Fort Point Brewery Makes an "Oakland" Beer

And they're celebrating its arrival with a boat cruise.


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Image courtesy of Fort Point Beer

San Francisco-based Fort Point Beer has created a brew honoring the Port of Oakland — and is holding a boat party to celebrate it.

Malty and punchy, crisp and clean, packaged in cans that artfully depict the Port of Oakland, the seasonal brew in question is a Dortmunder Lager called Export, and its makers drew on the tradition of those lesser-known lagers of northern Germany — whose hard-working atmosphere echoes that of Oakland. 

Setting off from the Port of Oakland on the historic USS Potomac during the afternoon of Sept. 7, the three-hour voyage crosses the bay to explore Fort Point itself and interesting landmarks enroute. 

Built in Wisconsin as a submarine chaser to catch vessels attempting to bring illegal beverages into the USA, the USS Potomac later served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. Royalty and other heads of state sailed with Roosevelt on the classic cutter, which was dubbed "the Floating White House," before it was subsequently sold to various buyers — including Elvis Presley, who purchased it for $55,000 in 1964, aiming to raise money for children's charities with its future resale.

Confiscated in San Francisco in 1980 when it was found to be involved in a major drug-smuggling operation, the Potomac sank alongside Treasure Island. Refloated weeks later by the US Navy, she was sold to the Port of Oakland and underwent a major restoration. Docked there to this day, she welcomes visitors

Tickets for the Sept. 7 cruise, during which Fort Point beers and snacks by Tacos Oscar will be served, can be purchased here. This is a 21-and-over event.

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