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 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 […]

Alpha & Omega Session Arrive at Drake’s… and they took the bike lane…

When the doors open at Drake’s Barrel House on Saturday, April 26th at noon, ride your bike, jog from the Alameda Ferry, hop on BART, or get your cool uncle to drive you down for the release of Alpha Session IPA and Omega Session American Dark Mild.  Summer is fast approaching, and with it, the promise of […]

Drake’s Experimental IPAs are Coming

If you know us at all, you understand we have a deep, abiding fascination with all forms of hops and hop-forward beers, particularly those native to our little slice of life here on the West Coast. Furthermore, if you haven’t noticed, we really get into all things science. Yeast cell counts excite us beyond normal […]

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 […]

Head Brewer John Gillooly Talks New Zealand Hops

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 newsletter readers. This month, he muses on the history on the New Zealand hop industry: So with Aroma Prieta due out on the 6th, I thought I would […]

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 Joins Strong Beer Month

Just in case SF Beer Week isn’t enough for you, our friends at 21st Amendment and Magnolia have declared every February for the past decade plus to be Strong Beer Month.  Not ones to miss a party, we sent lead brewer Alexandra Nowell westward to 2nd & De Boom to collaborate with 21A’s Shaun O’Sullivan […]

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 […]

Four Years of Change with John and Roy

This Saturday marks the anniversary of what has been a huge milestone in the growth of our humble brewery. Four years ago on November 3rd, John Martin and Roy Kirkorian walked into the Drake’s Brewery as the new owners. There they found a 19-year-old boil kettle, thirteen 15 barrel fermenters, one driver, and two brewers […]