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Drake's Brewing Company

Drake's Brewing Company

1933 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA, 94577
United States

510-562-0866

Year Established: 1989

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DRAKE’S BREWING COMPANY is one of the nation’s earliest urban craft breweries of the modern era. The Drake’s brewers have always been leaders in creating unique and extreme beers — from the early days of its original founder, right up ’til today. Here is some background on the brewery, and the people that have been a part of the history of Drake’s. THE BUILDING Drake’s facility inhabits the former powerhouse of San Leandro’s Caterpillar tractor company. The complex originally started out as a Dodge Motor Car assembly plant in 1946. Its construction was fueled by the huge demand for automobiles in the post-World War II era. For a time the complex made International Harvester big rigs as well. The Caterpillar company was the last big industrial user of the site. As the years have passed, the Caterpillar complex has evolved… The earthmover manufacturer moved out in the late 1970s, and eventually a shopping mall was developed in the huge old building (now complete with The Home Depot, Starbuck’s and a Walmart store). The turbine generator machinery in the adjoining powerhouse was eventually removed… paving the way for an upstart craft brewery to move in. TWENTY PLUS YEARS OF BREWING… Back to the start… The Drake’s Brewery was founded in 1989 by Bay Area bon vivant, raconteur, and all-around micro-brewing scallywag Roger Lind. Originally known as Lind Brewing Company, Roger established one of America’s earliest wholesale-only, keg-only, microbreweries of the modern era. A one man-operation, Roger would brew, keg, and deliver all the Drake’s beer himself…. as well as wear the many hats of salesman, bookkeeper, tour guide, festival crew, etc. It was a few years before he hired his first employee. Roger was a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area craft-brewing scene throughout that time, and his beers became known for their high quality and exceptional taste. Those that have been around craft brewing since those times, fondly remember the original Drake’s Gold, the Captain’s Porter, Sir Francis Stout, Raspberry Wheat, and especially the holiday seasonal; Jolly Roger — plus the many other great styles made in those early days. In 1998, Roger with his eye on getting his teaching credential, turned over the reins to the Rogers family that owned a coffee roastery next door to the brewery. Under the direction of some great brewers: Mike Manty, Chris Baker, Bert Boyce (of 20 Tank Brewery fame, and late of Sam Adams), Rodger Davis, Melissa Myers, and finally Josh Miner & Brian Thorson, the brewery doubled in size and entering the bottle market for the first time. New styles, such as the India Pale Ale, Expedition Ale, Zatec Pilsner, Imperial Stout, and infamous Denogginizer Double IPA became renowned in the local market. Head Brewer Rodger Davis, in particular, burnished the Drake’s reputation with his extreme and well-regarded ultra-hoppy ales and barrel-aged beers. Brian Thorson, along with Mike Manty (back now brewing at Drake’s!) and Jeff Kimpe have continued and expanded Drake’s ever growing repute in the area of all things hoppy, unique and extreme. In late 2008, Triple Rock Brewery/Jupiter Brewing owner John Martin took over Drake’s operations, with his business partner Roy Kirkorian. John has had close ties to Drake’s over the years. Roger Lind actually started his professional brewing career at Reid & John Martin’s Triple Rock Brewery, back in 1987. The brewery’s equipment itself is also very well known to John. In daily operation at Drake’s are the mash-tun, hot liquor tank, grain system, and fermenters from John’s long-gone and lamented Twenty Tank Brewery (San Francisco). To top it off, Rodger Davis, now Head Brewer at Martin’s Triple Rock, is also back in the Drake’s fold. So, twenty-plus years later, in the backwaters of this now “retail oasis”, Drake’s Brewing remains. It is still pumping out great beer from its cloistered and nondescript metal building. (Only until recently has there even been a “Drake’s Brewing” sign on the building). Few Walmart shoppers have had an inkling of Drake’s existence, just yards away …. as they shop to “save money & live better”. RETAIL SALES HOURS: MONDAYS: Closed TUESDAYS: Closed WEDNESDAYS: noon til 5:30pm THURSDAYS: noon til 5:30pm FRIDAYS: noon til 7pm TASTING ROOM HOURS: MONDAYS: Closed TUESDAYS: Closed WEDNESDAYS: 3 til 5:30pm THURSDAYS: 3 til 5:30pm FRIDAYS: 1 til 7pm

ID: 1837 Last updated 1 day ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Highest Rated: Drake's Barley Wine Brandy Barrel [3.890]
Most Reviewed: Drake's Imperial Stout [15]

Beers

Beer | Style | ABV Score
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale
American Pale Ale| 5.5 %
3.475 (5)
Drake's 15th Anniversary
Strong Lager| 11 %
3.284 (3)
Drake's 15th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Lager
Strong Lager| 13.7 %
3.486 (4)
Drake's Alpha Session Ale
American Pale Ale| 3.8 %
3.450 (3)
Drake's Amber Ale
Amber Ale| 5.9 %
3.555 (6)
Drake's Apple Brandy Barrel Olde Ale
Old Ale| 10.2 %
3.343 (4)
Drake's Aroma Coma IPA
IPA| 7 %
3.571 (4)
Drake's Aroma Flora
Saison| 5.8 %
3.050 (1)
Drake's Aroma Prieta IPA
IPA| 6.8 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Autumnfest
Marzen / Oktoberfest| -
-
Drake's Barley Wine Brandy Barrel
English Barleywine| 14.7 %
3.890 (7)
Drake's Barrel Aged Jolly Rodger Scotch Ale
Scottish Ale| 11.1 %
3.220 (2)
Drake's Bass Ackwards
IPA| 6.9 %
3.300 (2)
Drake's Batch 5000
Belgian Strong Ale| 10.9 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Belgian Ale
Belgian Ale| 7.1 %
3.134 (3)
Drake's Biere Speciale
Belgian Ale| -
3.300 (2)
Drake's Black Robusto Porter
Porter| 7 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Blonde Ale
Kölsch| 4.8 %
3.400 (6)
Drake's Blue Bottle Coffee Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 9.5 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
English Barleywine| 13 %
3.614 (4)
Drake's Bourbon Barrel Brewers Droop
American Barleywine| 11.5 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Brandy Barrel Aged Drakonic
Imperial Stout| 10.1 %
3.200 (1)
Drake's Bravo IPA
IPA| 6.5 %
3.200 (2)
Drake's BrettAmber
Wild Ale| 6 %
3.200 (2)
Drake's Chocolate Milk Stout
Chocolate Stout| -
3.334 (3)
Drake's Coffee Stout
Coffee Stout| 6 %
3.200 (2)
Drake's Cuvee Du Mallard
Strong Ale| 8.2 %
3.175 (1)
Drake's Denogginizer Double India Pale Ale
Imperial IPA| 10 %
3.691 (8)
Drake's Dire Straits
American Barleywine| 10.6 %
3.200 (1)
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 8.8 %
3.567 (3)
Drake's Dry Stout
Dry Stout| 4.7 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Dunkelwilson
Dunkel Weizen| 4.7 %
-
Drake's Expedition Ale
Amber Ale| 6.5 %
3.690 (7)
Drake's Frankenwein
American Barleywine| 10 %
3.125 (1)
Drake's Genuine Stunning Cask
Bitter| -
-
Drake's George Brett Triple
Abbey Tripel| 8.8 %
3.175 (1)
Drake's H.R. Balticle
Wild Ale| 10 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Hefeweizen
Hefeweizen| 4.5 %
3.446 (8)
Drake's Honey Wheat
American Wheat| 5.4 %
3.100 (1)
Drake's Hop Salad
Imperial IPA| 9.5 %
3.517 (3)
Drake's Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA
Imperial IPA| 12.5 %
3.650 (3)
Drake's Hopocalypse IIPA
Imperial IPA| 9.3 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Hoppy Ass Brown
Brown Ale| -
3.550 (3)
Drake's Houser’s Trousers Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 10 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Imperial Harvest Ale
Imperial IPA| 8.5 %
3.360 (2)
Drake's Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 8.8 %
3.678 (15)
Drake's IPA
IPA| 7 %
3.724 (14)
Drake's Jack 'N Jolly
Strong Ale| 10 %
3.300 (1)
Drake's Jolly Rodger
Spiced Beer| 8.5 %
3.284 (3)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2005)
Imperial IPA| 11 %
3.560 (2)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2006)
Imperial IPA| -
3.380 (2)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2010)
Strong Ale| 8 %
3.384 (3)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2011)
American Black Ale| 8.7 %
3.280 (2)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2012)
American Barleywine| 9.6 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Jolly Rodger (2014)
Coffee Stout| 9 %
3.300 (1)
Drake's La Resistance
Belgian Ale| -
3.225 (1)
Drake's Lady of the Night
Imperial Stout| 11 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Merlot To-Go
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Midnight Run
Imperial Stout| 8.8 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Mother Jones Triple
Abbey Tripel| 8.4 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Move Me
American Wheat| 5.6 %
3.125 (1)
Drake's Nitro Stout
Stout| 5.1 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Nyack Barleywine Ale
American Barleywine| 12 %
3.225 (1)
Drake's Nyack Jack
American Barleywine| 10 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Omega Session
American Black Ale| 3.8 %
3.225 (1)
Drake's One Hit Warrant
Wild Ale| 6.5 %
3.125 (1)
Drake's Papa Denogginizer
American Barleywine| 11 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Pinot She Didn’t!
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Port Barrel Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 11 %
3.370 (7)
Drake's Port Barrel Imperial Stout Blueberry
Imperial Stout| 11.5 %
3.175 (1)
Drake's Port Barrel Imperial Stout Cherry
Imperial Stout| 11.5 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Post Hopocalypse
IPA| 4 %
3.200 (1)
Drake's Quarter Century of Issues
Blonde Ale| 4.6 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Rakish Barleywine
American Barleywine| 11.5 %
3.350 (1)
Drake's Real Ale
Bitter| 4.5 %
-
Drake's Red Eye Ale
Amber Ale| 6.5 %
-
Drake's Reunion Strong
American Barleywine| 9.8 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Rodgers Last Stand
Imperial IPA| 10.4 %
3.420 (2)
Drake's Ryewine
American Barleywine| 14.8 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Sac-Ness Monster
Scottish Ale| 8.2 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Sauer Brauer
Wild Ale| 6 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Scorched Earth (Moscow’s Burning)
Imperial Stout| 10 %
3.225 (1)
Drake's Sir Francis Dre’s IPA (aka BWA)
IPA| 8 %
3.175 (1)
Drake's Something Mild
Mild Ale| 3.8 %
3.250 (1)
Drake's Son of Dad
American Black Ale| 11.5 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Summit IPA
IPA| 6.4 %
3.175 (1)
Drake's Symposium IPA 2011
IPA| 7.5 %
3.125 (1)
Drake's The Good S***
American Barleywine| 10.6 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Theia
Wild Ale| 8.5 %
3.275 (1)
Drake's Three Candle
Wild Ale| 5.2 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Two Candle
Wild Ale| 5 %
3.325 (1)
Drake's Whiskey Oak Denogginizer
Imperial IPA| 10 %
3.150 (1)
Drake's Whomback Imperial IPA
Imperial IPA| 9.5 %
3.529 (4)
Drake's Wyld Stallyns
Imperial Stout| 7.9 %
3.075 (1)
Drake's Zatec Pilsner
Bohemian / Czech Pilsener| 4.5 %
3.289 (6)
Drake's Zinfully Drakonic
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.300 (1)
Drakes Brette Davis Eyes
Wild Ale| 6 %
3.480 (2)

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