Oakland’s Ever-Evolving Den Sake Brewery

Experimentation and dedication drive this fledging but flourishing company

While most of the sakes that line the shelves at Oakland’s Umami Mart are made in Japan, Den Sake Brewery produces just two miles away. Until recently, the company made just one small, numbered batch at a time, garnering attention from sake enthusiasts and experts (the brand has twice been a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer). This year, …

The Community-Driven Ethos Behind Oakland’s Red Bay Coffee

In an industry saturated by foul play, this California-based brand aims to foster a global community and create opportunity

On 10th Street in Oakland, Red Bay Coffee (a certified B Corp) offers ample space to sip coffee and hosts events where visitors find the open warehouse space filled with others enjoying coffee while watching performances, taking part in workshops, and attending cookbook launches. The pandemic hit Red Bay Coffee—like so many others—hard, and demanded that founder and owner Keba Konte think fast and collaborate …

Producing Sparkling Dry Mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes, California

West Marin idyllic cape is home to sweeping views of the national seashore, artisanal foods makers and this award-winning meadery

For Gordun Hull, a honey fermentation experiment led him down the unexpected path to opening Heidrun Meadery. Hull, who formerly worked as a beer brewer, crafts sparkling dry meads from a variety of single-blossom varietals as well as multi-floral version that reveal the terroir of the region where the honey is from. From their Orange and Sage Blossom liquid to their delectable Point Reyes Wildflower …