Thirty years of spilled IPAs have taken their toll on downtown Berkeley’s Triple Rock Brewery, so owners John and Reid Martin decided it was time for a refresh. After taking over the newly constructed building next door, the duo has spent the past few months combining the two spaces, which they are now ready to reveal at the end of the month.
The new space — dubbed the “Richter Room” as a nod to the building’s earthquake-resilient construction — is a straightforward, airy beer hall with plenty of legroom and a view onto Shattuck Avenue. Designer Ben Frombgen, (Magnolia, Drake’s Dealership), gave the space a stripped-down interior of brick walls, exposed piping, and custom-built tables that provide ample seating. Best of all, the increased square-footage means that Triple Rock will be taking the retired shuffleboard out of storage.
Though the original space’s renovation was mostly cosmetic, involving a fresh application of wood stain on the furniture and refinished floors, the kitchen has moved to completely new digs in the Richter Room. The resulting additional counter space has inspired a revamped menu with the help of Drake Dealership’s executive chef, Taylor Smith. Smith’s additions include dishes like salmon tartare, muffaletta, and short rib mac and cheese.
While the original brewery has remained open throughout, the Richter Room will open its doors on Friday, September 23. To celebrate both the opening and its 30th Anniversary stop by on Saturday, September 24 for a limited-edition release of a barrel-aged Black Rock Imperial Porter.
Triple Rock is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.