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I'm in conflict here. I see where some of the readers are concerned about a corporate entity coming in with their "craft" brewery, which it probably technically is since its brewed on-site with local labor.
On the other hand I'm a little uneasy about the financial influence they'll probably have over their competitors like Drakes and Temescal. But this could prove to be a good thing to make the market better as a whole - makes everybody work a bit harder to offer us a better product and good time?
I'm thinking there's another story here though. You'd have to wonder why a company that does $45 billion in sales annually, and employs 200,000 worldwide, would want to open a beer garden in Oakland.
I'm going to speculate that this is to seriously test the market for products that are popular with the public, a public that is very savvy when it comes to beer. After they're open, and you see, for instance, a cilantro infused beer on tap for a month and then it disappears, well AB Inbev is probably not going to start producing that anytime soon. Should we see a violet infused ale the next month and its wildly successful going forward, well, their market research was paid for by beer consumers in the greater Oakland area.
isnt this great for craft beer entrepreneurs. More breweries being bought should provide more capital back to the investors and entrepreneurs which in circle can invest in other ventures. Dont see the big problem here
The problem here is that ABInBev buys up distributors in order to destroy the channel for independent craft brewers to get their beers distributed. This is completely unacceptable and any ABInBev owned and operated business should be boycotted.
The concerns are legitimate.
The craft beer movement has been one of the most exciting pushes away from factory food back to local craftsmanship, community values and a resurgence of beer culture in this country lost since before prohibition. When the largest multinational beer corporation tries to pass as part of the authentic local brewing community, that is not just a cute marketing tactic, it is strikingly lopsided and cynical competition for the up and coming brewers rooted here. It's a tactical move to pull apart the famous cooperation among the independent brewers. Beer monopoly dressed up in a shipping container is not good for beer, not good for Oakland, not even good for Oakland business. Score one for Brazilian-Belgian multinational ABImbev, though. Here comes the fake authenticity blueprint ready for every cool town in first American then elsewhere.
I agree that this seems a great development for North Oakland. I don't follow the editorial sub-text that runs through this report that somehow AB InBev's involvement is a bad thing - unless it's a personal bias harbored by the author?
I am pretty sure Lady Esther's opened on 7th Street before 1968. I remember it as a child. Glad to see it back
I'm excited for the development this can bring to the neighborhood! Of course we hope for more small local shops, but having an anchor like that as an attraction is a great start!
I went to elementary and junior high with Lady Esther's son and frequented her restaurant all the time. So glad the family is back! I was just lamenting that only a few old time soul food restaurants are even around. Now we've got three.
This is awesome news! My cousin knew Ms Lady Esther well as he was one of her food service vendors. I remember when she died - a very sad day in Oakland. My father, who is now 85 yrs young frequented her restaurant and remembers fondly how kind and Ms. lady Esther was.
I pray she brings back the stuffed shrimp . I remember my uncle Green Hodges used to clean the restaurant. My oldest daughters baby picture hung in the main area. Those were the days!
Yes Lord and we thank you
I'm so excited for you right now, Jessica. We're all in this with you. Just make sure you're ready for us to spend a lot of time there once you open!
I'm not much of a drinker, just the occasional bit of rum or gin. However, I will definitely gladly give you my money as opposed to Bev Mo.
Great article Jessica. You are well on your way to exceeding your goal. Stay focused follow your plan and trust that your people will show up for you. #whatawoman #proudbaba #kickstarter.
love the love on this thread! gl with business
I don't know you personally but I am sure happy to hear about your new business. I will definitely patronize your establishment.
Wishing you success. Then hoping you and your family bring some of that success and expand in East Oakland. We could use some shops out this way too.
So excited for and proud of you!
I love the black businesses. We need more. Growing up in Oakland I have watched them wither away. I'm glad yours is a beautiful bud. Hoping it blossoms into bouquet of bountiful blessings for you and yours.
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