Faction Brewing | Alameda, California
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Faction Brewing
Excellent based on 13 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 Athena , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Delta and Comet) , Faction Soho Stout , Faction Benes Bock , Faction Java World Coffee Stout , Faction Western Cape IPA , Faction Nateís New World Kolsch , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Mosaic and Comet) , Faction Big Day Tiny Pale , Faction Summer IPA , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Simcoe and Apollo) , Faction Hopfen Suppe , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Lemondrop and Jarrylo) , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Apollo and Jarrylo) , Faction Bavarian Pale Ale , Faction / Midnight Sun Bad Touch IPA , Faction Spring IPA 86, Faction Something Different IPA , Faction 007 Pale Ale , Faction Hop Solid
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13 reviews for Faction Brewing
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  83%
 Selection  78%
 Food N/A 
 Value  71%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (321) Reno, Nevada | May 23, 2015
had to drive through the hood to get here, but it was worth it. view of weeds on cement, but then the bay just past that. hoppy and strong beers were fantastic, the others fair to midland. busy, but good service.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
empedokles  (54) , Sweden | May 22, 2015
Cool place with good beers. Really crowded when we went. Hard to get there without a car.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 20/20
ffbot  (5) Oakland, California | April 23, 2015
This place was super busy when I went, but the line moved quickly. They had a large selection, at least 20 beers on tap. They do growler fill ups but I didnít bring mine, instead I got 3 4 ounce pours, the chocolate milk stout was super good and actually tasted like chocolate milk. My wife and I both had a great time and said weíd come back. Super cool giant building with horse-shoe tossing and other activities inside. Prices are higher, but itís the bay area, itís expected
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
italarican  (93) Winston-Salem, North Carolina | April 21, 2015
You canít stumble on this place: you have to drive to Alameda, go as far out as you can go, enter an old naval base, and find the place deep in the warehouses. Itís fantastic, though: clean and delicious beers, primarily IPA/APA styles. There are multiple seating options: stay around the tables at the bar area; go to the rear of the warehouse (where the barrels and fermenters are) where foldout tables, cornhole, and a small bar are set up (about 1/3 of the tap selections as the main bar); or the outdoor patio right by some food trucks. Service was swift. Tasters were pricey, so Iíd stick with splitting full pours with others if youíre ticking. Iíd go out of my way to come back!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
BMan1113VR  (422) Los Angeles, California | April 12, 2015
Great stop. Alameda Runway (where Mythbusters film most of their crashes) right next to St Georgeís Distillery and a winery tasting room. Huge facility run by Roger Davis (ex Drakes and Triple Rock). 18-20 House beers on tap during my visit, more than half of which were APA, IPA, DIPA or hoppy Pils. All that I tasted were excellent quality (better than some of their debut beers from a year ago). One or two of their IPAs are among the best hoppy beers coming out of the Bay Area. Parking was adequate. Weekend vibe was festive with live music, a mobile BBQ smoker and a happy crowd. Great location next to the distillery; cannot wait to return. Highly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1511) 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  (1171) San Leandro, 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  (114) 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  (797) 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  (189) 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.

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