Pacific Coast Brewing Company was the first of the post-Prohibition breweries to come up in Oakland. It opened in 1988 in Old Oakland under the management of Don Gortemiller, Steve Wolff and Barry Lazarus.

They made their own beer, although the tiny brewhouse space in the basement limited much of their production to brews based on malt extracts, and served a wide range of beers from other breweries. They were open during the day, serving lunch, dinner and a variety of snacks. The barstool scene was always friendly, and the jukebox was exceptional.

The bar was on loan from the Oakland Museum of California. The photos, taken in 2017, show the bar and main room as well as the antique tin ceiling, taprows, brick walls and part of the bottle collection that lined the entire upper wall.

After problems renewing their lease, they closed in late 2017. 1,2

Main room c. Oct. 2017. Rear door led to an outdoor patio. Photos cc-andrewalden Bar c. Oct. 2017. This taprow served guest brews while the forward taprow (reflected) served house brews.


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Storefront (May 2013) cc-by @jarios

Links and References

  1. Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland’s Oldest Breweries East Bay Express September 25, 2017
  2. Pioneer brewpub Pacific Coast Brewing to shutter in Oakland San Jose Mercury September 28, 2017