Let's start with the view. On a sunny afternoon, the hazy outline of downtown San Francisco from the perspective of Alameda Point feels unreal, almost like a giant mural left behind by the Navy upon its exit from the island nearly a generation ago. But be prepared for your senses to be further messed with because not only is Faction Brewery situated at this location, but also St. George Spirits (2601 Monarch St., Alameda) is only a few drunken stumbles next door. Make a day of it. Bring your friends and try everything. Start at Faction — there's a reason for that — and order a set of five-ounce samples before settling on a favorite pint from one of the most acclaimed microbreweries on the West Coast. Enjoy said view and then head over to St. George Spirits. It'll remind you of the late 1800s, a time when the view across the bay was of rolling sand dunes.
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