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Enter Almanac’s Massive New Beer Headquarters in Alameda

With 30 taps of sours, IPAs and more

Patricia Chang

Almanac Beer Co. is now tapping kegs of fresh IPAs and barrel-aged sours at its new brewing HQ in Alameda: Almanac Barrel House and Taproom. The 30,000-square-foot dedicated facility — with a 2,000-square-foot indoor taproom and 1,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden — represents the end of six years of roaming contract brewing for Almanac founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan. Rather than sharing space, as they’ve done so far, Almanac finally has a brewery of its own, located in a former naval warehouse from the 1940s at 651B W Tower Avenue.

Almanac does have one notable neighbor at its new home: Located under the same, redwood roof is Admiral Maltings, a craft malting operation supplying local breweries (including Almanac) with small batch barley. Admiral’s own taproom, the Rake, just opened next door. pouring beer made with its malt. The two taprooms provide a built-in-beer crawl on premises, and double the value of a trip out to Alameda for beer fans elsewhere in the Bay.

Almanac’s new facility is housed in a naval building from the 1940s
Benches and bar space inside Almanac’s taproom
30 handles of beer at the bar
Views from the taproom into the brewing facility itself
Almanac’s bar, made from redwood, seats 50

Almanac’s new Alameda hub complements its original taproom, opened in late 2016 at 2704 24th Street in San Francisco. At the new space on the island, kids are welcome, and dogs can hang on the patio space. Food is in the works, and for now, outside food is welcome in, with food trucks regularly parked outside. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

1,000 square feet of outdoor drinking and mingling space
Swag from the brewery is sold on site
Almanac founders Jesse Friedman (left) and Damian Fagan (right) in front of barrels of Almanac beer

Almanac Beer Co. Barrel House & Taproom

651 Unit B West Tower Avenue, Alameda, CA

The Rake

651A W Tower Avenue, Alameda, CA
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