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ØL Beercafe and Bottle Shop - Walnut Creek

Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2011 11:07 AM

Trappist spinoff, but in style and atmosphere closer to City Beer or Beer Revolution. Bare-bones, somewhat sterile modern space. Great selection of beers on tap, huge bottle selection.

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ØL Beercafe and Bottle Shop
1541 Giammona Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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    j mather RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    Yes, this is a great place and a welcome addition for "beer nuts" in Walnut Creek. I've been particularly enjoying their selection of Norwegian microbrews, which aren't widely available. Don't go expecting to get a meal, though.

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      adrienne156 RE: j mather Nov 20, 2011 11:37 AM

      But, they do allow you to bring food in.

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        chefj RE: j mather Nov 20, 2011 06:12 PM

        When i went about a 2 months ago they had at least a cheese plate and I think a Charcuterie plate as well.

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        Spatlese RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2011 04:51 PM

        I keep meaning to check this place out, since I'm a diehard regular at the Trappist already, and figured it'd be interesting to compare/contrast the two. I think I need some other reason to make the trek out to Walnut Creek so it isn't just a schlep for different taps...

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Spatlese Nov 20, 2011 04:54 PM

          If I lived nearby I'd be in there all the time, but I did not find it nearly as appealing a place to drink as the Trappist, or even as Beer Revolution. More like City Beer.

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            chefj RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2011 06:14 PM

            Agreed
            They were very understaffed the day I was there as well, long waits for beer.

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              chuckl RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 22, 2011 12:30 AM

              Robert, are you referring to City Beer before or after the expansion. I havent been to the new OL yet, since its not on any of my regular beer routes. I've been digging Monks Kettle quite a bit recently.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: chuckl Nov 22, 2011 07:47 AM

                I haven't been to the expanded City Beer.

                Monk's Kettle has some good beers but feels more like a restaurant than a bar to me.

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                  Spatlese RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 22, 2011 09:15 AM

                  The expanded City Beer is pretty much just that - expanded, so they can pack in more drinkers than ever before - but the overall ambiance is pretty much the same.

                  As for Monk's Kettle, they've certainly got some choice beers available at any given time, and the food's pretty good - but jeebus, why is their beer so damn expensive? Even by the admittedly-higher-price-point set by places like the Trappist and OL, Monk's routinely charges a premium for their offerings.

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                  The Monk's Kettle
                  3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              j mather RE: Spatlese Nov 20, 2011 06:06 PM

              If you need another reason to go to the WC, Robert just posted about this place is just around the corner (literally) from Ol:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702354

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              shanghaikid RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2011 07:00 PM

              the "bar" seats only about 5 people. others have to sit in the main dining room out front.
              draught beer selection is about ten, mostly imports. don't expects pint pours. looks 6-8 ounces for a hefty price. (8?)

              bottled beer is pricier than bewmo. if you drink it there, it's $2-3 more. beer revolution has a bigger selection.

              they also serve peanuts and beef jerky...

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                Robert Lauriston RE: shanghaikid Nov 21, 2011 08:33 AM

                I believe it's like the Trappist, the pours vary with beer type. IPAs and other American- / British-style beers come in pints, Belgian styles in 25 or 33cl glasses. Prices vary from $5 to $10.

              2. The Dive RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2013 01:45 PM

                Stopped by for the first time yesterday (don't get to WC very often). 18 taps, mostly Belgian and German, with about 3-4 american craft represented. Good selections, but I prefer the list at Trappist Provisions (which has less taps, but feels more curated). The set-up feels odd to me, with the bottle space windowed off between the bar and the front sitting room. But lots of room compared to Trappist Provisions. Prices and pours the same as other Trappist spots.

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