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Local Craft Beer

Check out these new East Bay breweries.


Anneliese Schmidt

It’s no exaggeration to say that East Bay craft beer is booming. “It’s the fastest-growing beer scene that I know of,” says Ken Weaver, author of the new Northern California Craft Beer Guide. And he must be right because here are three more brand-new breweries to look out for.


Calicraft brewing co.

Walnut Creek resident Blaine Landberg made a splash by debuting his trio of beers in some of the area’s hippest spots, including Corners Tavern, ØL Beer Café & Bottle Shop, and Gather restaurant. calicraft.com.
Try: The Cali Cölsh is a light, smooth-drinking Pilsner-like brew. Oaktown Brown is richer and packs some hops while the most interesting may be the boundary-blurring Buzzerkeley, a bright “sparkling ale” fermented with champagne yeast.

Schubros brewery

Schubros raised money from the community to help debut its Tri-Valley–centric beers, which focus on food pair-ability. Look for it in bars and restaurants along the I-580/680 corridor. schubrosbrewery.com.
Try: The Nico American Wheat is a crisp, layered beer that pairs great with seafood. The heavier 680-IPA debuted in mid-July.

Coming soon:

Altamont beer works
This fall, Greg Robles and Stephen Sartori hope to open the first brewery in Livermore since Prohibition. They’re adopting a winery-style model for their Research Drive facility, which will include a tasting room. altamontbeerworks.com.


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