The East Bay is a hot spot for an evolving beer and wine industry. Here you can find craft breweries in wine country and wineries in the inner city, explore wine and beer trails, and sip biodynamic vino or sour suds.
Experimental Suds in West Berkeley
It would have to be Berkeley where something as offbeat as the Rare Barrel could open―and thrive. The brewery and tasting room focuses solely on award-winning sour beers, brews that are aged for at least one year in barrels until they develop characteristic tart and acidic notes. And that's not the only thing brewing in West Berkeley. Fieldwork Brewing Company offers a beautiful, family-friendly tasting room to sample a diverse selection that includes stouts, ales, and lagers that have incorporated ingredients like milk sugar, toasted coconut, or cocoa nibs. Finally, on Fourth Street, one of the original and most successful California craft breweries, Sierra Nevada, opened Torpedo Room, a tasting room with rare and offbeat offerings not typically available in stores.