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  1. Vassil Says:
    March 7th, 2007 at 10:24 pm
    Cafe Van Kleef is a fun little bar on Telegraph, near 19th Street Station in Oakland.1621 Telegraph Ave
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 763-7711
  2. Ed Says:
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:42 am Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub (Bar/restaurant) is 8 blocks north of MacArthur BART at 4799 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. Buses run up and down Telegraph if you’re feeling lazy.’s Ale House (Bar/restaurant) is about 10 blocks east of MacArthur BART at 3891 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.
    The free Kaiser Permanente shuttle from the MacArthur BART station to the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Medical Center makes it even easier. It runs every 15 minutes until 9 pm and stops a short way away.
  3. Oakland Boy Says:
    March 8th, 2007 at 5:09 pm eSaigon Wraps inside the Fruitvale Village (FruitvaleBART) is 40 feet from the station entrance.They serve mostly Asian and exotic beers.
    E.G. Red Stripe, Tiger, Singha, Fosters
    They also have the usual – Corona, Bud, MGD.Saigon Wraps
    3301 E 12th Street, Suite 117
    Oakland, CA 94601
  4. shap Says:
    March 8th, 2007 at 10:36 pm Hi Vassil,Thanks for the note. This sounds like Cafe Van Kleef is a pretty cool bar.
    Can you tell us anything about the beer they serve?Thanks for writing.
  5. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    March 9th, 2007 at 2:04 am Thanks Ed. Added both. Interesting free transit angle! And Oakland Boy, i’ll check out their selection. Thanks!
  6. greg Says:
    March 9th, 2007 at 5:05 pm This is a great site! I have been doing a little coverage of similar issues on the N Judah line in SF (which connects with bart at all the downtown stations!) but this is inspiring me to do more…umm..research! Yeah that’s it!
  7. Steve Says:
    March 9th, 2007 at 8:28 pm Thanks, Greg!Research is a good thing. Potable and portable.Cheers,Steve
  8. Ed Says:
    March 10th, 2007 at 3:26 pm Also in Berkeley is Bear’s Lair Brewpub, located about 4 blocks east of the Berkeley BART station at 2475 Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue in Lower Sproul Plaza (across from the Zellerbach Hall performance space) on the UC Berkeley campus. They offer many of the same beers as Jupiter.
  9. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    March 11th, 2007 at 12:40 am Thanks again, Ed. Checked to be sure it’s no more than a mile, and and got a little over one half mile, so it belongs for sure.
  10. Russ Says:
    March 13th, 2007 at 4:00 pm Steve and Gail Ann-Met you at City Beer on Sunday. Nice website! A few possible additions:Lafayette Station:Bo’s Barbecue
    3422 Mount Diablo Blvd
    Lafayette, California, 94549
    phone: (925) 283-7133
    – good barbecue and excellent bottled beer selection
    – almost a mile away, but an easy walkWalnut Creek station:Stadium Pub.
    1420 Lincoln Ave (at Main)
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    (925) 256-7302
    – only two blocks from Pyramid so worth stopping by to see what’s on tap (often a tasty beer from Black Diamond in addition to several other good micros)Downtown Berkeley:Raleigh’s2438 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, California, 94704
    phone: (510) 848-8652
    – nice selection of craft beer (19) on draft and a pleasant beer garden
  11. Alexis Says:
    March 14th, 2007 at 3:52 pm Let’s see … 43 BART stations X 99 bottles of beer on the wall = a lot of beer. Great site here — hoping Steve and Gail will take on research assistants in their pursuit of Knowledge and Good Beer.(Nice shout-out for S&G in the Contra Costa Times last week:
  12. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    March 14th, 2007 at 5:51 pm Thanks Alexis! assistance welcome.Russ, those look great. I can’t wait to try them out.
  13. fraggle Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 2:15 pm City Beer on 8th and folsom is a short(ish) walk down from Civic Center Bart
    Small place bursting with beer. Couple taps, but mostly bottles. And bottles. And more bottles.
    1168 Folsom SF
  14. Shap Says:
    May 2nd, 2007 at 12:57 am Fraggle,We agree. This is one of our favorite spots. The best thing about their great collection of bottled beer is that you can buy one bottle and open it in the store for a small “corkage” fee. Great way to try beers you’re not familiar with before buying more. No other place we know of allows this. The owner is also very knowledgeable about the beer he carries and can steer you where you want to go.
  15. Russ Says:
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:30 am Anchor Brewery is an easy BART/Muni trip, with tours at 1PM daily (M-F), and post-tour tasting is among the best payoffs in beerdom. Tours must be reserved in advance. Check the Giants schedule for a midweek 4PM game, as it’s a strait shot on Muni from the brewery to the ball park, and you’ll be in your seat by the anthem.
  16. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    May 19th, 2007 at 6:31 pm > Anchor Brewery is an easy BART/Muni trip, with tours at 1PM daily (M-F)Thanks, Russ. You inspired me to put that page together today .
  17. Robert May Says:
    May 20th, 2007 at 2:16 pm Sudwerk , German-style brewpub, is 0.8 miles from the Davis Amtrak station.(Well according to Google maps that is!). I know its not Bay Area, however it is available by mass transit from the Bay Area. Thanks and I love this site! I will be be bookmarking it for future-ahem- “research”.
  18. Tom Says:
    June 11th, 2007 at 4:39 pm Another method to make those distances of more than 2 shoes a little shorter is to bring a bike on BART! with bikes, feet and BART, your crawlin just got exponentially more complicated.
  19. Bart Says:
    June 13th, 2007 at 1:37 pm Hey soo guess what… my first name is Bart and my last name is Beer…. Bart Beer…. when I saw this website I was cracking up -)
  20. Brian Says:
    June 15th, 2007 at 2:34 pm Great site….It is very useful.I think you should try to post the places that have happy hour too. I love happy hour.
  21. Tony Says:
    June 17th, 2007 at 10:36 am This is a good tripGo from the Uptown in SF at 17th and capp a block from the 16th st Bart to the 19th st Bart in Oakland and go to the Uptown about a block away at 19th and Telegraph.The bars are not owned by the same people.Do not go to the Long Branch Saloon on Washington St. in San Leandro, its a short three or four block walk that is in no way worth the effort, unless of course you like Bud and… well, natives of San Leandro.
  22. Jen Says:
    June 28th, 2007 at 7:43 pm Starry Plough is 2 blocks East of Ashby BART, up Prince St. They have a good selection, lots of regulars neighborhood folk.
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  25. Jen Says:
    June 28, 2007 at 7:43 pm eStarry Plough is 2 blocks East of Ashby BART, up Prince St. They have a good selection, lots of regulars neighborhood folk.
  26. MoragaMike Says:
    July 17, 2007 at 7:36 pm eYou might want to consider adding the Lafayette BART Station and the Roundup Saloon which is about 1/4 mile away. The Roundup is a cool place, although not a beer Mecca, with about six beers on tap. Check it out
  27. autumnaldave Says:
    July 18, 2007 at 11:58 pm espeakeasy brewing aint on your list… wtf?
  28. Steve Says:
    July 19, 2007 at 1:05 pm eHi Autumnaldave,Our bad. Thanks for prodding us. We love them. We’ve been waiting for confirmation from them about their open houses and tours. We’ll get them up real soon.

    Keep drinking the good stuff.


    Steve (

  29. autumnaldave Says:
    July 20, 2007 at 12:42 am eI live in chicago, but make the homage out for strong beer month, the dipa fest in hayward, (the week of strong beer and travel in cali…) and the toronado barleywine fest…this site is great for the traveler, who is comfy with the bart and muni… good stuff…

    check out my friends site…
    there’s an sf map…

    and one thing to recommend for the pub/brewery/bar info… if there’s a happy hour it should be listed… (sf brew co is required, cheers to the next pint of emperor norton)

  30. autumnaldave Says:
    July 20, 2007 at 12:48 am eand maybe you should consider the better bottleshops…
    “bottled beer by bart”something to think about for the future.
  31. Julie Says:
    August 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm eGreat idea and site! You can use it in conjunction with for all craft breweries.Cheers!
  32. Andi Says:
    September 10, 2007 at 11:20 am eThank you for putting something like this together. I am a lover of beer and when I move to a new city, I spend so much time searching for a new pub. Having all this information compiled here in one place is SO helpful.Bars, pubs, beer…all forms of recreation that many may find taboo. Therefore, these places tend to get over looked. If a passerby would stop & look in the window they would see more than a bar, pub or a beer. They would see people forming important social connections. They would see people laughing, smiling and having a good time (all of which are important parts of relieving stress & tension, which therefore make us happier & healthier).

    I love this site!

    Thanks again!!

    Keep up the good work!


  33. shap Says:
    September 10, 2007 at 10:34 pm eHi Andi,Thanks for your kind words…and welcome to the Bay Area. Yes, indeed, pubs have a long and proud tradition of being public gathering spaces where people can gather to discuss the issues of the day, chat, laugh and think. We think that great beer makes these experiences even better. Keep drinking the good stuff.


    Steve and Gail,
    the BeerbyBART folks

  34. Woody Chandler Says:
    September 12, 2007 at 7:27 pm eI cannot remember who put me onto this site, but it makes me want to weep. I spent 2.5 glorious years stationed at NAS Alameda from 1987 to 1989 and back then, it was only Anchor and Triple Rock. If only I had been there just a little later … I promise to come out and visit during the summer of 2008.
  35. Justin Says:
    October 13, 2007 at 5:59 pm eHey!You should check out WalzWerk in SF. It’s a few blocks from 16th and Mission BART station. Has kick ass food and German bier.

  36. AnDreDogg Says:
    October 26, 2007 at 3:02 pm eYou guys have left out one of the best (and first) micro brewpubs in the whole Yay Area-Buffalo Bill’s in the Haystack. It is about 2-3 short blocks from the Hayward Bart station. They’ve got great beers, awesome pizza and shuffleboard to boot. It’s on B street between Main and Foothill. Check it out!
  37. AnDreDogg Says:
    October 26, 2007 at 3:04 pm eoh, here’s the site:
  38. Matt Says:
    October 28, 2007 at 10:50 am eThe albatross is possibly the best bar in Berkeley and it’s about 4 blocks from N. Berkeley Bart, about 2 block closer than Lanesplitter (which is great, too — don’t get me wrong).
  39. Gary Says:
    November 2, 2007 at 6:57 am eFor North Berkeley, you can add Pyramid brewpub on Gilman and 7th. It’s about a 20 minute walk, and you can also take an AC Transit bus (#9) from either Berkeley BART or Ashby BART, though it only runs to about 8:00 PM.
  40. Joe Says:
    November 4, 2007 at 5:11 pm eDoes anyone know if you can find gluten free beer in any of these bars?
  41. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    November 4, 2007 at 9:21 pm eI think we’re going to have to do a scouting run to check out the Albatross. Thanks Matt.Gary, Pyramid is beyond the one mile limit we set when we started. A few of the SF destinations are too, but they are on local transit lines that run later. (Hint, hint, AC Transit. Help people not drink & dirve!) We included the Walnut Creek Pyramid because of the shorter walk.

    Joe, I don’t know of any gluten-free local brews so far. That leads me to suggest City Beer (Civic Center station) since they are both a tasting room and bottle shop. Call them before you go to check beer availability.

  42. Brian Cooper Says:
    November 16, 2007 at 5:22 pm eDon’t forget good beer accessible from Dublin / Pleasanton station…The Hop Yard, at 3015-H Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, with a rotating selection of 30+ good brews on tap. Accessible by WHEELS bus, cab, … otherwise a 2.5 mile bike ride or walk.

    Also, the Dublin Sports Pub, a little bit farther from the station at 7294 San Ramon Rd Dublin, also with a rotating selection of top notch brews. Take the WHEELS bus, Route 3 from Dublin BART, will be even closer when the WEST DUBLIN station opens.

    And if you brew your own (or have interest in brewing your own!), you can join the homebrew club of the Tri-Valley area, the Mad Zymurgists. We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at some of the above mentioned pubs, and at various other locations, including our sponsor, HopTech, 6398 Dougherty Rd #7, in Dublin.

    Happy beering and BART-ing!

    Brian / mad zymurgists

  43. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    December 20, 2007 at 12:42 am eI think I’ve run into a few Mad Zymurgists at a local festivals. you guys have a good thing going!
  44. jasonnj Says:
    December 21, 2007 at 9:32 pm eWhat a great site!!! lots of great stuff…..thanks for the effort…….Question…..what about a get together for all enthusiasts maybe springtime? could be fun if the venue is right? bar crawl? just a suggestion that could be a good time…..
    keep up the good work


  45. James Canales Says:
    December 26, 2007 at 9:54 am eCool site!Saw this web site in today’s San Ramon Times by columnist William Brand who talks about Beers.
    By chance is this Steve Shapiro who played fast pitch?
    Happy New Year!
  46. Emilio Chavez Says:
    January 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm eA really good friend of mine put together a Bay Area Brew Tour a few years ago. I have tried to keep the tradition alive with a few friends and have been able to continue the tradition of attending Strong Beer Month in San Francisco. Our goal has been to visit as many pubs/breweries as possible in a given weekend and your website has given me new sites to visit. Magnolia and 21st Amendment are givens, but new places are always welcome. My friends and I are fanatics of beer, but there’s nothing like throwing back some good suds with good friends! I thank you for your insight and suggestions and will certainly hit up a few of the locations you have mentioned in your website. Cheers!
  47. Bryan Says:
    February 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm eNo Schroeder’s for the Embarcadero station? Sure it’s a couple of blocks away, but it’s the oldest German pub in the city.
  48. creepy Says:
    February 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm eyou should add-Inner Mission Beer Parlor
    (5.5 blocks from both 16th and 24th street bart stations)

    to your list, as well as

    -Healthy Spirits
    (2 blocks south of duboce park off the N-Judah).

  49. Queefasaurus Says:
    March 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm eAny ideas on spots in Oakland or SF with darts?
  50. Bobby Says:
    March 4, 2008 at 12:39 pm eLets work together…”beerbybart” and “BestofBart”….
  51. Maralynsm Says:
    March 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm eomg.. good work, brother
  52. Paul marshall Says:
    March 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm eSteve and Gail,Barry and I went to Wunder Brewing at 9th and Irving.

    Beer is much improved from the Old Eldos. Very clean, good session beers. The brewer John knows what he is doing, since he made an excellent Pilsner.
    Food is good too, great garlic string beans

    It is easy to get to, just get off BART at Embarcadero and get on the MUNI undergroung and take the N Judah line. It will take you right to their doorstep. Get off at Ninth Ave stop at Irving.

    Got to love the place, they advertise on KPIG.


  53. Andie Notch Says:
    May 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm eHey Gail and Steve!
    I don’t know if you two remember me but we met at the Bistro and on BART and this is the first time in a long while that I have been on your site but I am using it tonight and wanted to say hello!! I think you two had the best idea and I have told everyone at the Bistro about your it and at I am continuing to do so at my new job at Pacific Coast Brewing Company. Stop by and I’ll buy y’all a pint. I hope all is well.
  54. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    June 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm eAndie! Wonderful. Yes, we both remember that conversation, and can’t wait to drop by to say hello. Soon!
  55. Tony Says:
    June 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm eGail and Steve,It was a pleasure hanging out with you two after the Longshot competition. I enjoyed the time. Your site is great by the way. I just enjoyed some of the Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA from City Beer. Mmmmmm good. Thanks again and hopefully I will see you soon. Keep in touch.
  56. carlos Says:
    July 21, 2008 at 11:04 pm eFantastic idea. I love the site.
  57. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    July 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm eThanks, Carlos. Tony, we love your part of the coast… we’ll get down there sometime!
  58. beermerchants Says:
    July 27, 2008 at 8:48 am enice job!
  59. Robert Gaustad Says:
    July 29, 2008 at 7:25 pm eHi Gail and Steve: How do I get listed on your site? I’m about two blocks from the downtown Berkeley BART station at 2072 University Ave. in Berkeley. We have a fairly standard tap selection of Lagunitas IPA, Trumer Pils, Pyramid Hefe Weizen, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, and Anchor Steam, but we have a great and growing selection of local and Belgian bottled beers such as: Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Chimay Red, White, Blue, La Chouffe Golden Ale, Chouffe IPA Tripel, Duvel, Piraat Ale, Gulden Draak, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Ale, Delerium Tremens, Guinness Surger, etc.We have a happy hour from 4-7 during the week with $3 pints, William Brand has written us up a couple of times.


    Robert Gaustad
    Bobby G’s Pizzeria

  60. Steve Shapiro Says:
    July 30, 2008 at 11:07 am eThanks, Beermerchants!Robert, always great to hear that there is another restaurant featuring great beer. We look forward to stopping by for some beer and pizza soon.
  61. Ms. AM O’Donovan Says:
    August 12, 2008 at 8:06 pm eYou know, they have the London Circle Line pub crawl — the one where you must hop off and have a drink at each of the twenty seven Circle Line tube stops until you either black out or forget to Mind the Gap. I’ve always wanted to do the same using the BART but I haven’t had the chance to research on pubs near or around each station. So, I’m well chuffed to see this site! And I must say that by far, you have a brilliant list going.
  62. Dick Powell Says:
    August 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm eI’m not too big on fancy beer, although I like quite a few. So there’s this great dive pretty much next to Montgomery Station called Sutter Station. Pool tables and darts in back, but mostly caters to the career drinkers. Haven’t been in a few years but used to go all the time back in the late 80’s early 90’s when I worked in the Financial District……..
  63. PedestrianMe Says:
    September 12, 2008 at 9:47 am eDirectly at 24th St BART plaza is The Attic, and Cafe Boheme is a typical SF coffee place that serves beer. One block east on S Van Ness is the Phone Booth. Two blocks north on 22nd is the Makeout Room.Amnesia is actually closer to 16th BART, by more than a block.
  64. PedestrianMe Says:
    September 12, 2008 at 9:52 am eI see now that this web site is for “good beer” by BART. Ignore my previous comment and keep the EBayers away from my local dives with cheap beer. ;-)But… Amnesia is closer to 16th St BART and you might want to add Gestalt Haus, too.
  65. Gail Williams Says:
    September 13, 2008 at 10:48 am eThanks, Pedestrian you. Mission dives can be real gems, but that is not exactly where we were coming from in making this list.Yeah, Amnesia is slightly closer to 16th. I confess that we have considered listing it either way. Our sense of the 24th Street station area is that there is a lot of good inexpensivefood and fun little dive bars, but not much in terms of beer destinations to compel BART barhopping for serious hopheads. The walk down Valencia from 24th to Amnesia is a good urban stroll, and the distance is similar. There is a great blooming of beer bars near 16th, so we popped it in the 24th listing.

    We’ve had Gestalt on our radar, that may go on the list at some point. Another place not far from 16th Street BART in the other direction is Benders, on South Van Ness, a sort of Mission dive bar with a strong beer list, too. In addition, you can walk from 16th up to Lucky 13 and Toronado on a nice day to make a longer loop out of and back to 16th. It’s one remarkable BART stop in the world of beer.

    Sometimes I am just amazed at the beer literacy of the Bay Area when I think of the many bars which almost belong on this guide. ( I recently was at a hotel bar downtown for a businessy kind of get together and the choices were Sierra Nevada Pale, Anchor Steam and Stella. Two of the three are classics of their styles and of Northern California… though not unusual at all. I felt lucky to have those two “ordinary” beers to choose from at a mainstream hotel. The fact that they have become so widely distributed and not “destination” shows what a good time this is for craft beer overall in Northern California… but that hotel would never be on our list.)

    This guide is for getting a step more local, more unusual, more beer-centric or brewed on premises. What to list here as worth BARTing around for is a very good dilemma to have! Love all the suggestions.

  66. Michael Says:
    December 3, 2008 at 12:57 am eBobby G’s Pizzeria – a one shoe walk from the Downtown Berkeley Station – has Pliny the Elder on tap…and a few other good, non-big-corporate beers. But the Pliny on tap ALONE warrants a listing, I’d’ve thunk.Anyway, GREAT site! Thanks! I consider it a public service, not to mention a cool way to think about exploring the Bay Area.
  67. ST-Hops Says:
    December 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm eHello. Please add Bobby g’s Pizzeria to the ones close to Berkeley Downtown BART. They are on University Ave. at Shattuck. Great selection of handcrafted beers, including Russian River’s, 21st Ammenment, Lagunitas and Speakeasy. thanx!
  68. Gail Ann Williams Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm eHi Michael and St. Hops!We have been talking about Bobby G’s Pizzeria! We like the place, and we already used it as a recommended add-on, on our Berkeley beer crawl pdf for the upcoming AHA homebrewers convention in Oakland this coming June.

    Whether Bobby G’s belongs on the main list sparked an interesting discussion between us, and some cogent questions from friends of ours.

    Should it matter that their own website doesn’t have the current beer list, or much of an emphasis on beer at all? Is BG’sP a food destination that also has a great beer list, or a beer destination with notable food? Would we suggest it to a San Francisco resident as a beer field trip, alone, or only if paired with other local destinations? Would we tell pals who live or work in Berkeley about it, or go there on the way to another Berkeley event ourselves? (That last two-part question is finally an easy one, yes and yes! Nice place for a healthy bite and a good pint.) Go there and enjoy.

    Meanwhile, as we decide about making up a page for Bobby G’s, we have an open question:

    Would anybody be interested in a specific list of restaurants with great beer lists? Please let us know by commenting or by emailing us at beerbybart (at) yahoo (dot) com. Do you pick a restaurant by its beer list, and would you like to?

  69. Julie B Says:
    January 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm eAWESOME ! As a beer lover who is a CAT scan Tech, I’m all 4 drinking & Barting ! THANX )
  70. Julie B Says:January 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm e
    AWESOME ! As a beer lover who is a CAT scan Tech, I’m all 4 drinking & Barting ! THANX

Gail Ann Williams Says:

January 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm e
Thanks, Julie!

Raymon Cancino Says:

January 26, 2009 at 11:22 am e
Hey guys, it was a pleasure meeting you both at the jolly pumpkin tasting. Maybe we will run into one another soon.

Gail Ann Williams Says:

January 28, 2009 at 12:25 am e
Yeah, that was great, Ray!

Greg Fischer Says:

February 2, 2009 at 9:40 am e
Great website!
I referenced it in my blog post about beer in Oakland and Berkeley. Here’s the link to the post:

shap Says:

February 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm e
Good post on your blog. Keep breaking into conversations (when appropriate) and spreading the word about good beer. Hope to see you at SF Beer Week.

craig younger Says:

March 1, 2009 at 8:50 am e
Why is Jack’s Brewing Company in Fremont not part of this list of BART-able locations??

shap Says:

March 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm e
Hi Craig,
Thanks for writing. Jack’s seems to be about 1.5 miles from Fremont BART which is beyond the 1 mile guideline we’ve been using for this site. We visited Jack’s several years ago and liked it quite a bit. I would recommend it to anyone who is in the area.

craig younger Says:

March 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm e
Thanks for your response.
Will anyone be taking over the column Mr. Brand wrote??
I miss his charming articles. What a loss. I hope someone picks up where he left off

Gail Ann Williams Says:

March 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm e
The publishers are looking for somebody or some people to take it on.
We all need that, I think.

Mike Says:

April 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm e
Hi Gail and Steve,
Gourmet Haus Stadt, 2615 Broadway, Redwood City, now has a beer bar in the back of the store and a miniature outdoor beer garden. German beers well-served by friendly owner (son of previous owner). The beer garden was warm on Thursday (Redwood City–”Climate Best By Government Test”). It is within stumbling distance of the CalTrain station. Also has huge selection of bottled beers I’ve never seen elsewhere. Do not leave without getting a bottle of Innstadt Dopplebock.

Andie Says:

April 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm e
Great seeing you two tonight at the study group. I am really glad I ran into Nicole and that she shared this opportunity with me!! Looking forward to our next class and maybe a post-class beer!! Take care.

John Says:

April 22, 2009 at 9:54 am e
I’m not sure what your criteria is, but you might consider adding Pyramid Brewing in Walnut Creek. You can transfer to the “Free Ride” bus at Walnut Creek station. I think the walk is a little over 1/4 mile.
If you don’t like Pyramid all by itself out there, you might put Casa Orinda and Roundup Saloon (in Lafayette) on the way to Walnut Creek. They are close to the stations and have some character. They aren’t really beer destinations, but they bridge the gap.

craig younger Says:

May 3, 2009 at 9:41 am e
Saw the new reviewers first column a few weeks ago. He seems very knowledgeable. Sorry I forgot the name already. When will more of his column be published??

Gail Ann Williams Says:

May 6, 2009 at 7:04 am e
Hi Craig! You must be talking about Bottoms Up and the former What’s On Tap, source of daily local beer news.
That’s now “Brooks on Beer.” Jay Brooks is a veteran beer writer and blogger, and a familiar site around the Bay Area beer scene. Jay has also invited guest submissions and was kind enough to run one of mine a week ago.
It’s time to take the old link to William Brand’s Beer Blog off the Blog Role on the left column, though still hard to do. We miss Bill and talk about him all the time. Thanks for mentioning it.

Carol Says:

May 8, 2009 at 7:29 am e
Glen Park Station is two blocks from Glen Park BART station (duh). Not a huge selection of beer, but there’s plenty of other stuff to drink.

janelle Says:

May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am e
Your black on blue color scheme makes it impossible to read anything here. Looked like maybe an interesting site, but…

Blow Says:

May 8, 2009 at 8:25 am e
Too bad BART administrators and union graph won’t allow themselves the extra work of making the system run until 2:30am. There are identical systems in Montreal and DC, and somehow, they don’t have the same lame excuses, but I guess that’s what we “smart Californians” pay quadruple the ticket fare for.

Brian Cox Says:

May 8, 2009 at 8:35 am e
The Attic 24th and mission- great music and $3 beers…

Teddy Says:

August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am e
Yeah duh, why the hell was this not included? It’s the closest and cheapest too!

Dave Says:

May 8, 2009 at 10:25 am e
I have a bar to suggest:
The Trappist
480 8th St
Oakland, CA 94607
it’s a 3 – 4 block walk from 12th st. Oakland. they have great Belgium beers.

Dave Says:

May 8, 2009 at 10:27 am e
nevermind…. you have it on your list

Gail Ann Williams Says:

May 8, 2009 at 10:36 am e
Thanks for the suggestions! (Janelle, if you are seeing black on blue I am thinking you have set your browser for a special color. This is a standard WordPress Theme, and the main text is all black on white, with links and titles in a toasty tan color.)

Guttersnipe Says:

May 14, 2009 at 10:15 am e
I met you (Steve and Gail) at a couple of beer functions in San Francisco. You had mentioned an annual trip that you take to San Diego visiting breweries. Can you let me know which hotel you recommend? We will be visiting there over the summer and want to hit a couple of breweries at that time. I believe you said the place you stayed was within walking distance to a couple?

shap Says:

May 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm e
Hi Guttersnipe,
Our strategy has changed in the past couple of years, due primarily to the moving and then closing of the Liars Club in Pacific Beach. We used to set up our base at the Best Western Blue Seas in Pacific Beach. It’s a pretty good, if perhaps slightly over priced hotel right on the ocean boardwalk. Nice location, but not near many beer destinations.
This January we decided to move around and stay near to the pub where we wanted to end each nite. We stayed at the Beach Terrace Inn 2775 Ocean Street Carlsbad, CA 92008 which is walking distance from Pizza Port. It’s a very nice hotel and was very affordable.
On the 2nd night we stayed at the Sommerset Suites Hotel – San Diego, 606 Washington Street, San Diego, CA , 800-962-9665. This is in the Hillcrest neighborhood and also nice and affordable. This is not walking distance, but as close as we could find to 30th St. (North and South Park neighborhoods), home to Toronado, Ritual Cafe, The Linkery and Hamilton’s Pub. Can’t really avoid driving or taking cabs to hit all of them.
If you’re interested in Stone, Lost Abbey and Green Flash, a hotel in the Escondido or San Marcos area might work, though we have not done this. Driving will be involved.
S.D. is a great beer destination, but not particularly transit-friendly.
Hope this helps.
Steve and Gail

John Duncan Says:

May 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm e
Hi Steve,
Still trucking. Went to this unique brew pub in Pittsburg. Thought you might enjoy knowing about it.

All the best, John

shap Says:

June 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm e
Hi John,
Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the tip in Pittsburgh. Sometime we’ll get there.
Please let us know if you’re truckin’ out here again.

Poppy Says:

June 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm e
Castro Valley BART: Spanky’s (Baker Rd), Krayon’s (Castro Valley Blvd), Brass Boar (CV Blvd in the Village parking lot), The Waiting Room (Lake Chabot Rd), Doucet’s (off of CV Blvd near Burger King- Rutledge?)

shap Says:

June 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm e
Thanks for the tips. Can you tell us a little more about the beer at these pubs?

Chris Says:

June 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm e
Here’s one that may be worth reviewing, Benders at 19th and South Van Ness. 15 taps; the next SF Brewers Guild meeting is supposed to be there on 21JUL.

Rob Says:

July 3, 2009 at 9:53 am e
Hey folks,
Thanks for hosting this month! My humble addition to the flock is here.

Gail Ann Williams Says:

July 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm e
Excellent! Some are also being posted here:

We’ll be starting to pull the roundup together soon.

Alicia Says:

July 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm e
Near 24th St BART is also Shotwell’s ( Nice selection of local and Belgian beers on tap, and I had a great Scottish ale in the bottle last time I went.

shap Says:

July 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm e
Hi Alicia,
Thanks so much for tipping us to Shotwell’s. We agree, it’s a great neighborhood bar with a terrific beer selection. We are in the process of writing them up and will have Shotwell’s posted soon. Hope to see you there sometime.

Avin Says:

July 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm e
Thanks for the list this is great. I’m going to print it out and leave it in my bag.
One suggestion –
I live in SF and work in Lafayette. I noticed no Lafayette bars. I’d suggest the Round Up. They have a good beer selection and they are about a third to half mile from the Lafayette BART station (just right down Mt. Diablo). Here’s their Yelp info –
Thanks again for the list.

shap Says:

July 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm e
Hi Avin,
Thanks for contacting us and thanks for the tip. We love hearing that people find our little site useful.
Can you tell us more about the beer list at the Round Up? We would love to fill in the “good beer” gaps in the East Bay.

ben Says:

March 18, 2010 at 10:03 am e
Mountain Mike’s Pizza located just behind Lafayette Bart on Mt Diablo carries Concords own Ale Industries. They always have two of their beers on tap Orange Kush and Ryed Piper with an occasional third handle. Great Beers by a good little local brewery. Mountain Mike’s website-

Ben MAhoney Says:

August 12, 2010 at 11:44 am e
update on Mt Mikes-they now carry 5 handles of Ale Industies, also Firestone Walker ojn tap and Two Rivers Cider

Gianni Says:

August 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm e
1/4 mile North of Pleasant Hill station along Oak Road/Buskirk is:
Back Forty Texas BBQ
Roadhouse & Saloon
As of 8/4/2009, on tap they pour:
Lagunitas IPA
Fat Tire
Pyramid Curve Ball
Blue Moon
Sierra Nevada
Widmer Hefewiesen
Kona Longboard
Stella Artois
Coor’s Light
Budweiser Light
Back Forty Texas BBQ
Roadhouse & Saloon
Pleasant Hill
100 Coggins Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Tel: (925) 935-1440
Fax: (925) 935-1343

Gail Ann Williams Says:

August 31, 2009 at 11:11 pm e
Thanks for the info about Back 40. Sounds like a nice place. It’s not exactly what we’re about with this guide, though, since this is for those who are seeking out elite regional craft beers or unusual imports. There are some perfectly nice beers on the list, along with some commonplace international American-style fizzy lagers, but we’re aiming for a step up from that sort of beer list. Places that perhaps carry Moonlight or other local “cult” beers, or that brew on site, or that have unusual imports will catch our attention. There are many cozy bars worth a visit, but not so many that appeal to the extreme beer geek as well as the beginning beer hunter. Those are the places we really want to list.

Morgan Cox Says:

September 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm e
Right off of Concord bart next to E.J. Phair there is a resturant named Fin’s. They only have one tap, but they are the only place that pours Concord’s newest Brewery, Ale Industries! They pour the Orange Kush, and also batter their fish with it!

SAN Says:

September 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm e
Tried a few of the places. Both Pacific Coast and the Trappist were very good. Was disappointed in Gordon Biersch. The festival beer was marginal, the hezenweisen only decent, and the food similar. But nice list – wish I had time in Frisco to try more.

Steve Shapiro Says:

September 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm e
Glad you made it to at least a few of the venues on our list. We’ll do our best field research to keep it up to date so that when you visit again you can explore more good beer. Keep in mind San Francisco Beer Week, February 5-14, 2010. This would be a great time to visit us again.

mike Says:

March 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm e
try the ROUGUE ALE HOUSE @ union & columbus and a few blocks farther KENNEDY’s (across from bimbos)

Colleen Booth Says:

November 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm e
Anchor & Hope Restaurant on 83 Minna, right near the Embarcadero and Montgomery Bart Stop, has 16 beers on tap and over 80 in the bottle!

shap Says:

November 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm e
Hi Colleen,
Anchor and Hope sounds great. We look forward to checking it out. Thanks so much for the tip.

Charles Says:

November 4, 2009 at 7:20 am e
Anything good near the Orinda stop?

mike Says:

March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm e
there is a deli near the movie theare with very few good beers {mostly B-M-C) and a bev mo around the otherother side of the block

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