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Beer Gardens and Breweries Flood the Bay Area

Eight have opened in 2016, with 12 more scheduled to arrive

Seven Stills
Seven Stills
Patricia Chang

In the past few months, nearly every week of the openings or coming attractions roundups has included a new beer garden or brewery. Since June 1, five have opened, bringing 2016’s count up to eight. Plus, there are 12 more scheduled to arrive in the coming months — and that’s not even counting established favorites like 21st Amendment, Cellarmaker, Magnolia, Anchor, Thirsty Bear, and much, much more.

This is hardly a new trend to the Bay Area. In 2013, we ran a map of new and forthcoming Bay Area beer spots with a whopping 27 places. Can Bay Area beer nerds sustain them all? Only time will tell. For now, check out the list below of a status update of the Bay Area’s beer scene, with what has opened in 2016, and what’s to come.

Opened in 2016

BERNAL HEIGHTS Barebottle Brew Co. has opened at 1525 Cortland Ave. with the idea to get homebrewers involved by challenging them to create beers of a certain style, of which the winner will then be featured on tap at the brewery. See more info and hours here. [EaterWire]

PORTOLA — 2636 San Bruno Ave. is now home to Ferment.Drink.Repeat, a brewery from wife-and-husband team Shae and Kevin Inglin that has a seven-barrel brew system. It's bring your own food, children, and dogs to this one. [EaterWire]

TEMESCAL —  Temescal Brewing has opened at 4115 Telegraph Ave., adding to the East Bay's robust brewing scene with a unique, art-laden brand of brewery. See photos and hours here. [EaterWire]

BAYVIEW — Whiskey distillery, brewery, and tap room Seven Stills (1439 Egbert Ave.) has opened with whiskey distilled from beer in a 4,400-square-feet space that you can see photos of here. [EaterWire]

OAKLAND — 6510 San Pablo Ave. is now Novel Brewing, open with custom beers on tap. Get info on the beers here. [Berkeleyside]

BAYVIEWLaughing Monk Brewing, started by home brewers Andrew Casteel and Aaron Hicks at 1439 Egbert Ave., is open with four beers on tap, but there is capacity for up to 16 taps, so that number will grow. For now, there’s no food, but Azalina’s Malaysian will soon deliver from its commercial kitchen nearby. See hours here. [EaterWire]

MISSION — Beer is brewed on site and brasserie food is served at Brasserie Saint James, open from 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See the space, at 742 Valenica St., and menus here. [EaterWire]

EMBARCADERO Fort Point Beer Company has opened its first retail space in the Ferry Building kiosks. There are six rotating taps and some beer-friendly food, which you can read more about (as well as see opening hours) here. [EaterWire]

Opening Soon

TREASURE ISLAND — Woods Beer Co. is opening a fourth spot on Treasure Island on July 9 called Woods Island Club with an indoor tasting room (in an old airplane hangar), eight beers on tap, a barrel aging facility, and — the best part — a 4,000-square-foot outdoor "beer beach" right on the beach of Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove. [EaterWire]

MISSION — The Mission is getting another brewery at 280 14th St. called Standard Deviant Brewing. Owners come with experience from Magnolia, Soda Popinski’s, and more. The space will function as a tap room with a 14-seat bar and communal tables. Look for a July opening. [Hoodline]

MID-MARKET — Sam’s Diner owner Jeannie Kim is opening a beer bar called Fermentation Lab next door at 1220 Market St. with 25 beers on tap in the 1,600 square foot space. The fermentation theme will cross over to the food as well. It will open in fall. [Inside Scoop]

LOS GATOS — Kevin and Scott Youkilis (Hog & Rocks) will open Loma Brewing Company this summer at 130 N. Santa Cruz Ave. in 7,000 square feet of space with 14 craft beers (half of which will be made on site) and three Old-Fashioneds on tap, plus casual comfort food (burgers, flatbreads, salads) from chef Aubree Arndt (Maverick). [EaterWire]

SANTA ROSA2 Tread Brewing Company has announced plans to open in downtown Santa Rosa, and join the likes of craft beer royalty, Russian River Brewing Co. The brewery will include a NorCal pub fare restaurant and beer garden in a large 10,000 square-foot space at the Santa Rosa Plaza, hopefully to debut in fall 2016. [EaterWire]

SOMA — Custom Burger is turning into K-OZ Restaurant & Brewery with comfort food buffet-style. It will open this summer. [Hoodline]

OAKLAND — Beer garden Degrees Plato will open at 4251 MacArthur Blvd. with craft beer and Latin food in a family-friendly space. [Berkeleyside]

BERKELEYHalf Moon Brewing Company is bringing its beers up north this summer, in the form ofPacific Standard, a combination taproom and bottle shop in downtown Berkeley at 2055 Center St. This is the first expansion of its kind for the brewery, which also has a restaurant at its location in Pillar Point Harbor, where it has operated for the past 16 years. [EaterWire]

SAN JOSE — A new beer garden is headed to San Jose's German neighborhood, by the name of Ludwig's German Table. It'll also be a restaurant, serving traditional German dishes with California produce; it's slated to open early June. [Mercury News]

OAKLAND — Oakland is getting yet another beer garden, this one called Laurel Beer Garden at 3721 and 3725 MacArthur Blvd. [Berkeleyside]

CONCORDHop Heavy Brewing Co. is joining the booming East Bay craft beer scene with a brewery and taproom slated to open this summer at 2115 Pacheco St. [SF Business Times]

HAYES VALLEY— An unnamed restaurant and brewery is coming to the bottom level of the Avalon, the newish condo building at Oak and Octavia. The project is from Jeff Handy (Oola, Local Kitchen) and will offer house-brewed beer and a menu, though no details on that yet. Handy hopes for a mid-September opening. [Hoodline]