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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

Hey EBX, it's been almost a month since you posted any What the Fork updates, man. What the Fork?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 04/21/2017 at 12:13 AM

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

Can't wait to check it out :-)

Posted by Rob Thompson on 04/12/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Complex Oakland to Focus on Coffee and Creole Food Instead of Clubbing

It means all those new residents will complain about the noise. Clubs do better where there are not a lot of people sleeping.

Posted by Eric Vanderlin on 04/12/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Complex Oakland to Focus on Coffee and Creole Food Instead of Clubbing

This sentence doesn't make any sense:

"Oscar Edwards saw all of the shiny new high-rise apartment buildings planned for Downtown Oakland and figured the writing was on the wall: There probably wasnt much of a future in running a nightclub in that neighborhood."

Why would you think a nightclub doesn't have a future when a ton of new people are about to move in nearby? If anything it probably means a lot more business.

Posted by Matthew Gerring on 04/10/2017 at 10:56 AM

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

We are still accepting signatures on our petition through 4 pm Monday 4/10 voicing our concerns to City of Oakland planning commission and city council regarding the impact of Golden Road on the neighborhood in terms of noise, traffic, parking and pushing small local brewers out: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/golden-road-Temescal

Posted by D. Stasko on 04/10/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “No Piece of the Pie: New Report Paints Bleak Picture of Food Industry Labor Conditions

Glad the East Bay Express reports on this issue. Keep it up!

Posted by Rekia on 04/08/2017 at 7:10 AM

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

To be fair AB InBev can do whatever they want, but they should identify them selves, as they can open a local business that never technically need to make money. For this reason I am not a fan of false flag craft breweries as they effectively seal market share from actual homegrown businesses.

The permitting application can be seen here: http://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OAK063213.pdf
To share your comments on the permitting process contact:
Planner Rebecca Lind at (510)238-3472 or by email: rlind@oaklandnet.com or district 1 councilman Dan Kalb Phone: (510) 238-7001 Email: dkalb@oaklandnet.com addressing Bureau of Planning/Zoning case #: PLN17004 : the proposed beer garden by Golden Road at 320,322, 330, 40th street Oakland.

The public comment period ends tomorrow 4/3/17.

Posted by APD on 04/02/2017 at 12:24 PM

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

As a long time resident of this neighborhood, I am very concerned that there is no oversight of development in a coordinated way- we are very overdue to have an overlay plan. Otherwise, we continue to deal with the same issues and erosion of quality of life on a "one development proposal" at a time. This responsibility is part of our city council members job- that is Dan Kalb. Our block organized around the same issues for the housing now under construction at 4055 Broadway- 47 units with only 26 parking spaces. Over a year ago, we requested that he start working with the neighbors to develop an overlay plan-- i can only say that he made no effort to do so, his communication in general was poor and there was no advocacy on his part on behalf of neighbor concerns.

Posted by Paula Taylor 1 on 03/31/2017 at 7:22 PM

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

Residents of the nearby 40th street neighborhood as well as the larger community have concerns regarding noise, parking, traffic and the impact on the neighborhood--particularly having a corporate giant in what is now a thriving small business hub at 40th and Broadway.
Please view our petition/comments to the City Planning Commission of Oakland below, and sign if you support us! Deadline is noon April 3rd.
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/golden-road-Temescal

Posted by D. Stasko on 03/30/2017 at 5:08 PM

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

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