Drake’s Brewery and Barrel House (San Leandro)
Drake’s Brewery, formerly a production-only brewery, has opened a much-loved Barrel House pouring their beers onsite since 2011. You will find 24 taps — several devoted to barrel-aged goodies at any given time — and an outside seating area. You can also buy growlers, bottles and cases of their beers to take away. The taproom is open daily. Often it’s closed to the public on the 1st Friday of the month while they host a fundraiser for a local non-profit. They have added a light food menu to the options, and on occasion, food trucks also set up shop outside. Check the website to verify current hours.
1933 Davis Street #177, San Leandro • (510) 562-0866
Drake’s is located in the Westgate Shopping Center. It’s over a mile walk down Davis Street, and not a particularly aesthetic or safe one with a precarious onramp crossing at Highway 880. You you may want to hop a bus, shuttle or cab at BART. A free Shuttle runs every 20 min during peak commute hours between the BART station and the Westgate Shopping Center. Recently the posted times were 5:45am- 9:45am and 3pm-7pm. Check the free Links shopping shuttle site.e To find a white Links shuttle bus, exit the station thru the east door (San Leandro Avenue side) and turn right, looking for the bus stop sign. Get off at the first stop after you cross the freeway, across from Westgate shopping center. Cross the street into the center and follow the line of chain stores until you face Walmart. Turn right and you’ll find Drake’s tucked away in back of the stores. The AC Transit bus #89 also runs approximately every 30 minutes from the BART station. Get off at Timothy Drive (Home Depot), walk back seeking the tell-tale brewery grain silo.
Official BART San Leandro Station and connecting transit info.