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The Beer Lover’s Guide to Oakland and San Francisco, California

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Goose Island is traveling across the country to share some brewery love during Migration Week. But a person can't live on beer alone: In addition to some awesome breweries, the Goose Island team found amazing spots for everything from Belgian beer to bagels during their stop in Oakland, California.

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Beauty's Bagel Shop

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We started every morning with a trip to Beauty's, so by the end of the week we had tried most of the menu. We can confirm: Everything there is delicious. The shining star for us was a wood-fired everything bagel smeared with cream cheese and piled high with crisp veggies. OK — also the chocolate chip cookies.

Drake's Brewing 220

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There are few things better than a lunch break at a brewery. The folks at Drake’s showed us around their space, and we all shared some fantastic beers, stories, and food.

Jong Ga House

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Everyone was a little hangry after our early morning flight, so we were looking for a big, hearty lunch. After we demolished a few shared seafood pancakes and an array of side dishes, we barely left any room for our lunch. But then the bi bim bop arrived, and it was sizzling and so tasty. Naturally, we ate all of that too.

The Trappist

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A Belgian beer bar is like a siren song for us. We found ourselves here and, after checking out the tap list, wondered how we could ever leave. We sampled a few Belgian and local beers, all of which were awesome.

Mad Oak Bar

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We found ourselves in Oakland during the Warriors semi-final — and what a perfect place Mad Oak is to catch a game! The rooftop and side patios offer tons of outdoor seating with TVs, so you won't miss a second of the action.

Beer Revolution

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This place is a beer lover’s dream. If you don't feel like staying to enjoy the expansive tap options, you can grab some beer to go. Or, be like us and do both.

Vesuvio Cafe

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Walking into this bar is like walking into the past. With its artsy vibe and rich history — it was a hangout for Jack Keraouc and other writers —we found ourselves wanting sit down and write a few novels.

City Lights Bookstore

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We made a pilgrimage here and with the bookstore’s overwhelming selection, wish we’d had more time to peruse. An entire afternoon spent here wouldn't be enough.
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Beauty's Bagel Shop

We started every morning with a trip to Beauty's, so by the end of the week we had tried most of the menu. We can confirm: Everything there is delicious. The shining star for us was a wood-fired everything bagel smeared with cream cheese and piled high with crisp veggies. OK — also the chocolate chip cookies.

Drake's Brewing 220

There are few things better than a lunch break at a brewery. The folks at Drake’s showed us around their space, and we all shared some fantastic beers, stories, and food.

Jong Ga House

Everyone was a little hangry after our early morning flight, so we were looking for a big, hearty lunch. After we demolished a few shared seafood pancakes and an array of side dishes, we barely left any room for our lunch. But then the bi bim bop arrived, and it was sizzling and so tasty. Naturally, we ate all of that too.

The Trappist

A Belgian beer bar is like a siren song for us. We found ourselves here and, after checking out the tap list, wondered how we could ever leave. We sampled a few Belgian and local beers, all of which were awesome.

Mad Oak Bar

We found ourselves in Oakland during the Warriors semi-final — and what a perfect place Mad Oak is to catch a game! The rooftop and side patios offer tons of outdoor seating with TVs, so you won't miss a second of the action.

Beer Revolution

This place is a beer lover’s dream. If you don't feel like staying to enjoy the expansive tap options, you can grab some beer to go. Or, be like us and do both.

Vesuvio Cafe

Walking into this bar is like walking into the past. With its artsy vibe and rich history — it was a hangout for Jack Keraouc and other writers —we found ourselves wanting sit down and write a few novels.

City Lights Bookstore

We made a pilgrimage here and with the bookstore’s overwhelming selection, wish we’d had more time to peruse. An entire afternoon spent here wouldn't be enough.

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