Brewery day journeys: West Oakland’s Temescal and extra beer havens

My brewery day shuttle collection has taken me around the Bay House, from Santa Cruz’s bohemian path to Martinez’s beer scene. This time, I headed for Oakland, the place a minimum of a dozen breweries beckoned, together with one named for its group — Temescal — and every other that can pay homage to one thing moderately surprising.

Temescal Brewing

Temescal founder Sam Gilbert had a house brewing background — he co-founded the BrewLab SF collective in 2011– when he opened his personal brewery six years in the past. Quickly after, he made Ryan Hammond his head brewer. Temescal has a manufacturing brewery within sight, however in this specific day, I head to the unique brewery and taproom to try their beer — and the meals truck rotation, which levels from Diggy Canines to Satay through the Bay.

Sam Gilbert’s Temescal Brewing is known as for its Oakland group. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

The brewery makes 4 year-round beers, together with the flagship Pils, a blank, fashionable tackle a German-style pilsner. In addition they make Hazy, a hazy IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. There’s Especial, a Mexican-style lager, a light-bodied, easy-drinking beer made with Eraclea barley, an Italian selection, and West, which is a West Coast IPA.

You’ll additionally in finding quarterly seasonal releases, every-other-month collaborations and a brand new one-off beer each week — such because the 49 Mile West Coast Pilsner, which gained a bronze medal at this yr’s Global Beer Cup. June brings a brand new Anniversary Ale, and in July they’ll unencumber Crowd Favourite, a hazy IPA that includes Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Main points: The taproom is open from 4 to ten p.m. Tuesday-Friday, midday to ten p.m. Saturday and midday to 9 p.m. Sunday at 4115 Telegraph Ave. To find main points (and that meals truck agenda) at

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Ghost The town Brewing

This a part of Oakland used to boast a number of coffin factories — therefore the identify. However the brewery’s backstory is a musical one. Again in 2012, house brewers Ryan Nosek, Sam Carr-Prindle, Adam Hill and Jason Gehman have been individuals of a heavy steel band, once they stumble on the theory of brewing beer to assist pay for his or her apartment follow area. They began brewing with a tiny 1-bbl device. In the end, they have been promoting sufficient beer that the aspect gig changed into the primary gig. They constructed a 15-bbl brewhouse of their provide 8,000-square-foot digs, which incorporates a taproom and a canning line now.

Launched by a group of musicians, Ghost Town Brewing was originally a way to finance their practice space, but the brewery's popularity meant that the side gig soon became the main gig.  (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks)
Introduced through a gaggle of musicians to finance their follow area, Ghost The town Brewing’s recognition supposed that the aspect gig quickly changed into the primary gig.  (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

Brewmaster Justin Burdt helps to keep about 20 beers on faucet or in bottles at any given time, useful divided into mild, malt ahead, IPA and bitter/wild. The stand-outs come with Cave Dweller,” a delectable West Coast Pilsner the usage of Mosaic hops, and Inhumane IPA, their best-selling beer, a vintage West Coast IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hop sorts.

However I used to be additionally pleasantly shocked through Undoing Bruin, a Belgian-style bitter brown ale, a lager notoriously exhausting to make nicely, however that was once bitter loveliness. One among their malt ahead beers, Ossuary, a strong porter, gained a silver medal at this yr’s Global Beer Cup.

Main points: The taproom on the unique West Oakland location, the place they make their beer, is open from 3 to ten p.m. Monday-Thursday and midday to ten p.m. Friday-Sunday at 1960 Adeline St. Ghost The town’s beer lawn and kitchen in Oakland’s Laurel district is open day by day from midday to 9 p.m. or later (1-9 p.m. on Mondays) at 3506 MacArthur Ave.;

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Unique Development Brewing

This Jack London Sq. brewery, which opened in Would possibly 2018, was once based through two {couples}, Ryan Frank and Caitlin O’Connor and Max and Margie Silverstein. Frank and Max first met on the Siebel Institute, a Chicago brewing faculty, and afterwards, Frank labored at twenty first Modification, serving to to construct their San Leandro manufacturing brewery.

Original Pattern Brewing is tucked inside a former warehouse with brick walls and exposed wooden beams. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks)
Unique Development Brewing is tucked inside of a former warehouse with brick partitions and uncovered picket beams. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

You’ll in finding Unique Development in a former warehouse with brick partitions and uncovered picket beams, cubicles and tables downstairs, a Excellent to Consume Dumplings pop-up and a balcony providing nice brewery perspectives.

From that balcony, you’ll be able to see the tanks lining the gap in the back of the bar, although you’ll be able to’t moderately make out the brewhouse within the a ways again, the place you’ll in finding Australian brewmaster Andy Crocker. The Melbourne local realized to brew in England, ahead of emigrating to California.

Crocker helps to keep greater than a dozen beers on at any given time and rotates in new beers incessantly. That’s particularly spectacular, as a result of they’re on target to make 12,000 barrels this yr, and so they get started two to 3 brews on a daily basis.

At Oakland's Original Pattern Brewing, you'll find everything from IPAs to more eclectic brews, like Yamagata Rice Lager, a refreshing light lager brewed with jasmine rice. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks)
At Oakland’s Unique Development Brewing, you’ll in finding the whole lot from IPAs to extra eclectic brews, like Yamagata Rice Lager, a refreshing mild lager brewed with jasmine rice. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

You’ll in finding the whole lot from the considered necessary IPAs — transparent and hazy — to extra eclectic brews, like Yamagata Rice Lager, a refreshing mild lager brewed with jasmine rice. All their beers are noticeably blank and well-made, however I particularly loved Bean Me Up!, a espresso porter that’s redolent of unpolluted espresso flavors, and the Wee Guy, a Bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale with sublime notes of vanilla and maple.

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Main points: The brewery is open day by day from midday to 9 p.m. or later at 292 Fourth St.;

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