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Faction Brewing Keeps the Bitter out of Their Beer

By Kelly Church

Since December of 2013, Faction Brewing has been serving their beer under the slogan, "We are bitter, our beer is not." Opened by husband and wife Rodger Davis and Claudia Pamparana, the duo collectively brings more than 30 years of experience to Alameda, CA's Faction Brewing. Faction employee Erin Dooley says the pair seeks quality with every barrel brewed, and anything short of their high expectation is ditched.

"We want to have something for everyone," says Dooley. "But, a lot of what we do is up to Rodger and his ideology of never compromising the quality of the product. If it doesn't hit exactly where it should be, he'll dump it. A lot of what we are known for is hop driven, pales, IPAs and IIPAs. By far our best sellers are the Pale and any IPA we produce. We want hoppy beers that are well rounded, clean and not overpowering. A nice malt balance can carry hops a long way. We also have a great Belgian series, a white stout known as Anomoly that people adore, and porters and stouts."

Their taproom, an old air base where Amelia Earhart and Doolittles Bombers once took off from, has an unobstructed view of San Francisco, even giving patrons a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Faction Brewing aims to be family friendly, encouraging people to bring their kids and their pets. Faction Brewing even brings in food trucks or pop-up restaurants every day to offer their guests something unique and appeal to everyone.

"When we first opened, the tasting room consisted of a kegerator with six taps and a few tables," Dooley says. "Today, we have a 20-tap direct draw system, 30-foot redwood bar and ample seating indoors and on our patio with an amazing view of the San Francisco skyline. We recently installed a 4,000 square-foot hardwood deck and can't wait for summer when we also have an outdoor bar."

Also on deck for Faction Brewing is the first-ever Brewbies in the Bay event at the end of April. More than 40 breweries, one hundred beers and five food vendors will be there. Guests can look forward to live music from Tommy Guerrero and DJ Orb. The event benefits the Keep a Breast Foundation. The organization will receive all of the proceeds from the event in order to continue cancer education, prevention and treatment. In July, Faction will also be hosting the third annual Ales for ALS Fest to benefit the ALS TDI Foundation.

"Inspired by our dear friend, Corey Reich, diagnosed with ALS at such a young age, the Ales for ALS concept brings together hop farms, brewers and the Reich family to decide on a hop blend for the year," Dooley says. "The blend is then offered to breweries to brew a beer with that hop blend if they will donate the proceeds back to the ALS TDI Foundation. We gather the breweries at Faction to showcase their Ales for ALS beers."

For those who visit the Faction Brewing tasting room and love what they drink, the brewery does fill growlers- even those from other breweries! Just remember to bring your growler in, clean and ready to be filled.

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