Sun and Suds at Faction Brewing, Alameda's Newest Craft Brewer

Categories: Beer, East Bay

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The tasting flight at Faction Brewing

There's a new kid on the block next to St. George Spirits and Rock Wall Winery, and you guessed it -- it's a brewery. Faction Brewing completes the Alameda Naval Air base's boozy trifecta with six taps, a killer view of the San Francisco skyline, and a parking lot-turned-patio to soak up the East Bay sun.

Faction was opened late last year by industry veterans Claudia Pamparana and Rodger Davis, who have combined experience at 21st Amendment, Drakes and Triple Rock. Their following shows: On Saturdays the lines are out the door and Faction's suds are popping up more and more on local taps.

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Beer of the Week: Prairie Artisan Ales/Evil Twin Brewing's Bible Belt

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The "collaboration beer" has come a long way over the last decade. One early example that put the concept on the map was "Collaboration not Litigation," a brew created in tandem by Russian River Brewing and Avery Brewing when they discovered that they both made a beer called "Salvation." Rather than sue the pants off of each other, they created a unique blend that showcased both of the brewery's strengths. Since then, many breweries have built collaboration beers into the core of their identity. Stone Brewing, for example, releases beers made in conjunction with other breweries every couple months.

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Hop Into Fogbelt Brewing Company

Categories: Beer, Opening

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Anastasia Crosson
A flight of all five Fogbelt Brewing Company beers, plus two seasonals. A blood orange garnish on the Lost Monarch wheat beer is a nice touch.

Fogbelt Brewing Company has opened the tap, introducing a few new micro-brews to the Bay Area craft beer scene. Having opened in February, this Santa Rosa brewery and taproom is as much a place to enjoy a pint and a bite as it is an homage to Northern California terroir. Hops are grown in Fogbelt's own hopyards or sourced from local producers. Not to mention, each brew is named after one of the Northern California redwoods that tower above the surrounding landscape.

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Drink of the Week: Hitting a Triple Header at Trappist

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Lou Bustamante
I've only been to Belgium once. I went to Brussels and Bruges for a few days many years ago after working my way through Scandinavia. While the memories of being there have mostly faded to a blur of landscapes, the clearest remnant is of an afternoon spent sitting in an airy, sunny plaza with a tulip glass (or two) of Duvel.

Sitting at the bar at the Trappist, a Belgian-beer-focused pub in downtown Oakland, those fond recollections resurface and etch themselves deeper with each sip of the St. Feuillien Triple ($8.75). Silky, dry, and light without feeling watery, the citrus and fennel flavors from the beer conceal the high octane (8.5% abv), but also make it remarkably food-friendly.

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Get Funky at The Trappist's Spontanfest on Saturday

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By now, the sour beer craze has become ubiquitous enough that a quick stop at Whole Foods typically yields at least a dozen puckering finds. Chances are you've sampled some tart brews from our own backyard, a trend locally spearheaded many years ago by Russian River Brewing. There is, however, a category of sour beers that is largely unrepresented in domestic production. This weekend, you'll have a shot at tasting a solid list of some of these truly wild, terroir-driven beers.

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Talking Torpedo Taps, Reclaimed Wood, and "Ball-Kicking Porter" With Ivan Hopkinson of Barrel Head Brewhouse

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Liv Combe
That bar is a torpedo, you know.
Walking into Barrel Head Brewhouse on a weekday afternoon is like walking into a circus arena -- it's slightly chaotic and you don't quite know what to look at first. The enormous torpedo tap behind the bar? (More on that soon.) The mammoth, live-edged community table running along the front window? The gleaming stainless steel brewing vats lining the walls? Or maybe founder and brewer Ivan Hopkinson, whose seemingly endless energy was what finally made Barrel Head a reality after ten years of work. Hopkinson (yes, that is his real name) gives us a tour of the place.

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Ratebeer Brings Back Its Gallery Beer Fest With More Than 20 Rare Local Brews

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The flyer for local consumer review site Ratebeer's upcoming event leads with the description "three floors of the world's top rated brewers." If that's not the craft beer festival equivalent of dropping the mic and slowly backing away, then we don't know what is. This weekend, the third installment of Ratebeer's Gallery Beer Festival will bring beer, education, community, and art to SPUR gallery.

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Beer of the Week: Uinta Tinder Rauchbier

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Jason Henry
People often assume that "lager" is synonymous with "lawnmower beer." While lagers tend to be more clean, light-bodied, and less assertive than many ales, it's a mistake to assume that lagers have any less character. In fact, some lager styles, such as eisbock, boast high alcohol content, lush mouthfeel, and rich undertones of dark fruit and caramel. Today's featured beer is a smoky reminder that lagers can be complex and quenching in the same sip.

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Presidio's Fort Point Brewery Teams Up With Mikkeller, Release Party Tonight

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One of the newer breweries in town, Fort Point Beer Company in the Presidio, has teamed up with the Danish brewery Mikkeller to produce an experimental IPA. Lobos Double IPA, named for the creek in the Presidio where Font Point gets its water, combines five different types of hops (Columbus, Northern Brewer, Motueka, Centennial, and dry-hopped with Japan's Sorachi Ace) to create a beer that Fort Point head brewer Mike Schnebeck describes as grassy and piney with a little citrus and maybe some lemongrass. You can judge for yourself at its release party tonight (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) at Mikkeller Bar near Union Square.

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Beer of the Week: Pink Boots Society Unite Pale Ale Celebrates Female Brewers

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Much of the time, the brewing industry is erroneously referred to as a "fraternity." We agree with part of the sentiment -- beer folks tend to be a tight-knit community rooted in cooperative spirit. A good chunk of that kinship character is rooted in a David and Goliath-esque struggle against the Buds, Millers, and Coors of the world. But, the word "fraternity" ignores the fact that an increasing number of women (be them brewers, brewery owners, writers, salespeople, business minds and the like) are also guiding the direction of the industry. This week's featured beer is a reminder that some of our best brewing talent resides with the fairer sex.

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