What’s New in Northwest Berkeley

The long-dowdy San Pablo-Gilman corridor has got it going on these days.


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If you really want to learn how to make good beer and wine, it’s hard to find better advice or equipment than what you can get over at Oak Barrel Winecraft. Since 1957, Oak Barrel has been the no-frills spot for anyone who wants to get set up for home brewing. You might come in to buy the gear you need—think grape pressers, corks, hops, fermenters, acid kits, and so on—but you’ll stay for the brewing tips and stories from the staff, many of whom have been at the shop for more than a decade. 1443 San Pablo Ave., 510-849-0400, www.OakBarrel.com.

At Silvera Jewelry School, take a small class (max of nine people) to master metalsmithing, stone-setting, and soldering techniques. You’ll get plenty of attention from your instructors in affordable workshops that include all the tools you need to make rings, cuffs, necklaces, and more. The lessons are magnified on a big screen so you can really see the fine details, and everything you learn you can bring home to practice. 1105 Virginia St., 510-868-4908, www.SilveraJewelry.com.


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