This past Saturday, some friends of mine were in town from Southern California, and wanted to get together for some beers. For the first spot of the night, I chose a place that carries over 25 craft beers on tap: The Trappist. The Trappist is located in Downtown Oakland, and is also conveniently located right next to Jack London Square, home to another handful of bars with an excellent brew selection. With an old-school pub vibe and two bars, Trappist is inviting and feels almost like you’re home. It lacks the typical crowd of wasted bros and sloppy girls both vying for the others attention that is all too familiar in the bar scene. The staff is very knowledgable about the brews they serve, and are happy to help make a recommendation for you upon request. While the rotation boasts largely German and Belgian style beers, you are also able to enjoy local selections. Any brew lover will surely find The Trappist easy to love, and hard to leave! Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu
Beer Style: IPA ABV: 6% Served: Draft
For my first beer, I wanted to choose something I’d never heard of and ultimately decided on the Femme Fatale Kabosu by Evil Twin Brewing. While it was certainly a good beer, easy to drink, crisp and tangy (thanks to the Japanese citrus fruit, Kabosu) it was not especially memorable. I’d drink it if it was offered but I also wouldn’t go out of my way to search this beer out. It lacked a “wow ” factor, but I wouldn’t call it disappointing either. On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 6. Although maybe another taste would sway my opinion. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Beer Style: IPA ABV: 7% Served: Draft
For my second beer, I decided on something more familiar but had also never tried before: Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point has a knack for making very unique, and powerful beers; the kind that leave you longing for more and may even blow your mind. It is a solid IPA with characteristic hoppyness, and a twist of citrus, fruit and floral notes. A very refreshing IPA, which is not necessarily the first adjective that pops into your head when thinking of an IPA. I do also appreciate the lacing, which was excellent. While this was a great brew, I still can think of other IPAs that I would choose before this one, although I’d keep Sculpin IPA in the top 10. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this one an 8.5. The tricky part of going out to drink is having to remember that there will, eventually, be a drive home (though the boyfriend graciously volunteered to be designated driver). Alas, those were the two brews I enjoyed at Trappist, though I will definitely be back for more! Cheers!