Pub Crawls from Oakland’s 12th St BART, for the National Homebrewers Conference
In town for NHC? Want to do your own pubcrawl? The main Beer By BART page helps you create excursions without driving. The official NHC Survival map has extensive resources. But let’s make it easier still, with a simple Custom Pub Crawl and BART Map and select custom guide sheets just for this purpose.
We start from 12th Street, Oakland, site of NHC 2009. These pub expeditions each use that station as starting and end point. Click the pub’s name for more, including their phone number and with a link to their own web page. Select the PDF to print. Having your crawl printout in your pocket will get you there even if you have never been on BART.
1. Crawl Around the Hall: No BART required, right nearby in Old Oak Town:
Pacific Coast Brewing Co.at 906 Washington St. 20-year-old brewpub that offers lunch and dinner fare, their own beers plus premium guest taps, outdoor seating and free wi-fi.
The Trappist at 460 8th Street is a mostly-Belgian beer bar with “proper glassware” and an ever-changing list of both rare and favorite bottles and taps.
Round trip walking distance 0.2 miles. Step-by-step instructions in the PDF guide for each walk.
Add-on: Luka’s Taproom at 2221 Broadway at West Grand, restaurant/club. Belgian and other beers, “California Brasserie” food, DJ and dance floor. Hop on BART or take a cab.
2. Rockridge Hop, 2 worthy beer bar-restaurants, just 3 stops away:
Ben & Nick’s Bar and Grill at 5612 College Avenue, is a little bar and grill with a solid beer list.
Barclay’s bar/restaurant at 5940 College Avenue rotates 30 select beers on tap and usually has something on cask.
Rockridge Station is relatively close to 12th Street by cab if you decide to return after the last BART train around midnight. Full step-by-step transit instructions on the PDF for this walk.
3. Two Tastes of Berkeley: Local beer in the original west coast university town, near the Cal campus:
Triple Rock at 1920 Shattuck, Berkeley. Brew pub and community fixture. Participated in the Pro-Am competition with a local homebrewer at GABF.
Jupiter offers beer and pub food. Brew their own beers off premises, plus rotate in guest taps. Often host live music out back in their beer garden.
Bonus: Bobby G’s – a pizza cafe with great beers is also on the pdf sheet.
4. Hayward’s hidden treasure: South to a gem of a beer bar with live bands:
The Bistro at 1001 “B” St. in Hayward, is a local bar which offers top beer selections and live music. Famed for their annual IPA, Double IPA and Barrel Aged festivals.
Drop by Buffalo Bill’s brewpub (within a block away) to visit the birthplace of (modern) pumpkin ale, inspired by colonial era American brewers, with a family-friendly lunch and dinner menu.
You can also add on a stop in San Leandro at The Englander on your return.
5. Heart of SF: Toronado downhill, with Magnolia and Zeitgeist, thanks to BART and the bus.
Take a #6, #7 or #71 bus from Civic Center BART up Haight Street to the corner of Masonic. (There are also underground MUNI routes, but this is the closest access).
Magnolia Pub, at 1398 Haight. Savor their flavorful beers on tap and on cask, and try their “gastropub” food. After a bite or a beer or both, walk back down Haight to…
Toronado 547 Haight St. (between Fillmore and Steiner) San Francisco, is a major beer mecca. Loud and crowded in the evening, if you find a spot there will be beers you must try among 40 constantly changing taps. You may carry in food from nearby.
Zeigeist 199 Valencia Street @ Duboce Avenue, the high-energy “bike messenger” beer bar with 25 taps, bar-b-que until late, and a large urban beer garden.
6. Monks, Luck and more: Start at the Sixteenth and Valencia scene and add goodies as required.
Monk’s Kettle, at 3141 16th serves interesting, fresh sustainable food plus an impressive assortment of craft brews and Belgians on tap.
Lucky 13, at 2140 Market Street, is a treasured and quirky bar with a good microbrew selection.
Add-ons: Walk uphill to Toronado at 547 Haight Street, a beer mecca. Most evenings it’s loud, crowded and happy. Carry food in.
Don’t feel like walking up a hill? Instead go to Zeitgeist, at 199 Valencia & Duboce, a unique urban scene and beer garden, with bar-b-que.
7. North Beach nightlife hike: People on the streets, plenty to see and beer diversity.
Rogue Ales Public House, at 673 Union, is a well-known Oregon brewery with a tied-house pub here. Unless you’re from Oregon, you may want to check them out.
La Trappe at 800 Greenwich Street, a basement cafe serves Belgians on tap and in the bottle, dinners and tasty frites. Worth a trek.
Add-ons: The Church Key, newest beer bar in town.
Check out the incredibly historic San Francisco Brewing Company at 155 Columbus as you go by. Or buy the business, for that matter.
8. 21 plus one or two: 21st Amendment is a brewpub that respects the AHA card with special prices… and has a Tasty pro-am beer on tap now!
21st Amendment, at 563 2nd Street serves a changing selection of bold beers, lunch and dinner plus sell ales to go, in nifty cans. Baseball fans will enjoy a walk around the perimeter of the ballpark.
Add-ons: Thirsty Bear, at 661 Howard Street, make organic beers on site. Tuesday is Firkin night. Known for its tapas.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, at 2 Harrison Street, is a chain brewpub known for nice lagers, including some listed BJCP commercial example beers.
The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, is a foodie destination, with interesting taps at several spots here.
What else? There are many more adventures to put together. If it’s a sunny afternoon, you might take a ferry boat to Marin Brewing, for example, using the main Beer By BART listing linked from the right column of pages on this site. (Scroll up to see it!). You could wait until you are about to go out, call and determine whether Lanesplitters Pizza in Oakland has Pliny the Elder, Death and Taxes, or other local favorites on draft, and decide to go there instead. We hope NHC attendees will spread out to try a lot of these many fine places… and others you run into
Suggested to us by AHA members while we worked on this project: add in the beloved East Bay bottle shop near North Berkeley BART: Description – Ledgers on University Avenue. Also, we got a suggestion that we include The Englander pub in San Leandro in the detailed instructions… it’s already in the main site listing on the main page of Beer by BART
Find more destinations and links to more information about each one on the main BeerByBART page grouped by nearby BART stations, and while the combinations are not endless there are plenty more you could add in!
Feedback is always welcome. And you’re welcome to town!
-Gail and Steve