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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: What the Fork

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

So they want to build something like the Midtown Beer garden in Sacramento. They were one of the first Cargo Container usages in the Sacramento Area, They were shut down in having the containers be shown to the public, they had to cover them with ugly siding cause they did not understand the concept.Oh well, it's always packed and features great German Beer and craft beers as well.
http://beergardensacramento.com/

Posted by Sean Derfield on 03/30/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

The plans are ill conceived and don't consider the noise and traffic this will bring to the neighborhood. Neighbors and long-term area residents are organizing around this issue. It's not a fit for the site or for Temescal.

Posted by Diana Stasko on 03/28/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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.

Posted by Steve Walker on 03/27/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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

Posted by Philipp Suchan on 03/27/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

congratulations!!!

Posted by HuNia Vinnetta Bradley on 03/26/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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.

Posted by Brew Dude on 03/26/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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.

Posted by Gail Ann Williams on 03/26/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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?

Posted by Anthony Bowker on 03/25/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

I am pretty sure Lady Esther's opened on 7th Street before 1968. I remember it as a child. Glad to see it back

Posted by Denese Joyce on 03/25/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

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!

Posted by Omar Yacoubi on 03/24/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

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.

Posted by C. Leonard on 03/16/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

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.

Posted by Teresa L. Washington-Evans on 03/15/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

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!

Posted by D Mascharney Smith-Franklin on 03/15/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland

Yes Lord and we thank you

Posted by Marie A Lewis on 03/15/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

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!

Posted by Michael Orange on 03/10/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

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.

Posted by jeanonyx on 03/09/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

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.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/63207…

Posted by Keba Armand Konte on 03/08/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

love the love on this thread! gl with business

Posted by ameanie on 03/08/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

I don't know you personally but I am sure happy to hear about your new business. I will definitely patronize your establishment.

Posted by Chanie Lasso on 03/08/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

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.

Posted by Anna Hernandez Brown on 03/08/2017 at 7:01 AM

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