Had a chance to check out the new Drake’s Dealership in Oakland last week, and it was awesome.
Drake’s Dealership is in the new “Hive” gathering place in Uptown Oakland. The Hive has potential to be a pretty awesome place, with Drake’s and what looks like a few new restaurants, People’s Barbershop etc. http://hiveoakland.com/
Drake’s is in an old parts and service department for Dodge. The building is very cool, all brink and timber. The best part is the huge outdoor beer garden, that is importantly dog-friendly.
I did not get a good pic of the space, as I was focused on the beer. However, above, you can see some of the outdoor area in the background. There is self-seating or tables, and plenty of it. They also have a stage area for live bands.
The indoor area is also pretty large, with a large bar area, big open kitchen, and a room that was empty when we went, seems like a good place to have a private party or for overflow.
They had what seemed like all the Drake’s beers on tap, plus about 15 guest beers. I went with Drake’s IPA, Denogginizer, and the 8×80. I have had the IPA and Denog many times before, but never seen the 8×80. Well, the 8×80 was great. It was bigger than the 7×70, but not overpowering. A real nice, balanced brew. Hops were present but not overpowering. Liked it more than the 7×70. Hope to see this one around more often.
The food was also great. We started with some spicy fries, which were bomb (they also have salt and vinegar fries, regular fires, and poutine). They also have several New Haven style pizzas, which is pretty cool. My brother lives just outside New Haven, and so I have had Pepe’s pizza several times, and this was a pretty good knock off. Nice blistered crust, served on a cookie sheet. Pretty authentic.
Overall, I loved Drake’s Dealership. Drakes brews great beer, but the brewery is a little off the beaten path, so the new spot is pretty great, and worth a trip to Oakland on its own. Look forward to heading back.