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15 Essential East Bay Breweries That Are Offering Takeout and Delivery

Where to pick up freshly brewed craft beer — or get it delivered straight to your home

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No matter where you are in the East Bay, there’s probably a place serving cold beer straight from the source nearby — and better yet, a brewery that has managed to stay independent and locally owned in an industry full of corporate takeovers. With most of these local spots offering curbside pickup and delivery during the shelter in place, the spirit of craft beer is indeed alive and well on the sunny side of the Bay — pandemic be damned.

Whether you’re a hop head, sour lover, or person who absolutely hates beer trends and just wants a basic lager already, these 15 excellent East Bay breweries with taprooms have you covered.

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Armistice Brewing Company

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This Richmond brewery is the rare business born out of a sibling rivalry, as Alex and Gregory Zobel settled their differences by bonding over home brewing — hence the “armistice” that gives the brewery its name. The Zobels pride themselves in rarely brewing the same beer twice, so a trip to the taproom always yields new discoveries: yes, popular styles like hazy IPAs, but often also fruit bombs like smoothie and milkshake IPAs and harder-to-find styles like barleywines or traditional English ales. Both cans and crowlers are currently available for pickup seven days a week — you can order online. (The brewery has also recently started patio service, with food from Filipino food truck Curbside Kitchen, Wednesday through Sunday.)

East Brother Beer Company

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The Bay Area craft beer scene has a tendency to run all IPA all the time, so it’s nice to have a brewery like East Brother Beer, one of the few local breweries that puts a major focus on craft lagers and pilsners, including a series of popular seasonal lagers. Its supremely family-friendly space — with big communal tables, ping pong setup, and old-school arcade games — is currently closed, but the brewery is doing curbside pickup from 2 to 7 p.m., and it’ll also ship its beers to anywhere in California.

Fieldwork Brewing Company

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Some say Fieldwork is the best brewery in the whole Bay Area, and it’s hard to argue with its exceptionally huge, juicy, and citrusy flavors, especially when it comes to hazy IPAs. But Fieldwork does it all well: West Coast IPAs, sours, fruity beers, saisons, brown ales, altbiers, and more. The brewery is currently offering both curbside pickup, two-hour home delivery (with a minimum three-item purchase), and direct shipping of both crowlers and cans, seven days a week. Order online. (The patio opens for outdoor dine-in service on June 19.)

The Rare Barrel

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The only all-sour brewery in the region, the Rare Barrel thrives on the tart, funky, and wild. You’ll see the range between intense, barrel-aged and light, effervescent sours — many are fruity, but never syrupy or too sweet. The cavernous West Berkeley tasting room is open for curbside pickup seven days a week, offering its full slate of bottles and crowlers, plus a selection of groceries and food from the brewery’s own seasonally-changing, chef-driven menu. Order online.

Novel Brewing Company

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You wouldn’t necessarily expect this charming, neighborhood brewery with books lining the wall to produce such serious beer. But the beer is seriously good, interesting, and varied. Everyone’s likely to find something they love between the hoppy IPAs, floral sours, and reliable ales. The book swaps, game nights, and other community events are on hold for now, but you can still pick up cans and crowlers at the brewery Wednesday through Sunday. Order online for curbside pickup.

Roses' Taproom

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Owned and designed by two artists, Roses’ Taproom feels refreshingly unlike a brewery, with its peachy pink walls, teal tile, abundant plants, and ceramic mug club. The inviting space is closed for now, but the beers — not your typical assortment of straight-laced IPA, lager, and amber — are available for pickup 2–7 p.m. daily. Order online. Customers can also have cans shipped anywhere in California.

Temescal Brewing

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Temescal’s first brewery is known for its hazy IPAs and fruited ales — such as blonde ale with passionfruit and dragon fruit or a guava-infused pale ale. The lovely, succulent-lined beer garden isn’t open right now, but cans, bottles, and crowlers are available for no-contact pickup 2–7 p.m. daily. Order online. They’ll also ship their cans anywhere in California.

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Ghost Town Brewing

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Located in a former coffin factory in West Oakland, Ghost Town has amassed a large following for its well-executed hoppy and malty beers. The taproom is offering pickup noon–6 p.m. daily, same-day home delivery (to specific limited areas each day), and shipping to anywhere in California. Order online.

Woods Bar & Brewery

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Woods originally started as a small brewpub near Dolores Park, and now it has four SF taprooms and a hip flagship brewery in Uptown. The brewery’s creative, experimental beers (yerba mate-hibiscus-bay leaf ale, anyone?) are available for pickup Tuesday through Saturday. Same-day home delivery (within SF and the East Bay) and overnight shipping to anywhere in California are also available. Order online.

Original Pattern Brewing Company

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With string lights and plush, colorful seating, Original Pattern benefits from being in a gorgeous and spacious brick building. The warehouse-y space and sunny front patio are currently closed, but the brewery’s beers —  with an emphasis on Belgian and German styles, including saisons, sours, lagers, dubbels, and kolsch beers — are available for pickup and home delivery seven days a week. Order online. Food, in the form of cooked and frozen dumplings courtesy of the popup Good to Eat Dumplings, is also available for pickup.

Faction Brewing

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No brewery in the East Bay offers a better view than Faction, which sits on the old Alameda naval base overlooking the San Francisco skyline. The big deck isn’t open for now, but customers can still enjoy some of the best hop-forward IPAs around at home: Pickup of cans, bottles, and crowlers is available Wednesday through Sunday 1–5 p.m., as is shipping to anywhere in California. Order online.

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Almanac Barrel House, Brewery, and Taproom

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After years of brewing at other people’s breweries, Almanac finally opened its own facility in Alameda — and it’s enormous. The sprawling, 30,000-square-foot facility also features a spacious taproom with a redwood bar and 30 taps. None of that is open to the public now, but Almanac’s balanced sours, farmhouse ales, and barrel-aged beers flavored with ingredients like pineapple, nectarines, and lemongrass, are all available for pickup at the taproom, noon–7 p.m. daily. The brewery is also offering free shipping to anywhere in California — order online.

Ale Industries

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One of the East Bay’s oldest breweries, Fruitvale’s Ale Industries feels remarkably relaxed, cozy, and eclectic for its warehouse setting. The taproom is currently closed, but customers can still purchase the brewery’s mix of classic, sessionable beers and those with surprising experiments — hoppy, roasted, creamy, dank, tart, and fruity. Call in for curbside pickup, available noon–7 p.m. daily, or order online for same-day delivery within Oakland.

Drake's Brewing Company

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One of the biggest names in the East Bay brewery game, Drake’s has a taproom and restaurant in Uptown Oakland in addition to its sprawling production brewery in San Leandro. Drake’s is best known for its hoppy beers, it also has an impressive barrel-aged and sour beer program. The San Leandro brewery is currently open for takeout only, Wednesday–Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., with curbside pickup available for beer, as well as a food menu of burgers and tots. Call in or order online.

21st Amendment Brewery

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The San Francisco brewery expanded into the East Bay with a massive San Leandro brewery and taproom featuring seasonal, experimental, and collaboration beers you won’t find alongside 21st Amendment’s IPAs in grocery stores. The taproom and outdoor patio are closed, but to-go beer is available, Wednesday through Saturday, 3–6 p.m., for customers who order online.

Armistice Brewing Company

This Richmond brewery is the rare business born out of a sibling rivalry, as Alex and Gregory Zobel settled their differences by bonding over home brewing — hence the “armistice” that gives the brewery its name. The Zobels pride themselves in rarely brewing the same beer twice, so a trip to the taproom always yields new discoveries: yes, popular styles like hazy IPAs, but often also fruit bombs like smoothie and milkshake IPAs and harder-to-find styles like barleywines or traditional English ales. Both cans and crowlers are currently available for pickup seven days a week — you can order online. (The brewery has also recently started patio service, with food from Filipino food truck Curbside Kitchen, Wednesday through Sunday.)

East Brother Beer Company

The Bay Area craft beer scene has a tendency to run all IPA all the time, so it’s nice to have a brewery like East Brother Beer, one of the few local breweries that puts a major focus on craft lagers and pilsners, including a series of popular seasonal lagers. Its supremely family-friendly space — with big communal tables, ping pong setup, and old-school arcade games — is currently closed, but the brewery is doing curbside pickup from 2 to 7 p.m., and it’ll also ship its beers to anywhere in California.

Fieldwork Brewing Company

Some say Fieldwork is the best brewery in the whole Bay Area, and it’s hard to argue with its exceptionally huge, juicy, and citrusy flavors, especially when it comes to hazy IPAs. But Fieldwork does it all well: West Coast IPAs, sours, fruity beers, saisons, brown ales, altbiers, and more. The brewery is currently offering both curbside pickup, two-hour home delivery (with a minimum three-item purchase), and direct shipping of both crowlers and cans, seven days a week. Order online. (The patio opens for outdoor dine-in service on June 19.)

The Rare Barrel

The only all-sour brewery in the region, the Rare Barrel thrives on the tart, funky, and wild. You’ll see the range between intense, barrel-aged and light, effervescent sours — many are fruity, but never syrupy or too sweet. The cavernous West Berkeley tasting room is open for curbside pickup seven days a week, offering its full slate of bottles and crowlers, plus a selection of groceries and food from the brewery’s own seasonally-changing, chef-driven menu. Order online.

Novel Brewing Company

You wouldn’t necessarily expect this charming, neighborhood brewery with books lining the wall to produce such serious beer. But the beer is seriously good, interesting, and varied. Everyone’s likely to find something they love between the hoppy IPAs, floral sours, and reliable ales. The book swaps, game nights, and other community events are on hold for now, but you can still pick up cans and crowlers at the brewery Wednesday through Sunday. Order online for curbside pickup.

Roses' Taproom

Owned and designed by two artists, Roses’ Taproom feels refreshingly unlike a brewery, with its peachy pink walls, teal tile, abundant plants, and ceramic mug club. The inviting space is closed for now, but the beers — not your typical assortment of straight-laced IPA, lager, and amber — are available for pickup 2–7 p.m. daily. Order online. Customers can also have cans shipped anywhere in California.

Temescal Brewing

Temescal’s first brewery is known for its hazy IPAs and fruited ales — such as blonde ale with passionfruit and dragon fruit or a guava-infused pale ale. The lovely, succulent-lined beer garden isn’t open right now, but cans, bottles, and crowlers are available for no-contact pickup 2–7 p.m. daily. Order online. They’ll also ship their cans anywhere in California.

Temescal Brewing Patricia Chang

Ghost Town Brewing

Located in a former coffin factory in West Oakland, Ghost Town has amassed a large following for its well-executed hoppy and malty beers. The taproom is offering pickup noon–6 p.m. daily, same-day home delivery (to specific limited areas each day), and shipping to anywhere in California. Order online.

Woods Bar & Brewery

Woods originally started as a small brewpub near Dolores Park, and now it has four SF taprooms and a hip flagship brewery in Uptown. The brewery’s creative, experimental beers (yerba mate-hibiscus-bay leaf ale, anyone?) are available for pickup Tuesday through Saturday. Same-day home delivery (within SF and the East Bay) and overnight shipping to anywhere in California are also available. Order online.

Original Pattern Brewing Company

With string lights and plush, colorful seating, Original Pattern benefits from being in a gorgeous and spacious brick building. The warehouse-y space and sunny front patio are currently closed, but the brewery’s beers —  with an emphasis on Belgian and German styles, including saisons, sours, lagers, dubbels, and kolsch beers — are available for pickup and home delivery seven days a week. Order online. Food, in the form of cooked and frozen dumplings courtesy of the popup Good to Eat Dumplings, is also available for pickup.

Faction Brewing

No brewery in the East Bay offers a better view than Faction, which sits on the old Alameda naval base overlooking the San Francisco skyline. The big deck isn’t open for now, but customers can still enjoy some of the best hop-forward IPAs around at home: Pickup of cans, bottles, and crowlers is available Wednesday through Sunday 1–5 p.m., as is shipping to anywhere in California. Order online.

Faction Brewing

Almanac Barrel House, Brewery, and Taproom

After years of brewing at other people’s breweries, Almanac finally opened its own facility in Alameda — and it’s enormous. The sprawling, 30,000-square-foot facility also features a spacious taproom with a redwood bar and 30 taps. None of that is open to the public now, but Almanac’s balanced sours, farmhouse ales, and barrel-aged beers flavored with ingredients like pineapple, nectarines, and lemongrass, are all available for pickup at the taproom, noon–7 p.m. daily. The brewery is also offering free shipping to anywhere in California — order online.

Ale Industries

One of the East Bay’s oldest breweries, Fruitvale’s Ale Industries feels remarkably relaxed, cozy, and eclectic for its warehouse setting. The taproom is currently closed, but customers can still purchase the brewery’s mix of classic, sessionable beers and those with surprising experiments — hoppy, roasted, creamy, dank, tart, and fruity. Call in for curbside pickup, available noon–7 p.m. daily, or order online for same-day delivery within Oakland.

Drake's Brewing Company

One of the biggest names in the East Bay brewery game, Drake’s has a taproom and restaurant in Uptown Oakland in addition to its sprawling production brewery in San Leandro. Drake’s is best known for its hoppy beers, it also has an impressive barrel-aged and sour beer program. The San Leandro brewery is currently open for takeout only, Wednesday–Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., with curbside pickup available for beer, as well as a food menu of burgers and tots. Call in or order online.

21st Amendment Brewery

The San Francisco brewery expanded into the East Bay with a massive San Leandro brewery and taproom featuring seasonal, experimental, and collaboration beers you won’t find alongside 21st Amendment’s IPAs in grocery stores. The taproom and outdoor patio are closed, but to-go beer is available, Wednesday through Saturday, 3–6 p.m., for customers who order online.

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