I hadn’t been to Alameda in a long time and never on the west side of the island when I ventured there a few days ago. I was there to visit Admiral Maltings to gather research for an article I’m working on for the next issue of Edible East Bay on the malt house. The west side of Alameda is full big old weather-beaten World War II-era buildings from a time when huge flying and floating machines were cutting edge technology. I fell in love with the place immediately.
After spending an hour at Admiral Maltings talking about malt gave me a hankering for a beer, so I headed over to nearby Faction Brewing. The Faction patio has great views of enormous freight barges docked in Oakland’s port and off in the distance, you can see the skyline of San Francisco. Beer is an industrial beverage and has historically thrived among the working class. Faction’s location embraces this history.
As for the beer, I just enjoyed the atmosphere as a worked through a few four-ounce samples. Each brew was just one effortlessly well executed beer after another, the flavors all popping with the right balance. Sorry, no elaborate flavor deconstructions, I was just quietly and slowly enjoying the brews without thinking too hard about them. Like so many breweries I discover, I wish it wasn’t so far away from my home town. I leave you with a few photos from the afternoon.