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There are numerous individuals who zoom by this West Oakland neighborhood, utilizing the Grand Avenue bypass as a shortcut to the Bay Bridge. Who knew it was such an excellent place to cease and have a beer? Ghost City Brewing will get its identify from the world, which was as soon as dwelling to a number of coffin factories. (Who knew?) The brewery has embraced this historical past, proper all the way down to the small coffins painted on the facet of the bar.
The brewery tasting room, which has been open a couple of 12 months, is tucked in a cushty, spacious constructing with concrete flooring, excessive ceilings and loads of area to unfold out. It’s kid-friendly and dog-welcoming, too.
There have been 14 beers on faucet on the day we visited, starting from very mild — a cream ale, pilsner and saison — to the ever-present American pale ales and IPAs, together with a tasty hazy pale ale known as European on Uranus. Desire a extra full-flavored sip? There have been two porters, two stouts, a rye ale and a barleywine, too.
Should you’re a fan of chocolate milkshakes – and who isn’t? – strive the Cat Hoarder Porter on nitro. Made with lactose and cacao, it’s the closest factor to a milkshake which you could get within the craft beer enterprise. The entire beers have been stable, with good hop/malt steadiness.
Ghost City Brewing is without doubt one of the higher craft beer bargains round, with 16-ounce pours starting from $three to $6, and taster units of four-ounce pours so you possibly can strive a broader vary of types. The taproom doesn’t have its personal kitchen, however they’ve partnered with varied meals distributors, together with the Grilled Cheez Man, who was dishing up sandwiches the day we have been there.
Don’t miss: Uncommon beers are at all times enjoyable to strive, however one in all Ghost City’s mainstream beers is such a standout, we will’t resist it. Polydactyl Pale Ale is a dry-hopped American pale ale, made with Mosaic and Citra hops. Balanced, with a pleasant spicy hop kick, it hits all the appropriate notes.
Particulars: Open from three to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, three to 11 p.m. Thursdays, midday to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and midday to 10 p.m. Sundays at 1960 Adeline St., Oakland; www.ghosttownbrewing.com.
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