Jolly Rodger Bottle Release 2015

Avast ye! Jolly Rodger spotted on the horizon! Bring ye empty treasure chests to be filled with the finest bottle releases of the year. This year’s Jolly release is a special collaboration with Oakland’s own Highwire Coffee company. We brewed an Imperial Coffee Porter with Highwire’s carefully selected roast from the Huila region of Columbia: Colombia Huila Finca […]

John G’s Jibber-Jab: Triplicity IPA

Industry treasure & Drake’s Head Brewer John Gillooly has a lot of opinions. We’ve decided to share his opinions with you nice blog readers. For our perceptive Aroma Coma fans (patients?) and fans of Aroma Prieta, you may have noticed that these are studies in American and New Zealand hops. They begin with the same […]

First Friday Blockparty

Hey Drake’s fans! You’re in for a treat tonight in two locations! As with every month, we have our First Friday brewery block party. From 4pm to 8pm we are benefiting the San Leandro Education Foundation while being pleasantly serenaded by Oakland’s own Muncie (self styled as rock, roll, swing, and slide). We will have […]

AromaFest: Drake’s Ten Day Coma Kick-Off Event

We’re kicking off our biggest release of the summer season with a series of events across California. The Ten Day Coma will begin at Drake’s Barrel House on July 17 featuring Aroma Coma, Aroma Prieta and our newest heavyweight: Aroma Therapy Double IPA. Beginning at 5pm our parking lot will become a spectacle of sights, […]

John G’s Jibber-Jab: Session Beers for Session Fest

With our 3rd Annual NorCal Session Fest this Saturday at Jack London Square, we corralled Brewmaster & Industry Treasure John Gillooly and asked him to wax eloquently on Session Beers: I think all of the brewers here at Drake’s get excited for Session Beer month – a whole month devoted to low-gravity beers with flavor. […]

Kick Back with Drake’s

We’ll cut right to the chase: We’re taking First Fridays on the road, and our first “Drake’s Kick Back” event is Saturday, June 13 overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge next to Battery Godfrey in San Francisco’s Presidio.  This event will support the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy‘s Trail Mixer at Foggfest. That’s right, we’re teaming with the GGNPC to […]

Drake’s May Newsletter

  May 2015 Drake’s May News What’s Goin’ On: May First Friday Alpha & Omega Session release this Saturday 3rd Annual NorCal Session Fest Bourbon Drakonic & more Barrel-Aged Bottle Releases Drake’s Barrel House & Brew! Kitchen Update Events, Homebrew Help, Web Store, Social Media May First Friday That’s right, Yay Area… it’s once again […]

Drake’s Brewing & Great Basin Brewing Co. Collaboration Release

At this point, we’re just going to designate this section of the newsletter for local beer weeks. Since The City kicked it off way back in 2009, craft beer weeks have popped up all over Northern California, and now Reno/Sparks is getting in on the action with Reno Craft Beer Week. We, of course, do […]

Bourbon Drakonic, anyone?

As we mentioned in the newsletter, Travis & Alyssa have been chugging away over in our barrel warehouse as we’ve been expanding our barrel program here at Drake’s, and it’s time to let you loyal Drake’s fans in on the fun.  That’s right, sports fans, this Sunday at the Barrel House, we’re releasing bottles of […]

Drake’s April Newsletter

  April 2015 Drake’s April News What’s Goin’ On: April First Friday Reno Beer Week & a Great Basin collab brew Wrasslin’ Barrels with Alyssa Employee Chili Cook-off Results & Recipes Drake’s Kickback Program Drake’s Barrel House & Brew! Kitchen Update Events, Homebrew Help, Web Store, Social Media April First Friday Yes yes yes, Lost […]