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Cornerstone Opens in Berkeley
Cornerstone, a craft beer haven and spacious live music venue is now open in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. The husband and wife team of Alex Popov and Stef Dotson (Pappy’s Grill & formerly of Smart Alec’s on Telegraph) have completely remodeled the massive space previously occupied by the college-crowd-friendly Thalassa Pool Hall. They have 40 beer taps, around half of which are of local breweries from Barebottle to Iron Springs, and an impressive out of town selection like Logsdon’s Szech N’ Brett, Maine Beer Co’s Pale and Brouwerij West’s Dog Ate My Homework, plus a full bar and food menu to boot.
The music venue has a comfortable 413 person capacity (SF’s The Independent has a 500 person capacity in comparison) with a beautiful mezzanine and solid sound separation from the restaurant/taproom to the venue. (There’s also an additional small stage on the restaurant side to accommodate DJ’s and more low-key bands.)
Popov says the very ambitious project has been five years in the making and under construction for 2.5 years. ”Were lucky because we have the patience, along with the operational skill to make it work.”
Anchor Releases Los Gigantes Mexican Style Lager
Get excited: Baseball season is here! Anchor Brewing Company’s new Los Gigantes Style Mexican Lager is also here. This is super easy-to-drink stuff that’s light and crisp, available on draught, in 12 ounce cans; Anchor is also rolling out 16 ounce cans for the first time ever. The can design is gorgeous (below)