PLEASANTON — Walk into the Beer Baron and immediately you’ll notice a unifying theme: craft. From a wide selection of local and nano brewery produced beer, eclectic varieties of barrel-aged cocktails, and elevated pub food that would satiate any gastropub nosher — the Beer Baron has found a winning equation with their East Bay bar in Livermore.
It’s that winning combination of artisan beer and cocktails that made the Beer Baron a success in Livermore, and what’s lead the business to open a second location in Pleasanton. The Beer Baron in Pleasanton will be open this week to the public.
The new Beer Baron location in Pleasanton matches ambiance to its products; the bar and restaurant is decorated with a wine barrel ceiling, reclaimed wood for tables and chairs, and even a library corner by a fireplace.
Drink variety based in beer and whiskey
Beyond its look, the Beer Baron’s reputation is in whiskey cocktails and its beer offerings. A drink like their Whiskey Baron — aged in barrels for eight months before being served, with a combination of whiskey, vermouth, peach & bitter — is so effervescent and smooth that one could easily forget the drink’s components are all made of alcohol.
“There’s no need to go to Oakland or San Francisco when you’re looking for a craft beer or cocktail bar out here,” Harpreet Singh, owner of the Beer Baron, said. “This is a place where you can come with your family, come on a date, with your friends — and get served a quality drink with great service.”
Their Peachy King — a bourbon cocktail made with local honey, Breckenridge bitters, and fresh peach and lemon — touts a marriage of flavor with from the smoothness of the bourbon and honey combination, with a kick from the citrus notes of the fruit.
For beer lovers, 25 taps back the bar with enough variety to keep any beer lover happy, ranging from hop bombs, crushable flavors, deep stouts, imported Belgian beer and everything in-between.
“There will always be a beer on tap that you’ve never seen before,” Singh said. “We drive down to San Diego and up to Oregon to pick up beers from small breweries that you can’t always get around here.”
Their tap assortment features local favorites like Fieldwork, Altamont and Almanac, while also bringing out outside rarities like the velvety BBA Dragon’s Milk stout from New Holland Brewing, the sweet and strong Angel’s Share 2015 Brandy Barrel-Aged Strong Ale by Lost Abbey, and a Thai Ginger cider from Locust.
Pairings and brunch to follow
After the bar opens regular service this Tuesday, the Beer Baron will soon incorporate beer and whiskey pairings, as well as a Sunday brunch when they extend their hours to open at 11:30 am.
With their specialty in whiskey cocktails, expect to see unique pairings, such as whiskey and cigar pairings in their upstairs private reservations area, food and whiskey, and even beer and whiskey pairings.