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Beer Wine & Spirits

Pucker Up for Sour Suds

Tart and bright, sour beers are wildly popular.

Park Street, Pickled

Park Street, Pickled

Drinking from one side of Alameda to the other.

Cider Is Coming On Hard

It’s too early for cideries here, but their products are landing.

Tap Into New Brews

A brewing renaissance shapes up in the East Bay.

Sipping Around the Pacific Rim

Sipping Around the Pacific Rim

Shochu, soju, and other Asian spirits are gaining widespread attention at long last.

Fun and (Bar) Games in the East Bay

Life-size Jenga, new-wave bowling, bocce, and more compete with old-school pool, darts, and pinball.

The Honey Trap at Boot & Shoe Service

For as busy as they’ve been since opening in 2010—with the back bar area as bustling as the restaurant—Boot & Shoe Service has a fairly small bartending staff: bar manager Hortensia Mitura, four other bartenders, and one bar back. Just as all hands are needed when it comes to serving the thirsty throngs, all heads are required to populate the Boot’s weekly cocktail menus.

The Honey Trap at Boot & Shoe Service

For as busy as they’ve been since opening in 2010—with the back bar area as bustling as the restaurant—Boot & Shoe Service has a fairly small bartending staff: bar manager Hortensia Mitura, four other bartenders, and one bar back. Just as all hands are needed when it comes to serving the thirsty throngs, all heads are required to populate the Boot’s weekly cocktail menus.