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Taps: 48 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
464 3rd St
phone: (510) 452-2337
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it to the Beer Revolution. When I pulled up to the place I found a porch with ample seating, and plenty people seeming to enjoy their after work hours. Inside was a dimly lit, wood theme room. To one side was the bar and the other, several fridges carrying quite the variety of beers. The tap selection was a plethora of mostly California beers, something I've been waiting for, for a while. Most of the beers were $5, but the selection was mostly beers I hadn't seen on tap, or breweries I hadn't seen, ever. The lady pouring was super friendly and informative. There were two other guys doing dishes and other handy work, but the beer lady was handling the crowd just fine. They had pretty good music, for my liking anyway: mostly punk. The vibe was very 'Oakland'. This place is like City Beer on steroids. And they have a great vegan soul food place down the block you and order from over the phone and they'll deliver! I've got one more reason to make it across the bridge.
03-09-2011 05:57:59 |
More by 100floods
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
In Northwest Brewing News City Beer in SF was voted best beer bar in Northern CA. WTH? Located south of I-880 and within easy walking distance from The Trappist. Walking in the first thing you are hit with is a massive Tap list on a black board that while I was there blew at least 6 of their 40 plus taps with in the hour. We were there for the last day of SF Beer Week and the owner/brewer of Upright Brewing in Portland, OR was chilling at the bar-so I had a pint of his "7"-which was great. The owner of Lagunitas was there playing music and he ended up giving away free Lagunitas beer to everyone for an hour. Plus it was Lagunaitas keep the mug day-double score. On tap were the SF and Sacramento Beer week special beers from Lagunitas. Triple score.
Service and atmosphere were exceptional. Oh yeah, I didn't mention the bottle selection which was over the top.
Beer Rev is by far the best beer bar in the Bay Area and probably in Nor Cal-period.
02-25-2011 13:06:15 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by today for an SF Beer Week event. Walked over from the 12th st BART station, a nice medium sized walk to help build up some thirst. Walked in with only a few patrons inside, with the rest occupying their porch on a beautiful Bay Area afternoon. It got a lot busier later when the main event started. Nice punk and beer decorated interior, with bottles beer items everywhere, barrels as tables, and decent amount of seating. Fairly warm inside, but there were a few fans going and hung out by one for a bit. Both owners were serving today, and both were very friendly, despite the eventual crush of customers later in the afternoon, and checked in on me a few times while I was enjoying my beer.
Beer Revolution just expanded their tap capabilities, increasing their total tap count to 47 taps. Great selection of beers, with a good mix of local offerings, good domestic brands from across the country, and a few foreign taps thrown in for fun. Three unlit coolers hold a good bottle selection with very reasonable prices and a $1 corkage fee if you wanted to open up in the bar with their glassware.
The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. They offer all beers in a nice selection of appropriate glassware, and there's an option for a taster flight if you really can't decide.
They don't serve any food, but I'm told you can bring in food from nearby businesses if I was interested.
Looking forward to coming back.
02-13-2011 02:44:03 |
More by nataku00
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for the first time this past weekend, after doing some coastal cleanup down in Jack London square.
The atmosphere was about what I expected: kind of a punk-ish vibe on the inside (The Misfits were playing when we walked in; Rebecca and Fraggle both wear punk clothing). Beer memorabilia on the walls. Call me silly, but I liked that the music wasn't oppressively loud. We could (and did) sit and talk for hours without being drowned out by the sound.
Rebecca was super-friendly. She was quick to help our large group, which had a bunch of beer newbies, with tasters and recommendations. She also filled our water pitchers multiple times on an exceptionally hot day. My rule is 1 water for every beer. I love a place that accommodates that. Can't beat the service.
Three coolers full of great beer. They were mostly locals, and all things that would cater to a beer geek or someone reasonably interested in craft. Fair prices on everything, with a slight corkage fee ($1 or $2? Not listed) to drink on premises. I appreciated that the beer is kept cold and that the coolers aren't lit (so the beers are protected from skunking, as well). However, the bar was oppressively hot, with no A/C, and I began to wonder about the kegs sitting on the floor. The beers all tasted fine on draft, so perhaps it's not an issue.
There's no food per se, but they do have a partnership with local restaurants to bring food over. I tried the vegan soul food next door. It is amazing. On the strength of that non-affiliated restaurant alone, I would go back to Beer Revolution.
Move over, City Beer. There's a Beer Revolution coming.
09-27-2010 03:54:16 |
More by Arbitrator
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Beer Revolution seems to be the next step in the evolving Oakland beer scene. With not only a great selection of 14 local taps, but three glass doored cases full of bottles you can easily find what you need.
Difficult to find mostly because the inter-google directions sent me to the wrong part of 3rd. . . should have written down the BA address! Broadway & 3rd Street, near Jack London Square.
The sunny patio stands in contrast to the dark bar waiting inside. Definitely a grungy punk feel so I was not surprised when I was told one of the owners played in a punk band - look for his record on the wall. Shoebox shaped, bar down the right side, bottles down the left, a series of barrels on end used as tables down the middle.
On selection and service alone, this place is an A. Unfortunately I had problems with the atmosphere & beer storage.
The downside of using barrels for tables and keg coolers as the 'bar' is you will continuously bump your knees as you try to settle in for a pint (no overhanging bar top). Also, there is no A/C and on the warm day I visited it was pretty uncomfortable inside the bar with all the compressors heating up the joint. Outside was a better option but the seats were packed so I drank quickly to beat the oppressive heat.
On the quality side, there were several kegs and bottles stored at room temp as they awaited their turns in the stock rotation. There were probably 20 kegs of various sized sitting by the door and a room near the bathroom back stocked with lots of bottles. The draft beers I had were all in good condition but with a few more hot days like this one, the quality of all the beers will start to suffer and this may show more in time.
So that is my long justification for my below average rating. I am looking for a grade A place to drink beer, not just a grade A selection. Add a walk-in to store beer cold, some A/C to cool off the bar, and an actual bar to drink and I would bump this place up. Again service & selection were great.
09-04-2010 18:29:21 |
More by BrewnZ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Met up with ipa247 here on Friday afternoon for a couple beers.
The place is located in downtown Oakland and is sort of easy to miss, actually, if you don't know it's there. A tiny little sign and some beer themed umbrellas on the patio are just about the only clue that this is the place you're looking for.
Inside the place definitely has a different feel than your usual beer store or bar. A lot of DIY/Punk influence, tons of posters and beer advertisements, and some damn good beer too.
The tap-list offers about 12 options, all of which are American craft or import offerings. A great selection of bottles (all in coolers), which is great too. Quite a bit of obscure stuff that you don't see at other Bay Area bottle shops or down here in Southern California.
The service was definitely friendly and quick, and the prices are pretty reasonable too (draft beers tend to be around $4-6, bottles vary quite a bit, of course).
This is a really cool little spot, and I'll make sure to come back whenever I find myself in the Bay Area.
08-02-2010 05:52:37 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here for a BA East Bay tasting. Owner was very hospitable and let us bring our own beer into the joint thats a cross between toronado and city beer store.
Great selection of bottled beers, great tap list, good atmosphere, friendly people, outdoor space. Indoors is a little cramped but it's a bar, what do you expect?
I will definitely go back. Loved the place, owner was cool, prices reasonable, awesome selection. Easy to get to from Bart, get off on 12th street and walk to fourth. Seven more characters.
07-15-2010 05:28:09 |
More by Murchmac
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Slipped in here the other day to check it out as I'm new to the area, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The bottle selection behind the glass is pretty nice, especially for local stuff. The Belgian selection could use a bit of improvement but still pretty solid. Beer Revolution does a great job with its tap selection. Great selection, and the spot continually circulates its kegs. On top of that, the gal behind the bar said they were thinking of adding even more tap lines. The folks here definitely leave you to your own devices when you are shopping for a bottle, but they are more than willing to give recommendations or help you out in any other way if you need it. Solid seating inside along with great patio seating outside. According to the event calendar, they do a pretty solid job of getting brewers in the location and holding special tastings. The prices here are very reasonable for both draft and bottle products.
All-in-all, definitely worth a visit.
06-18-2010 20:31:21 |
More by WOTO97
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A recent trip to the Bay Area allowed me the opportunity to check out Beer Revolution. I actually meet up with another BA here and was glad he recommended it. Really cool vibe inside. A smaller space, but used well. Coolers lined the walls with beers from all over. Great bottle selection. The tap selection was pretty unique, as well. I got to try Uncommon Siamese Sour and Moonlight Bombay by Boat. After picking up a bottle, I had to be on my way, but would have loved to spend more time here. Maybe next time I'll get to enjoy a few beers on the patio out front.
06-01-2010 00:18:33 |
More by d0ggnate
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I saw the hype, I read some review, I had to check it out. I live in the south bay, so coming to Oakland I either go the Trappist.
I love the Trappist and this place is just a few blocks away.
This place is not quite, and has a vibe. Punk rock music playing on the stereo and a very eclectic tap and bottle selection.
I mean they have a really big bottle selection so the cool thing is come in, have a draft and chill, pick out a bottle or 3 to take home. Wide variety of micros, Belgium's and the like.
the staff is knowledgeable about the beer they serve and the atmosphere is laid back. If you don't like punk rock music, it is not too loud so you can talk over it and still have a good time.
If I was asked to pick this or the Trappist, I would leave the room though. Both are different, both are great and both will see me when I trek to Oakland to drink quality beers. They are well within walking distance to BART so you can be responsible!
04-19-2010 15:06:44 |
More by xmorgan
Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA