First Friday


Bring your friends and family to Drake's Barrel House on February 1st, starting at 4pm, to celebrate the McKinley Elementary School and the Castro Valley Education Foundation! We're hosting a block party of epic proportions to support their mission of promoting and enhancing educational excellence, to foster learning and sponsor educational events that complement classroom instruction, and to recognize academic achievement. Proceeds from beer sales and ALL donations at the door will go to McKinley and the CVEF.


  • $5 per person voluntary donation, to the non-profit organization we are supporting, at the gate. (Children with their parents free)
  • $18 for a Drake’s tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours. Additional tokens can be purchased separately ($4 each, with net proceeds going to the non-profit).
  • Feel free to bring in your own previously-purchased Drake’s glassware to use. Other glassware not accepted.
  • Great food from local food trucks (or our fundraiser group) available for purchase. From BBQ to Korean to Paella, there’s something different (and delicious) every month.
  • Please park in the main West Gate Center lot, in front of Walmart & Burlington Coat Facotury, and walk back to the brewery (behind Walmart). First Friday takes up the front parking area of our Barrel House taproom.
  • 32+ taps flowing, pouring year-round beers, seasonals, specials, firkins, and anything else we’re brewing up that month.
  • 21 and over please, except children under 16 with their parents, but please, leave your pets at home.
  • Please do respect our neighbors and their customers in the West Gate Center.
  • Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or other seating to make yourself comfortable (tail-gater style!).
  • The Barrel House is open for normal service from 11:30am-2pm on First Fridays.
  • Click here for directions.