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Cask-conditioned ales in Berkeley or Bay area?

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andrewt Oct 24, 2007 11:05 AM

Just read an article in the NYTimes on cask-conditioned ales. I've seen them around, but can't recall where. Anyone know who would have them, preferable near Berkeley but anywhere in the Bay area too?

  1. grishnackh Oct 24, 2007 11:24 AM

    The original Lanesplitter location on San Pablo has a rotating cask ale. I've had some nice cask ales there and some that were not-so-nice. Plus, they are generally good sports about pouring you a taste before you buy or you can just order a half-pint if you are wary of a new ale.

    I'm not sure if their Temescal location offers cask-conditioned ales as well.

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    Lanesplitter Berkeley
    2033 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: grishnackh
      Chuckles the Clone Oct 25, 2007 12:30 PM

      Temescal location: yes.

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      Jamie Rudman Oct 24, 2007 02:07 PM

      Barclay's on College Avenue in Oakland also has a rotating cask ale. It is also of varying quality, but always worth asking about.

      1. Big Larry Oct 24, 2007 02:37 PM

        Thirsty Bear has it. They were out last time I was there....
        And Cato's (the beer bar on piedmont in oakland) has it.

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          justtryit Oct 24, 2007 05:36 PM

          I read that article too! the blog trails off onto some good links:

          Nationwide listing of cask ale bars: http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/us/statemenu.html
          SF based brew pub club: http://www.sfbrewpub.org/pubs/

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            SlideSF Oct 24, 2007 06:07 PM

            Toronado (547 Haight St., San Francisco) always has four cask-conditioned ales on their handpumps. Currently, I believe, they have two porters, an IPA and an English-style bitter ale.

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              mchan02 Oct 25, 2007 12:38 PM

              Magnolia has a number of cask ales as well.

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              Magnolia Pub & Brewery
              1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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              potatoe Oct 25, 2007 03:25 PM

              the front porch usually has one on thap, too. from speakesy i think

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                hawaii_4me Oct 26, 2007 06:48 PM

                Steelhead Brewery in Burlingame has at least one cast conditioned ale:

                http://www.steelheadbrewery.com/howca...

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