We knew this day would come – the last and best stop on our Berkeley brewery quest (that’s 7 breweries in all…not bad for a city of 110,000!) – Fieldwork Brewing Company!
While Fieldwork happens to be the newest brewer on the Berkeley brewery block, they’re also the best hands down! Fieldwork’s brews are accessible, experimental and downright drinkable, taking many forms from traditional West Coast IPAs to barrel aged sour beers, often incorporating whatever looks freshest at the ubiquitous local marketplace, Berkeley Bowl. Alex Tweet and partner Barry Braden have crafted an artful masterpiece in West Berkeley for Bay Area bourgeois and proletariat to enjoy alike, shoulder to shoulder along the communal benches of Fieldwork’s inner sanctum. Fieldwork is a dog friendly, bike friendly, game night friendly space fueled by creative and delectable libations just so long as craft beer’s your drink of choice.
On deck we have perhaps the most delicious Strawberry Saison created by man.
21st Amendment Brewery was founded at the dawn of the Millennium, in 2000, by Shaun O’Sullivan (former Assistant Brewer at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, California) and Nico Freccia. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the years and in 2015 transformed the old Kellogg plant in San Leandro to an impressive state of the art East Bay brewery!
And in case you’re wondering, “What’s in a name?”, 21st Amendment takes theirs from the 1933 Amendment to the United States Constitution that stuck a fork in Prohibition, which lasted nearly 13 years in America. CHEERS!
Welcome to Berkeley, Fieldwork Brewing! Fieldwork was founded by Barry Braden and Head Brewer Alex Tweet in February 2015 in emerging, post-industrial West Berkeley, California. Tweet brings Ballast Point and Modern Times brewing experience to Fieldwork “with a focus on exceptional, honest beermaking” – amen brother!
Every beerski we tried was truly exceptional, indeed, every one! Our first beer flight on deck = Morning Time Breakfast Stout, Hot Chocolate Stout and Coconut Milk Double IPA (brewed with 100 lbs. of coconuts!). We’ll be back soon!
Southern Pacific Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by Chris Lawrence, who converted a 10,000 square foot former machine shop near the old Southern Pacific Railroad that ran down Harrison Street in the early 20th Century into a shiny “new” 15 barrel brewery.
The brewing equipment cast aside when Potrero Brewing Company went belly up was been given a new lease on life under Head Brewmaster Andy French. French brews “clean, dry, true to style beers.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!