Linden Street Brewery

Microeconomics through the eyes of a microbrewer

Sep 26, 2012
Under CC license from Flickr user LoopZilla

At Linden Street Brewery in West Oakland, a red lager is fermenting inside a shiny kettle that looks sort of like a giant, silver crayon on its head. Nearby, co-owner Adam Lamoreaux surveys a drum-shaped cauldron in need of some scrubbing.

“Brewing is a whole lot more cleaning than actually making beer,” says Lamoreaux.

Lamoreaux, 38, is a mellow former Navy engineer with a shaved head and a Rasputin beard dangling over his collar. His wife hates it, but the beard's a charm, safe from the razor until the day Linden Street Brewery, which opened in 2009, stops growing.