• 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


Guest Beer Review: Sculpin IPA – By Bernardo Pena

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Here’s Bernies Review:   It’s a Sunday night.  We just put the kids to bed and my wife offers me a free pass for the night.  Before she has a chance to think twice, I sneak down toward the garage.  In my mind, I’m already sitting at the bar of my favorite tap room.  And why not?  I had a productive week.  Don’t know about the week ahead, but I know one thing –
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Beer Review: Three Floyds “Gumballhead”

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Let’s just start this off by saying that I’ve been having a “Craving” for some Three Floyds  of late.  The beer angels must have heard this inner “yearning” and worked their magic
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Beer Review: Trappistes Rochefort 8

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Today, I wanted a treat. No, it’s not a special occasion, nor is due because it’s a “weekend” and I’m in good spirits because I’m not “working”.  (Ok, partly this) I wanted to treat myself to
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Interview: Brewer Series #1 – Oskar Blues & Dave Chichura

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

This will be a first in a series of brewer interviews. For the grand introduction of “Brewer Series: Interview #1”, I feature Dave Chichura, the head brewer at Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado.
The main focus of this interview is the Gubna. Their version of an
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Welcome to BarleyPop

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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
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