The fifth stop on our epic Berkeley brewery quest brings us to Hoi Polloi Brewing. Viet Vu, son of a brewmaster, graduate of Doemens Academy (a part of World Brewing Academy) in Munich and Devils Canyon Brewing Alum, opened Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beats Lounge with his brother Giap Vu in 2014. The brewing family tradition continues in earnest at this intimate 3 barrel brewpub where people of the City of Berkeley enjoy fresh house brews and select guest taps while rubbing elbows and making fast friends with the locals, all between fistfuls of truffle oil popcorn. Check them out on the corner of Alcatraz Ave. and MLK Jr. Way! CHEERS!
Southpaw BBQ brings together plenty of southern comfort, finger lickin’ good bbq and a few house brewed beerskis. Head Brewer Phil Cutti cut (lol) his beer teeth at SF Brewcraft in the mid-90s, where Steve and Mike Bruce (founders of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers) sharpened his brewing skills. Beer flight on deck = Big Bad Leroy Brown, Sour Brown Ale and Pale Ale. Not pictured here but definitely our favorite on this warm summer day in San Francisco is the staff brewed Lemongrass Hefe…get it while it’s hot (outside)!
This efficient 7 barrel brewing system is tucked into the corner at Southpaw BBQ, allowing them “to bring beer crafting into an accessible community setting.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!