The Good Hop was founded and opened in June of 2014 by Melissa Myers. A fixture in the Bay Area brewing scene, Melissa was looking to open her own brewery after being a professional brewer for 14 years. However, the economic downturn of 2009 forced her to be creative with her vision and start with something smaller, so she scaled her dream into phases. First, her empire would involve starting with a beer shop and taproom. Since her passion had always involved bringing good beer to good people, she envisioned a place where the community could come together in a warm, convivial setting to hang out and drink and talk about good craft beer. First build the structure, later she could brew the beer and put it on her taps there. It's all part of a grand plan to create a beer empire…mwahahaha!
And hence, The Good Hop was born!
What's happened in the year since has been amazing. She and her incredible and scrappy staff have carved out a little space on a corner of Oakland that offers 16 constantly rotating, unique, and often hard-to-find beers on tap and 450 bottled and canned beers on the legendary #wallobeer. Beers are offered to go or for onsite consumption, so you can literally go in and mix-and-match a six pack to take to that BBQ you're headed to, or grab whatever looks interesting to you and have the staff open it for you and hang out and drink with your friends.
The best thing about TGH is the staff. Melissa, Monte, Maureen, and Chantal have all been in the industry for years, but there isn't an ounce of beer snobbery amongst the lot of them. TGH works hard to be a bar where you can feel comfortable walking in as a novice, and they'll work hard to find you a beer you'll like. You won't find any swishing here. You'll just find a staff who really, really likes beer; knows a lot about it; and wants to turn you on to it too. So don't ever be intimidated walking up to the bar and asking for a taste of something! But for you beer-geek types, you'll always find someone behind the bar that will happily talk your face off about beer---it's gotten a rep for being a place where industry folks like to hang out and swap stories and exchange info.
There's always an upcoming event like a killer tap takeover from a great brewery or a Beer and Bike Crawl with other beer bars in the area. We love getting involved with the booming East Bay beer scene and always have something crazy on the agenda. The Good Hop is also located smack in the middle of Telegraph Avenue for First Fridays/Art Murmur, which means it's poppin' every first Friday for the local street festival, with one of the main stages just outside the front door. And TGH doesn't hesitate to bring in tasty food trucks when they know their event will draw a big crowd.
So come on down and visit the good folks at TGH. It's Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Hop!
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