Saturday, August 14, 2010


The great beer site YOUR NEXT PINT put up a very nice post about Drake's Hopocalypse IPA. Thanks Ashley!

Check it out:


First & Foremost! DENOGGINIZER DIPA NOW IN 22s! But... we have to say that we've had a hard time keeping bombers of the infamous Denogginizer Double IPA in stock, since we started bottling it in late June. More is now in the fermenter and will be bottled before the end of the month.


DRAKE'S HOPOCALYPSE ALE – 9.3% ABV, 100+ IBUs - This Liquid Revelation is a deep orange monster that is loosely filtered to keep the integrity and faith of the malt & hops intact. Equal amounts of American two-row malt and English pale malt are combined with Vienna and Rye malts, then balanced with Cascade, Simcoe and Chinook hops for flavor. We then dry hop it with additional Cascade, Simcoe, and Chinook hops. Enjoy the massive aromatic Revelation and prophetic flavor of this beer now and forever after.

DRAKE'S BASS AKWARDS IPA - 7% a.b.v - Our Bass Akwards IPA is a hop forward IPA with huge citrus & piney characters. The nose is reminicent of fresh cut grass, pine, and citrus from the hop resins but balanced off with a light malt flavor. A base malt of American two row barley is combined with Caramalt to makeup the grain bill. The original recipe called for Simcoe (S) Saaz (S) and Amarillo (A) for the bittering Hops, and Simcoe (S) Spalt (S) and Amarillo (A) for the flavoring and aromatic hops. One of the brewers commented on the fact that the bittering & flavoring hops they used both spelled "ass" backwards... and the name of this beer was born- Bass Akwards IPA.

AROMA PRIETA IPA - 6.5% a.b.v. (6.9 on the Richter Scale) - This liquid temblor is an agressively hopped IPA that is the second in our "World Series of Hops" program. (The first was Aroma Coma in 2009.) Using a basemalt of Two-Row Barley, Rye, Wheat, Crystal, Pilsen & Honey Malts, we are able to achieve a lighter body than our regular IPA but one with a larger magnitude of hop aroma & bitterness. 32 lbs of hops (German Magnum, CTZ, Citra, Chinook & Centennial) will shake your taste buds for a minimum of 10-15 seconds! The pine, citrus & floral aromatics then settle down for a smooth & gentle finish.

These beers can be found at a few of our select East Bay accounts (ABC laws won't let us post where... but, send us an email and we can "legally" give you the info!) Thanks for reading!

-- The Drake

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY EVENT, Friday the 6th, 4-8 pm


Drake's opens it doors (and parking lot) again for our first Friday of the month event. Food, music .... and beer! Join us! Starting at 4 pm we will have eight of our regular brews pouring, plus some great specials. It'll be Hops, hops, and more hops! Bass Akwards IPA, Aroma Prieta IPA. All pre-the Bistro's IPA Fest (maybe the Hopocalypse too!) Try'em before the Fest!

$5 Donation at the gate. 21 and over please. (Children, with their parents of course, are OK to enter.) $15 for a Drake's logo tasting glass and 3 tokens for full pours. More tokens can be purchased separately.

For Drake's Fridays, the brewery crew likes to have food available to the public that goes great with beer. This month, we'll have those awesome duo you see outside your favorite watering-hole at 2 am. Serving up great street food will be the ... TACO GUYS! The boys will be serving up delicious gourmet tacos, and at a great price. Check them out at

Tours will be available by the brewers. Some tables & chairs will be provided, but as always feel free to bring your own seating if you'd like, tailgater-style!

This event is a fundraiser is for the San Leandro Educational Foundation (SLED). Your $5 donation at the gate, plus the net proceeds of the beer sales, will go to supporting the programs of this great local fundraising arm for the San Leandro Schools. SLED volunteers will be working the gate, patrolling the parking lot and generally helping out. Drake's is proud to be working with non-profits and local community to raise money for great causes!

- Please park in the main West Gate Center lot, in front of Walmart & Sports Authority, and walk back to the brewery (see link to map, at the bottom of this email).
- Please, leave you pets at home. And kindly respect our neighbors and their customers in the West Gate Center.
- Sorry, but we can no longer accept old beer tokens (from 2008 and prior years).