First Friday is here again-Labor Day BBQ style

This Friday is the 2nd of September and you know what that means… Drake’s First Friday is here again! To kick off the Labor Day weekend right we decided to have a good ole’ fashioned BBQ. What could be better than to send off what’s been a pretty damn awesome summer than with smoked meat, […]

Our Duo Aroma Coma Bottle Releases brought the Hops to the Masses

This Friday, after much anticipation, we finally managed to bottle the hop-madness that is the Aroma Coma IPA. Now, you can fill your homes with the smell of hops, but by the looks of things at City Beer Store and Beer Revolution, you better grab your supply soon. Fans of the hops have been stocking […]

It’s Back: Aroma Coma Bottle Releases in SF and East Bay this Friday

We know you’ve been patient, and your wait is almost over. After you vultures (just kidding) wiped us clean of Aroma Coma in record time earlier this month, we’ve been itchin’ to get the next batch out to you in bottles. Today at the brewery we’ve been working hard brewing and bottling all day, and […]

Drake’s and Triple Rock take Stumptown: Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ 2011

Last weekend, we with some of our Triple Rock comrades rolled up north to Guerneville, Calif. to chill by the river at Stumptown’s annual Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cookoff. We brought along some Denog to get the party started and some Batch 3000 Dark Pale Ale, and Triple Rock brought kegs of Pinnacle […]

Behind-the-Scenes: Cleaning, Nitro Stout, and We have a screw loose…

Kyle was shadowing Jeff today in the brewery. He took the term “shadow” very seriously.   Alex, is working on a batch of Nitro Stout. It looks pretty damn good in that whirlpool. Don’t you want to jump into this… Sooo, lastly, we got lucky today. One of the guys removed a clamp off a […]

Brewmaster’s Dinner with Brian Thorson and Bruce Paton (the Beer Chef)= Culinary nirvana

This past Friday Bruce Paton, aka the Beer Chef as he’s come to be known in the Bay Area, put together an incredible four-course menu to highlight some of our beers— including some of our barrel-aged beers. Back in February during San Francisco Beer Week, Paton caught the ear of our head brewer Brian Thorson […]

Blonde Bottling: Flight of the Brewing-Men

Today at Drake’s we’ve been bottling fools, packing up our Blonde Ale for you guys to enjoy with some friends and some sunshine. Here’s a video of the action. Trying to make sure you guys have enough to go round keeps our bottling team moving pretty fast! Cheers!   [youtube]70HV3iXzC4E[/youtube]

RECAP: Last Week at Drake’s: August 1-7, 2011

Wow, last week was quite a week here at Drake’s. On Tuesday we invited over some close friends for our first ever Drake’s Summer Soiree.  With delicious burgers and sandwiches courtesy of Oakland’s “fivetenburger” truck and all the tasty beer in the Barrel House (including a firkin of citra dry-hopped IPA), lots of fun was […]

Aroma Coma knocked it outta the park at the Bistro IPA Fest!

This past Sunday we sent our newest batch of Aroma Coma IPA to the Bistro in Hayward, Calif. for their annual IPA fest. Competing against 49 other IPAs in a blind tasting, our insanely flavorful and aromatic brew took the People’s Choice award and placed 2nd overall!   The entire day was a big success […]

We got a pretty ribbon from the California State Fair. And some awesome awards!

Last weekend, head brewer Brian Thorson went to the California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition. He came home with three gold certificates for our IPA, Denogginizer & 1500, and three silver certificates for our Blonde, Hefe and Amber. We also came in second place in the overall competition. I’d say it was a successful […]