Drake’s 25th Anniversary – The Party Details

Hello friends and fans. We hope you are getting good and ready for our 25th Anniversary throwdown Friday, September 12 from 4-10pm, and to help you in that endeavor here is a handy guide of everything you could possibly need to know for the event. Bear with us through it all and you’ll get the […]

Meet Dwight & his Bottling Line

Like many breweries in the country, the first foot in our door is a spot on the bottling line, packing cases, building pallets, and moving as fast as you can. These guys start at 7am most days, live off of a variety of snacks that’d put a movie theater to shame, and they don’t stop […]

John G’s Jibber Jab- Why Do U.S. brewers care less about malt?

Industry treasure & Drake’s Head Brewer John Gillooly has a lot of opinions. He will also share them at will (trust us). So, we’ve decided to share his opinions with you nice blog readers. And with CraftBeer.com’s post about the romance behind malt, we thought his thoughts on malts from the May 2014 newsletter would […]

Meet Tony: Drake’s Taproom Fixture Since Before the DBH

If we do say so ourselves, we got a pretty sweet thing goin’ on here in our humble Barrel House. We just marked its third anniversary last month, and we began opening seven days a week. With this milestone past us, we thought now would be a good time to look back at the DBH’s […]

John G. Jibber-Jabs on Aroma

Industry treasure & Drake’s Head Brewer John Gillooly has a lot of opinions. He will also share them at will (trust us). So, we’ve decided to share his opinions with you nice blog readers. This month, he explains some new processes for enhancing the hop aroma of Aroma Coma: Coma season is upon us. As […]

Drake’s SFBW 2014 Schedule

We’re gonna be all over the Bay Area for Beer Week, so much so it’ll no doubt make our head spin. Well, that and all the Hopocalypse.  Here’s our list of events we’ll be representing at… feel free to bend our ears, ask us questions, or hell, just drink our beer. Friday, February 7 Opening […]

Jolly Rodger Release Nov. 2, 2013- Come Meet the Family

While Jolly Rodger’s been around a long time, it’s also got the largest identity crisis as it changes styles each year.  It originated as an English-style barleywine, then was later a brown ale, an Imperial Red, and last year made it (almost) full-circle as an American Barleywine.  Many years (and many people with some form […]

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 […]

The logical choice: Collaborate with Beachwood BBQ for LA Beer Week

Drake’s Brewing Company and Beachwood BBQ Brewmasters John Gillooly and Julian Shrago have much in common when it comes to brewing hoppy beers. They are logical about it. Make it clean. Make it dry. Create a prominent bitterness that’s sharp and calculated. Amplify hop aroma. And always showcase the hops first and foremost. They both […]

Drake’s Does Hella Wet Hops and Harvest Aroma Coma

We’ve spent a good amount of time talking at you about hops: how they can vary on a yearly basis , how they are an agricultural product…    None of these points seems more obvious than when harvest season rolls along and craft brewers round the country get a chance to once again do their […]