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Hog’s Apothecary: New to Temescal ‘hood

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When Bradford Earle inherited a 7-foot-tall wooden sculpture of a dancing pig, he had no idea it would be the mascot of his future restaurant.

Earle’s wife’s father, who had a thing for pigs, commissioned it — he named him Theo — to sit at the end of the driveway of his Puget Sound home, which he called The Dancing Pig Saloon.

Theo had found a semi-permanent spot in the hallway of Earle’s home for some years, and about halfway through the build-out of his new venture, Hog’s Apothecary — which has its official opening tonight, Sept. 25, on Oakland’s 40th Street — the idea of making him the mascot occurred to him and co-owner John Streit.

So now, Theo is near the kitchen (you can’t miss him). If you want to see him in costume, come at Halloween.

Though Earle and Streit have known each other for about five years — they met through their wives, who went to college together — the idea of doing a joint venture only began about two years ago. Streit had worked as a chef at Pizzeria Delfina, Pizzaiolo and Rotten City Pizza in Emeryville. Earle was a front-of-the-house guy, most recently having managed the bar of Park Avenue Bar & Grill on Piedmont Avenue. They were feeling ready to start something of their own. Streit, who lived on 40th for many years, regularly used to walk by the old Da House of Suds Laundromat on the corner of 40th and Opal streets and envision what it could become. … Continue reading »

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21st Amendment plans showcase East Bay brewery

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With the words “Let’s turn some dirt,” a group of city officials and executives of San Francisco brewers 21st Amendment broke ground last week on a 95,000-square-foot new facility in a former Kellogg’s factory in San Leandro.

When completed, the new facility will be one of the largest craft brewing operations in the state, and will at first bring 20 new jobs to the city, and then, by phase two, more than 100 new jobs.

21st Amendment — known for such products as Hell or Highwatermelon Wheat and Back in Black IPA — began operating in San Francisco in 2000. Its facility and restaurant near the ballpark is a fixture of that neighborhood, and that’s also where new beers are created and tested. Once ready for a larger market, they are brewed and canned at their facility in Cold Spring, Minnesota. While the Minnesota facility has capacity for 60,000 barrels, and they have no plans to shut it down, the San Leandro facility will start with 100,000 barrels with room for further expansion. … Continue reading »

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The Nosh Wire: 05.14.14

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New craft brewery, restaurant slated for Berkeley

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A large craft brewery capable of producing over 310,000 gallons of beer a year is set to open in West Berkeley, assuming the owners secure final planning permissions. The plan also calls for a restaurant and barrel-aging facility.

Far West Brewing already has a permit from Berkeley to manufacture beer at the 10,212-square-foot industrial building at 1150 Sixth St. (at Harrison).

In its application to the city for restaurant and retail operation permits, Far West, which was formed specifically to open this business, said it would brew six year-round beers, limited release beers, and a series of barrel-aged sour beers and American wild ales. … Continue reading »

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East Bay’s craft beer boom is just getting started

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Craft beer aficionados in the East Bay have had much to celebrate over the past few years with a veritable explosion of new spots specializing in small production, handcrafted beers from across the country and around the world — many of which serve delicious bites too.

Think The Trappist, Beer Revolution, Hog’s Apothecary, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room, Moxy Beer Garden, The Mead Kitchen, and more (check out Berkeleyside Nosh’s drinking map for a sense of what’s out there).

And evidence suggests the craft beer phenomenon is still on the upswing, with more beer destinations slated to open this year, including Westbrae Biergarten in Berkeley, and, in Oakland, Fruitvale Fermentation Factory from Ale IndustriesThe Good Hop Bottle Shop on Telegraph, and a new Drakes Brewery destination in the Hive development at the corner of Broadway and 23rd Street.

Perhaps the most compelling evidence that beer is where it’s at is to be found in Alameda, however, where Du Vin Fine Wines, an established player in the local wine scene for the past 12 years, has just morphed into Craft Beer & Wine. … Continue reading »

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Hot East Bay restaurants, food news of 2013

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In 2013, Berkeleyside Nosh celebrated its one-year anniversary, and we’re looking forward to bringing you even more local restaurant news this year. Before 2013 recedes too far in the rear view, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of our best stories and biggest happenings in East Bay restaurants over the past year. (We’ve included a few places that opened in late 2012, as well, as we didn’t do a round-up last year. Click any of the links below to see complete past coverage of places you want to learn more about.) Make sure not to miss our weekly Bites feature for all the latest restaurant news in Oakland, Berkeley and beyond.

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All systems go for West Berkeley beer/food garden

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The folks behind the Westbrae Biergarten, a beer garden and food truck spot being planned for the corner lot of Gilman and Curtis streets in West Berkeley, have secured their permits — finally — and construction is about to begin on the much-anticipated project.

Two well-known local food trucks — Brazil Café and Roli Roti — have signed up to be regulars at the beer garden which now hopes to open in spring 2014. Brazil Café will have a permanent presence at the site, which hopes to be something like the Hayes Valley Biergarten on Octavia Street in San Francisco, and two other mobile food vendors are also slated to join the line-up. … Continue reading »

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Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room opens in Berkeley

The Torpedo Room has opened in Berkeley. Photo: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Sierra Nevada is throwing open the doors to its new tasting room, Torpedo Room, today in the Reed Building on Fourth St. between University and Addison in West Berkeley.

As we’ve reported previously, Torpedo Room is not a bar, nor is it a restaurant. Rather it offers 16 taps and draught beer in taster flights as well as small snacks and the occasional special brew such as Torpedo Extra IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels with Citra hops.

The space, which is a smart blend of retro and modern with reclaimed lights and table tops and a convivial vibe, can host around 45 craft beer drinkers. Customers also have the option of filling “growlers” to go, as well as buying six-packs, cases and individually specialty bottles. … Continue reading »

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The Nosh Wire: 09.23.13

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The Nosh Wire: 09.18.13

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The Nosh Wire: 08.20.13

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, X

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we’ve started numbering Bites so you can check out previous editions of Bites and be sure you are up with all the food news.)

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PHO HUONG NAM A new Vietnamese restaurant is set to open today, Feb. 15, on San Pablo Avenue in Albany. Pho Huong Nam takes the place of a former Japanese restaurant. The inside is completely remodeled, and appears light and spacious. Let us know if you give it a try. 938 San Pablo Ave., Albany; 510-526-3878.

BLACK BEAR DINER The East Bay Express reported about a new Black Bear Diner in Emeryville. The Mt. Shasta-based chain has 55 locations, including this new one. The menu looks like traditional diner fare with plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 5750 Christie Ave., Emeryville; 510-654-2327. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, IX

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we’ve started numbering Bites so you can check out previous editions and be sure you are up with all the food news.) 

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CHOLITA LINDA BISTRO Word on the street is that Cholita Linda, which until now has served its Latin American “dressed up” street food treats at farmers markets and the like, is opening a bistro in Temescal. The plan is to take over three stores — S&S Seafood at 4923 Telegraph Ave., a vitamin store and a hair-braiding place — and turn them into a restaurant. Cholita would be one of three foodie newbies coming to this vibrant neighborhood: Indian street food spot Juhu Beach Club, run by Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry is due to open March 1 at 5179 Telegraph Ave. in the old SR24 location; and beer and sausage place The Hog’s Apothecary is coming to 375 40th St. soon. The transformation of this vibrant Oakland neighborhood continues. There’s no word yet on Cholita Linda’s Facebook page, and attempts to reach the business had been unsuccessful at press time, but we’ll keep you posted. … Continue reading »

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