About East Bay Beer

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 adore San Francisco — in fact, one of our contributors lives there — 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 :)




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.

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14 Responses to About East Bay Beer

  1. Connor Casey says:

    Hey Jen!

    Hope you’re doing well. We met back at the Rare Barrel a while back (December?). We are all finished with construction of our tasting room and brewery and would love to have you down sometime. Brewing Batches 1-4 this week and should be open for business by 2nd weekend of October.


  2. If you are interested in receiving the media release and kit for the Thursday, April 10th premiere of ‘CRAFT’ in Oakland at The New Parkway Theater shoot me an email.

  3. Hi Jen, Rick, and Eric,

    We are opening a new craft beer bar in Dublin in November – Three Sheets. We’d love to have you three out to share a pint.

    Stefanie and Wendy

  4. Neil McGovern says:

    Hi Jen

    Having a triple (of course I’m so predictable) in 0L.

    Hope your new gig is working out. Miss your company on Sundays, mind you though, the music has improved 😉

    Will follow your blog.

    Neil (that Scottish guy)

    • Jen Muehlbauer says:

      Not that predictable Neil, it could have been a saison 😉 Hope you and your wife and boys are having a great holiday season. (Not sure why it took me a month to see this.)

  5. Derrik says:

    Hey there, I was hoping some of you might be interested in coming into a new beer space in the Uptown District of Oakland. We are called Diving Dog Brewhouse, we have 30 taps (more if needed for events) a growing bottle selection, and a Brew on Premise program for customers to use to brew their own beer. We would love to show you around and get some feedback from your expert point of view. Let me know if you are interested!

  6. Mark Gorney says:

    Good job with this. Can you install an email subscription link or RSS feed to this?

    • Jen Muehlbauer says:

      sorry, this got tagged as spam for some reason and I’m just seeing it. You can subscribe with RSS. Search your reader for EastBayBeer.com. Pops right up in feedly, which is what I use.

  7. Nathan says:

    Is there not contact info here?

    • Jen Muehlbauer says:

      trying to minimize spam. username is eastbaybeer, and I use that Google email thing people seem to like.

  8. Erin Schally says:

    Hi Jen!

    We are having an unofficial open house on Saturday, May 23 at our brewery in Concord. We aren’t open yet but we are working hard to have our construction done in a month or so. Let me know if you can stop by!


    Erin Schally
    Epidemic Ales

  9. Robt says:

    I think you need to update your Bio, Ol is so so long ago.

  10. Hello Jen, Rick and Eric

    I am the East bay sales manager for a local craft brewery. We will be opening our taproom shortly and would love to invite you for a pint on opening night. Feel free to contact me through email.

    Thank you.

  11. Marc Benoit says:

    Thank you Jen for the great write up on our Brewery. We are proud to be part of the Richmond community!

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