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Devil Mountain Brewery
2283 Camel Road
Benicia CA 94510


Opened: 1987

Closed: 1995

Pubcrawler Richie Fiscina relates a brief history of this brewery:

Devil Mountain started at the original first railroad station in Walnut Creek back in the early 1940's. Vic Stewart's Famous Steakhouse is now there on Broadway. Devil Mountain Brewery was there on Broadway before any other "micro" brewery even started. That guy was was way too ahead of his time. If he was still there today that guy would easily clean up Walnut Creek for brew freak.

Lease problems forced them to move to Benicia around 1992, but as luck would have it, a tripling of sewer fees there forced them to close there, too. Now they've moved to Cincinnati OH, ostensibly to " strategically located...for better beer distribution".

Updated: January 21, 2008

Beer List

    • Date: April 7, 1995 (#853)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Very dark red, clear. Good head. Smells of fresh hops. Not-quite-thin. Good roasty flavor, lasts through finish.

    • Date: July 3, 1993 (#121)
      Package: draught
      Place: Lyon's Brewery, Dublin CA
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      A, half a shade paler than Golden Pacific Golden Bear Lager (2-120). Lots of aromatic hops...noble I think, but I'm not sure. Pretty sweet, and the hops try and try but just can't get through. Probably my least favorite so far today, except for the San Andreas Cherry Ale (2-118). If it's a lager, it's Way Too Fruity, and if it's an ale, it tastes like a lager.

  • American-Style Pale Ale
    • Date: March 3, 1995 (#800)
      Package: real ale
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Dark yellow opaque. Thick dense head. Sharp hop nose. Creamy, bitter. Great finish.

  • German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    • Date: September 19, 1994 (#430)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep amber, good carbonation. Very little head. Some alcohol in aroma, some malt. Smells very fresh. Bitter finish is a creeper. Body OK. Expected more flavor.

  • American-Style Pale Ale

  • See-U-Later
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock