With the rise in craft beer popularity, naturally, all these new craft beer connoisseurs will need places to migrate, imbibe, socialize, have heated political arguments, and plan revolutions destined to be hazy memories in the morning. Have no fear East-Bayers! We have a plethora of watering holes. Here is a run-down of three that have opened already, and some that are on their way.


Brotzeit Lokal
This German-influenced beer garden sits on the estuary, with a large waterfront patio that overlooks the water: perfect for enjoying a beer in the sun with ten of your closest friends. Some German provisions, from Chop Bar’s Chef Lev Delany, include “house-made sausages, pickles, house-made mustards, German specialties, and traditional Biergarten favorites. “The beers are a rotation, with the focus on German styles, with some Belgians and local beers too, including a house beer from our friends at Linden Street Brewery. 1000 Embarcadero, Oakland.

Albany Taproom
This place has a mouth-watering beer list. They offer a few bites, and a complete menu from next door’s Grazzy Burger is also available. Their mission is to offer “an exceptional drinking experience for the people who seek quality beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” They also sell take-home bottles. 745 San Pablo, Albany.

Berkeley brings us another sweet patio space on which to enjoy some daytime drinking. This one is covered, which is good for us gingers. They have entirely local taps and bottles, and an affordable and tasty menu. There is also a fire pit for when the beer just isn’t enough to keep you warm. 3136 Sacramento, Berkeley.

Look for soon:

Diving Dog Brewhouse
In addition to making their own beer, this nanobrewery will also be a DIY brewhouse. Wait. What? Yep, you do the brew! Then you can customize a label and pick up your beer a couple of weeks later. Homebrewing without all the cleanup? I’m in. As of this writing, the estimated opening is September 2013. Godspeed! 1802 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland.

Hog’s Apothecary
Beer and wine on tap? Check. House-made sausages? Check. Shuffleboard? Check. Also local sodas and ciders, and two beer engines that are reserved solely for their house beers. 375 40th Street, Oakland.

Lost and Found
Featuring an inside and an outside kitchen, Lost and Found’s menu will focus on “local, fresh, and organic ingredients.” They will have 20 taps and be kid-friendly. They also hope to create jobs, and train at-risk youth and recently-released felons. 2040 Telegraph, Oakland.

Sierra Nevada Taproom
Craft beer pioneers Sierra Nevada are opening a satellite location in Berkeley in order to bring some of their rare beers and small batches to the salivating Bay Area public. 2031 4th street, Berkeley.

Some notable places are coming to San Francisco too, including Beer Hall, opening on Polk and Market, which has a similar taproom/bottle shop model as City Beer Store. Some of the great minds behind the two Trappists and ØL are bringing Mikkeller Bar to the Tenderloin, and Phantom Coast, also slated for the Tenderloin, will be a brewpub with live music. It’s a great time to be a thirsty craft beer lover in the Bay Area.

Know of anything opening soon that’s not listed here? Please let us know below.

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