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A Bit of Bavaria on the Oakland Waterfront

By Susanne Carter

Brotzeit Lokal is a Bavarian-inspired restaurant and biergarten located on the scenic Oakland, CA waterfront with views of the San Francisco Bay. The restaurant features locally-sourced, house-made food and a unique German craft beer selection.

A local family business, Brotzeit Lokal was the creation of husband and wife team, Tony and Krista Granieri. While traveling in Germany, they discovered traditional biergartens as well as a vibrant beer and food culture. Inspired by their love of the relaxing, family-friendly atmospheres of German biergartens, the Granieris opened a restaurant and beer garden modeled after those they visited in Europe, but with a distinct Oakland flare. They named it Brotzeit (the German word for snack, referring to the custom of drinking a beer while taking a break) Lokal (the German word for pub).

After several years of planning and searching for the right location, The Granieris chose the "Oyster Reef" building, a dilapidated building located on the San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square. In late 2012 They quit their jobs and spent the next eight months renovating the building before opening Brotzeit Lokal in June of 2013. The owners rent slips at the adjacent Oakland Marina, enabling guests to arrive by boat or kayak.

Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brotzeit Lokal offers diners "simple, based on traditional Bavarian fare, taking advantage of the Bay Area's immense culinary bounty and unique farm-to-table aesthetic." The menu features a variety of house-made sausages and condiments, including sauerkraut, mustards and seasonal pickles. Beer-steamed mussels, the Lokal Burger, and Wiener Schnitzel are favorite companions to a pint of beer. Brotzeit also offers a variety of other sandwiches, platters and snacks, including German-style pretzels.

Tony Granieri, who manages the Beer Program, maintains a rotating beer selection that includes at least 16 draught beers and dozens of bottles. "Our focus is on small German and Austrian family breweries, monastery microbrews and hard to find German beers," he says. "We carry several local brews, including California pale ales, IPAs and Stouts. We have several Belgian beers as well, including white ales, triples and sours." There's always something new and special to try!

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