Eric Nerds Out: Jolly History

Winter is just a snowball’s throw away and yet in San Leandro, we’re here without anything frozen to chuck at each other. Instead, we celebrate the cold months by crafting brews that warm us up, and that beer is always Jolly Rodger. The Early Years Our first ever batch of Jolly was brewed in June […]

Beersgiving with Chef Taylor

Cooking with beer is hard. Cooking with beer is even harder when you’re trying to break conventions as firm as what Thanksgiving dinner should be and how things need to taste. How do we go about sneaking in barley and hops to a party where they haven’t been invited for a couple hundred years? Down […]

Unfiltered: Reflections on Hop Selection

I’ve been going to Yakima every year for a long time now to select hops for the brewery. Hop selection is a pretty intense process–you’re at a table with various lots of the same hop but grown at different farms, and your job is to assess each lot and decide which one is going to […]

Unfiltered: It’s Our Anniversary!

Drake’s is about to celebrate our 28th Anniversary, which in “craft brewery” years is like 150. Each year, we make special beer to celebrate the day and this year, we have a couple that are particularly noteworthy: First up – The Void The Void was brewed to about 12% ABV in the brewhaus, and in the […]

Unfiltered: Aroma Day 2017

Last year, Aroma Coma “graduated” from being our summer seasonal IPA to being a year-round beer. We brewers always looked forward to the release of this beer as it was the one place we used Citra, a really impacted hop that we only had enough of to brew this beer as a seasonal. We finally […]

Drake’s DIY: Case Box Cowboy Hat

What screams ‘Murica louder than making a cowboy hat out of a case box? Pretty much nothing, that’s what. Drake’s longest serving employee, Dow Tunis, shows you how to impress your friends and annoy your enemies in our most recent #DrakesDIY blog. Slightly more involved than last month’s bottle cap cornhole, this cowboy hat is durable, […]

Unfiltered: Session Beer

On May 20, we are hosting our 5th Annual Session Beer Fest, a beer event that serves ONLY beer under 5% ABV. This is one of my favorite beer festivals ever. We shed all the “What’s your strongest beer?” hunters from the crowd, and it’s just a super chill time for people tasting and enjoying beers […]

Unfiltered: A Matter of Clarity

I figure anyone reading this blog probably knows we recently underwent an expansion, which involved re-learning to brew on newer/bigger/fancier equipment.  One of our most prized purchases was our centrifuge, which replaced our diatomaceous earth filter.  With our old filter, all of our beer came out crystal clear (or “bright”, which I spell as “brite” […]

Brewmaster Unfiltered: Hop Harvest

We make a number of different beers here at Drake’s, but our focus is hop-forward beers. That requires us to pay a lot of attention to the hops we buy. We are quite particular about the varieties we use, but more than that, we care about certain characteristics displayed by those varieties. It’s all well […]

Electric Owl Buzzzz

Fall beers are kinda tough to begin with. I mean, sure, we make a fair number of seasonally appropriate beers, but the Bay Area suffers from not really having anything resembling a real autumn season. In fact, our winter is like four straight months of rainy ass autumn, and then September and October are chock-full […]