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Thirsty for local suds? From new taprooms to expansions to upcoming releases, here’s your fresh beer news.


Schubros adds a taproom

Fans of the Schubros’ suds may soon have an official place to taste them. According to Danville Patch, the new taproom is set to open before the new year, and the public is welcome to come test it out in the meantime. The tasting room will start with four taps, eventually expanding to ten, and will also include an LED flatscreen and growlers for purchase. 12893 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, website.


Triple Rock expands

It probably won’t be until at least 2014, but East Bay Beer tips thirsty East Bay citizens that Berkeley’s Triple Rock has plans to expand into the empty lot next door. Triple Rock will share the space with its engineering firm neighbors. 1920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, website.




Elvis is in the building

Concord’s Ale Industries just released This is the Shit that Killed Elvis, a decidedly un-PC brew from the barrels and uniquities department. The beer has a strong red tint with fruit and berry notes. Next up from the department? The team is currently sourcing ingredients for a blue IPA. Electric! 975 Detroit Ave., Concord, website.







Tap 25 gets bigger

On Saturday, December 22, Tap 25 unveiled a newly expanded tap room. The bigger space now includes tables, banquette seating made from empty kegs, and hopes to play host to live music indoors. 25 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, website







Karl Strauss available in the Bay Area

Fans of brews from San Diego's Karl Strauss no longer have to travel down south to find them. The award-winning microbrewery (the first to open in San Diego following Prohibition) has expanded its reach up to the Bay Area, and is now distributing its beers at places such as City Beer Store in San Francisco, E.J. Phair (rotating tap) and BevMo. Break into the beers with the well-known Red Trolley Ale, or venture into more unique offerings such as the Coastal Reserve series and Imperial Collection. After a wave of positive feedback following its fall distribution, Karl Strauss signed on additional distributors to meet demand this December. karlstrauss.com.



Oakland Beer Explosion!

Thank goodness for Ethan, who is discoverer of all things new and beer-related. In this week’s edition of thanking him for tips, he brings news of a new brewpub coming to Uptown Oakland. The Diving Dog will feature 30 taps for American craft beer, its own brews, and the opportunity to craft your own suds. That’s right, the Diving Dog will provide the recipe, ingredients, and instructions, and in two weeks time, you’ll have the opportunity to bottle and label your own beer. Pretty sweet, right? Look for an early February opening at 1802 Telegraph, across from the Fox. To learn more, head over to Dish.


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