About Us

Shapeshifters Brewery is a fully-licensed, 1 BBL microbrewery located in the back of a 150+ year-old Victorian building (shared with our sister organization Shapeshifters Cinema) near Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. We make all of our small-batch beers with locally-sourced, California-grown, seasonally-available ingredients. Our beers are sold (to 21+) in cans to drink on-site or to take home from the Shapeshifters store-front shop (open during show nights and special events only).


567 5th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Shapeshifters Brewery sits on the historic territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Muwekma Ohlone, successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County.

Our building is wheelchair-accessible and has one wheelchair-accessible bathroom.


Our beers are currently available exclusively from our on-site, storefront shop which is open every Thursday night from 5-9pm during our weekly Thursday Night Happy Hour as well as on show nights and during special events. Check the cinema schedule for specific times. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter to stay up to date on beer-related pop-ups and other special goings-on.


Coming Up

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Drink & Draw on Film + live music by special guest Jessica Risker

February, 8, 2024, 5:00 - 9:00 PM, FREE ADMISSION

On tap: Bright Lights, Pale Ale & Why Ask Weiss German-style Wheat

We will have all the materials you need to make your own handmade film loops, including markers, inks, scratching tools, nail polish + clear film leader, opaque black film leader and random clips from old 16mm films, all of which you can scratch and draw on to your hearts delight. And when you're done, we will throw it on the projector and watch the magic unfurl.

Also joining us will be special guest Jessica Risker who is visiting the Bay Area this week from Chicago, IL. She will be playing an acoustic set of her psych-folk music, which has been described by one critic as inspired by folk but "cloaked in something altogether dream-like and slightly spooked."

Happy Hour

Join us every Thursday night from 5-9PM for our weekly Happy Hour! Choose from a rotating selection of cold beers on tap, made on-site in our microbrewery, as well as from a limited menu of beer-friendly delectables. Each week we will also have a fun, low-key activity to entertain you, including Drink & Draw on Film, Dead Media Salon, A/V Club and Live Music. Find out more!

SF Beer Week

SF Beer Week

SF BEER WEEK—Fermented Film Night featuring One Pint at a Time documentary on Black-owned craft breweries

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 8pm, Admission: $14

As part of this year's SF Beer Week, we are excited to screen One Pint at a Time (2021) a documentary film by Aaron Hosé on Black-owned craft breweries. While there is an extensive European legacy tied to beer-making, the reality is that beer has a far broader history rooted in the African continent. One Pint at a Time tells those stories in craft beer that have been ignored because of society's preconceived notions of who typically makes and drinks beer. The film follows Black brewers as they fight past discriminatory and financial hurdles to make a name for themselves within a multi-billion-dollar industry where they share less than 1% of annual earnings.

Enjoy a selection of beers made in our on-site microbrewery. Small bites from our café will also be available for sale. Plus free popcorn!

Happy Hour

Drink & Draw on Film: SF Beer Week Edition!

February, 15, 2024, 5:00 - 9:00 PM, FREE ADMISSION

On tap: Bright Lights, Pale Ale & Why Ask Weiss German-style Wheat

We will have all the materials you need to make your own handmade film loops, including markers, inks, scratching tools, nail polish + clear film leader, opaque black film leader and random clips from old 16mm films, all of which you can scratch and draw on to your hearts delight. And when you're done, we will throw it on the projector and watch the magic unfurl.

Happy Hour

Jack London Brewing District Tasting Tour - SF Beer Week Edition - Brought to you by Hoptropolis Beer Tours

February, 15, 2024, 6:00-9:00PM, Cost $60 Tickets / RSVP

Join us for a hop-filled adventure at the SF Beer Week Tour! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and explore the wonderful world of craft beer. This in-person event will start at Shapeshifters Cinema, before going to five other breweries! The other tour stops are Dokkaebier, Cellarmaker, Buck Wild, Original Pattern, and Oakland United. Get ready to sip, savor, and socialize with fellow beer enthusiasts as we walk along Jack London's Brewery District. Whether you're a seasoned beer connoisseur or just starting your beer journey, this event is for you. Come and discover new flavors, learn about the brewing process, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to celebrate the art of beer brewing as we will be highlighting Beer Week exclusive beers. This is not an event to miss! Cheers!

SF Beer Week

SF Beer Week returns Feb. 9-18, including the official, real deal SF Beer Week Opening Gala, splashing down again at Pier 35 on February 9.
Get tickets to the opening gala

Our Brewhouse

Our tiny 1 BBL "nano-brewery" is an all-electric, 3 kettle, American-made stainless steel wonder manufactured by Blichmann Engineering. Each batch makes approximately two 15.5 gallon kegs, or about 248 pints of beer, which we ferment in a stainless steel unitank. Temperature is accurately controlled with a tiny glycol chiller. Every batch of beer is a hand-crafted work of art.

Our Beers

Öakschland Lager (5.10% ABV) has a full body and rich copper hue, and is exhuberantly hopped with classic favorites of the West, made with the finest municipal water.
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Our signature Ice Cold Popcorn Ale (4.9% ABV) is the perfect movie theater beer. Whole popped popcorn is added to the mash along with loads of flaked corn and super light Admiral Pils malted barley. A dash of Cluster hops, an old timey North American native, adds just enough bite to call it beer. This beer is clean, clear, and perfect for a midday matinee or hunkering down in the back row with a tall bag of heavily salted popped corn.
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Saison du Cinéma (6.2% ABV) is a refreshing classic based on the Belgian style. Bright, straw-yellow in color with a fluffy, white head, with mild, yeast-driven aromas and flavors of freshly-baked bread, and a satisfying finish on the palette.
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At Land India Pale Ale (7.5% ABV) is a beer we have been dreaming about, a beer that we had to brew once we had our own brewery. It’s made from California grown barley and wheat sourced from California family farms that use sustainable practices and malted locally by Admiral Maltings in Alameda and loads of beautiful whole cone Cascade hops from the Victory Lee Hop Farm located on the Sacramento River, a project of California Beer Farms. Hops were added to the mash, added at first wort, added for bittering and flavor, added whirlpool and of course dry hopped during fermentation.
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A Touch of Magic Kölsch Style Ale (5.3% ABV) is deceptively simple, with soft malty breadiness that sets the stage for subtle notes of apple and pear. Then through a sleight of hand, a hint of lemony citrus emerges, a mineral crispness, clean and dry. For the finale,... it vanishes!
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Black Magic Stout (5.9% ABV) is a Dry Irish Stout, made with Gallagher’s Best Malted Barley and Clipper Malted Oats from Admiral Maltings, and a hearty dash of black malt. This beer is filled with chocolate and roasted coffee flavors and aromas. Oats malted in their husks give this a smooth finish. It’s like drinking chocolate cake.
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La Gris en Rose (5.3% ABV) is a Grisette Belgian-style wheat beer made with malted wheat, flaked rye, rolled oats and Atlas Pils, fermented on saison yeast and locally-grown plums. Light with a subtle plum tartness.
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Barbary Fig India Pale Ale Brewed with Prickly Pear (5.5% ABV) is a fruity, juicy IPA. EL Nopal is a cactus native to México. This beer was fermented on its fruit, known as La Tuna in spanish, or Prickly Pear or Barbary Fig. The word Nopal is derived from nōpalli, from the Aztec language Nahuatl. Nopales, including the pads or leaves, fruit, and seeds, have been used for thousands of years. Our backyard nopal has been in our family for generations, and we hope to pass on its fruit and the culture it embodies to generations to come.
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Comcast RISE

Comcast RISE awards a small business grant to Shapeshifters Cinema and Brewery!
We were awarded a small business grant and a year of free business consulting and education from the Comcast RISE program. Comcast RISE in total gave $11 million in grants to small businesses in 422 cities across the country. More about the program here...

Shapeshifters In the News
In the wake of SFMOMA's announcement to cut its historically-significant and beloved film program, KQED journalist Sarah Hotchkiss wrote a great article looking at how this affects the over-all ecology of the Bay Area film culture and the film programs and microcinemas (including Shapeshifters) that continue to cultivate it. Read the article here...

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Jack London Improvement District awards funds to Shapeshifters for our merch expansion!
Due to restrictions brought on by the global pandemic and for the safety of our community, we shut down for over a year... but we did not stop! In addition to livestreaming artists' work and hosting artist-led workshops, we opened a retail shop online. We are expanding and building out a shop at our venue with the help of funds provided by the Jack London Improvement District (BID). The funds will go towards building a wall of shelves and stocking up on artists books, records, DVDS, CDs, unique works of art, and handmade goods. Check out the announcement and the full list of award winners.

Thank you to all of our donors & funders
We rely on individual donations to support artists and operate our cinema. We are immensely grateful for their contributions. View the list of donors

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