San Francisco Beer Week 2015 is Coming Up Quick!

We are really excited about SF Beer Week this year! We have a bunch of events lined up at both our Jingletown Jazz Room and at The Pig & The Pickle. Check out our schedule below! More info to come very soon, so stay tuned! Cheers.

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Our January Second Saturdays is going to be a blast! 1-10-15

Don’t miss our Second Saturdays this month! Saturday, January 10th we will be celebrating local art, music, food, and of course beer! Music and food kicks off at 5:30pm, but our taps will be flowing and our newest featured artists work will be up beginning at 12 noon! Hope to see you all there. Cheers!

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Have You Visited The Pig & The Pickle Yet?

Have you had a chance to visit us at The Pig & The Pickle Ale Industries Marketplace yet? We have been open for a little over 2 months and we have been having a great time settling in to our new digs! (We also just started a new facebook page specifically for The Pig & The Pickle: Check it out!) You can also find us on Instagram: @ThePigAndThePickle.

Currently we have the Golden State of Mind and Cherry Kush on tap. Uncle Jesse is coming out this Wednesday, April 23rd! We are celebrating the first batch of our West Coast Session Ale to come out of Oakland with an Uncle Jesse Cask Party. $3 pints until its gone, and our co-founder and Head of Sales & Distribution will be here to tap the cask at 5pm sharp! In addition to Ale Industries beers that are starting to come bursting out of the Fruitvale Fermentation Factory, we have been enjoying a rotating selection of craft beers and bottles that we feel our friends and customers will like. We try to focus on other Bay Area beer makers like ourselves, as well as fun and interesting selections from around the US and beyond. Let us know what you love and you may see it on tap or in bottles at The Pig & The Pickle soon!

We are also continuing to support local artists by rotating 3 art boards each month. Just last week we hosted our second “Meet the Artist” Event and our current line-up of artists were here to meet & greet those who were interested in learning more about the amazing art we have been so lucky to display for the month of April! We have a new batch of artists scheduled to install their art displays the first week of May. Stay tuned for more info and to find out when the next “Meet the Artist” Night is!

Come see us soon. We are located at 1960 Concord Ave., Concord 94520. We are open Monday – Thursday 4pm – 10pm, Fridays 3pm – 10pm, Saturdays 12pm – 10pm, and Sundays 12 – 8pm. See you there!

Cheers, friends.

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Ale Industries Brews in Oakland!

It has been an AMAZING week for us here at Ale Industries. Co-founders Morgan Cox and Stephen Lopas fired up our brand new biofeul boiler (how cool is that!?) and kicked production into gear for the first time ever at our new Fruitvale Fermentation Factory. We are beyond excited to get things going in the second post-Prohibition brewery ever in Oakland! (Our buddies at Linden Street Brewery were the first.) A special shout out to Altamont Beer Works in Livermore for saving the day at the last minute and lending us a transfer pump! The Golden State of Mind is now happily bubbling away, and we should have fresh, Oakland-brewed beer in our hands within the next 2 weeks! Stay tuned, because you can bet Morgan and Steve won’t be resting on their laurels. You’ll be seeing batch after batch of Ale Industries beer coming out – game is officially on!

We were lucky to get two really amazing pieces of press this week as well. Thanks to Jen Muehlbauer of East Bay Beer, there is a great, highly informative (and sometimes funny!) write up about all the new and exciting things going on at AI. Jen is a good friend (and part-time bottler!) of ours, and we appreciate the awesome shout out. Check out her blog – she is a well-known and well-respected beer blogger that keeps us all in the know about what’s new and exciting in craft beer in the East Bay (and beyond.)

Morgan was also interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle this week for their Inside Scoop SF on You can read it HERE.

Long story short: Ale Industries is making beer again! We will be looking to open up our Tap Room in Oakland – The Jingletown Jazz Room – sometime this summer, so keep your eyes on us. Thanks to all who have supported, and continue to support us, through this transition. In the meantime, we hope you come check out our newest Tap Room in Concord – The Pig & The Pickle Ale Industries Marketplace! We have a great location in downtown Concord, with a fantastic new staff and some delicious beers on tap and in bottles. See you there soon!

That’s all for now – until next time, Cheers! (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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2014 Full Speed Ahead @ Ale Industries!

2014 is starting off with a bang! We have entered the final month (really this time!) of our lease here at 975 Detroit Avenue. What does this mean for the move? It means we will be starting the exciting task of moving all our brewing equipment to the Oakland Fermentation Factory in Jingletown! We brewed our very last batch of beer here in Concord last week: a deliciously fresh batch of our West Coast Session Ale, Uncle Jesse. Our last day for Tap Room in this location will be Sunday, January 26th. Stay tuned for more updates as the move progresses!

With the move we will unfortunately be saying goodbye to the Best Little Open Mic in the East Bay – our Ale Industries Open Mic Thursdays hosted by the one and only Jason Young. Jason has been coming down to the Tap Room once a week on Thursdays since 2009. We have built up a really amazing Open Mic night filled with great music, amazing people and, of course, fresh Ale Industries beer. We will be celebrating the Life & Legacy of Open Mic Thursdays on January 23rd, 2014 at our Detroit Ave location. It will be an extended Open Mic, running from 5pm – 9pm. This is a Potluck Party, so bring your favorite dish to share and let’s all send Open Mic Thursdays out in style! Check facebook for the official event page to RSVP, follow updates, and sign up to bring a dish to the Potluck. While we will be unable to continue Open Mic night at our new Concord location, The Pig & The Pickle, we will absolutely continue to celebrate and support local art, music and small business in any way we can. You can also keep a look out for exciting art and music events at our Oakland Fermentation Factory in the Jingletown District of Oakland this spring!

Saturday, January 25th we will be joining forces with The Brewing Network and over 45 other craft breweries in downtown Concord for the Winter Brews Festival 2014! The Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival returns to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to celebrate its fifth year as one of the best craft beer festivals in the Bay Area, and the only winter brews fest! Tickets are now on sale and are $35 pre-sale or $45 at the gate. Tickets include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass for the first 1,500 tickets sold. Designated Drivers get in free, however this is a 21 and over only event. The event is conveniently located just two blocks away from the Concord BART station, so mark your calendars for a craft beer-infused day for a wonderful cause. The festival is a benefit for The Coral Reef Alliance and will be featuring fantastic local music from Forrest Day and our good friend Lucas Ohio Pattie!

The Pig & the Pickle – Ale Industries Marketplace is coming along! Our team is down at 1960 Concord Avenue in downtown Concord every day building our new Tap Room out. Our goal is to open up early February if everything goes as planned! We are really looking forward to being a part of the downtown community and helping to make Concord, California a quality craft beer destination!

It looks like our 2014 batch of Someone Talked, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout – will be bottled up and ready to go by SF Beer Week in February. This limited edition, collaboration beer will be available at both Healthy Spirits locations in San Francisco as well as our own Ale Industries Tap Room. Keep an eye on us as we finalize our plans for events during beer week, as we will definitely be out and about celebrating the diversity and quality of craft beer in the Bay Area!

That’s all for now – Cheers, friends. (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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Winter News from Ale Industries

It’s getting a little chilly out here in the Bay Area lately! Luckily for us, we have some Fall Down Brown in bottles to keep us warmed up and feelin’ good. Have you tried our 2013 Smoked Pumpkin Ale yet? Get some while you still can, it’s moving quickly!

We are also very, very close to releasing our 2014 collaboration with Healthy Spirits in San Francisco! Someone Talked, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, will be making it’s appearance sometime this Winter! We have 3 different barrels, each blended with 3 different, locally sourced Bay Area coffees. One is blended with the Espresso Blend from Philz Coffee, and another with a blend of house roasted styles from Four Barrel Coffee. We are still working out the details for the third barrel with another independent coffee roaster, so stay tuned for more information! This very special beer was made exclusively our friends at Healthy Spirits, (less than 60 cases will be produced!) and will primarily be available at their stores. We will have a very limited quantity available for sale at our Tap Room as well, so keep an eye on us for a release date!

We also recently released our Fall 2013 bottles of Golden State of Mind. They have a super awesome new label, custom designed for Ale Industries by local graphic designer and artist Matt Coffee. Check ‘em out, and look for these beauts at there neighborhood craft beer vendor near you.

Some of you may have heard that we are now distributing Ale Industries beers down to Southern California. We are working with So Cal Beverage to spread the Ale Industries word to our friends down south. Our co-founder and Head of Sales and Distribution, Stephen Lopas will be visiting Southern California this week, and will be attending the 2013 BevMo Holiday BeerFest this Saturday, December 7th from 12-5pm at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. Buy tickets ahead of time and get a complimentary tour of the Golden Road Brewery!

Back on the home front, it’s getting a little chilly in our Detroit Avenue Tap Room as we all wait anxiously for the new Oakland and Concord locations to get opened up. We have adjusted our Tap Room hours to reflect the change in weather. We will now be open Sundays from 2-7pm, CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and open again Thursdays from 4pm – 9pm (Open Mic 6-9pm), Fridays 4-9pm, and Saturdays 2-9pm.

Since it is so chilly this winter, we have been thinking about those in our community who are less fortunate than some of us. We have decided to join forces with Daniela Patterson of in collecting warm coats to donate to Shelter, Inc. of Contra Costa, who will then distribute the coats to individuals and families that are in need this holiday season. Please drop by the Tap Room (975 Detroit Ave, Unit E, Concord 94518) any time during Tap Room hours to drop off warm coat donations. For each coat you donate, you can get $1 off any pint or growler fill!

That’s all for now. Until next time, Cheers! (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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Fall Fun @ Ale Industries: Move Updates, Events and More!

Happy Fall, friends! The weather is finally cooling down a little (and boy can we feel it in our Concord warehouse!) Luckily we have had the delicious scents of smoked pumpkin warming us up this week as we get ready to release our Fall seasonal, Fall Down Brown! After spending all Monday smoking 150 lbs of Sugar Baby pumpkins that we acquired from J.E. Perry Farms at Ardenwood, we transferred the deliciously smoky batch of our beloved smoked pumpkin beer to the fermenters this week! It’s happily bubbling away now, so look for the 2013 Fall Down Brown to hit shelves and taps by Thanksgiving!

It’s Halloweeen and we have a fun night lined up at our Tap Room! Come down dressed in your spookiest costume and get yourself a $2 pint! We will also be giving away a FREE growler to the best costume. Not in the mood for dressing up? That’s ok. Come down and enjoy a pint or two with us anyway. We are still in our Detroit Ave location in Concord, so come join us 4pm-9pm.

This Saturday November 2nd join Steve, our co-founder and head of Sales and Distribution, at one of his favorite events – Gourmet East Bay! “Twenty of the top restaurants throughout the East Bay will feature premier tastings; wineries from Livermore, Napa, and Lodi will feature tastes of great wines, and premier spirits vendors will pour their signature cocktails amidst a fun atmosphere and fantastic live music. A raffle and silent auction will be one of the highlights of the evening – with prizes ranging in value and grandeur – from a $500 shopping spree at Broadway Plaza, to 12 months of dining at participating restaurants, to overnight stays at some of the best hotels in the East Bay. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Project Open Hand – just in time for the holiday season.” We always have a great time at this spectacular event hosted by Diablo Magazine. Hope to see some of you there!

Next Thursday, November 7th at 6pm, Steve will be out at Harry’s Hof Brau in San Jose! Harry’s is a great spot that always carries a stellar tap list – here is there current listing on Tap Hunter. Join Steve next Thursday for a “Meet the Brewer” where they will have Ale Industries beer on tap and you will get to sit down and chat with Steve about the beer, what’s new with us at AI, and what we are looking forward to in the future! Hopefully some of you craft beer enthusiasts in the South Bay will come check this one out.

Saturday November 9th you can definitely find us at the 8th Annual West Coast Barrel Fest at The Bistro in Hayward! We will have at least one of our delicious barrel-aged beers representing Ale Industries at this always-awesome festival. Great food, amazing beer selections, and live music throughout the day. Starts at 11am!

As for an update on the moves, (we know you are wondering!) here is an official announcement straight from our co-founders Morgan and Steve:

“We here at Ale Industries have been very busy lately, and want to make sure that we are keeping you in the loop.
As you have noticed over the last year or so, our beer has become more and more difficult to get. We have done our best to keep it fair, and usually will try to shrink everyone’s orders a little as opposed to just cutting some out. As we continued to add capacity to our little place here in Concord, our business just kept growing, and growing, until eventually it made no more sense to keep growing in such a small spot. So, beginning last summer we started looking for new buildings to grow further.

We found our new spot, and it is in the Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland’s Fruitvale District. This November is when most of the infrastructure will be completed, and we will start moving equipment over in December. Our plan is to have most the kinks worked out by SF Beer Week, then pedal to the metal as Spring opens up to our busy period of the year.

As we started moving forward on our Oakland Facility, which we have started to call the “Oakland Fermentation Factory”, we realized that we would both miss Concord, and all the great friends and supporters that we have collected over the years. Because of this we have picked out a great little spot Downtown that we are currently building out for our first “outpost”. We are calling it The Pig & The Pickle – Ale Industries Marketplace. We will have our beer on tap, as well as some great bottled beers that we love, and fascinate us from other companies, we are looking into some of the local wine makes as well. This will be the first time we are offering food at one of our places. The menu will include Charcuterie, Giardiniera, along with local cheeses and breads. We feel this is the ultimate beer food! We hope that our customers will feel as at home dropping in for a pint and a bite, as they will stopping in to get their growler filled and picking up a few packages of their favorite meats and cheese, grabbing a baguette, and a jar of pickled veggies then taking off for a picnic.

All of this marks big changes for everyone here at Ale Industries. For some of our employees it will mean not having to share their desk with three others, for other employees it will be creating a whole new system of organization, or learning a new brewhouse. For our customers it will mean being able to receive the beer they order, not a scaled down version of their order. We will be able to start adding new accounts to our list, and offer our beer to newly opening places for the first time in over a year For our fans it means being able to find our beer in more places, and two home away from homes!

This will be quite the challenge, but we are tempered and strong, ready for the growing pains ahead. Thanks for sticking with us, as we look towards more positive growth!”

That’s all for now – until next time, Cheers! (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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Announcing our new Concord Location!

Big News! We got the keys to our newest addition: The Pig & The Pickle – Ale Industries Marketplace! We would like to open the doors yesterday. Stay tuned for more information and updates! Cheers!

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AI Autumn Updates!

Fall is officially upon us! We have been kicking into high gear around the brewery lately trying to keep up with demand as well as get things in order to make our big move! In the mean time, things are still rockin’ at our Concord brewery and Tap Room. We also have a few really fun events coming up in the next couple of weeks out and about in the Bay Area, so read on to find out more!

Coming up this Saturday, October 12th, our co-founder and Head of Sales and Distribution Stephen Lopas will be out at the 2013 Hopfest with Hopyard San Ramon! The festival is from 1pm – 5pm on the future site of San Ramon’s Civic Center, on the corner of Bollinger Canyon Road and Camino Ramon. Proceeds from the event will go toward the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and the local Rotary. Tickets are $30 and include unlimited beer tastings, live music and the opportunity to purchase delicious food from Hopyard and other local bistros and food vendors.

The following Saturday, Ocober 19th from 1pm – 4pm we will be participating in the 4th Annual San Francisco Pumps & Hose Craft Beer Festival. This will be a jam-packed afternoon with 13 breweries, 36 beers, food trucks and even a DJ to get your booties shakin! We hope to see some of you out there.

Also on Saturday, October 19th find Steve out at the Whole Foods in Folsom for “Whole Lotta Brews.” “”Whole Lotta Brews Going On” will be an evening of beer and wine samplings from around the region along with gourmet food tastings from Whole Foods Market in-store vendors as well as local restaurants and caterers. The event features live music and a spectacular silent auction showcasing a variety of desired items ranging from fine art, golf packages, exotic getaways, unique home décor and more. This event will also feature Chef Tyler Stone, a young Chef who represents the next generation in food preparation, and a former contestant of Bravo’s Top Chef!” Don’t miss this culinary adventure and a chance to taste some delicious local wines and beers.

The following Thursday, October 24th we get to join forces with Highwater Brewing and Uncommon Brewers for a Meet & Greet at Original Gravity Public House in San Jose! This will be a fun event with “3 wildly different, yet equally excellent regional breweries. If you want local California flavor that is truly unique this event is for you. We welcome you to a meet and greet with Steve Lopas, Steve Altimari and Alec Stefansky of Ale Industries, High Water and Uncommon Brewers. This one will be really fun and should not be missed.” So, come join Stephen as he pours some of our X-1 Sour Red Ale, Mexi-Belgo Barrel Aged Beer, and our blueberry-liscious Electric Fantasy IPA!

Also, on a slightly more somber note, a good friend and colleague in the craft beer industry, Angelo di Ieso of Brewpublic is going through a tough time and needs support! Based out of Portland, Angelo is the founder and editor of, one of the most popular beer websites in the world! Recently Angelo suffered two grand mal seizures, and after spending time in the neuro hospital with no insurance he is in need of some help. Ale Industries has decided to kick in what we can – we will be donating $1 from every pint sold of Golden State of Mind throughout the month of October at our Tap Room. Also, if you are based in the Portland area, the Commons Brewery is putting on a fundraiser next Thursday, Ocotber 17th. Get down there and cheers to Angelo’s health for us! You can also visit Angelo’s own fundraising site he has set up HERE and contribute from the comfort of your own home.

That’s all for now – until next time, Cheers! (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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What’s Up @ AI – Electric Fantasy, Tastings, Beer Fests & More!

Hello friends! It’s time for some end-of-summer updates from Ale Industries!

First off, we are excited to announce that our newest batch of Electric Fantasy will be available at Tap Room (and beyond) tomorrow, Friday September 13th! This experimental IPA was brewed with Helga, deliciously spicy hops from Austrailia. We then added a LOT of fresh blueberries to the batch – 2lbs per barrel! This is not your average fruit beer – the blueberries impart gentle berry notes that balance nicely with the hop finish and a solid malt backbone. Come down to Tap Room tomorrow and be one of the first to try this batch!

And…Boom! That’s it… We have reached 100% capacity non the production side. Holy smokes this is spooky. Looks like it’s time to consolidate our accounts list and carve it down to the ones that are die hard craft supporters. Thank you everyone for getting us to this point so quickly, our fans are truly amazing! We look forward to more exciting growth and change in the very near future!

As for what’s going on out and about in the Bay Area over the next couple of weeks, we have a few events coming up that we are pretty excited about.

On Sunday, September 15th we will be out at Sour Sundays @ Jupiter! Our co-founder and head of Sales and Distribution will be out on the patio, and he is bringing a case of Pink Drank, our sour blonde ale aged with Cascadian Raspberries, a keg of East Bayliner Weisse, our funktastic take on a traditional Berliner Weisse, and a keg of X-1 Sour Red ale, our latest sour from the Barrels & Uniquities Department! This is a rare and fun opportunity to try all three sours next to each other – don’t miss it!

The following Thursday, September 19th we will be participating in the BevMo WC Local beer Tasting. We will be joining Black Diamond, EJ Phair, and Cali Craft from 5:30 – 7pm pouring a selection of Ale Industries locally crafted ales! $10 gets you into the tasting area where you can tantalize your tastebuds with some East Bay brewing superstars! See you there…

The next night, Friday September 20th is the Almanac Notoberfest! This event celebrates the coming of autumn and collaborations between people who make delicious things. Your $60 ticket includes all beer and food! Doors open at 6:30, and close at 9:30.
All proceeds benefit The Food Pantry whose mission is to increase access to food for hungry people, and empower them to help each other. We will be there with something special to pour for you – get down there and be one of the elite!

Thanks to everyone who made it out for our Moving Out Party & Artist Market last Saturday! We had such an amazing time and enjoyed a jam-packed afternoon of music, food, art and fun! All of the musicians who played throughout the day were previously featured at one of our Artist Markets. We also still have 6 featured visual artists on display at our Tap Room and will have the exhibit up for the entire month of September. If you haven’t checked it out yet come through Tap Room and see an impressive display of talented artists that are from right here in our own backyard! We also want to reiterate – this was the last Artist Market in THIS CONCORD LOCATION! We are far from done supporting local artists, musicians and small businesses. In both our new Oakland location AND our new Concord Tap Room we will be continuing to put on awesome events showcasing local talent and supporting hard-working folks right here in our own communities. Look for more information as Tap Room plans develop!

Have you checked out our Open Mic Thursdays yet?? One of the best little Open Mics in the Bay Area, our Open Mics have developed into a really impressive showing of local musicians who come down to jam, try out new material, and collaborate with each other. Those of us who are NOT musically inclined get to enjoy the show in a laid back atmosphere with great beer! You can’t go wrong. We WILL be continuing our Open Mics in our current Tap Room location throughout the month of October. We also have FREE commemorative posters available while supplies last! Stay tuned for more information on a date for our LAST Open Mic here! It is sure to be a good time.

That’s all for now…until next time, Cheers! (And don’t forget to ask ‘em for an Ale Industries!)

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