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Oddbits: More delays for Linden Street Brewing, Oakland, Great American Beer Festival is sold out, Cucapa beers here, ’21’ – Full Sail’s 21st anniversary double bock

By William Brand
Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 12:16 pm in Uncategorized.

Got a shock the other night, a friend e-mailed me and said the phone number for Linden Street Brewing, the new Oakland craft brewery, was disconnected. False alarm!

Adam Lamoreaux, who founded Linden Street with his wife, Alice Chen, and friend Carey Peterson last January, explains that they signed up for high speed Internet and had to change their phone number. The new number is 510-291-1220.  Unfortunately, Adam says, YELP hasn’t changed the number in their listing and it’s one  that lots of us rely on.  Hey YELP! change number please.

Meanwhile, Alec says they’ve hit another snag in the permit process. The brewery is installed; everything is hooke up; PG&E has signed off, so has the City of Oakland. However, Adam says,  the building landlord can’t find the approved permits for the earthquake retrofitting required by the city. So the brewery remains on hold.

Adam says he’s out of Linden Street Common Lager, but still has a good supply of his Dark Lager. If the permits aren’t cleared he expect to brew another batch of Common Lager at Drake’s in San Leandro, he says.

Onward.. The 27th annual Great America Beer Festival being held in Denver next weekend, Oct. 9-11 is sold out, the Brewers Association says. That’s something like 47,000 tickets. The only chance, the association says, is a ticket giveaway on radio station AM760 on the Mario-Solis-Marich Show, 3-6 p.m. PDT.  To listen live, go here.

Here’s an unusual beer… the new Draeger’s in the Blackhawk shopping center in Danville ( CA.)  has two beers from Cucapa Brewing Co., Mexicali, Baja California Norte, Mexico.  Honey Ale, 4.5 percent,  Pale Ale,  5.8 percent.  Cucapa’s Barleywine is consisently a finalist at the annual Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Francsico in February. Haven’t tried their lower octane beers, but loved the barleywine. Cucapa’s a craft brewer  that opened in 1999 in the border city of Mexicali. The name’s taken from a small band of native people who live along the Colorado River delta, the first humans to inhabit the Mexicali Valley.

How time flies… In 1987 — 21 years ago — Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon, was founded. And they’ve been working over the past year to come up with a beer worthy of coming of age, finally old enough to drink. Their new beer: a German-style,  very Americanized Double Bock is called: “21.” It’s going to be available in limited quantities in the next few weeks only.

Here’s their own statement:

  • They say your 21st birthday is a rite of passage — the milepost that marks your evolution from child to adult, with all the attendant privileges & responsibilities. We say it’s a great excuse to brew a killer doppelbock. Concocted by our brew crew in celebration of our epic and glorious 21st birthday, we bring you “21″ a deep amber colored lager brewed in the doppelbock style,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.
  • “Twenty-one years ago, we dreamed of opening a brewery. That dream became a reality, and now here we are celebrating our 21st birthday. Our little brewery never would have made it without the support of friends, fans, and family over the years. Many thanks for all you’ve done to help us reach our 21st birthday,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and Founder.

Photos: Top – Linden Street Common Lager. Bottom: Full Sail Deoppelbock

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  • danny

    I feel so bad for adam, it just seems like he is getting stopped in every way possible. I hope they are finally able to get the brewery up and running soon.

  • Drew

    Danny: Agreed. Although I’m sure we both know it’ll be worth the wait!

  • William Brand

    Yeah, the earthquake code was the last straw. Not even his fault. I think hell get through. I’ve walked through the building, it looks like there;s been a lot of bracing andf other retrofitting. However, it does appear to be a brick masonry building. This is earthquake country and you really need retrofitting. Hope the building owner really did do the permit work.