Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 23, 2013

Brew ha ha

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

So you all know where PV square is right?  It’s the Phua building across the street from the Alameda Marketplace.   A while ago I spotted a sign that indicated that a Brewery was “Coming Soon” turn out that coming soon is sooner than we all expected after the “Square” had been vacant for so long.   Enter SpotMojo a site that, apparently, is used for people to suggest what they want at a certain vacant storefront.   Sort of a wish list.   SpotMojo posted a thing on PV square a while back and, I guess, one of the big things people said they wanted was a brewery.   Evidently the owner of PV Square is working to make that happen.

The result of that effort is the Alameda Island Brewing Company, which will be co owned by Bill Phua and head brewmaster Matthew Fox.   From the Spotmojo page on the Alameda Island Brewing Company here is Matthew Fox’s bio:

I was stationed in Alameda with the Coast Guard on the USCGC Morgenthau. I met my wife Jennifer there, an Alameda High graduate. We moved to San Diego when I was stationed at the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team. After I got home from Iraq, I left the Coast Guard and started school. We both Graduated from Cal State East Bay and moved to Redlands, CA. That’s where I got into home brewing and have won many awards and medals, most recently a gold at the Pacific Brewer’s Cup.

The gold medal he won was for creating an American Ale.   I’m sure there is some nuanced distinction, but I’m not a drinker so I have no idea what it is.

The reason for this sudden push for exposure is that the Alameda Island Brewing Company will be going before the Zoning Administrator to get approval for the business, from the AIBC website:

The Zoning Administrator of the City of Alameda will hold a public hearing to consider the operation of a beer manufacturing facility with accessory tasting and sales room and extended hours of operation to midnight, seven days per week on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at or after 3:00 p.m., at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Conference Room 360, Alameda, CA. All Interested parties are invited to attend and participate in the hearing. The hearing is an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed project.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say there will be no opposition to this project and it will be welcomed with open arms.   If approved, AIBC will not be the only brewing company on the Island as Faction Brewing is already up and running.   Of course I’m sure there are enough beer lovers in Alameda to keep both businesses hopping (pun!)

The other day I saw a brewery tour bus in my neighborhood so maybe they are looking to add Faction, and maybe Alameda Island Brewing Company to its list shortly.





  1. If you brew it, they will come.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 23, 2013 @ 6:51 am

  2. Some would like to rename part of AlPo “Booze Alley”, I say we go all in & rename Alameda “Booze Island”. So quaint.

    Comment by vigi — October 23, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  3. Sounds like an anchor tennant.

    Comment by Basel — October 23, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

  4. Frankly I have a hard time believing Bayport has beer-joint caravans shilling the Chardonnay hoity-toity sippers to step aboard.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 23, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  5. Frankly, I have a hard time believing Jack thinks everyone at Bayport is hoity-toity…we are normal just like everyone else…we have dogs, kids, yard work, cooking, cleaning and not everyone drinks chardonnay…some drink Pabst or Bud light or don’t drink at all…I guess the next target as hoity-totity will be Alameda Landing…as the new hoity-toity…just because people like different things or houses doesn’t make them different. I was surprised that the largest house at Bayport a plan 12 that went on the market 2 weeks ago already sold. I think there are only about 2 or 3 of the 470 houses here on the market at Bayport…people seem to like them. How many neighborhoods have ice cream socials, potlucks, Halloween parties for kids, ect….we know just about everyone on our block…and others around here. We drive an ecomomy car and a older jeep…I would love a hoity-toity BMW or something else.

    I think the Brewery will be great…although I will most likely go there…but it is something different then a hair salon or fast food on Webster so it is good. Portland Or. started out with a few micro brews and now is famous for them. My friends parents are here and her dad grew up in the Napa area…and has been on the East coast for years…they went to Napa over the weekend and he was surprised by the number of winery’s up there.

    Comment by joe — October 24, 2013 @ 7:49 am

  6. Are you saying, joe, that you also saw the beer-joint caravan winding it’s way up and down all the little Bayport Lanes all snuggled tightly within the warm armed walls of Willie and Ralph?

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 24, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  7. If Bayport were hoity toity, they would have raised holy hell against the building of Target which, if I’m mistaken, they didn’t. These are new money people, darling. Over on the Gold Coast, they’re sipping the Pinot Noir and ordering online.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 24, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  8. Hey Sheldon, you don’t even know where the big red brick building used to be so hoity your toity back to the east coast and leave the far west to John Pizza and I.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 24, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  9. Joe, unfortunately a community is often defined by the more vocal outliers. There are a lot of wonderful residents there who moved to Alameda to become very active in the community, and have made tremendous contributions – in kind and other to local schools organizations, congregations etc. Alameda is clearly better off having Bayport. However, you have more than your fair share of kooks who would love nothing better than to clear a no development zone 5 miles around their houses. Since Bayport started I have seen groups (always just a few in number) of residents call for:
    Shutting down the Port of Oakland
    Stopping trains from blowing their whistles
    Not allowing development because it will rain all the criminals of oakland down on us (Hi Nancy O!)
    and most recently kicking out Island High School and/or putting up gates at Bayport to keep high school kids away. Ahh, bless your neighbors for the entertainment value they provide us!

    Oh and hurray for the brewery!

    Comment by notadave — October 24, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

  10. The first time I met Jack was at the bar at Pasta Pelican…while we were waiting for our table. To go there to drink is more hoity totiy then most bars and they knew Jack by name. The only other bar I have ever been to in Alameda was on Park Street…I think it was called black cat…I was there to meet freinds. In the 8 years I lived here those are the only 2 bars I have been to…I am not really a bar person. If Jack ever visited Bayport he would know most streets are not lanes, it has a busy city park and a school which serves kids all over the West End. The first tiime I came to Alameda was when my Brother in Law was in the Coast Guard in 1979 and lived here…Webster street was much different back then…but so was Alameda. Being from a small town in Oregon…I always made sure my car doors were locked when driving here to visit them…it was a big city to me..until I was in 7th grade we lived in towns less than 1,000 people and then we moved to Baker which I thought was huge…10,000 people. Alameda is not a small city, I think it has 72,000 people. Things change, people change, cities change and it is not always bad. I think Baker actually has a Burger King now. I most likely will not ever go to the new brewery….but it is something different and is a nice change for Webster St. Webster Street in the new hoity totiy of Alameda…with 300 new homes at Alameda Landing, the developement behind the Del Montie building, the new houses at crab cove, the redevelopment of the base…Webster street will change a lot in 10 years. If anyone wants to invest in real estate in Alameda look to Webster street is the place.

    Comment by joe — October 25, 2013 @ 4:18 am

  11. 8. You talkin’ to ME?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 25, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

  12. best deal I ever got in Alameda came from Jack, Thursday night wine tasting at Pasta Pelican. If you are an East ender or Gold Coaster you can’t come, however if you live in Bayport you are welcome.

    Comment by John P. (L) — October 25, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

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