Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing Co. Expands its Footprint Yet Again. In the East Bay!

Fieldwork Brewing Company, an envoy for craft beer and acclaimed by Men’s Journal as having one of the ’50 Best Beers in America’ (Oct 2018), expands its Northern California footprint to six locations with the opening of their new taproom and beer garden at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.

Brewing well over 400 unique beers since opening its West Berkeley brewery in February 2015, Fieldwork focuses on innovation for its ever-evolving roster of highly aromatic and well-balanced beers. Based on seasonality and consistent quality, Fieldwork forges its own path brewing beers they simply love to drink.

Walking into the West Berkeley Fieldwork Brewing is always a reliable welcoming and fun atmosphere

for visitors and Bay Area regulars.  “I think what originally drew me into Fieldwork was their wide variety of North East style IPAs,” comments local fan Jamie Waldear. “They offer five to six rotating IPAs that they constantly alter to form new varieties of those beers. I think their end goal is to create beer with a fruit flavor, yet does not contain any fruit. We like to go to the West Berkeley place because it has a very laid back style and is pretty rustic and quaint. They have a variety of games that make it more fun to stay here and drink beer. Plus it is really convenient to get here for everyone and kick back after work.”

Fieldwork’s latest local outpost follows the brewery’s recent openings of European-style beer gardens in

San Mateo and Monterey. The new San Ramon location hails a 2,400 square foot indoor taproom and a 2,700 square foot outdoor beer garden.

The new Fieldwork Taproom and Beer Garden opened in the tri-valley area with upwards of 16 beers on the menu including a handful of library releases that will be exclusively available at the San Ramon location. The interior of the taproom features redwood for the bar and wall paneling that’s reclaimed from the roof of San Francisco’s Pier 31. The family and dog friendly beer garden includes two custom designed fire pits, natural gas heaters, and guests are welcome to bring in food from any of the fine restaurants at City Center.

About the location

The Fieldwork Taproom and Beer Garden at City Center Bishop Ranch is located on the corner of Camino Ramon and Bishop Drive at 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite 1206. City Center Bishop Ranch is a 300,000 square-feet shopping, dining and entertainment destination designed by the acclaimed Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Headquartered in Paris, France, Renzo Piano is an internationally renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect. Among his many renowned works are the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA) and the Whitney Museum (New York, NY).

“I grew up in the valley, says Barry Braden, co-founder and owner of Fieldwork Brewing Company, “and we have been searching for the ideal place to expand our presence in the East Bay. City Center is that place. It will be a fantastic destination and we are pleased to be joining so many complementary merchants.”

Marcella & Matthew are waiting to serve you at the new Fieldwork Taproom & Beer Garden in Bishop Ranch, San Ramon

About Fieldwork Brewing Company

Established in 2015, Fieldwork Brewing Company is a craft brewery based in Berkeley, CA brewing for the regional Northern California marketplace. Available at their West Berkeley, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Monterey and new San Ramon taprooms/beer gardens, Fieldwork beers are also on draft at the finest local craft beer focused restaurants and bars. Fieldwork exclusively self distributes its fresh beer to assure the highest quality of service for all of their draft partners. Fieldwork is the 10th fastest growing private company on San Francisco Business Times’ “100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area” for 2018.

By |2018-11-28T13:05:36-08:00November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival Fills the Sidewalks of Berkeley!

When: Saturday, August 25, 10am-5pm

Where: Gourmet Ghetto, Shattuck Ave. in North Berkeley

What: A Chalk Art Contest + 20th Anniversary Celebration – FREE family event

  • Festival booths fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets.
  • Artists – grab some chalk -areas of sidewalk are assigned for you to create your own fanciful chalk drawings
  • Judging will begin after 4pm for the best drawing
  • Cash prizes: $150, $100, $50 and runners-up get a $25 gift certificate from Books Inc.  
  • EAT CHOCOLATE! Purchase tasting tickets ($1/ea. or 20/$20) at 1451, 1495, 1607 Shattuck Ave. on the day of the event or in advance
  • Oreo-stacking contest
  • Singha beer or wine near the CVS Performing Area at 1451 Shattuck
  • Live Music: Rusty String Express (Bluegrass) and Rolling Thunder (Dylan Tribute Band); at the Books Inc. Performing Area: Michelle Lambert (Indie Singer-Songwriter), Coventry & Kaluza (Circus Arts) and young rocker, Lorenzo Wood

    3rd Place Winner The Mad Hatter by Natasha Robinson

About the Chocolate

The to-go menu features over 25 items including chocolate rum gelato, English toffee, a chocolate rose des sables, dark chocolate truffles, Oreo shakes, bittersweet chocolate pudding, chocolate ganache cupcakes, or savory menu items such as chocolate-covered pancetta or a chocolate molé taco. For those over 21, there is coffee Campfire stout and for vegans there are cookies, brownies and gelato, too. You might even relax with a hand massage with chocolate-scented cream.Chocolate Menu items are available during the hours listed and only while supplies last. Items may be substituted. All items (except the beer) are sold ‘to-go’ only.


Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival is sponsored by the North Shattuck Association, North Berkeley Investment Partners, Vignette Wine Country Soda, Singha Beer, Safeway, Spokes Bicycles, 7×7, 510Families, Berkeley Community Media, Berkeleyside, East Bay Loop, and East Bay Express. For a good time, take BART to Downtown Berkeley and stroll north six blocks.

By |2018-08-24T10:48:32-08:00August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Baby Goats at Fourth Street’s County Fair!



  • Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • 10am – 5pm


  • Activities on Delaware at Fourth Street in Berkeley (both west & east sides of the street)


  • Time to celebrate summer Fourth Street style with a good old-fashioned county fair and benefit event for Best Buddies!*
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Hi-Striker, Ring a Bottle, Rooster Roast, Basketball Shootout, Cat Rack, Plinko, Roller Bowler & prizes !
    Each game will cost $1 to play
    All ticket funds will benefit Best Buddies
  • MUSIC (11-5PM)
    Location: west side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    11am -12:45pm The Klipptones
    1-2:45pm Andrew Carriere & The Allstars
    3-4:45pm Fog Holler
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware


    Thank you Bette’s To Go for the vanilla cream pies!
    ADULTS will race to eat a 9″ vanilla creme pie with whipped cream on top. Prize given for 1 winner!
    KIDS will each have a 6″ vanilla creme pie. Participant gifts given and 1 winner prize available.
    Free to play!

    Location: west side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Come visit the creatures from the East Bay Vivarium and if you want to see more, walk over to their shop at 1827 Fifth Street!
  • FOOD (10-5PM)
    Location: parked on 5th Street at Delaware
    The Boneyard food truck will be parked on 5th Street and Delaware, at the east end of the event, offering awesome BBQ menus, sides plus a veggie option!
    Restaurants on Fourth Street include: Cafe M, Cafe Reveille, Zut, Iyasare, Bette’s Diner & To Go, Market Hall Foods & Tacubaya.
  • Free popcorn and cotton candy! Three Twins Ice Cream table!
  • PETTING ZOO (10-5PM)
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Goats, sheep, pig, mini cow, pony, chickens, ducks, bunnies…
  • ART BOOTH (10-5PM)
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Our creative friends are dreaming up an artsy activity for kids ages 3 and up!
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Give us your best animal sound on the mic! Prize for most creative, best sounding critter.
    Free to participate.
    Location: west side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    We have invited Sterling the Bubblesmith to join us for 2 hours. He creates various types of bubbles, be they huge singles or millions of mini bubbles will fill the air. This is a great show no matter your age, but kids love to scream and chase them!!
  • PUPPET SHOW (11 & 11:45AM)
    Location: east side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Caterpillar Puppets and famed puppeteer Joe Leon will be offering two shows. Come laugh with us! All ages welcome!
    Location: west side of Fourth Street at Delaware
    Our favorite face painter Dinnie will be here from 1-4PM! Come early, the line can get long!

    Photo/Fourth Street website

    RABAT (1825 Fourth Street) Summetime Shoe Sale now happening with up to 75% off selected styles plus all handbags 25% off
    EARTHSAKE (1772 Fourth Street) Offering 20% off pure and local wool products, for this day on

* Best Buddies
Best Buddies International is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. UC Berkeley Best Buddies program matches people with intellectual disabilities with college students in one-to-one friendships, mutually benefiting both.





By |2018-08-03T13:58:26-08:00August 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Kite Festival Paints the Skies at Berkeley Marina

Don’t miss the Berkeley Kite Festival – a FREE family event that will paint the skies over Berkeley this weekend.

WHEN: Sat/Sun, July 28/29 from 10am-6pm.

WHERE: Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Parking at the Marina or at

Golden Gate Fields (for $20), but the shuttle is FREE. (Use Buchanan St. access to beat the traffic)

WHAT: 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships

  • Fun Activities both days:
    Free Kite Flying Lessons
    Free Kite Making,
    Free Candy Drop, (According to this year’s sponsor, Hills Physicians Medical Group, healthy treats will be mixed with the candy!)
    Free Rokkaku Battle
  • Worlds Largest Octopus Kite
  • Humongous Kites: Bigger than a house and longer than a train!
  • Sodo-Cho Kite Team from Hamamatsu, Japan. Amazingly, their kites are made from fine paper and bamboo.
  • Bay Area Sport Kite League 
  • Great Food & Music!
  • Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Face-painting, Pony Rides and more!
  • Sunday evening dinner cruise!

KITE FLYING: Kites are for everyone – for artists, adventurists, animation fans, dreamers and those with a love of modern kite flying. 

“ I love kites,” says Tom McAlister, owner of Highline Kites in Berkeley and founder of the Berkeley Kite Fest.”The physical act of looking up while flying kites makes you healthy. Become part of our Berkeley Kite Festival where the earth, wind, and sky combine to create an unequaled festival experience.

If you think about it, when you are flying a kite and looking up, your thoughts soar up into the beauty and freedom of colors and shapes flapping in the wind, touching the clouds and the blue sky. You almost experience the art of flying.

NOTE: The Kite Festival is FREE, but parking at the marina or at a shuttle stop (Golden Gate Fields) costs $20.  Shuttles from GGF are free.Valet parking for bikes is also available for free.

Highline Kites is located at 11 Spinnaker Way in the Berkeley Marina.

Kite Wranglers, John Khan with 50 foot Cat



By |2018-07-27T12:42:26-08:00July 27th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s Opening Night! “On Beauty” Dancers Celebrate Conservationist Doug Tompkins

WHAT: On Beauty, co-presented by Nancy Karp + Dancers and the David Brower Center, is inspired by their current exhibition, Douglas R Tompkins. On Beauty is a site specific performance created by Nancy Karp, which celebrates the life and work of the late conservationist Doug Tompkins.

“If anything could save the world, I’d put my money on beauty.”-Douglas R. Tompkins

“On Beauty will reference imagery from the natural world in the choreography, exploring concepts of stasis and movement, darkness and light, a solid foundation and liquid motion over it, and how the boundaries between these opposites aren’t as rigid as