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The Beer Trail and The Passport

There are many microbreweries and brewpubs to choose from in the Tri-Valley area, 21 of which can be found on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail. You can download and print a Tri-Valley Beer Trail Passport that provides a list of those 21 locations along with a map. Be sure to get “stamps” on your Passport from the places you visit. We offer a free t-shirt or pint glass for collecting at least 10 stamps. 

The trail includes stops such as Sauced BBQ & Spirits in Livermore, Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar in Dublin, The Growler Pub in Danville, and Shadow Puppet in Pleasanton, just to name a few. Many of these purveyors offer not only local craft beers, but brews from around the state and even the rest of the country.
 

Altmont Beer Works
2402 Research Drive, Livermore, CA 94550
altamontbeerworks.com/1 

Beer Baron
2223 First St, Livermore, CA 94550
www.beerbaronbar.com/livermore-bar

Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen
336 St Mary St, Pleasanton
www.beerbaronbar.com 

BottleTaps
3020 Bernal Ave #160, Pleasanton
bottletaps.com 

Caps & Taps Bottle Shop and Tap Room
6601 Dublin Blvd M, Dublin, CA 94568
capsandtapsdublin.com

Danville Brewing Co.
200 Railroad Ave A, Danville, CA 94526
www.danvillebrewing.com

Dublin Vine
5200 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/dublin-vine 

Eight Bridges Brewing Company
332 Earhart Way, Livermore, CA 94551
eightbridgesbrewing.com 

First Street Ale House
2106 First St, Livermore, CA 94550
www.firststreetalehouse.com

The Growler Pub
515 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville, CA 94526
www.growlerpubdanville.com

Hop DeVine
1708 N Vasco Rd, Livermore, CA 94551
www.facebook.com/hopdevine

The Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill
3015 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
www.hopyard.com

INC 82 Brewing
7370 San Ramon Rd, Dublin, CA 94568
www.inc82.com

Main Street Brewery
830 Main St, Pleasanton
www.mainstbrewery.com

McKay’s Taphouse & Beer Garden
252 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 94566
mckaysbeergarden.com

Norm’s Place
356 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526
www.normsgrill.com

Sauced BBQ & Spirits
2300 First St #120, Livermore, CA 94550
www.saucedbbqandspirits.com

Shadow Puppet Brewing Company
4771 Arroyo Vista Ste. B, Livermore, CA 94551
www.shadowpuppetbrewing.com

Tap 25
25 S Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
tap-25.com

Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar
7046 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568
www.threesheetscraftbeer.com

Working Man Brewing Company
5542 Brisa St, Livermore, CA 94550
workingmanbrewing.com

Visit Tri-Valley is located on Hopyard Road in Pleasanton, California, fittingly named after what was once one of the biggest hop farms in the world. Though less well known than Tri-Valley’s famous wine country, Pleasanton’s hop history is equally exceptional. The Pleasanton Hops Company utilized 1900 acres of wetland from the late 1800s until the time of the First World War and the impending Prohibition, creating a name for themselves that was respected around the world. Northern California’s climate and the fertility of the local land of Pleasanton created the perfect conditions for cultivating hops.

The California Cluster hop that was grown here was extremely popular at the time. According to Mrs. Con Nevin, and printed in The Pleasanton Times, August 13, 1910, “…the hops insist on being trained from right to left, so that they may follow the sun, declining to grow upon any other terms; each night the head of the plant points toward the setting sun.”

Today, rhizomes taken from descendants of these very hop plants, that still sprout up around the location of the old hops farm, are being used by the Wobblies Hop Company to cultivate hops for the Eight Bridges Brewing Company’s new California Cluster Revival Pale Ale, made from “wet” hops, used within 24 hours of being picked. These hops flavor the ale with scents of citrus, tea, and fresh grass. It’s the culmination of two years of effort, and just one of the brewed delicacies this area conjures up.

 
 
 
 
 

More to Come

Crafted beers have become a mainstay of foodie culture and the discriminating and exploratory taste preferences of a new generation of exuberant beer connoisseurs. The Tri-Valley area will not disappoint them. As craft beers continue to grow in popularity and demand, the Tri-Valley will likely continue to see an expansion of microbreweries. Not only is the climate and soil optimal for the raw ingredients to make great beers, but the local people and culture make it an ideal place to enjoy exploring the many tastes the region has to offer.