Celebrated a friend's birthday last night at Cafe Biere, a little tavern on Adeline near 40th in Emeryville.
CB's shtick is Belgian ales, and they have a solid variety to choose from. They also feature Belgian-style ales from other parts of the world.
They have a small, but satisfying, menu. I would skip the pizza. Standouts included the mussels (in the cream sauce; better than the one with cherry tomatoes), the New Zealand lamb chops, the frito mixto with calamari, and the house-made potato chips. They also offer a cheese plate with generous portions of high-end cheeses.
As I understand it, CB is a ind of cousin restaurant to Cafe Cacao.
I got a chance to talk to the proprietor, a very friendly guy. He's still trying to figure out what he wants to do with CB -- he doesn't want it to become an obnoxiously overcrowded destination (like Monk's Kettle), but, clearly, he wants to do business.
Anyway, if you're looking for a friendly, low-key place to enjoy fine ales and good food, check out Biere.
3986 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608