on 5,659 ratings.
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