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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?

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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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      potatoe Oct 25, 2007 03:25 PM

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

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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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          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/

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

                  Temescal location: yes.

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