San Francisco–based Woods Beer Co. made the leap across the bay to Oakland’s booming Uptown district to open its third brewpub, Woods Bar & Brewery. Expect to find the flagship MateVeza front and center, an herbal sipper brewed with yerba maté that packs a one-two punch. The expanded space and state-of-the-art test lab allows brewers to experiment with hundreds of beer recipes, which yield mind-bending brews like a Belgian-style pale ale made with purple yams. Others to try: the rich coffee-flavored stout, Black Denim, and a zippy American golden ale called Sparkle Motion. Sip your pint at the mahogany bar or near the outdoor fireplace. And be sure to soak it all up with flaky Argentinean empanadas by El Porteño.
1701 Telegraph Ave.