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Bottoms up, beer lovers: Oakland’s Beer Revolution offers serious tasting options

Beer lovers: bottoms up! Prepare to do some serious tasting at a new Oakland hot-spot, Beer Revolution.

This new addition to the Jack London Square neighborhood opened just a few months ago and it’s already earning rave reviews for their delectable selection and super friendly service.

Their Tap room and bottle shop offers well selected craft beer including 14 different taps available on a rotating draft menu.

Beer Revolution owners Rebecca and Fraggle will impress you with their extensive knowledge and love for great beer. With their extensive selection, they promise that anyone can come in and find a beer they enjoy.

“We have over five-hundred beers from all over the world,” Rebecca gloated.

The atmosphere works well for this beer bar.

An spacious outdoor patio makes room for rows of picnic tables and benched seating. Inside the pub, there are oak barrels that serve as tables and stools provide seating.  The bar tops and table tops are decorated with every beer bottle cap imaginable.

A giant vibrant mural depicts the uprising of craft beer; an assortment of beer cans and bottles decorate the spacious tasting room while dried hops hang from chandeliers and the ceiling.

Coolers that house a variety of cold packs and bottled beer give customers the opportunity to take some of the Revolution’s finest brews home.

On one of my recent visits, plenty of people packed the bar to meet brew-master Steve Altimari of Valley Brewing Company who provided some of his tasty brands: the Decadence 6, Decadent Darkness and my favorite, the Barrel Aged Black Cat Stout.

I also ordered the Moonlight Old Combine. It’s a four grain lager made of oats, rye, wheat and barley. This pale-amber pours golden, is highly carbonated with a decent head and nice lacing.

Old Combine is light, crisp and refreshing, with several layers of complexity. The sweet malty aroma, spicy notes from the rye and grassy hops make it a well rounded beer.

There is no food menu to be seen at the Beer Revolution, but you’re welcome to bring something to munch on during your visit. A vegan soul eatery next door, Souley Vegan, delivers orders right to your table upon request.

Overall, the ambiance is warm and inviting; you pay reasonable prices for high quality beer and the diverse crowd of beer lovers makes it worth a trip.

For a list of upcoming beer blending and tasting events go to their website. All tips collected at events are donated to local non-profits.

Beer Revolution is located at 464 3rd Street (between Washington St & Broadway) Oakland Ca 94607 Contact them at (510) 452-2337 or online at www.beer-revolution.com.

Contact Vanessa Guerra at vguerra@californiabeat.org.

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