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Oct 24, 2007 11:05 AM

Cask-conditioned ales in Berkeley or Bay area?

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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  1. 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.

    Lanesplitter Berkeley
    2033 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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

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

          Nationwide listing of cask ale bars:
          SF based brew pub club:

          1. 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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            1. re: SlideSF

              Magnolia has a number of cask ales as well.

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