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Steve Babuljak Morgan Cox and Steve Lopas, co-owners of Ale Industries rom its beginning in 2009, Ale Industries brewery in Fruitvale has been working to shake up the beer industry in the East Bay and beyond. And that’s exactly what owners Morgan Cox and Steve Lopas have done. Among the first local brewers to experiment with barrel-aging beer, Cox and Lopas are also pioneers in another way—almost everything at the brewery is powered by fuel converted from vegetable oil. What’s more, you won’t find traditional labels for beers here, like “pilsner.” Instead, the brewery favors straightforward language about flavor (its Golden State of Mind is The Perfect Beer Crawl Beer Revolution The revolution is alive and well at this bar near Jack London Square. With 50 taps, a back wall of hundreds of chilled bottles and all the punk rock music you could want, this is the spot to find new and rare beers. Frequent tap takeovers feature beverages from across the country. 464 Third St., (510) 452-2337, beer-revolution.com Diving Dog In addition to 30 taps pouring primarily American craft beer, this Uptown beer bar helps you unleash your inner beer geek with meetthe brewer nights and tap takeovers, as well as beer-making classes with top brewers from around the U.S. 1802 Telegraph Ave., (510) 306-1914, divingdogbrew.com Drake’s Dealership Housed in a former car dealership in Uptown’s buzzing new Hive complex, this outpost of a brewery in nearby San Leandro invites you to chill out. The beer selection is impressive, with 32 taps offering a mix of Drake’s beers and specialty brews. Grab a pint to pair with a wood-fired pizza or poutine. 2325 Broadway, (510) 833-6649, drinkdrakes.com/visit/ dealership described as “earthy, citrus, herbal”). The brewery’s Jingletown Jazz taproom, next to the Fruitvale BART station, also defies traditional classification. “We’re just as likely to have a grandma come in as we are to have her grandson on leave from the Marines,” Cox says. The brewers agree that there are few better places to push boundaries than Oakland. “I’ve lived here for about a decade,” Cox says. “As the Bay Area progresses with craft beer, I see Oakland as one of the gathering points.” 3096 E. 10th St., (510) 479-3185, aleindustries.com Mad Oak One of the few places in the East Bay where you can lounge on a rooftop while throwing back pints, this multilevel beer bar near Lake Merritt draws in the crowds with its multiple TVs and projector for sports events. But the fun doesn’t stop at Mad Oak when the game’s over. With a patio, game room and two bars downstairs; 40 taps highlighting local brews; and a cocktail program big on fresh produce and ingredients, there’s plenty to keep you coming back for more. 135 12th St., (510) 924-2047,madoakbar.com What’s Brewing The Trappist Go exploring at this mecca for Belgian-style beer, where bartenders pour from a selection of hard-to-find taps from around the world. The Old World ambience— taxidermy looming over the tables, shelves of European knickknacks— is transporting, but the outdoor patio can’t be beat on a warm day. 460 Eighth St., (510) 238-8900, thetrappist.com Taking Beer to the Next Level V i s i t o a k l a n d . o r g 4 1


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