Author Archives: Ben

Class of ’88: Pacific Coast Brewing Company

In the mid-19th Century, Oakland sported 40+ breweries to cater to the gold-rush era crowds in the area who were looking for a beer to drown their sorrows in. A century later, the last of the big Oakland breweries closed in the late 1950s… not until 1988 did brewing return to “Oaktown” in the form of quaint brewpub Pacific Coast Brewing Company on the edge of historic Jack London Square in downtown Oakland. Located in … Continue reading →

Marin Brewing Company!

This particular post has been long gestating as Marin Brewing Company is one of the earliest breweries I visited when I moved to the Bay Area and have since returned a few times. I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to write this up although I think a big part of it was a really underwhelming first visit a year ago where the service was pretty poor (perusing Yelp, that seems a fairly regular … Continue reading →

Mt. Shasta Brewing Company

I made a journey to my hometown of Bend, Oregon recently (I say recently… but it was actually in June—I’m behind on my writing!) and while driving back had the opportunity to stop at the scenic Mt. Shasta Brewing Company. It was a brutal 103° outside and the thought of a bite to eat and a cold pint before we started the last 5 hours of our drive sounded like an excellent idea. Located just … Continue reading →

Crossing the Rubicon

My visit to Sacramento area stalwart, Rubicon Brewing, was under a dark cloud as we’d attended a memorial earlier in the day. So, looking for a cold beer or two to lighten the mood, I suggested we stop in. Nestled in midtown Sacramento in an eclectic neighborhood we swung in last Saturday afternoon. A small patio with giant windows greeted us but we opted to sit inside as it was a warm day and we … Continue reading →

A Pyramid Scheme

Pyramid is a brewing stalwart hailing from the Pacific Northwest with its origins dating back to the mid-80s. Having weathered the many ups-and-downs in the market over the past (nearly) three decades, their beers have remained remarkably consistent and they have a steady stream of seasonal offerings. While a fan going waaay back (their tasty Apricot Ale was one of my ‘gateway’ beers into the craft beer world back in college) it wasn’t until moving … Continue reading →