Oakland: Craft beer helps rebuild neighborhoods

Oakland: Craft beer helps rebuild neighborhoods

Source: San Jose Mercury News

By: Heather Somerville

OAKLAND — The resurgence of the craft beer industry here is reshaping some of the city’s roughest areas, bringing culture, night life and community back to vacant industrial parks and troubled neighborhoods.

Once a thriving beer-brewing port, Oakland is again emerging as a craft beer destination, satisfying the palates of a new generation of beer drinkers and energizing redevelopment efforts in West Oakland. From big-name breweries such as 21st Amendment to casual homebrewers, beer-loving entrepreneurs are turning to Oakland as the next craft beer frontier.

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