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HopTown Brewing
3015 Hopyard Road
Suite E
Pleasanton CA 94588


Opened: 1996

Annual Production: 350 bbl

Contributors: Diane Crawford, Siegfried Binge

March 30, 2007: HopTown is closed pending their relocation to Livermore CA. The beers are being brewed at Sudwerk in the meantime, and rumor has it that HopTown and Sudwerk may be planning some sort of merger.

January 11, 2009: Diane Crawford passes along this news:

"Shared an excellent pint of Pacific Coast ESB at Pacific Coast in Oakland with Dave Heist, proprietor of Hoptown Brewing, late of Pleaasnton, CA. But he had bad news.

Dave says he’s pulled the plug. He delivered his last van load of Paint the Town Red. It’s over for now, he said. He closed his one-man brewery in Pleasanton last summer and has been contract brewing at Sudwerk in Davis, with funds of his own and from an investor."

Updated: January 12, 2010

Beer List

    • Date: September 4, 1997 (#2172)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red, low head. Sweet, caramel, smoky aroma. Good body, pretty sweet, with a lot of caramel flavor.

    • Date: March 30, 2007 (#6442)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Golden. Hazy. Moderate carbonation and head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Very clean.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Light body. Smooth. Low carbonation. Lots of sweet malt, quite grainy. Good grassy, mildly resiny and floral hop flavor. Reasonably bitter.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    • Date: September 27, 1996 (#1661)
      Package: draught
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Pale amber. Fresh hop aroma. Major hop flavor!

  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    • Date: March 30, 2007 (#6443)
      Package: real ale
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep red, nearly opaque. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Spicy, fruity hops. Caramel.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Light-medium body. Low carbonation. Lots of grainy malt, lots of caramel. Nice spicy hop flavor, mild bitterness. Earthy, grainy, bitter finish.
      Overall Impression (1½)

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer