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Taps: 48 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.8/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is usually pretty busy. They seem to have a following that outdoes the quality, selection, and environment. I think they might be the only beer bar with this many taps and selections of to-go bottles in the East Bay area. The service is usually pretty good. That snotty, know-it-all, impatient quality often found in the service in Bohemian places like Beer Rev was very noticeably absent. This was a huge plus. Prices are fairly reasonable. Only one bathroom. And it is a unisex. It's a tight fit inside the bar. The only reason I'd give it an above average on environment is that it has outdoor seating. Of course, in that part of Oakland, there's not a lot to look at out there. They close early and sometimes, whenever they choose. They have a huge variety of tap beers that get rotated regularly. They offer several different options of to-go bottles, but the bottle beers aren't anything impressive. Some are obscure, but none that are remarkably sought after. Pliny the Elder seems to sell out pretty quickly.
10-29-2012 00:08:44 | More by DocJitsu
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love this place so much. The staff is knowledgeable and clearly cares about every beer they have. For having as many beers as they have they know their brews each one they kind describe vividly and thy get into your head enough to know what you want.
One of the best things about this place is that all the beers on tap are between $4 - $6. Really it's beer for the people. They always have different beers which is good and bad, I have often come in for a hankering for a particular beer only to find that it is no longer there in a 6 day period.
Another great thing about this place is that it has an outside patio. The inside sometimes gets a little too crowded and has that musty beer smell which adds to the atmosphere in my opinion.
This place is a great place to go on a beautiful day and for me is one of my regular staples. it's places like this that make Oakland's beer scene superior even to San Francisco, which has great places but not places with this kind of character and "for the people" mentality.
10-04-2012 06:56:59 | More by Morgan-makes-Cloud
4.58/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Beer Revolution has 47 taps, most of which are hand selected american microbrew, including many local selections from small breweries you won't find anywhere else. The staff is friendly and helpful, and it seems like every single beer is between $5-7 for big pours. They sell cold bottled beer and only charge a dollar to drink it there. I saw on the wall they have an active calendar of events which I will enjoy coming back for. The atmosphere is typical of a dive bar, no windows, and they use old wooden barrels as tables. This place is just about what you would expect for downtown Oakland and is walking distance from Bart. If youre in the Bay Area and you're into beer more than scene, I say skip San Francisco and go straight to Beer Revolution.
03-19-2012 03:25:28 | More by BenHesk12
4.94/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I remember coming here shortly after they opened and being one of a handful of folks at the bar. On my first visit I think it was just me and my drinking companion, and we closed down the bar. But even then I knew I was on to something special.
Flash forward two years and a lot has changed. This place is perpetually busy. I recently visited the Bay and stopped by mid-week in the afternoon and was surprised to see so many people present in-between lunch and happy hour. They’ve expanded their tap selection so there’s now an overwhelming number of options and started using “better”/proper glassware (no more glass mugs!). Prices seem to have gone up a buck across the board, but their prices are consistent with the market. Their “corkage” fee remains unchanged, thankfully, and there’s several treats along the coolers too. (Jester King in California!)
Coming from a self-described beer geek I was thrilled to find so many brews to choose from! However, I could use some help in the future—not just ABV but style or tasting notes would help, without me (or my at times indecisive drinking companion) burdening the bartender with questions or requests for samples. The vibe is pretty laid back, at least during the day time. (I haven’t been by in the evening or on a weekend in over a year so I can’t speak to the crowding.) Will I be back next time I’m in Oakland? Of course I will.
03-05-2012 22:14:54 | More by elNopalero
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Not so much exciting as a bottle shop (not terrible though), but the tasting room is amazing - dozens of high quality, unusual taps. If you can't find something you like, you don't like beer. If you can't find something you haven't tried, you get out way too much.
The place is a little grungy-looking, with dark wood and worn looking furniture (there are several outside picnic tables s well).
The bottle shop portion is a couple of coolers across the back wall, with a few small room-temperature shelves. It looked to be a better import selection than domestic and the prices struck me as just a hair over the average in this market.
The nice thing is, however, that you can buy a bottle and drink it right there. But why would you bother with such a great tap list behind the bar.
Staff seems friendly and super casual.
Note that no minors are allowed, so don't even think about bringing the kids.
01-08-2012 01:10:15 | More by Seanibus
4.94/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
How haven't I reviewed Beer Revolution? That just doesn't seem right, considering the number of times I've been there. Regardless, this is the best beer destination in the East Bay, and I'd put it up there in whole Bay Area. Over 40 taps, always good stuff on, and almost never over $6. Serving sizes can be ridiculous, last night I ordered a BA Black Marlin, expecting a 12-oz pour at most, and got a full pint. You'll always feel like you're your money's worth, that's for sure.
They do multiple events weekly, usually things like "Meet the Brewer" with various local or not-so-local brewers, and feature a lineup of their beers. Taplists are often, but not always, posted on FB. They usually update when they get special bottles in too, and bottles seem to last longer than most places (a bunch of Eclipse is still on the shelves, for instance). The bottle selection is very good, obviously not as much as a true bottle shop, but it's plausibly the best in Oakland.
But the best part is the staff. All very friendly, I've had long discussions with several. Fraggle, one of the owners, is extremely accommodating. There is a regular BA tasting that they allow us to do there, and provide glasses, dump buckets, water, etc. It's above-and-beyond, and extremely appreciated.
Finally, while they don't make any food themselves, there are often food trucks or stands set up. I've had several tasty pulled pork sandwiches from a cart on the patio. They also allow food to be brought from anywhere, and have partnerships with at least one local place to deliver food to the bar.
12-29-2011 18:31:59 | More by stupac2
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Unassuming place with a hopping wooden deck patio out front, and a jovial bouncer checking ID's.
Inside it was dark, first thing to see were taps and kegs piled by the door. Coolers to the left, bar to the right. Barrel tables down the center, restrooms in the back. Wooden paneling covered with signs, stickers, and framed artwork on the walls. Punk blasting on the stereo.
A cask of Drake's Alpha Session sitting on the bar, and four chalkboards on the back wall packed with a very wide assortment of drafts. Six cooler doors along the left wall held bottles that were available to drink at the bar for a $1 corkage fee, or to go. Nice west coast stuff like Pliny, Sculpin, plus assorted Belgians (Drie Fonteinen) and obscure imports, and a variety of small batch meads. Drafts like Temptation, High Water, and dozens of others that are hazy at the moment. Covered a broad range of styles, import, US, and obscure crafts from regional brewpubs (wish more bars/brewpbs did this).
Atmosphere was loud, dark, and packed on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of people, mainly a younger crowd though, hence the bouncer I guess. Took a little while to get a beer, but the tender was friendly and answered a few questions about the beers. Overall a fun place that seems to get packed.
Also, it's a bar that sells beer to go, not a retail "store" in the traditional sense, but serving the same purpose.
10-14-2011 03:28:49 | More by emerge077
4.54/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Incredible selection of taps here, and bottles were fewer but still mostly highly sought after beers. Bartender was polite and informative, even offering samples of beer before purchasing a pint. Visit was right at opening on a weekday (why so late opening, anyway?).
Place has a mellow atmosphere, not far from the Belgian bar just a few blocks up the street. Standard shaker pint glasses were used for my beers, which was disappointing given how many beer bars in San Francisco area use proper glassware. Well, the mellow atmosphere is actually more than mellow, and that's where I just don't feel the vibe - I was the only one not wearing entirely/mostly black, as well as sans tattoos. This part of the craft beer culture I just don't understand.
09-05-2011 04:58:46 | More by yemenmocha
4.61/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Between hundreds of bottles and over 50 taps, Beer Revolution has easily one of the most impressive selections you'll find anywhere (and not just the Bay Area). The quality and rarity of draught offerings was truly astounding - the place doesn't bother pandering to mainstream tastes with average beers - and upon my visit I counted over a dozen barleywines. It seemed like most beers were stronger than 7% and there were multiple rare barrel-aged beers that never showed up anywhere else in the Bay Area. Still, a variety of styles were represented. All bottles are priced to go but can be drunk on-site. I found the prices cheaper here than any bottle shop in San Francisco. The owners seemed like salt-of-the-earth people and the other staff were quite knowledgeable, without any pretension, and very capable. The bar isn't huge but the place comfortably could hold 40+ people and there's a good sized patio out front too. No food, but you're just a few streets down from The Trappist, which is excellent. Easily accessible from 12th Street BART.
08-15-2011 18:06:06 | More by biegaman
1.55/5 rDev -64.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
You guys are crazy.
First, this place is really more of a dingy bar than a revolutionary beer store. The "amazing" selection is three unlighted, glass-front beer coolers. Yes, there's some great stuff in there, but not spectacular. Also, it's so dark you can barely read the labels. When I asked if they had any Speedway Stout, a gruff guy snapped "sold out"! How about the Wee Heavy? "Sold out"!! Uh ok, sorry for asking...
Second, this place if fucking filthy! I wanted to shower after just being in there. Take a look at the decorative bottles on top the coolers - thick layer of dust on everything. I am guessing the place has never been cleaned since it opened. The entry way is stacked with kegs of beer - some sitting in direct sunlight due to the half-door. Nice way to handle the beer...
Bottom line: Don't waste your time. If you want a great beer bar in the area, go to the trappist. If you want a great take out store, go to City Beer or Perry's in Livermore.
08-01-2011 13:56:33 | More by datamike
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Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA
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