Unfiltered: The Saga of Hop Vice

We are putting a new beer in a 6-pack: Hop Vice. While this is technically a new beer for us, we have been making a White IPA—defined here as an unfiltered, wheat-based IPA—in one form or another for almost four years. The first version was called Abominably Jolly and was released in the fall of 2013 in […]

Brewer’s Choice: Wolfhound

  The month of March brings us two joys: dark beer and debauchery. Malty, roasty brews are happily deposed in honor of Saint Patrick and the hunt for the perfect Irish treat is in full steam. Our resident brewer/botanist, Molly O’Brien, brings her unique brand of acerbic sweetness in this month’s Brewer’s Choice, Wolfhound. “I really began my love story with dark […]

Unfiltered: Hopocalypse Now!

With Hopocalypse Day approaching, our cellars are rapidly filling up with a variety of different strong IPAs. Our cellar department is full-time executing massive multi-stage dry-hops (and our accounting department is shaking their heads at the crazy hop bills). Our highlights for this year’s Hopocalypse Day start with our usual suspects – Hopocalypse Green Label […]

Brewer’s Choice: Something Shiny

  Head Brewer and outdoorsman extraordinaire Chris Dunstan has been innovating the craft beer industry (and every piece of brewing equipment he can get his hands on) for an entire decade. Yes, 10 solid years of brewing beer and designing more efficient ways to do so. His story starts where so many do: homebrewing.   While studying […]

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” […]

Unfiltered: Another Year, Another GABF

It takes the brain a bit to recover from GABF.  From October 6-8, brewers and beer drinkers from around the country descended on Denver like a swarm of beer-crazed zombies to celebrate another Great American Beer Festival. For the brewers, it’s a time to catch up with our peers, check out what each other is doing—maybe […]

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 […]

Beer That’s Not Really A Beer

DAMN it’s tasty! In anticipation of its release Friday, we broke out a bottle of the long anticipated Headzo No. 2 with Barrel Master Travis Camacho. When Camacho tried this beer two years ago he knew he wanted to let this big-ass beer mellow out. “The beer had a lot of sweetness to it, and I […]

Our Favorite Kind of Therapy

This year, for our 27th Anniversary, we’re releasing an all new limited Triple IPA. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Get inside our obsession with hops for some Aroma Therapy. Did you know that smell is the only one of our five senses that connects straight into the brain? Yep, your nose is kind of […]