June 2015 | DINING
1701 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Number of years in Oakland: 7 months
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for curious drinkers. Woods Bar & Brewery is our flagship brewery, bar, and lush indoor-outdoor beer garden in the heart of Uptown Oakland.
From Jim Woods
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
I grew up in Lafayette and used to buy homebrewing supplies in Berkeley at Oak Barrel. After years of homebrewing, I developed a recipe for a beer brewed with yerba mate. I took it to market and later opened a brewpub in San Francisco. We decided to open another brewpub in Oakland because of the rich art, music, food & drink culture.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We brew small batches of fresh, exciting, and experimental beers, often in collaboration with other local artisan producers.
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
First off, I live here. There’s also a great pool of talented workers to draw from – we’ve got a great team! I also appreciate the public transit, it’s so easy for employees and customers to come to our business. The community has been very welcoming as well – many neighboring business owners have given me great advice and support.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Cafe Van Kleef, Duende, Yoshi’s, 99% Invisible, Zachary’s, The Crucible, Urban Stitch (great gifts for my wife), Pandora, Luka’s Taproom.
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?