Four craft breweries have hitched their hops to each other in Oakland’s Jack London District, all within a half-mile radius. Those city blocks may now be the hottest beer neighborhood in the Bay Area.
Fair warning for those eager to hopscotch through the recently formed Jack London Brewing District: each taproom tempts you to linger.
Original Pattern pairs pints with live jazz every Friday. Its Belgian Dubbel, Call of the Void, won a silver medal at 2018’s Great American Beer Festival. It excels at Belgian style but also has an impressive lineup of IPAs, as well as provisions: Bao and dumplings from Good To Eat Dumplings pops up daily.
Around the corner is Independent Brewing, the key word being “independent.” It marches to its own Oakland drum, scavenging odds and ends—chairs and barrels—onto the sidewalk for an impromptu tap room and it hosts vinyl parties.
Beer Tap Bingo at Oakland United Beerworks hosts bingo and pulls a pink Kirschweizen, a cherry wheat. Should that sell out, there’s an apricot cranberry hefe, and plenty other styles to wet your whistle.
Federation Brewing expanding its original operations last summer and now hosts diversions like Craft Comedy. Its tap selection ranges from IPAs (“In the Weeds”) and blondes to sours and stouts.
If you want to explore the complete “Ale Trail,” beyond Jack London, check out the other breweries in Oakland.