The East Bay’s growing beer scene continues on its upward trajectory, as Ghost Town Brewing plans to open its very first taproom in West Oakland. The small brewery run by self-proclaimed metal-heads has been in operation since 2012, distributing to local bars and bottle shops. Now it will expand into a larger 8,000-square-foot space in its West Oakland neighborhood, going from a single barrel brewhouse to a 15 barrel brewhouse operation, and adding a taproom.
The new taproom is just blocks from the original brewery, where founders Ryan Nosek, Adam Hill, Jason Gehman, and Samuel Carr-Prindle have been brewing for the past few years. “We all live in West Oakland and want to stay in West Oakland,” Nosek told Eater. “It was a huge headache to stay, but we thought it was worth it.” The area, which is marked by a large East Bay Municipal Utility District facility and Hodo Soy, is starting to see some retail action with the addition of Drip Line and other small businesses.
The building at 1960 Adeline Street has had many lives as an auto body shop, welding shop, and used furniture store before Ghost Town moved in. Now it will be will be dog- and family-friendly, with bicycle parking and a large section dedicated to games like corn hole. No food will be served, but patrons will be welcome to bring in whatever they like, or purchase snacks from a rotation of food trucks parked outside.
Nosek says the team has also acquired a canning line, and has plans to add many more beer styles in 16 ounce cans and specialty bottles. There’ll also be growler fills, crowlers, and four-packs of cans available for purchase in the taproom.
Right now the taproom is a few months away from opening, though Nosek estimates September for a possible launch. At opening, the taproom will be open seven days per week. Stay tuned for more.