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Fun, Feisty and Full of Flavor

Drake’s Brewing Co. has long been a pioneer in the craft beer industry, and its many fans won’t be surprised to see the local San Leandro brewery named “Best Brewery of the East Bay”—again. Drake’s has been brewing top-quality beer in the East Bay for over 25 years, and its commitment to excellence shows in every batch. Drake’s always offers something tasty, from Best Coast IPA and Flyway Pilsner to innovative seasonal brews like Foraging Racoon and Block Party Hazy. Drake’s Brewery and Barrel House, proudly located in the gritty environs of industrial San Leandro, is a welcoming space where everyone can enjoy a pint or two with friends in the beer garden or the taproom. Beer lovers can choose from as many as 24 beers on tap—including small batches of Belgian beers, IPAs, Pilsn...

Best of the East Bay 2022 – Freight & Salvage

“Since its founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage has been deeply rooted in that aspect of Berkeley’s culture that embraced freedom, justice, acceptance, collaboration and innovation,” the beloved music venue’s website says. And that goes a long way towards explaining why “the Freight” has not only survived, but thrived for those five decades—and is a “Best of the East Bay” pick again this year. “We believe that music builds community,” says Freight & Salvage Marketing Associate Anica Odell-Smedley. “The Freight is more than just a venue; it’s a meeting place.” A place, she says, where cultures come together through the music that represents them. Its long history means that multiple generations now have connections to the Freight, including Anica’s own family. “I grew up with par...

Run, Play and Enjoy The Town

Has your inner runner been restless recently? Or maybe your 2022 resolution is to discover that runner for the first time? Then the 13th-annual Oakland Running Festival is for you—and for dedicated marathoners, half-marathoners, 5- and 10-K lovers, little kids—in fact, everybody. March 20, 2022 will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to get the running shoes out of the closet and sign up for one of the many races and events the festival is sponsoring this year. As always, you’ll be able to crown your achievement with festival swag. Race Director Lena Zentgraf noted that this year’s medals feature a depiction of a mural painted at 400 Franklin Street in downtown Oakland by Trust Your Struggle, an artist collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to so...