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Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse is America's Oldest Original Brewpub!
Brothers John and Reid Martin (then ages 25 and 28), established Triple Rock in 1985. Triple Rock is the result of John and Reid's love for beer and brewing, as well as the love of classic American taverns (and dive bars). For Triple Rock, their idea was to create a place that would be simple and accessible to craft beer and classic tavern aficionados like themselves.
Before there could be a brewpub, the City of Berkeley had to approve it. The Martin brothers, starting in 1984, had to convince the City that a small brewery should be allowed in a dense commercial district. City bureaucrats had never heard of a "brewpub" and there was neighborhood concern about a "factory" being allowed to operate in Downtown Berkeley...