Faction Brewing

Mayor: brokensail (7) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 0
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Beers At Faction Brewing

NameABVEntered
Faction Red5.6%2/14/2017
Faction Defcon II Tripel7.3%2/14/2017
Faction All-In IPA - Exp 4846.5%2/14/2017
Faction HEMI 5.45.4%2/14/2017
Faction Oatie Pale Ale5%2/14/2017
Faction Palace XXX4.8%2/14/2017
Faction Black Hoodie5.4%2/14/2017
Faction Sasquatch7.2%2/14/2017
Faction / Midnight Sun Bad Touch IPA6.8%2/14/2017
Faction The Penske File5.8%2/14/2017
Faction Defcon V Belgian Table Beer4.8%2/14/2017
Faction NZ IIPA8.5%2/14/2017
Faction Winter IPA7.4%2/13/2017
Faction Noslen IPA7.4%2/13/2017
Faction Western Cape IPA6.3%2/13/2017
Faction Blitzen IIIPA10.2%2/13/2017
Faction Smoked & Oaked9.2%2/13/2017
Faction Oatmeal Stout6%2/13/2017
Faction Negative Ghost Rider6.7%2/13/2017
Faction / Device B Weisse R3.1%2/13/2017
Faction Midwestern6.2%2/13/2017
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Belma and Amarillo)5.8%2/13/2017
Faction Flagship Pale Ale5.2%2/13/2017
Faction A-Town Pale5.5%2/13/2017
Faction Java World Coffee Stout6%2/8/2017
Faction Hop Solid7%10/26/2016
Faction Winter Pilsner6%9/22/2016
Faction Woking Porter5.1%9/5/2016
Faction Death Blow5%9/5/2016
Faction Hop Grenade Pale6.1%9/5/2016
Faction Summer IPA 20166.4%9/5/2016
Faction All-In IPA - Exp 3446.5%9/5/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (06277 and Centennial)5.8%9/5/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Centennial and Vicís Secret)5.8%9/5/2016
Faction Pils4.8%9/5/2016
Faction Anomaly White Chocolate Stout6.5%8/24/2016
Faction Ale for ALS6.5%8/24/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (El Dorado and Calypso)5.8%8/1/2016
Faction The Cooler IPA7%7/15/2016
Faction Bizarro World7.8%7/15/2016
Faction Citraison4.8%5/14/2016
Faction Bobís Cedar IPA7.2%5/14/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Horizon and Vicís Secret)5.8%5/14/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Horizon and 07270) 5.8%5/14/2016
Faction Southern Aroma4.8%5/14/2016
Faction Spring IPA6.8%4/8/2016
Faction Something Different IPA6.8%4/8/2016
Faction Stomper4.9%4/8/2016
Faction Crosby, Stills & Hash5.8%4/8/2016
Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Delta and 07270)5.8%4/8/2016
Faction The Lopper8.5%3/19/2016
Faction / Sante Adairius / Triple Rock Pale Noir5.8%3/8/2016
Faction Hop Soup8.5%3/6/2016
Faction Keyser Soze Imperial Stout - Coffee11%3/6/2016
Faction Bourbon Barrel Keyser Soze Imperial Stout12.5%3/6/2016
Faction Keyser Soze Imperial Stout11%3/6/2016
Faction Beer Camp Pilot Batch: Region 1, Batch 15.4%2/15/2016
Faction Hipster Conformant4.8%2/15/2016
Faction Puddy Porter7.5%2/15/2016
Faction Red Ryder7.8%2/15/2016
Faction 007 Pale Ale5.5%2/13/2016


82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas  (190) , Greece | February 3, 2017
Visited on Friday noon with RateBeer Besr tour 2016. Really great place! We were lucky and there was no fog so we had a great view of San Francisco! Indoor and outdoor seating. Inside there is a smaller room with the bar and the taps and a very large room with many tables, a lot of wooden barrels and the brewing equipment. We had all the beers in flights (24 I think). Good service and prices. Dont know about food.
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale  (344) Lansing, Kansas | January 31, 2017
Visited with RateBeer Besr tour 2016. Fantastic view of SF. Nice layout with plenty of seating. About 20 or so of their beers on tap. No "home runs", but everything was decent.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Skjonne  (94) SÝborg, Denmark | August 7, 2016
Far, far off the beaten track. I think you have to have a car to get there. Fine selection of around 20 of their beers on tap. You can get a flight of five but you donít get to choose yourself. Nice large outside area with a view of the bay. If you manage to get all the way out there, donít miss the gin destillery next door
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (408) 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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
empedokles  (56) , Sweden | May 22, 2015
Cool place with good beers. Really crowded when we went. Hard to get there without a car.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
ffbot  (9) 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
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
italarican  (109) 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!
92
  • 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1352) Dublin, 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.

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