Jim Woods, Woods Bar and Brewery
17th and Telegraph, Oakland | woodsbeer.com
I grew up in Lafayette and used to buy homebrewing supplies in Berkeley at Oak Barrel. After years of homebrewing, I developed a recipe for a beer brewed with yerba mate. I took it to market and later opened a brewpub in San Francisco. We decided to open another brewpub in Oakland because of the rich art, music, food and drink culture.
Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
Connect with your community. If you tell your story and engage with them, they will support you!
We’ve loved hosting Rob Ewing’s cast of jazz characters every Friday night. East Bay Brass Band brings so much energy whenever they play too!
What are your favorite things to do in Oakland? Why?
Walk around the lake and listen to live music.
What do you love most about community in Oakland?
There’s a great pool of talented workers to draw from – we’ve got a great team! I also appreciate public transit, it’s so easy for employees and customers to come to our business. The community has been very welcoming as well – many neighboring business owners have given me great advice and support.