FACTION: A group within a larger group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group”
Faction Brewing opened to the public in December of 2013 in a repurposed 25,000 sq. ft. Marine Corps helicopter hangar on the old Alameda Naval Base with sweeping views of the SF skyline and Bay Bridge. With pints, tulips and tasters of 20+ beers, 32 oz. and 64 oz. growlers and bottles to go, Faction offers a wide variety of pales, IPAs, Belgians, porters and stouts- and, when the barrels tell us they are ready, barrel-aged beers. Faction Brewing has dabbled in just about every style but the locals especially love A-Town Pale, only available in Alameda, and keep coming back to fill their growlers and tip a few pints with friends.
The 20-barrel brew house has expanded quite a bit since opening- producing 4,500 barrels in 2015 and 6,500 in 2016. Likewise, the tasting room has expanded from a 6-tap kegerator and a few seats to a 20-tap direct draw system, 30 ft. redwood bar and ample seating indoors and on the 4,000 sq. ft. deck. Children and dogs are always welcome and there is plenty of room for them to play. While inside, you can see the brew deck, equipment and brewers hard at work alongside beautiful murals painted by local artists.