Category Archives: East Bay

Alameda Island Brewing Company

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If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, hop in to Alameda Island Brewing Company for a refreshing beer flight! AIBC was founded by Matthew Fox after home brewing for eight years. If you are a fan of fresh craft beer and expert beer tending, this is your place!

Beer flight on deck = Cavanagh Kolsch, Control Alt Delete, Exiled (Kottbusser), Neptunes Pale Ale and Alameda’s IPA. CHEERS!

To go, we could not resist the most badass and car-safe growler ever invented at AIBC – that’s the Alameda Island flag in their logo!

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Faction Brewing

Husband and wife brewing team Rodger Davis and Claudia Pamparana came up in the beer business together, he at long gone San Francisco Brewing and she at the (also out of biz) Steelhead Brewery Fisherman’s Wharf location. Davis went on the become Head Brewmaster at Drakes Brewing Company in San Leandro and Triple Rock Brewery (owned by Drake’s Beer) in Berkeley, creating such beer masterpieces as the Denogginizer (double IPA; not for the faint of heart) and Keyser Soze Russian Imperial Stout. Faction Brewing is known for their hop forward but not overly bitter brewskis, including a line of incredibly balanced seasonal IPAs. The beer here is so good, we just had to go with a double flight! Arrive at dusk to imbibe while watching the sun set behind San Francisco’s majestic skyline from Hanger 22, the former Navy base that Faction converted to an ever growing brewhouse! Ready for takeoff!

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Ale Industries

Jingletown Jazz Room founders Steve Lopez and Morgan Cox dreamed of opening a brewery (don’t we all?!) while working at E.J. Phair Brewing Company and weekend home brewing on Hammer Island. Their dream was realized in 2008 with the launch of Ale Industries in Concord, California. They soon outgrew the original space, and in 2014 relocated to the old Norten Bucket Factory in the Jingletown District of Fruitvale, Oakland – a most welcome addition to the East Bay beer scene! The roughly 6,000 square foot brewing facility has plenty of room for barrel aging their highly prized sour beers. Stop in for $8 growler Monday’s if you know what’s good for you!

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Buffalo Bill’s Brewery

Buffalo Bill’s Brewery founder Bill Owens, inspired by English brewpub tradition, was early to the American craft beer scene, opening the doors to his esteemed Hayward brewery in 1983, one year after a change in California law enabled brewers to sell their wares on their premises. Geoff Harries joined Buffalo Bill’s as a brewery in 1987 and bought out Owens in 1994 with $70,000 of credit card cash advances. That was a pretty solid #beervestment, as Buffalo Bill’s has grown to distribute beer in 40 states! Our favorites are the original Alimony IPA (brewed for a customer going through divorce) and America’s Original Pumpkin Ale. They make excellent fruity beers in general, including the Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout and Orange Blossom Cream Ale! We highly recommend this spot for a beer flight and burger on a sunny East Bay day!

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