There’s a drinks renaissance happening in the East Bay, particularly in Berkeley.
In the past few weeks, four new beer establishments have announced they are opening spots in Berkeley. They run the gamut from a new taproom for an established brand — Sierra Nevada — to niche-market launches like sour beer from The Rare Barrel and mead from The Mead Kitchen. These spots join already established places to taste and twirl, like the wine tasting rooms at Donkey & Goat, Broc Cellars and Urbano Cellars.
In fact, West Berkeley now has so many alcohol-driven businesses (think Takara Sake, Trumer Pils, Pyramid Brewery, etc.) that Berkeleyside is on a mission to name the area “The Drinks District.” Doesn’t that roll nicely off your tongue?
If you haven’t been obsessively reading Nosh, where we are documenting all these openings, you may not have realized just what is going on in the city’s drinks scene. So Berkeleyside has put together a map to show many of the spots where you can taste beer or wine, go to a bar, or buy the stuff to drink at home. There are more than 70 establishments on the list, which shows just how much Berkeleyans like their drinks.
DIRECTIONS: Click the markers for more info about each location. Use the drop-down menu below the map to sort by type of establishment. Please note: To show all the icons again after looking at sorted results, you’ll need to refresh the page. The colored labels above the map show location type, but are not interactive. Have additions, corrections or suggestions? Email email@example.com.
Please note, for this first edition of the map, we didn’t venture south of Berkeley, and we also didn’t include grocery stores or most convenience stores, so as to keep it focused. If there’s a great spot you think we missed, however, please let us know.
The Mead Kitchen joins local artisan drinks boom [04.02.13]
Nano-brewpub and lounge planned for Alcatraz Ave. [03.21.13]
Sierra Nevada to open beer tasting room on Fourth Street [03.20.13]
City approves sour-beer brewery for ‘beer geeks’ [03.19.13]
Beer garden, burger spot to open in South Berkeley [03.15.13]
Burgers and beer duo debut in Albany on Friday [03.07.13]