• Toronado Pub, San Francisco

    Once you arrive and push the salon-style swing doors, you walk into a Mecca, a drinkers haven.

  • Beer Paradise in the East Bay

    I was fairly caught off guard by the appearance of the place. Once inside, I made my way to the beer section. Wow!

  • Ben & Nick’s

    I love the locale of it, right down the street from BART

What is BarleyPop?

What is Barley Pop?
Barley Pop is a word that came to me when I had the idea to open up a beer store in 2001. It just sounded so right!
It evokes everything BEER to me. It’s my love, my true passion, perhaps my “calling” to introduce, no, to educate people about Read the rest of this article »

"The taste goes down smooth, bitter spicy hops are more upfront, followed by a slight malt backbone, then “juice”.

I have to say, every time I see this series hitting the shelf, my impulsive buying habit kicks in and I load my cart with 9 – 10 bottles. Never a buyer’s remorse. Read the rest of this article »

I liked Knee Deep’s Hoptologist, as it beat out Pliny at the last Double IPA Fest at The Bistro in Hayward back in Feb with Best of Show....

Wow, I must be tasting too many beers, as I keep forgetting to update Barleypop. My apologies, as I have a notebook full of new beer reviews and notes that I need to upload.  So, with Read the rest of this article »

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Bruery...

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Bruery, albeit that they are relatively close and the freshness factor is a BIG plus.I saw their “Mischief” at my local beer store and picked Read the rest of this article »

I wanted to start my new review off with one of my all time favorite beers. Stone Brewing “Ruintation” Ipa. But this is the 10th Anniversary limited release, and let me tell you, it is one hell of a beer.

First, I must apologize for my absence with Barleypop. Went through another round of P90X and beer was OFF the menu for 90 days. Pure torture. More to come about that in later posts. Read the rest of this article »

After I received the TORQ, I was pretty amazed how solid this thing was. I almost felt like putting it in my tool box!

I have a huge collection of bottle openers. Some I’ve collected at beer fests, some at antique stores. Let’s just say I’m more attached to my beer glass collection than my bottle openers. Read the rest of this article »