Drake’s Brewing Co. opened its barrel house in 2011, but the brewery’s history extends all the way back to 1989, when Roger Lind and John Martin took over a former Chrysler Dodge factory in San Leandro. Lind and Martin re-purposed dairy tanks into a 15-barrel brewing system, spray painted “Brew” on the brewhouse wall in bold blue letters, and opened Lind Brewing Company. Their intention was to brew draft-only English-style ales, each named after English privateer Sir Francis Drake. Fast-forward 30 years later and, while Lind departed in 1998, “Brew” remains on the wall, a timeless reminder of the company’s mission to serve great beer, always.
Their classic and experimental brews can now be found in several locations around the Bay, from the Barrel House at the original San Leandro Brewery, to the Dealership in a former Dodge Dealership in Downtown Oakland, to The Barn in Sacramento. In a short time, Drake’s has become renowned not only for its excellent brews, but also its innovative, locally sourced and farm fresh food.