Oakland's Beer Revolution
, located at 435 3rd Street @ Broadway down by Jack London Square,
is all about beer, boasting a mind boggling choice of over 500 different brews, mostly bottled but also on tap.
But Beer Revolution, which is owned and operated by the lifelong punk rock husband & wife team of Fraggle
(born Mark Martone
) and Rebecca Boyles,
is also all about celebrating music -- namely punk rock with an emphasis on 80's punk (especially West Coast punk), all of which acts as the perfect soundtrack to this one-of-a-kind beer tasting emporium.
"Music is very important to us and it's been a predominant part of both my husband's and my life forever, really," Rebecca told me. "I've been very much involved in the punk rock scene for pretty much my whole life and so has Fraggle. It's a part of our lives so we made it a part of our business too." Fraggle, whose passionate punk past includes putting in years as one of the crew of volunteers at 924 Gilman Street Project,
confided to me, "It was at an MDC
show that myself and Rebecca met."
Not surprisingly then, the legendary Austin, TX formed / SF based punk band MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) is a regular on the Beer Revolution's playlist. Other artists that you'll likely hear being blasted from the in-house sound system include Minor Threat, Fear, 7 Seconds, Operation Ivy
(Fraggle was once roommates with the band's Tim Armstrong
), GBH, Stiff Little Fingers, The Adolescents, D.I., Social Distortion
, and La Plebe
(one of the newer punk acts that Fraggle is into).