After 18 years in business, Berkeley's Pyramid Alehouse has suddenly closed. East Bay Express broke the news of the abrupt closure just today, which was confirmed by a statement on the company website.
"Thank you so much for your support and patronage over the years! We also want to thank our employees for their dedicated service. Our other locations remain open and available to provide great beers and a wonderful experience. We hope to see you there."
Given the flood of new breweries in the East Bay, perhaps Pyramid's departure is a sign of the times. When it opened 18 years ago, Pyramid was one of the first craft beers to hit the scene in a meaningful way— now there is ample competition, including neighboring Fieldwork Brewing, Trumer Brauerei and the impending Oakland brewpub from Drake's Brewing in San Leandro, with more on the way.
There's no word yet on what will become of the large warehouse space on Gilman Street, except that it is reportedly in the midst of a sale to a "Berkeley-based family." Stay tuned for what may take its place.