When we say “East Bay,” we mean the parts of California’s Bay Area east of San Francisco, mostly covered by Alameda and Contra Costa counties. When we say “beer,” we mean non-corporate beer with flavor. As I type this, the approved word for good beer is “craft,” just like in the ‘90s the favored term was “microbrew.” I look forward to seeing what we call it in 20 years….maybe “beer?”
We are East Bay-centric but not East Bay exclusive. We like San Francisco and this is not a competition. Just like “SF” Beer Week includes events all over the Bay Area, so will “East Bay” Beer address the whole Bay Area as time allows. However, our information grapevine leans east and we have a lot of friends who work at East Bay breweries and bars, so we’re inherently biased. We’ll do our best to spread the love around.
The beer world is large, and we will sometimes step outside the Bay Area to editorialize on larger issues or share what we discover on the road. It’s just beer, let’s be flexible
Edited to add, 2017: Well, beer in the East Bay is a lot better covered in the professional and amateur media than it was when we started this. This blog has become infrequent and that’s okay. (Is there anything more annoying than someone telling you how to do a hobby no one pays you for?) We’re not dead (yet), but we’ll see how this thing evolves.
Jen Muehlbauer: founder, writer
Jen started writing about beer in 2002 after befriending the publisher of a beer newspaper on a pub crawl in Boston. She regularly takes beer out of taps at ØL and occasionally puts in it in bottles at Ale Industries, and you may also know her from her two-ish years at Beer Revolution. She’s a BJCP-certified judge and makes a passable batch of homebrew.
Rick Hayes: webmaster, photographer
Rick wrangles genomes for the government by day and brews (and drinks) beer by night. He’s been making websites and putting up with Jen since 1994. He’s a certified BJCP judge, built his own kegerator, and has an epic beard. If you’re nice he’ll make you a carbonnade.
Eric Pietras: photographer, contributing writer
Eric isolates blood stem cells and then does science to them. He is an avid photographer and writes about beer for UCSF’s newspaper, Synapse.