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Pacific Coast Brewing
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurant
906 Washington Street
Oakland CA 94607
Telephone: +1 510-836-2739
Hours: Open daily 11:30am-midnight.
Brewer: Steve Sites, Don Gortemiller
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Notes

Visited: February 27, 1998

Opened: 1988

Annual Production: 431 bbl

Contributor: Arash Shahzadi

Pacific Coast was my local haunt during the early 1990s. Pretty good selection of beers, both their own and various micros and imports. They're an extract house, but for what it's worth, they won at least one medal at the GABF every year, until they were finally shut out in 1996. Great kitchen, considering what they have to work with. Tell 'em "RD" sent you...

Directions: If you're coming from San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge to 580 East to 980 "Downtown Oakland". Exit at 11th/12th Street. Turn left on 11th, right on Clay, left on 9th, left on Washington. Pacific Coast is on the right. If you're coming from the South Bay, take 880 North all the way to Oakland. Exit at Broadway, but don't turn at the traffic light. Go one more block and turn right on Washington. Pacific Coast will be about four blocks along on the right.

Updated: June 6, 2013

Beer List

    • Date: November 9, 1994 (#593)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 9½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Brown. Head OK. Lots of haze. Aroma: Twang! Flavor: Twang! Is it the maple or the extract? Probably both. There's a good brown flavor under there somewhere. Made with maple syrup.
      This beer really did have a proper name once, but lawyers from Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, "the fourth largest producer of chicken products out of forty-eight in the United States", alleged copyright infringement. They made this allegation almost three years after the last batch was brewed. Shakespeare was right.

    • Date: June 15, 1994 (#348)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Nice amber. Fizzy. Good head, but it fell fairly quickly. Clear. Fruity nose with a good malty background. Could be more assertive. Good body. Excellent balance and bitterness. Heavy enough to be interesting and light enough to be refreshing. Finishes clean. Very slight astringency. Finally something nearly outstanding from PCB.
    • Date: February 4, 1994 (#306)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Good color and head. Hazy. Fine hop nose. Big hop taste. Some Pacific Coast house flavor (oak?) evident but not prominent. Carbonation is just a little light but OK. Long bitter finish.
    • Date: April 23, 1993 (#10)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber color, carbonation very fine and very sparse. Good hop nose...not at all flowery. Thick. Carbonation comes out on the tongue. Nice bitterness from start to finish. This is a pretty good beer. Not a great beer, but a pretty good beer. I wouldn't turn it down if you bought me one. Their description: "...hoppy pale ale with intense hop aroma from dry hopping with Mt.Hood hops and strong oak flavor from extended maturing over oak chips. The brewing water has been adjusted to more closely approximate English hard water."

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
    • Date: June 4, 1993 (#1166)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Deep amber. Flowery nose. Good flavors...even though it's a fruit beer. (Found these notes two years after I lost them.)

  • Belgian-Style Tripel
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    • Date: February 5, 1995 (#757)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 11½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Very hazy dark yellow. No visible carbonation, some head. Aromatic banana esters...lots and lots of them. Tastes like burnt bananas. Thick, cloying. Finished ahead of Celis Grand Cru at the 1995 GABF.
    • Date: May 7, 1994 (#328)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Pale amber. Hazy. Spicy-sour aroma. Very thick. Spicy...very fruity. Sweet. Not sour enough. This is much better than it was in December.

  • American-Style Pale Ale
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  • Cask ESB
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

  • Code Blue Barleywine
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.00% abv.
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  • Emerald Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Gray Whale
    American-Style Pale Ale
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  • Hammerhead Barleywine 1990
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Harpoon ESB
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

  • Harvest Wheat
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast

  • Holiday IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
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  • Holiday Scottish Strong Ale
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale

  • Humpback Alt
    German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier

  • Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout
    8.00% abv.
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  • Killer Whale Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
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  • Mariner's Mild
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Orca Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Rejuvenator Doppelbock
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock

  • Temptation Cider
    Standard Cider / Perry

  • Yellowjacket
    Golden or Blonde Ale