Faction Brewing | Alameda, California
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Faction Brewing
Excellent based on 8 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

2501 Monarch St
Alameda, California United States 94501 [ print map ]
510 523 2739

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Hours: Wed - Sat 12:00 - 8:00 PM; Sun 12:00 - 6:00 PM; Mon - Tue Closed

Mayor: joeneugs (7) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 0

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Beer Available At Faction Brewing (arranged by most recent)
Faction / Midnight Sun Bad Touch IPA , Faction Something Different IPA , Faction Imperial Stout , Faction Bosco Chocolate Milk Stout , Faction Wheatwine , Faction Winter Pilsner , Faction Penny Packer 120 Scotch Ale , Faction Red Ryder , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (El Dorado and Polaris) , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (El Dorado and Calypso) , Faction 007 Pale Ale , Faction Defcon V Belgian Table Beer , Faction Defcon IV Belgian Pale Ale , Faction Defcon II Tripel 71, Faction Defcon I Quad 50, Faction Anomaly White Chocolate Stout 72, Faction Negative Ghost Rider , Faction Red , Faction HEMI 5.4 , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Mosaic and Equinox)
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8 reviews for Faction Brewing
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  88%
 Selection  78%
 Food N/A 
 Value  70%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  88%

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1471) Do Not Resuscitate, California | February 27, 2015| Updated March 6, 2015
Visited February 8, 2015.

Finally stopped in after looking at this place on the map during my last couple trips to SF. Itís not convenient to get here at all. There is a bus that takes you from Oakland to somewhere near the brewery but it still takes forever and requires some walking. As mentioned in another rating the speed limit is painfully slow through much of this side of the island. As it turns out the fastest way to actually get here is from the peninsula via the ferry. Once here though you can kill time drinking good beer or walking next door to the distillery and the winery. Realistically though the brewery is all that youíll need since many of the hoppy beers are pretty solid, and if itís not cold and rainy you can sit outside and look over the bay. Kind of an interesting view since there is about a quarter mile of asphalt beyond the fence. It is a former naval base that has been left alone since there are some local animals that live here now.

I was really not expecting this many taps but there were about 20. They do individual tasters but they arenít cheap. I tried the remainder of the new to me Defcon series as well as some of the new hoppy beers. The Two Hop series is pretty good as are some of the other IPAs. Way too much stuff to try if youíre drinking any more than an ounce of each one. I had a good time talking with the employees at that tasting room. One of them was someone I had met somewhere at some other beer festival in the past. Turns out he used to work at White Labs in San Diego and I have this feeling that heís the one that used to let us split the taster glasses there (White Labs has TONS of new beers on and itís a chore to work through them all). Super nice guy. In the end I bought half a dozen tasters and a growler. Great place, just donít know how often Iíll get back onto the island.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1002) Orange County, California | January 13, 2015
You can get here by public transit and walking, but itís a lot easier if you just drive. Just a note as I typically try to talk BART when Iím back up in the Bay Area and doing any sort of beer tour. Also note that the speed limit on the island is pretty low (25 in a lot of places), so be careful.

The brewery is located in a building which I would assume was a former naval warehouse, given where it is situated on the island (that is, amongst all the abandoned naval buildings). Doesnít look like much from the outside other than the fact there are a lot of cars and people outside.

The space is pretty well done. Big patio seating area with tables. A number of tables in the main tasting room, and a decent sized bar to order from. You canít really sit there. Only gripe I had was that it was pretty crowded when I visited and the line went out the door (also making it difficult for people to enter/exit).

They have a ton of beers on tap. Luckily they do tasters of any of them/flights. They also have a pre-set flight that you can do. Unfortunately, the pale hoppy beers were great but everything else was kind of meh. Tasters are about $2 each, so it can get pricey if you want to try everything.

All that said, the service is great and you absolutely cannot get a better view at a beer venue in the Bay Area. Particularly if you sit on the patio or near one of the windows inside and get a great look of the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.
fidel  (102) Livermore, California | November 26, 2014
Located on the water in an old navel base building. The view of San Francisco is amazing. Nice tasting room connected to the brewery with 20 taps of great beer, and great service.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (793) Columbus, Ohio | September 29, 2014
(Visited 08/2014): Faction Brewing is located at the former US Naval Air Station in Alameda on Monarch Street. Parking is available behind the building, and the lot offers a fantastic view of San Francisco.

The exterior of the building is pretty nondescript in a warehouse sort of way. Inside opens to a tasting room with some high tables on the left and a bar on the right. The brewery is viewable by exiting in the back of the tap room toward the restrooms. The taps are visible behind the bar and have papers for each beer with a logo and description above them.

Faction has around 20 beers on tap, with several year-round brews and a bunch of seasonals, series and specials. Samples are available too. On my visit there was an abundance of Pale Ales and IPAs, Defcon I-IV, a couple 2 Hop Pales, Anomaly Milk Stout, Barleywine, Ales for ALS and a few more. The beers I tried were all enjoyable.

Service on a busy Friday night at the bar was good. There was a constant line of people but the bartender always had time to get the next samples and chat.

Faction does not serve food.

Overall I really liked this place between the awesome setting and extensive beer list. I would definitely make it a point to visit again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs  (162) Livermore, California | April 6, 2014
The tasting room is really coming around now. They finally put in enough seating a few weeks ago, so thereís enough space to relax and enjoy the sampler or a pint. First of all, this place is difficult to get to. Itís really not all that far from downtown Oakland, but thereís something about taking that Webster tube that makes you feel like you just went through a time warp. Once in Alameda, you have to wind through some residential areas and then all the way out to the old Naval base. Itís a bit of a pain, but really doesnít take much time if youíre in Oakland. Once youíre there, its seems like the kind of place youíd go to ransom a hostage or something, but the ambiance inside is pretty nice. There are great views of the Bay and the SF skyline from the tasting room, and its really quiet and peaceful out there. Usually Claudia is running the bar, but sometimes disappears for a few minutes to go help the brewers. I guess they operate on the honors system during these times, but thatís cool. They offer flights of all the beers as well as pints. They do 64 and 32 oz. growlers and will fill other glass as long as the logo is covered. The beer was all really good, especially the hoppy stuff, which was world class IMO. Iíll be making regular visits here.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (462) Sunnyvale, California | February 8, 2014
Fairly quick stop on my way back from Rare Barrel. Great location, I feel like I could sit here and watch myth busters. Crowded on a rainy saturday afternoon, but it is during beer week I guess. Tasting room is fairly spartan, but there is a bar and seating, so that pretty much covers the essentials. You can look out into the barrel room as well. Tap list is not extensive, pretty APA/IPA focused, but what they have, at least what I tried, is stellar. Alpine-esque. Growlers to go, but no bottles (yet). There was a Kern River Brewing truck in the parking lot when I was there --- future collaboration?? Tasters are like 2$/per 5oz, and they sell pint glasses with faction on them for $3.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah  (426) Utah | January 30, 2014
Located in the old Alameda Naval Base. A small sign on the street, the tasting room in located on the bay side of the building. Nice view of the bay before the fog came in. They have 6 beers on tap, you can get 5oz samplers, pints or growler fills. A nice tasting room, not a lot of people were there when I was and it was still pretty load. They just got some nice tall tables in, just opened up the patio. The beer was all above average.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 18/20
larryLSB  (48) La Selva Beach, California | December 27, 2013
This new brewery and tasting room are located on the old Alameda Naval Air Base with sweeping views of San Francisco and the SF-Oakland Bridge. This place is not that hard to find with a GPS, just remember it is at the back of the building, and no sign up yet on the building itself. Place was packed, kind of loud, industrial, but the views and the beers were good. Ordered the sampler of their current 6 beers; all above average. This is their first month open, and it looks like they will be around for a long time. Claudia, one of the owners, was pouring beer and took the time to chat with our group. You could tell she really enjoyed what she was doing.

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