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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1920 Shattuck Avenue
phone: (510) 843-4677
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Like the previous reviewer, I've been here several times, I like it, I just can't DIG it. It's cozy and wooden and typical of an alehouse. Round, lacquered wood tables and chairs, a bar with a small, nearly unreadable chalkboard, and an unconcerned wait staff.
A- It's nice and cozy inside, and even when it's loud, it isn't LOUD. Can get crowded and uncomfortable on weekend nights, though.
Q- The beers vary greatly. Some are amazing, some aren't very good at all. Dragon Milk stout, Tree Frog, and a select few others are always enjoyable. The seasonals tend to be not as great.
S- The service is consistently lousy. Perhaps if I were a regular it would be better...Even when it is slow in there it seems to take forever to get something after it's been ordered, or to have someone come take your order. They are friendly, usually, just not extremely concerned about you. Alot of waiting around there.
S- The selection is slightly better than many brew pubs I have been to, both in regards to food and beers. THey have a good range of beer styles, and have them paired on their menu, which I feel is important for a brew pub. It certainly opens peoples eyes and gets them to try other things.
F- The food is typical pub fare, alot of burgers and fried food, not overly greasy, and slightly better tasting than typical pub fare. Not the highest quality, but some of the higher quality pub food I've found.
V- Not pricey, but not cheap. Worth the money you'll spend.
05-14-2008 18:24:51 |
More by Maudite
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I've given this place many chances but I just haven't warmed up to it yet. On paper this is a good place though.
The atmosphere is American brewpub with a tendency towards 1950's decor housed in an old wooden storefront space. The bar is nice enough but seems a little small for the size of the space. There is also a back room space with small tables adorned with red/white checkered tablecloths. There is a small patio on the roof with outdoor seating. The whole place is usually very loud in the evenings, with blaring, cavernous acoustics which makes conversing very difficult.
The crowd there is particularly un-Berkeley; its a little slice of Americana in the middle of Berzerkeley. You'll often see sports fans and college Dads there eating burgers. Service is average, not unfriendly but not beer-enthusiast oriented either.
The beer at triple Rock tends toward the delicate, mild side. Most of it seems well-crafted and session oriented. The Dragon's Milk is a nice toasty brown with a dry-hopped herbal twist. The IPAX is an unfiltered, quaffable IPA with a soft Simcoe bitterness. There are decent seasonals, some better than others. Overall this is a pretty good brewpub, but if given a choice I'd rather spend an evening at Lanesplitter, the Albatross or even Jupiter. Still, worth checking out if you're on a thorough east bay beer hunt.
The beer here has improved. The head brewer has moved over to Iron Springs and has been replaced with a brewer from Drakes. There have been some tasty double IPA's and fresh-hop seasonals lately, and the flagship IPAX seems to have moved into "outstanding" territory.
04-07-2008 03:59:11 |
More by bcm119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a nice place on Shattuck just north of the downtown Berkeley bart and only 2 blocks from campus. Atmosphere is cool with super old brewery stuff, and nice dark wood in a spacious, yet often crowded, bar area. Quality of the beers is good and whilst the selection is not mind blowing they do craft some good seasonals here and the line up rotates quickly so you never get too bored. Service is good as well and this is just a good chill spot where I often grab a pre-class pint. Cheers to triple rock.
02-09-2008 05:52:50 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
i really like this place! the 50's pub atmosphere is totally rockin' with vintage breweriana covering the walls. it also has a very warm feel with the high polished wooden wainscotting. also the bar conversation is what you would expect from berkeley, a step or two up from your typical bar. and the wacky 80's jukebox that provides that tunes is pretty awesome.
the food is decent but not what you would expect from a place in the bay area. it is ok as far as classic pub food goes but not very innovative or amazingly delicious.
the beer selection is great. there is always a cask and nitro selection and around 8-10 beers on tap all the time. and the beers are really good, simple and delicious made fresh.
i really like this place and it is definitely worth a visit.
02-03-2008 20:39:12 |
More by hoegaardenhero
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked here after stopping at Jupiter. We were seated at a booth and were served an interesting sampler of beers. The menu didn't help much as a good number of the beers in the sampler weren't on the menu. They had a couple of cask conditioned versions of their normal beers. They had a pretty decent red ale and good IPA. The Titanium pale ale was probably my favorite though.
The waitress was prompt and courteous and the bill was reasonable. The bartender was nice and asked us our thoughts about the beer, I think he is the brewer. The place was not overly buisy on a saturday afternoon but the patrons were lively and the place was enjoyable.
01-03-2008 22:15:14 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice wood-paneled walls, funny signs, two big TVs, nice tables. A little bit small, but nice nonetheless.
The quality there is very consistent, and both the food and the beers are excellent.
The service is also very good, with servers coming by pretty often to check up on things. Also, the servers at the bar are even-headed even when things get crazy Thursday nights.
The selection of beer is decent, with a nice amount of beers brewed right there. They have their standard beers plus Monkey's Head, which they serve exclusively on Thursday nights (It's always worth it to get a liter of Monkey's Head, so try it!).
The food is also very good. Their garlic fries and chicken wings are particularly memorable.
Overall, a pretty fun place to be to have a couple of drinks.
10-10-2007 22:31:24 |
More by Boneheadmx
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I first went to Triple Rock when I live in Berkeley for the summer in 1996. The place was within walking distance of my place. The variety of beer was great, and they seem to change their offerings, so there are new things to try. Bug Juice was my favorite, a hoppy pale ale.
The place is a little ways away from the UC Berkeley campus, but not a bad walk. Inside, at least when I went, it was quite small. The decor seemed more like a coffee bar or something, with menus on the chalk board. The food was very good, though I usually just drank. I try to get to Triple Rock anytime I am in Berkeley.
05-17-2007 21:01:25 |
More by cbreitro
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited mid-afternoon on a Saturday - there were only a few other tables of customers and, after waiting for about 2 minutes at the entrance grabbed a couple of menus and seated myself - apparently that was the unspoken seating method around there. A waitress came over shortly afterwards and took the drink orders - my g/f, cloaked in hangover, went for a Barq's Root beer. Me, wearing the same, told the waitress I wanted something not too hoppy, as the last thing I needed was something bitter. She asked "do you want bitter or sweet?" And I replied that the Stonehenge Stout was fine, not wanting to go through how bitter or sweet each beer was. I ordered the special for $9.95 which included a buffalo chicken sandwich, fries and a pint of beer. My g/f got the burger which was huge but came only with a side of slaw - seriously, who serves a burger and charges extra for fries?? The beer was tasty but unremarkable, the food quite enjoyable, and the service about average. I would def. check this place out again to sample more brews, but don't think mid-afternoon is the right time to have fun here. On the other hand, the music was extraordinary, clear beautiful guitar from the 60s and 70s... if only I wasn't the only one in the whole place enjoying it. A few TVs hung from the ceiling showed college football games.
I'd like to give this a try on a Sunday evening when the Raiders were playing (and not sucking). Think the place would be a lot more enjoyable.
11-27-2006 21:29:33 |
More by clickpush
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $
It is after 10pm and you want a pint and a burger on a weekend night. But you are in Berkeley. Good luck.
Only one place I know of where you can do this: Triple Rock.
Food is good pub grub, with a nice mix of burgers, sandwiches, chili, wings...pretty much what you expect in a small pub. The kitchen, though loves to spice up their chili: you have been warned.
Waitstaff is pretty close to exceptional. If you think you can do better, then you probably have not waited on tables in your life. Very friendly, very on top of things. I never sit for too long with an empty pint glass at my table.
Triple Rock beer....i have been going to Triple Rock for over 10 years, and I make have no problem telling it like is. Well within reason. When I first stared, paxman was the brewer, and he was not consistant; you never knew what you would get one batch to the next. He left, then it got worse. Then the owners did the right thing: they hired Chris and he made Brad his assistant.
They now brew some of the best beer in the bay area. IPA's are HIGHLY reccomended. Stout/Porter not regular enough. Most of their beers are interpretations of Pale Ales/Bitters. This is a place you can go to find a light-like beer for the non beer geek, but still find a beer for yourself.
Upsides to Triple Rock: the beer, reasonably priced food, nice place to drink. No booze.
The downside: college students learning how to drink, and it can get rather loud in there for certain sport events.
10-21-2006 20:43:09 |
More by mikron1234
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for a drink and a gander at the World Cup games last week.
Triple Rock struck me as a fairly run-of-the-mill brewpub-style brewpub (I think we all know what that means by now), though they get big time props for having one piece of pre-Prohibition Fitger's paraphanalia.
At my visit, they had nine beers on tap, fairly standard style-wise (all English and American), and my buddy and I tried four. Their cask IPA, from Simcoe hops, had a nice flavor as did their hopped-up brown ale. That said, there wasn't one that I would have re-ordered.
Overall, I recommend this place only to the most die-hard of BeerFly hounds. Otherwise, choose one of the other, better San Fran/Berkeley destinations.
06-17-2006 01:55:05 |
More by benito
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley, CA
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