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Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant — Berkeley
(Cervecería Costa Rica)
(Closed)
901 Gilman Street
Berkeley CA 94710
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Notes

Visited: September 4, 1997

Opened: 1997

Closed: 2015

Annual Production: 80,000 bbl

Contributors: Karl Poppenberg, Siegfried Binge

They were brewing an obscene number of beers here when I visited in 1997. Or rather, they were serving an obscene number of beers here...I'm not sure if they were all brewed on-site.

Tours are offered Monday-Friday at 5:00pm and Saturday-Sunday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Acquired by North American Breweries in 2010, stopped brewing in 2013, closed in 2015.

Updated: July 31, 2015

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Beer List

    • Date: September 4, 1997 (#2193)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-brown. Spicy, clean aroma. Tastes clean, some spicy hops.

  • 5.50% abv.

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    5.10% abv.
    Awards:
    • Date: January 17, 2008 (#6823)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden. Moderate head.
      Aroma (3)
      Intense perfumey apricot.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Light body, fizzy. Huge apricot flavor on top of mild grainy malt. Finishes surprisingly quick and clean.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: September 4, 1997 (#2183)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow opaque, OK head. Smells like apricot juice. Lots and lots of apricot flavor. Anything else? No.

  • English-Style Brown Ale
    • Date: September 4, 1997 (#2185)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Brown, clear, OK head. Smoky-sweet aroma. Sweet, lots of brown malt. Sticky sweet brown beer.

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    American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    6.10% abv.
    • Date: September 23, 2008 (#7361)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright copper color. High carbonation. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Fruity hops. Sweet biscuity malt.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, moderate carbonation. Big sweet, toasty, earthy maltiness. Mild resiny bitterness.
      Overall Impression (2)

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    German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
    5.00% abv.
    Awards:

  • DPA
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • ESB
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

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    HefeWeizen
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    Awards:

  • Honey Weizen
    Specialty Honey Beer

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    Imperial Hefeweizen
    Specialty Beer
    7.50% abv.

  • IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Mount Diablo Porter
    Brown Porter
    Awards:

  • Oktoberfest
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Outburst Imperial IPA
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
    8.50% abv.

  • Pale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Rollick
    Vienna-Style Lager

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    Snow Cap Ale
    Old Ale
    7.00% abv.

  • Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Summer Brau
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast

  • Sun Fest
    American-Style Lager

  • Thomas Kemper Belgian White
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat

  • Thomas Kemper HefeWeizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Thomas Kemper Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Weizenberry
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

  • Wheaten Ale
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast