To say that their selection is overwhelming is an understatement. Beer Revolution has more beer on tap and in bottles than any other place in the Bay. Of course they allow you to taste a few, but the small place is often small and crowded. This is a great place to go to experiment with uncharted territory because the bartenders have tasted everything and are very direct and descriptive when explaining the flavor of a beer. If you explain what you’re in the mood for, they will happily get you a taster or recommend something new. They also have an awesome selection of bottled choices as well, organized so you can either find what you’re looking for or discover a beer you’ve never seen before.
Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St. Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 452 2337
Øl Beercafe is a favorite in the Bay for beer and pizza. They don’t serve anything more than a few select appetizers, but they have an arrangement with Skippolini’s Pizza, next door, for small pizza deliveries. Many rare and expensive sours can be found here and they also let you mix and match a six-pack to take home that is 10 percent off. There are varying prices for the beers that are opened here and another price to take the same beer home, so be sure to check that out as well. The atmosphere is dark and located right in downtown Walnut Creek where you can head out to a movie or go to dinner or shop for a bit.
Øl Beercafe, 1541 Giammona Dr. Walnut Creek, CA, USA, +1 925 210 1147
Jupiter’s is another popular spot located right across the street from the downtown Berkeley BART. It’s a great place to go for dinner and beer, but be careful on the weekends because it does tend to get crowded. They have their own beers in addition to other popular favorites. The upstairs seating area has a great view of the beer garden below and on a sunny afternoon it’s enjoyable to sit outside whether you are coming for food or with a big group. It is always bustling with people and just remember that you might want to bring a sweater or light jacket if you are seated outside at night.
Jupiter’s, 2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 843 8277
Cooperage not only have amazing food, such as their cobb salad or signature burger, but they tend to have a very wide selection of beer as well. It has made a good addition to the Lamorinda neighborhood, seeing as they have a classy atmosphere and a wide variety of beers on tap.
Cooperage, 32 Lafayette Circle Lafayette, CA, USA, +1 925 298 5915
Faction Brewery is relatively new to the Bay, but has some of the best and most interesting beer. Flights are a must here and beer lovers are encouraged to taste everything. They brew in-house, and on clear days, have an excellent view of the San Francisco skyline. They also have special days where food vendors come and sell their specialties outside. They have had some awesome businesses serve corndogs and BBQ and these vendors tend to change each week. This is a dog and kid friendly establishment and their outdoor atmosphere is like a very large friendly picnic on a pier.
Faction Beer, 2501 Monarch Street Alameda, CA, USA, +1 510 523 2739