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Barley and Hopps
(Closed)
201 South B Street
San Mateo CA 94401
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Notes

Visited: August 13, 1995

Opened: 1995

Closed: 1998

Annual Production: 1,400 bbl

Now Chalker's Redbird Brewing.

Closed in the summer of 1998. Too bad...it was one of my Peninsula haunts when I lived in the Bay Area.
Fine ales, and the kitchen is Real Proud of their smokehouse. There's a rockin' blues club downstairs open Friday through Sunday. Fun place. One complaint about the service, though...the bartenders are often more interested in folding napkins than in taking beer orders, even if your empty glass is directly across the bar from them. Use your best attention-getting techniques, and good luck. (Note: I haven't visited B-H since September 1995, so this may well have changed by now.)
Directions: Highway 101 to San Mateo's Third Street exit (a mile or so north of Highway 92). Head west on Third Street. Just across the CalTrain tracks, there will be a parking garage on your right. Park there. Walk one block west and one block north to find Barley and Hopps on the corner of Second and B Streets.

Updated: October 24, 2000

Beer List

    • Date: April 19, 1995 (#871)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, a little dark. Good head. Very nicely balanced aroma. Malt a little sharp, but very pleasant. Hoppy, but excellent balance. Great malty character.

    • Date: April 19, 1995 (#874)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 18½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Black opaque. Great head. Chocolate aroma. Thick. Chocolate flavor. Very smooth indeed.

  • Specialty Honey Beer
    • Date: August 13, 1995 (#1131)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow, clear, big carbonation, good head. Clover aroma. Thick-ish and smooth. Definite oatmeal flavor, honey dryness in finish. "You've never had anything like this," says RJ. He's right.

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
    • Date: April 19, 1995 (#875)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow opaque. OK head. Hi-C aroma and flavor, with some wheat flavor in background.

  • American-Style Pale Ale

  • Rye Pale Ale
    American-Style Rye Beer