Best of Alameda 2014, Alameda, Magazine
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CRAFT Beer & Wine
What do you get when you combine unusual and tasty craft beer selections with a unique collection of European wine? You’ll have a darn good party. Locals are toasting to the new collaboration of Russell Rasmussen and Dan Marshall at CRAFT Beer & Wine, during what seems like a renaissance of spirits in Alameda. The well-stocked beer coolers house mostly California artisanal beers, and words such as malty, hoppy, earthy, and bready are thrown around to describe the different flavors. Take a peek at the colorful eye-catching bottle label graphics and feel like you’re at a mini art gallery meets tattoo parlor. Both Californian and carefully curated wine from international locations, such as Greece, Israel, and Uruguay, line the racks, while wooden wine crates stamped with exotic locales proudly line the store. Small-production local wine Roland Rosario, by St. Joseph of Notre Dame grad Martha Gustafsson, as well as Greek wine Gavalas from Santorini are some of the unique wines only found at CRAFT. Hard-to-find local brands such as Heretic Shallow Grave from Fairfield and Gold Medal Winner Sless’ Oatmeal Stout by Alamedan Christian Kazakoff, keep customers coming back for more.
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