Faction Brewing

20+ taps of craft beer.
First come, first served seating.
Dogs welcomed outside.

5 geese families in front of our fenceline just cruisin' by!

Cheers to Clear Beer and Clear Skies! New 2Hop Pale on draft now with Yakima Chief experimental hops #638 and #692.
Beautiful day, come hang with us!

It’s back! Crosby, Stills, and Hash IPA is here. Loaded with tons of
Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus Hop hash from @crosbyhops . 6.6%, yes to growlers...come get it!

It’s a good day for a porter.
🔵 Woking Porter 🔵
Traditional English Style Porter, 5.9%

We’re excited to be featured on @whitemountainpuzzles California Craft Beer Puzzle with so many great breweries. Even Penske made the puzzle! We have these for sale in the Tasting Room; a great gift! 🤓

Have you gotten your tix Brewbies on 5/4 yet?! We are a little over a month away! All proceeds benefit Keep A Breast Foundation and to date, Brewbies Festival has raised a staggering $500K by being one of the best beerfests around.
We have a small amount of $65 Baller Status tickets remaining, which gets you in an hour early + an epic schwag bag. So if you want ‘em, get them soon!

Full event info + tix: 4th Annual Brewbies in the Bay

☀️ Another sunny weekend! The Patio Bar will be open, and we’ve got 3 beers on tap outside NOT on in the Tasting Room. You can access your tab at either bar!

1️⃣ Something Different IPA: hopped with whole leaf Citra, Cascade, Simcoe, and Mosaic

2️⃣ Hipster Conformant Lager

3️⃣ Rusty Amber Ale

We ❤️Tasty Mike McDole

📣New Beer Alert: Helles Lager 📣 Just in time for the warmer weather, we’ve got a light and refreshing new German style lager for you. 5.4%, 23 IBUs. Come cheers a few with us this week!

Thanks to everyone who brought a new blanket to ASU Cares Event: Blankets and Beer on Saturday!! Thank you NorCal Sun Devils - ASU Alumni Chapter!

Annual blankets and beer drive hosted at Faction Brewing on the island of Alameda.

☀️Spring IPA has returned, and so has the sun! Our Spring seasonal IPA is 6.8%, 60 IBUs, and hopped with Mosaic and Ekuanot. Come have a pint, fill your growlers, or get it in 500ml bottles to go.

Look out for a fresh batch of Crosby, Stills, and Hash IPA in a few weeks. Loaded up with hop hash 🔥
📸 @listen_to_rudimentary_peni

☀️ We’ve been missing this! It’s incredible out here today. @locosonlyeats will be here from 4pm-8pm. Come have some beers, soak up some sunshine; it’s Friday!

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? ☕️☕️ Java World Stout: served on nitro and loaded with cold brew coffee, locally roasted by Cafe Santana Roasting Company. 6.2%

We’re back open today with lots of changes to the draft list. There’s something for everyone! We’ve got some favorites returning:

1️⃣ Cockamamie IPA: 7.2%, hopped with a ridiculous amount of Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe cryo hops. For Hop Heads only!
2️⃣ New batch of All-In IPA with Godiva hops, 7.3%. We’re excited to use this unique new hop from the Charles Faram & Co Ltd Hop Development Programme.
3️⃣ Hemi 5.4 Pale Ale: dry hopped with Columbus and Eureka!
📸: @craft_beer_withme


Food trucks will operate daily at Alameda’s Spirits Alley

More food options coming to Spirits Alley!

eastbaytimes.com Visitors to what’s known as Spirits Alley in Alameda — a strip of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries — will be able to soon enjoy food truck fare every day.

We’ve got the patio bar open for the first time this year! 🙌 Kira’s holding it down outside, come see us.

The sun is back, and so is Vandelay Wit. Our Belgian Style Wit is brewed with tangerine peels and coriander, 4.9%.

Whether you import chips, export diapers, or sell latex, this beer is for you.


Tonight's 'super snow moon' will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019. Here's why.

Did you catch the Moon-set this morning? Turns out it is a Snow Supermoon, and will be even bigger and brighter tonight/tomorrow morning!




9 Craft Beer Trends You'll Be Tired of in 2019

What are you sick of? And don't say delicious West Coast style Pale Ales because we will fight you.

thrillist.com All that glitters isn't gold.

Want to eat crab and talk beer with Rodger + Claudia? 🦀🍺🦀🍺🦀

Just a few tickets left to our Beer + Crab Dinner with Tacolicious

❤️ Thursday 2/14

1548 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

We’ve got all the beer pairings lined up (including the last keg outside our Tasting Room of Cuddle Time Triple IPA) + we will be there to talk beer! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••


MEXICAN-STYLE CLAM CHOWDER charred poblanos, bacon

🍺 pairing: Faction Winter Pils

Course 2: WINTER CHOPPED SALAD chicories, gorgonzola

🍺 pairing: Faction Taco Stand Pale

Course 3: ROASTED DUNGENESS CRAB fennel, thyme, chile

🍺 pairing: Faction/Sante Adairius Cuddle Time Triple IPA


🍺 pairing: Faction Vapor Cal Common

Visit Tacolicious Event page for full details + tickets!


Escape to an Urban Oasis

Can't wait for sunny days on the patio. Thanks for the feature East Bay Express!

eastbayexpress.com A guide to essential East Bay beer gardens.

It's #FlagshipFebruary !

We love making new beers and coming up with new ideas, but none of that would be possible without Faction Pale. Our flagship Pale is our most widely distributed and well known beer, and it is responsible for turning so many people onto Faction. It allows us to do what we do, and we are so grateful to all the bars, restaurants, stores, and bottle shops that continue to carry it and support Faction.

Find Faction Pale on draft or in bottles near you: https://www.factionbrewing.com/flagshipfebruary

Faction Pale: 5.4%, 45IBUs. Pale ale generously hopped with Simcoe, Columbus and Mosaic.

Where was the first place you tried Faction Pale? Tag them!

We are beyond stoked our Triple IPA collab with @rusticales just took silver!
💖Cuddle Time 💖 10%, 75 IBUs and dry hopped with Vic Secret, Amarillo, and both regular and cryo Simcoe hops. CHEERS!!!

🏈 Stock up for Super Bowl! 🏈
We will NOT be showing the game tomorrow, so come by today or tomorrow and fill your growlers!

💖TAPPING TODAY at 12pm: CUDDLE TIME, our Triple IPA collab with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales 💖
We are stoked to tap this behemoth today; 10%, 75 IBUs. This beer was dry hopped with Vic Secret, Amarillo, and both regular and cryo Simcoe hops. 🔥
We’ve received a lot of questions, and YES, we will be filling growlers of this beer. Act fast because it will not last long!
Find it outside the TR at:
The Bistro
Diving Dog Brewhouse
Ocean Ale House
Emporium SF - Arcade Bar Venue
The Brew Coop
The Flying Pig
Brewsters Beer Garden
Hopwater Distribution
City Beer Store
Old Devil Moon
The Dark Horse Inn
💖💖💖💖💖💖💖Check with those locations for on tap dates + events!

The bigger stronger version of our Anomaly Milk Stout has arrived. Grand Anomaly is 8.1% and is pale in color but smells and tastes like a stout.

Brewed with TCHO Chocolate cacao nibs, locally roasted Cafe Santana Roasting Company coffee, star anise, and lactose sugar. Served on nitro of course; here’s a look at the cascade in action.

☑️ Outside the Tasting Room, find it at: Ocean Ale House Churchill Brewsters Beer Garden The Halford and Churchkey Modesto: check with each location for events + tap dates!

We have fresh twists on 3 beers:

1️⃣ HOP SOUP: Our most beloved IIPA, this year’s batch (brewed yearly for San Francisco Beer Week ) is 8.5% and dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo. Find it outside the TR at Mikkeller Bar SF Ben & Nicks Bar & Grill and the annual Brewer’s Lunch at Triple Rock Brewing Co.

2️⃣ SMOKED-N-OAKED: Imperial Stout brewed with peated malt and aged on oak chips, 9.2%. Find it outside the TR at Ocean Ale House and Churchill

3️⃣ VAPOR: Our hopped up Cal Common brewed with our friend "Tasty" Mike McDole, 6%. Find it outside the TR at The Flying Pig and Churchill

*️⃣Check with individual locations for on tap dates + events. All beers will be tapped here at Faction this Friday 2/1 at 12pm!

-We were stoked to collaborate and brew a new IPA with our friends Chapman Crafted down in Old Town Orange. Simply named Faction/Chapman IPA, this beer is 7% and loaded with Mosaic and Amarillo.

We will also be tapping it in the Tasting Room this Friday 2/1, and you’ll be able to find it at:
Ocean Ale House
Brewsters Beer Garden
•Check with them for events + on tap dates!

SF Beer Week approaches, and we’ve got a bunch of new beers coming that we’ll be posting about this week.

First off, we’ve got Bespawler, our collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal. Continuing our exploration of old school insults, a Bespawler is a slobbering person who spits when they talk. We thought it was a pretty apt name for this beer; a barleywine brewed with Sweet Scarlet raisins, 10.2%, 50 IBUs. 🤤

We’ll be tapping Bespawler in the Tasting Room this Friday 2/1.

You’ll also be able to find it at Churchill and Emporium SF - Arcade Bar Venue : check with them for tap dates/events!

❕❔GRAND ANOMALY being kegged today! ❕❔
One of our fan favorite beers, Anomaly Milk Stout (which is blonde in color, served on nitro, and brewed with coffee, cacao nibs, and star anise) now has an Imperial big brother! Stay tuned for more details including release date and where you can find it outside our Tasting Room during #SFBW

☀️ So yesterday was pouring rain and today it’s straight up summer around here

❄️ Winter Pils is here ❄️ We always brew this one a bit stronger for winter...this year it’s 7.2%. Definitely will warm you up!


A weekend escape to Alameda, a Bay Area town with family-friendly appeal

Even L.A. is discovering how awesome A-town is!

latimes.com Alameda Island, often overlooked in the high-wattage glow from its hip neighbor cities San Francisco and Oakland, has been discovered by popular Bay Area restaurateurs, betting that this city of young families will gobble up their new offerings.

After five years in business, we decided it was time to get a new website! Check it out... new distribution map, beer list, and more. Thanks for all your support and thanks to some of our regulars who graciously joined us for some pics! https://www.factionbrewing.com/

Stoked to have our buddies from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in the house brewing a collab today. We really needed some Cuddle Time. Look out for this Triple IPA in a few weeks! 🔥🔥🔥


PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2018 | Pacific Region

Brewbies Festival at Faction was voted as the #2 Beer festival by PorchDrinking.com...pretty rad. Last year we SOLD OUT and raised more money than ever before for the Keep A Breast Foundation. Be sure to save the date: 5/4/19 for this year's fest and keep an eye for ticket updates here: 4th Annual Brewbies in the Bay!

porchdrinking.com 2018 has been quite a year for California! PorchDrinking has been all over the state to cover festivals, brewery openings, special releases and more.

🇿🇦SAPA: South African Pale Ale. A Strong Pale at 6.0% brewed with experimental South African Hops

2018 has been a big year for us. Thank you to everyone who drank our beer, visited us, and supported us. Looking forward to exciting things in 2019. Wishing you all a fantastic New Year! 🎉🎉
Thanks for the rad 📸 @blake_wing

🎉 We are CLOSED tomorrow 12/31 and Tuesday 1/1, so come enjoy this beautiful day and get your growlers filled for New Years. We’re open until 6pm!

📝Our collab with our buddies Ben and Anna at @carabaobrewing in Guam is ready!
Pen Pals Pale was brewed with:
✉️Dr. Rudi
📩Mandarina Bavaria
📫Huell Melon
📬a dangle of fresh lemongrass
📭Dry hopped with more Dr. Rudi and Cascade
💌 5.5%, 45 IBU, and on draught in the Tasting Room now

Need to decompress from the holiday? We got you covered. We’re back open and we have @kennysheartnsoul here dishing up soul food; we’re open till 8 👊

⚫️ New Nyx shirts! Get your last minute gifts and growler fills...we’re open until 6pm ⚫️

We’re feeling pretty festive in here! We’ve got Blitzen IIPA and Claudia in an epic costume...what else do you need?

❄️ Happy Winter Solstice! It’s a beautiful day and we have plenty of Resilience IPA, so come raise a pint for Camp Fire relief!

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2501 Monarch St
Alameda, CA

General information

$4.50-$6.00 pints. $12.50 taster flights. $2.50-$5.00 tasters.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 20:00
Thursday 12:00 - 20:00
Friday 12:00 - 20:00
Saturday 12:00 - 20:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
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