Maxine is leaving us, y'all! She's headed out for new adventures across the country. We're excited for her, but we're going to miss our favorite lil firecracker!!! So, of course it's time to party. On Friday, September 20th, we're gonna send Max off in style. Join us! It'll be an evening of laughter, tears, bergs and beers. Because there really is no other way to show her how much we love her! See you there. Cheers!
Town Love Fest is back! Once again at The Good Hop we are celebrating all things Oakland.
We’ll be featuring alllll the Oakland breweries, both on draft and in cans/bottles.
Mexi-Q BBQ will be filling our bellies from 4pm - 8pm with their scrumptious, East Oakland-based BBQ. (@eastoaklandsmoke on IG)
Our friends from Oakland's Own (Our "First Friday neighbors") will be returning with a hat/apparel pop-up from 6:30 - 9:30. Get fitted out and show your Town Love.
We will also be featuring a temporary exhibit from Oakland photographer Malika Crutchfield, who will be showcasing her “Portraits of Oakland” series.
Don't forget that Oakland tree though! Our neighbors and friends from Lit Oakland will be providing cannabis delivery services straight to your barstool throughout the afternoon and evening.
Oakland United Beerworks
On Thursday, September 19th we are celebrating our good friend Josha’s 9 Year Cancerversary! We’ll be raising money for Breast Cancer Action, a Bay Area organization advocating for health justice for all women.
The evening will be hosted by Pizza Port Brewing Company, where Josha works as a sales representative. We’ll have some super rare specialty kegs that don’t otherwise make it up to the Bay! $1 from all draft pours will be donated to Breast Cancer Action.
Let’s celebrate with Josha and raise money for an important cause!
Our special edition, brewery-hosted Trivia Tuesday for September is with Oakland's own Federation Brewing!
The Federation crew will be hanging with us on Tuesday, September 17th. We'll have Federation on draft and in cans, and the Federation crew will be hosting a special round of trivia with us.
Join us! There will be prizes for first place, 2nd to last place, and best small team. Everyone has a chance to win! Cheers.
In this day and age, there is a lot of hype and "buzz" around certain beers and breweries. For September's Sipping Sessions, our bartender Cory McGarvey is going to take us deep into these waters to talk about and demystify some of this hype. We'll taste and discuss 5 different beers, which may include breweries like Alvarado Street, Russian River, De Garde, Moonlight, and more. (Full line-up to come very soon!) Let's figure out what all the fuss is about. $20 per person, spaces limited. Let's geek out together. You can sign up online to reserve your spot on our website: thegoodhop.com/merch/sippingsessions
Central Coast Brewing is finally going to be distributed in the Bay Area! We'll be hosting a launch party at The Good Hop on Sunday, September 1st to give you a chance to try some of their award-wining beers, and meet the crew. Central Coast rep Stormy will be hanging with us from 3pm - 6pm, so come on down and chat him up and learn about Central Coast Brewing and what all they are up to.
Power Hour Pils
Monterey Street Pale (2015 & 2017 GABF Gold, 2016 GABF Silver)
Juice Almighty Hazy IPA
Lucky Day IPA (2018 GABF Bronze, 2016 WBC Gold)
General Schwarz Black Lager (2017 GABF Gold)
Raspberry Sunrise Imperial Kettle Sour with raspberries and citrus zest.
SacTown Showcase 2019 is back! Here at The Good Hop, we regularly grab up some of the super-delicious and highly sought after beers coming out of our state’s capitol and the surrounding areas. It’s a spectacular and ever-growing craft beer scene, and we have been proud to have our finger on the pulse over the last 5 years.
To celebrate SacTown’s plethora of great breweries and beers, we are bringing back our annual SacTown Showcase event! On Saturday, August 31st, all 16 of our taps will be pouring fresh and tasty Sacramento-brewed beers, ALL day long. We will have some brewer and crew sightings throughout the day, our case will be stocked with fresh can and bottle releases, and of course, some SacTown schwag for ya.
Join us! It’s gonna be the perfect way to finish out the summer.
One of our beloved bartenders, Cory McGarvey, has been traveling to Myanmar for the past 9 years with his non-profit Bridges Myanmar. They have been doing important work supporting education projects in the rural communities of Myanmar.
For the second year in a row, Cory is hosting an event here at The Good Hop to help raise funds for their organization. It was a very fun and successful event last year, and we’re looking forward to a repeat!
On Sunday, August 25th from 3-8pm, join us for a silent auction, raffle, and of course - beers! We will have two kegs on tap where 100% of the proceeds will go to Bridges Myanmar.
See you there!
Faction Brewing is coming out to your local The Good Hop to host Trivia Tuesday on August 20th!
Our Faction rep (and former TGH Bartender!) Brit will be hosting a special round of trivia.
We’ll have Faction on draft and in cans. (Lineup coming soon!)
Prizes for first, second, and best small team. Starts at 7:30pm!
Let's geek out on some Hazy IPAs! Our next Sipping Session is coming up on Wednesday, August 14th. Melissa will be hosting, and leading a discussion/tasting session that's all about the haze, bro. We'll discuss the East Coast origins of the style, variations of yeast and brewing process, and how the style has developed and popularized here on the West Coast as well.
The tasting is only $20, and includes five 5oz pours. You'll get a chance to try some of the beers in our cooler, and see which one turns out to be your new favorite!
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today at www.thegoodhop.com/merch/sippingsessions. Cheers!
Our brewery edition of Trivia Tuesday for July is with our neighbors at Temescal Brewing! We'll be featuring Temescal beers on draft and in cans, and the Temescal crew will be hosting a special round of trivia.
Come on down and get trivial with us, get to know the Temescal crew, and score some super sweet Temescal swag and TGH Draft tokens!
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and best small team. Limit 6 people per team, please.
See you there. Cheers!
It's summertime in The Town, and nothing tastes more refreshing than a crisp, delicious cider! We've expanded our cider selection over the past few months due to high demand, and now have not one, but two cider taps pouring on a regular basis.
But... we're taking it up another notch on Saturday July 20th! We'll be hosting our FIRST EVER Summer Cider Sesh, and tapping all ciders all day! Look for some delectable offerings from:
Hidden Star Orchards, Golden State Cider, Rider Ranch Homestead, Tag + Jug, Ethic Ciders, Hemly Cider, 101 Cider House, Far West Cider Co, Finnriver, Blindwood Cider Company, South City Ciderworks, Mission Trail Cider House, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Tin City Cider Co.!
Our July 10th Sipping Sessions has got a little twist. Instead of just focusing on one style and trying 5 versions, we're gonna do a Blind Tasting version to test your craft beer palate!
On Wednesday July 10th, we'll be doing a side by side, blind tasting of macro beers (Think Bud, MGD, etc.) vs. craft beers. Can you tell the difference? How are they brewed similarly/differently? We'll be trying and talking about the beers, and learning about the base styles. Melissa will be hosting, but we will also have a surprise guest host from one of our local breweries!
$20 to attend, and space is definitely limited. Sign up online today at www.thegoodhop.com/merch/sippingsessions
Great Change Brewing is up and running in Bakersfield, California, and now they are available in the Bay Area!
The Great Change crew will be coming out to The Good Hop next Thursday, June 25th to host a round of trivia with us for Trivia Tuesday Brewery Edition. We'll have a few Great Change beers on draft, and you will have a chance to chop it up with the owner to see what the buzz is all about.
Starts at 7:30pm. Prizes for first, second, and best small team. Please limit your team size to 6 people or less.
See you soon!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 5 YEARS?!?
Next month we'll be celebrating 5 whole years as your local source for all your independent beer needs.
Of course, we are bringing back our annual HOPFEST once again, where we will be featuring ALL hoppy beers on all 16 taps, all day long. Save the date: Saturday June 15th!!
Check back very soon for a full list of participating breweries.
In addition, we will be clearing out our cellar and bringing out bottles of some of your favorite, most sought after beers and breweries. We've been accumulating quite the secret stash over the last 5 years, so keep an eye on our social media for release announcements throughout the Anniversary weekend!
Next Thursday, May 23rd, we're getting hooked up with the freshness from our good buddies at New Glory Craft Brewery! We have a badass tap list lined up for you, and some cans available as well.
We'll have some of the New Glory crew hanging with us for the evening, and some New Glory schwag for you to take home with ya.
- Hoplogged West Coast Pale
- Citra Dream Hazy IPA
- Continuum Transfunctioner Hazy IPA
- Mindshaker Double IPA
- Mouth Party Hazy Double IPA
- Breakfast Hustle Golden Stout (collab with Fieldwork Brewing Company)
- Happy Cow Milk Stout
- Peanut Butter Lovers Imp. Stout with Peanut Butter, vanilla and roasted cocoa nibs.
See you there! Cheers.
May’s Trivia Tuesday Brewery Edition is coming up on May 14th!
Del Cielo Brewing out of Martinez will be in the house hosting a special round of trivia and bringing in draft and cans for your enjoyment! Draft line-up coming soon.
Prizes for First, Second and Best Small Team. Limit 6 people per team, please.
See you there!
Our next Sipping Sessions is Wednesday, May 8th! We’ll be focusing on ALL wild ales. We’ll taste through 5 different beers, and talk about what the difference is between a wild ale and a sour ale, and how they both come to be. It’s gonna get funky, y’all.
How does Sipping Sessions work, you ask? The concept is simple: there are SO MANY different bottles & cans in our #WallOBeer at The Good Hop, it sometimes feels impossible to try them all. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, our Sipping Sessions will be highlighting a different style of beer, and we will be hosting a bottle pour. Our staff will discuss the style characteristics, variations and flavor profiles of each beer, and encourage discussion and a little bit of fun.
**This is a ticketed event, and space is limited!** Tickets are $20 each and include FIVE 5oz pours of beer. Please note that your space is not guaranteed until you have paid the registration fee. You can register online at: www.thegoodhop.com/merch/sippingsessions
Revision is gearing up to release their "dab-alicious" Leafy Greens IPA, and we're hosting a release party at The Good Hop on (wait for it)... 4/20 of course.
We'll have reps from the Revision crew in the house to hang with us, and please believe us when we tell you these guys know how to throw a party.
Our next door neighbors at Lit will also be offering a custom cannabis delivery menu exclusively for our customers! So, you can celebrate 420 in style with a super fresh Leafy Greens IPA in hand, and some hand-delivered, quality cannabis products, brought right to you at your bar stool.
See you there...Let's get Lit!
Juicy Brews Westfest is back again, and The Good Hop is once again hosting a pre-party the Thursday prior to the fest to give you a sneak peek of some of the beers, and to get you all excited for the big day!
We'll be featuring beers from Dancing Gnome Beer, Resident Culture Brewing Company, Great Notion and Cloudburst Brewing, and hanging out with the brewery crews for the evening.
Full line-up of beers coming soon!
Little Beast is launching distribution in The Bay Area!
"Founded by partners in life and work, Charles Porter and Brenda Crow, Little Beast is a family brewery with a passion for making great beer and sharing it with others.
We craft wild, wood-aged and blended beer naturally with diverse cultures, including Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and wild flora. By harnessing the little beasts that ferment our beer, we capture their untamed beauty and produce farmhouse beers that are diverse in flavor and rare in character."
Join us as we party it up with the Little Beast crew on Saturday, April 13th! Draft and bottles will be available.
We'll have 5 beers on tap:
Wolf Camp - Hoppy Saison
Golden Stone - Oak Aged Ale w/ Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots
Dream State - Foeder Aged Ale w/ Strawberries
Rhus Jus - Sour Ale w/ Sumac, Elderflower and Elderberries (The Good Hop is the only place to get Rhus Jus on draft!)
In bottles we will have: Dream State, Golden Stone, Rhus Jus and Pomme Sour - Farmhouse Sour w/ Quince.
Hey Trivia Heads! We're sneaking in another brewery trivia night this month! We were lucky enough to snag a case of ALL SEVEN of the kickass, brand spankin' new, staff collaborations from HenHouse Brewing Company for this Tuesday, April 9th.
We'll have a keg of the SMASH the Game Pale Ale brewed by the Henhouse Sales Team on draft, who will also be in the house to host a round of trivia!
In cans we will have:
Finance Department - "Loretta" Grissette - 4.0% ABV
HR Department - "Soft" Saison w/Styrian hops- 5.2% ABV
Retail - "Flight Attendant" IPA w/Cardinal and Sorachi Ace - 7.5% ABV
Marketing - "Gose Local" - 5.0% ABV - Gose with Handpicked Valencia Oranges
Sales Department - "SMaSH The Game" - 5.0% ABV - Single Malt and Single Hop Pale Ale - Kviek yeast, Gallagher's best malt from Admiral, Sabro hops
Logistics Department - "Smokey and The Barleywine" - 11.8% ABV -Barleywine with Smoked Malt and Figs
Production - "Kap'n Kolsch" Kolsch Style Ale - 4.5% ABV
Let's do this! Prizes awarded for first, second, and Best Small Team. (No teams larger than 6 people, please.) See you there, fam. :)
To celebrate International Women's Day, every year in March Pink Boots Society members all over the globe participate in collaboration brew days. This year we are once again highlighting some of the beers brewed here in the Bay Area (and beyond!)
On Wednesday, April 3rd we'll be tapping the beers, and hosting a party in honor of our local women brewers and beer professionals. It's always a great party!
For more info on Pink Boots Society, visit their facebook page or website at www.pinkbootssociety.org
Strike Brewing Co.
Laughing Monk Brewing
21st Amendment Brewery
Shanty Shack Brewing
Almanac Beer Co
Pelican Brewing Company
The Rare Barrel
Armistice Brewing Company
New Glory Craft Brewery
Silva Brewing is headed to The Bay!
Husband and wife team Chuck & MJ Silva have been operating out of Paso Robles since 2016, cranking out quality small batches that, until now, have rarely been available to us thirsty beer drinkers here in the Bay Area.
That's all about to change! Join us on Saturday March 23rd, as we celebrate the launch of distribution for Silva at The Good Hop. We'll have a killer line-up on draft, and Chuck and MJ will be hanging out with us in the afternoon starting at 1pm, so come through early to chat them up about their beers!
Gateway to Hefen Hefeweizen
Paso Pale Ale
Hop Maniac West Coast IPA
Luscious Hazy IPA
Yakima Express Imperial IPA
Nut Farm NITRO Walnut Stout
Don't miss it!
Our March Sipping Sessions is here!
Melissa will be hosting a guided tasting of five different West Coast IPAs from our bottle cooler. She'll talk about style characteristics and flavor profiles of IPAs you know and love, as well as newer takes on the classic style.
$20 reserves you a spot, and space is limited so sign up today at www.thegoodhop.com/merch/sippingsessions
Oskar Blues is once again coming out to host our 2nd Annual OSKARS Watch Party at The Good Hop!
Sunday, February 23rd from 4pm on we’ll showing the 91st Academy Awards at The Good Hop.
Liz from Oskar Blues is bringing Oscars Bingo again, which is always a great way to make it a little more fun! We’ll also have free popcorn and candy, as well as a killer line up of Oskar Blues Beers including:
Death By Coconut Irish Coconut Porter
Icey Wheat IPA
Bwahaha Calista DIPA
Guns N Rose
It's time for Oakland's 3rd Annual North Coast Brewing Company Chili Crawl! Join us for a little friendly neighborhood competition on Saturday, November 11th from 2pm - 6pm.
This year we have FIVE stops on the crawl: CommonWealth Cafe & Pub, Blind Tiger, The Double Standard, The Good Hop and Telegraph! The reigning champ from 2017 is Blind Tiger - who's gonna steal the crown???
- Each location will be cookin' up their own batch of chili, each using a different North Coast beer in the recipe.
- All YOU have to do is visit each location, order a North Coast beer (various pour sizes available!) and try your complimentary taste of chili! You can start and finish in whatever order you like.
- VOTE for your favorite chili! You can pick up a voting card and chili crawl map at any of the 5 locations. But remember - your People’s Choice vote only counts if you visit all 5 stops on the crawl.
- THEN: Join us at Blind Tiger at 6pm for our official awards ceremony, hosted by the one and only Dan Bollwinkel (Bully!!) of North Coast. We’ll have a panel of judges who will make the final call on the official champion of 2019.
Come show some Town Love with us and let's get our chili and North Coast beer on, folks.
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is coming to California! Hailing from Denver, Colorado, they specialize in “Innovation in the research and development of spontaneous fermentation.” They have medalled at The Great American Beer Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
The brewers will be making a special stop at The Good Hop on Friday, February 22nd for a special Bottle Pour event at 3pm. We’ll have bottles of:
Tagboard - Dry-hopped, 1 year Spontaneous Wild Ale
Oxcart - Blended Coolship Spontaneous Ale
Supercruise - Blended Coolship Spontaneous Ale with grape must
Lancer - Golden Sour Ale with Wildflower Honey
Glomar - Sour Golden Ale with Canteloupe & Chinook hops
The crew from Ol' Republic Brewery is joining us at The Good Hop on Tuesday 2/12 at 7:30pm to host Trivia Tuesday!
It is also the official East Bay Release of their brand new, Rosé-inspired Brut IPA - Make Me Blush - we'll have the only keg available in the East Bay! (Yes, we will have cans too.)
Also on draft: Chocalypto Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and It Was All a Dream, an Oak barrel-aged Saison with Brett and Mandarins.
Ol Republic will be hosting a round of trivia, and we'll have awesome prizes for the winners! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and Best Small Team. Up to 6 people per team, please!
Beer Week Bingo is back! Only this time, it's a bit more fabulous.
We'll be joined by Laughing Monk Brewing AND The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!
Laughing Monk draft and cans/bottles will be available, including some special releases and year-round favorites.
Sister Rosie from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be calling Bingo, so things will definitely be interesting!
We'll be raising money for The Sisters General Fund, which supports local non-profits in our community, donating to Oakland organizations that give back right here in our own neighborhood.
FREE to play! There will be sweet prizes from Laughing Monk and The Good Hop.
4pm - 8pm, see you there! Let's send SF Beer Week 2019 in glamour and style.
Russian River is coming to The Good Hop for SF Beer Week! We'll have a plethora of Russian River beers both on draft and in bottles.
Russian River reps/crew will be in the building, AND rumor has it that a certain sexy beer just may make an appearance!
Tickets for Pliny the Younger pours (limit 2 tickets per person) will go on sale right when we open at 3pm, and the keg will be tapped at 6pm. This was a SUPER fun event for us last year, and we're definitely ready to do it again! Join us.
The OC is headed up to The Bay for SFBeer Week! Some of our friends down in Orange County are trekkin' up North with some of their finest beers for ya.
Wednesday, February 6th they'll be hanging out with us at The Good Hop. Come down and try something new while chatting them up about the beer scene in The OC.
Participating breweries include: Chapman Crafted, Riip, Artifex, Bottle Logic, Barley Forge, Unsung, Green Cheek, The Bruery, and Noble!