Drake’s 27th

You guys remember that time we turned 25? Yea, awesome shindig. With all the construction and whatnot, we kinda had to skip right over 26 and since we were pretty sad about it, we’re making up for it this year. This is your invitation to attend our even-bigger-than-last-time-celebration-of-Drake’s 27th Anniversary Party on Friday, August 26th! Our San Leandro brewery parking […]

Hop Chef: Everything is Brewtiful

We’re thrilled to have Magnolia Brewery participating in Hop Chef. Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery became a neighborhood staple of “Hashbury” in 1997. Today Magnolia has become quintessential to the Bay Area, with locals and visitors alike flocking to their multiple locations for their tasty and unconventional brews, seasonal pub food, and their “everything is brewtiful” outlook. […]

Drake’s Brings Home GABF Silver for Black Robusto Porter

This past year it looks like our Black Robusto Porter decided to put on its big boy pants and bring home the bacon (which coincidentally is a really tasty pairing). After years of living life as a draft only release, Robusto wanted to see the world, to meet the craft beer drinking public at home […]

Bringing you the Alpha and Omega Sessions

“Foolish consistency is the hob goblin of little minds.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Alpha Session is different this year. Hold the phone. Don’t fret. We haven’t abandoned the Alpha Session you loved before. Let us explain what we mean here. Each year the hop crops are different in varying degrees. Rainfall fluctuates; temperatures differ; one field’s […]

Drake’s Goes to Yakima- Alex’s Hop Selection

*Post by Alexandra Nowell, Drake’s Lead Brewer* It’s one of my favorite times of the year to be a brewer.  The 2012 American harvest hops are beginning to arrive at Drake’s, and being the hop-forward brewery that we are, fresh hops and new varieties are exciting!  This year, I got to travel to Yakima Valley […]

West Coast Barrel Aged Festival Contenders 2012

Our lead brewer Alex kinda smells like wood, wine, booze, and beer. No, we’re not commenting on Ms. Nowell’s hygenic routines. Rather, for the past few weeks, Alex has regularly been found in the barrels- pulling tastes, climbing barrels, taking notes, creating blends. After all her efforts, we now have a list of beers currently […]

Drake’s October News: Mission Pub Crawl, 5 New Beers, and Drake’s Fatted Calf Beer Sausages

Coming October 25: Mission Exxpedition A San Francisco Pub Crawl   The Beers of Fall from Drake’s Before even mentioning the brewery construction, the move to a 24-hour brewing schedule, and the conversion over to our new larger batch sizes, the brewer’s have been a busy group with some new fall releases. This fall prepare […]

Drake’s Flocktoberfest 2012

Oktoberfest is approaching, and as far as we’re concerned any holiday season that basically revolves around great beer and sausage is flockin’ chill in our book. Still, we find that most of the time we can do without wearing leather shorts and the polka. But that’s what’s so great about being American… we can do whatever […]

Aroma Coma wins People’s Choice for 2nd year in a Row

This past weekend our beloved aromatic IPA, Aroma Coma took the People’s Choice award at the Bistro’s Annual IPA Fest for the 2nd year running. Amongst an intimidating (and delicious) field of over 60 competitors, the people voted for Aroma Coma, and that’s pretty exciting on our end. Thanks to everyone that came to enjoy […]

2012 Craft Brewer’s Conference- i.e. the Best Industry Family Reunion

We had an incredible time at the Craft Brewers Conference this year. Thanks to the Brewers Association for putting it on. So, many incredible brewers and friends were there. Now we’re back and more ready than ever to get back to brewing beer, but first here are a few highlights. 1. CBC Opening Gala at […]