• Beer Review: Knee Deep SIMTRA Triple IPA

    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

    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....

  • Beer Review: The Bruery’s “Mischief” Belgian-Style Ale

    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

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

  • Beer Review: Stone Brewing Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

    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.

    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.

  • Toronado Pub, San Francisco

    Where does one go on a regular basis that just has “IT”? Has the “selection”, the “atmosphere”, the “vibe” that brings out that feeling of anticipation you get in your gut each time you get ready to go there, like the feeling you get on your first date. The Toronado, a San Francisco tradition for […]

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

  • Beer Paradise in the East Bay

    A while back, I was an avid reader of a weekly beer column called “What’s On Tap” in the Oakland Trib by the late William Brand. He mentioned a beer in an article he wrote, that just by his detailed description of it, made me want that beer. I contacted Bill directly after checking several […]

    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

    Ahh, the local beer joints. How I love them. Each have their own feel and vibe which makes them unique, good or bad. I’ve been coming to Ben & Nick’s in Oakland for a good 4 years or so. I like their selection of beers. Usually 6 or 7 on tap. I love the locale […]

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

Welcome to BarleyPop



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 how great truly well crafted beer is! How it’s complex like a fine wine and how well you can pair it with ALL food.

This blog is an extension of myself and my love of the beer community. If you have a favorite beer or a favorite beer spot, please tell me about it. It’s all about sharing here.

Although Barley Pop, the beer store, is slowly making its way as a true brick and mortar; the drinking, reviewing and the “news fit to brew” begins!

One response to “Welcome to BarleyPop”

  1. July 11, 2010


    First off…there is NO such thing as being too tired and sick of talking about and thinking of beer. 😉

    It’s one thing to say you have passion. It’s another thing to see your face and your body language when talking about your passion. The difference is that one is telling and honest and the other CAN be played.

    Watched the whole video through to the end, and you’ve got my support. It time to get that freakin store up! 😉

    Have you ever had a chance to anything from Kasteel’s (Belgium Brewery) line up yet by chance? I have some bottles laying around here and would be more than happy to send it off your way for you to review and try. And no I don’t rep. for them or anyone else I’ve just found it shocking how many bloggers and beer lovers have yet to try it. It could give you some neat content and more importantly you’re drinking beer. 🙂

    This passion runs deep man, and dare I say that us Beerlings (as I like to call us) have it bad…really bad…and perhaps a bit more than wino’s. If anything, we’re more approachable and relaxed. 😉

    Will be checkin’ in!


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