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CommonWealth Cafe & Pub to change hands

Some people open a bar or restaurant, hire a general manager, and walk away. Others are so much a part of the business it’s hard to picture it without them. Ross and Ahna Adair, who founded CommonWealth in 2010 with … Continue reading

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Drake’s Dealership ups the ante for Bay beergardens

No disrespect to the other great outdoor drinking spots in Oakland and the rest of the Bay Area — and there are many. But Drake’s Dealership may be the new standard for what we think of when we say “beergarden.” … Continue reading

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Rosamunde #5 now open on Telegraph Ave

Remember how excited we all were in 2012 when we first heard that San Francisco sausage institution Rosamunde was coming to Oakland? It landed in Old Oakland and there was great rejoicing, even by vegetarians (seriously, those vegan sausages are … Continue reading

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A second CommonWealth is (still) coming to Emeryville

CommonWealth Cafe & Public House has become such an Oakland fixture it’s hard to believe it’s only been open since 2010. News came down earlier this year that it was expanding…by going smaller. CommonWealth’s owners Ross and Ahna Adair are … Continue reading

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Imagine a brewery here. Part 4: Temescal

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the adventures/frustrations of tracking down old East Bay breweries is trying to nail down the exact locations. Phone books and other documents of the pre-Prohibition era often gave only intersections (or less). Sometimes we … Continue reading

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Oakland beer ads, 1890s

First off, if you’ve been enjoying my beer history tidbits, you’ve got to check out what my friend Brian is doing over at BygoneBeer.com. Those old beer labels and drinking postcards are a trip! Today’s local beer history comes to … Continue reading

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Imagine a brewery here. Part 3: Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt

In today’s tour of the lost breweries of Oakland, we discover a new-to-us bit of green space and a reminder to not abuse our kidneys any more than we already do. Co-Operative/Independent Brewing Company: 487 Clifton Ave New breweries weren’t … Continue reading

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Imagine a brewery here. Part 2: West Oakland

Part 1: East Oakland West Oakland is a charged topic right now, and this is not the place for debating it. I simply don’t know enough to have an opinion worth hearing. It’s complicated, and all I know for sure … Continue reading

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Imagine a brewery here. Part 1: East Oakland

At one point I tried to research where the East Bay’s breweries were located before prohibition. It turns out historical research is real work. It also turns out it’s hard to trace 100-year-old businesses, even with all the rad old … Continue reading

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Community gardens + beer = Hops N’ Harvest

I don’t write about events much anymore, but this one’s a little different. Hops N’ Harvest is happening Saturday afternoon at…no, not a beer bar or brewery parking lot or cool restaurant…at the People’s Victory Garden in Oakland. This fundraiser … Continue reading

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