Bay Brewsers: A Beer Garden Boom Hits the East Bay
The biergarten is already de rigueur in San Francisco. Exhausted the options? Cross over to the East Bay, where warmer climes have encouraged the beer garden boom, and raise a pint to Indian summer.
The Vibe: This out-of-the-way, indoor-outdoor spot on the Oakland Estuary attracts a mixed crowd of mature foodinistas, professional drinkers, and well-informed boaters.
Beer Buzz: North Coast’s PranQster; also, Brotzeit Alte Schule, made by nearby Linden Street Brewery.
The Food: It’s all about the sausage at this Bavarian biergarten. Get the spicy, house-made wurzige with chicken and pork.
The Vibe: Think Zeitgeist 15 years ago but with more fixies. Graffiti art abounds, and smoking is practically encouraged.
Beer Buzz: Twelve mostly local brews on tap from Lagunitas, Almanac, and the like, plus cheap cans of Hamm’s.
The Food: Breakfast all day, including bagels and pancakes, and a beef burger topped
with a mac-and-cheese patty.
The Vibe: Like nearby Telegraph, the place is no- frills but has a covered patio.
Beer Buzz: Check out the Belgian-style, slightly sweet Buzzerkley pale ale from Walnut Creek’s Calicraft Brewing Company.
The Food: Decent burgers on fluffy buns.
Bonus: vegan buffalo wings.
(Lorin District, Berkeley)
The Vibe: Bougie-er than the others, with a sophisticated crowd of Lake Merritt marrieds and their friends. Great sunset views and occasional live jazz.
Beer Buzz: Don’t miss the Denogginizer from Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro.
The Food: Lunch, brunch, and dinner, with swell salads and something called garbage bread—basically a pizza burrito.
The Vibe: A beer geek’s paradise, the patio at
this three-year-old bar and bottle shop gets loud, lively, and sunbaked on warm weekends.
Beer Buzz: With 48 taps and a wall of bottles,
from Belgian sours to local IPAs, this spot has the biggest selection of the bunch.
The Food: Find vegan eats at next-door sister restaurant, Olde Depot Public House.
(Jack London District, Oakland)
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