In February Drink Beer, Support East Bay SPCA

Sticking to our theme of "Strong. Local. Oakland." we're exploring new ways to give back to our community that go beyond our sourcing through our Community Support Initiatives benefiting local charities and groups.

In February our Community Support Initiative will benefit the East Bay SPCA.

Former shelter pup Lucy wants you to have another beer.

Former shelter pup Lucy wants you to have another beer.

All month $1 of every beer ordered during Happy Hour (3-7 pm, Monday - Friday) will be donated to the East Bay SPCA.

We love our furry friends at Steel Rail. Our patio is alway dog-friendly!

Trivia Nights will be pet themed, and we will be celebrating Mardi Grrras on Tuesday, February 9 during Happy Hour with beads and Bowser Beer (a special beer for dogs). 

It is our way of staying true to our mission: Strong. Local. Oakland.

ABOUT EAST BAY SPCA The East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been saving lost and abandoned animals since 1874! They are an independent nonprofit organization with no affiliation to any other organization with SPCA in its name, including the ASPCA. They serve Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Learn more or donate directly

CrossFit East Bay Kicks Off 2016 With Style, Friendship & Yummy Snacks

What a pleasure it was to host the holiday party for the folk over at CrossFit East Bay. An amazing group of friendly and fun people that we are proud to call neighbors.  They came out to our patio to kick off a happy and healthy new year.  Snack and libations flowed and a wonderful night was had by all. 

And, from these pictures, its easy to see that a combination of regular exercise , good food and plenty of friends make for a pretty awesome party! Thank you Maximus & Andrea for including the team at Steel Rail.

My Yute Soccer First Recipient of 'Strong. Local. Oakland.' Innitiative

Sticking to our theme of "Strong. Local. Oakland." we're exploring new ways to give back to our community that go beyond our sourcing.

This month we kick off our Community Support Initiatives that benefit local organizations and groups.

January will focus on children's fitness and nutrition. We are happy to partner with our favorite coffee roaster, Mr. Espresso, and our neighbor CrossFit East Bay for the month, and will be donating a portion of the sales of our (paleo-friendly) soup and coffee to benefit My Yute Soccer, an Oakland non-profit providing free soccer camps for kids. Throughout the month watch out for micro pop-up events at the café. 

Each month will bring a new focus. February will be all about the dogs, with events and efforts that shine a light on the furry friends that grace our patio. It is our way of staying true to our mission: Strong. Local. Oakland.

ABOUT MY YUTE Founded in 2008, My Yute Soccer (MYS) is an Oakland-based 501(c)3 providing free soccer camps for children ages 7-12 and a mentor program for teens. My Yute Soccer is on a mission to provide access to a diverse socio-economic and cultural environment through the sport of soccer. MYS envisions communities embracing differences through soccer.

Learn more and get involved on the My Yute web site.

Happy Holiday Season at Steel Rail!

Elite Yelp Party

Big shout-out to all the Elite Yelpers who turned out for a night of holiday cheer as we previewed the Caribbean inspired holiday specials. We have a wonderful time meeting you all, taking pictures with the one and only Rasta Claus and churning jerked butter! Thanks for all the positive reviews and comments. The whole staff is enjoying reading through them and are really proud of the work they have put in. 

We hope you all come back soon for more of that roasted yam soup with coconut and ginger! But, until then, we will keep the blankets and patio heaters at the ready. 

Maison Ilan Wine Tasting

Last week we had a treat for our Oakland wine lovers. Ray Walker from Maison Ilan turned out for two nights of wine tasting.  We all enjoyed his incredible Burgundies and it was great to see new friends and old turn out with their own bottles to share. Community wine tasting - yes, this is just how we roll in the Town. 

Happy Holidays everyone.

Jack London Square Tree Lighting

Warm thanks to everyone who turned out for the Jack London Square tree lighting. So great to see so much Town spirit as we kick off this holiday season. We had great fun with the live reindeer, fabulous live entertainment and lots of hot chocolate!

Be sure to come visit us throughout December when we have our Caribbean Holiday Menu Specials. We will be serving up special drinks, sandos and a traditional Jamaican christmas cake.

Trivia Night

Thursday, December 10 from 6-7:30 pm at Steel Rail

Make all your otherwise useless knowledge work for you as popular Bay Area hosts Hilary Powers and Bobby Moon lead Trivia Night from 6-7:30 pm on Thursday, December 10.

The winning team scores a free round, and a special bonus question of the night could snag you a Steel Rail t-shirt. Bring all your smarty pants friends. Invite them through Facebook.

Art at Steel Rail: Edges, Rails & Piers

Steel Rail, in association with the Santa Cruz-based collective Art Research Office,  presents Edges, Rails and Piers — New Bay Area paintings by Pat Appleby, Anthony Torrano and Sophie Baker.

Opening Reception — Wednesday, December 2, 6-8 pm

Please join us for an opening reception with the artists Wednesday, December 2, 6-8 pm at Steel Rail. Invite your friends on Facebook. Paintings will remain on display at Steel Rail until February 1, 2016. 

About Art Research Office

Art Research Office is a nomadic exhibition program based out of California. Our mission is to create well designed exhibition experiences. We bridge the relationship and opportunities art can have with businesses, private collectors and non-profit art centers. Our services encompass exhibition design, art installation and logistics.

About the Artists

Sophie Baker is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the Bay Area. She received a BA from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on digital printing and painting. Her work often uses photo-based collage, mixed media and abstract expressionism to explore themes of rhythm and nature.

Pat Appleby was born in 1991 in Oakland, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013 with a double major in Studio Art and History of Art & Visual Culture. He received the William Hyde & Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship upon graduating and was featured in a group show at the Sesnon Gallery. His paintings have been shown with the Art Research Office in Santa Cruz and featured in numerous group shows. He is based between Santa Cruz and the Bay Area and currently resides in Benicia, CA.

Appleby’s paintings focus on the pleasures of looking, with both vibrant and subtle colors interacting to create images that radiate in unfamiliar ways. His abstract compositions thrive on carefully selected colors that combine to create a sense of vibration and an unfolding process of viewing. Regular patterns such as horizontal stripes or grids are gently disrupted through their hand-painted quality and yield expression and tension as the colors press against each other. Pat's website. Pat on Instagram.

Anthony Torrano grew up in San Francisco, and exploring the city’s urban environment has influenced his work. He is constantly trying to figure out how to create commotion in his paintings. He uses shapes to recall the urban landscape, but true to a city is the loud siren of an ambulance speeding by, or a booming crash from a construction site. He takes influence from the noise, colors, and buzz of the city and tries to replicate his experience in paint. Anthony’s website.



Brew, Bites, Beer + BARK

Thanks to everyone who came out for some halloween fun.  Remember our patio is always dog friendly - no need to dress up unless you want to.

EATER SF Announces Steel Rail

Steel Rail makes an  EATER SF round-up of new openings around the Bay Area

by Daisy Barringer, Eater SF Associate Editor and Stefanie Tuder, Eater SF Senior Editor

OAKLAND—Steel Rail, the new eatery from reggae-loving trio Temoor Noor, Steve Sparkes, and Effie Speigler, opened on Friday in Jack London Square at 439 Water St. The café hopes to be a casual, affordable spot for grabbing coffee, lunch, and post-work beers, of which there are 10 on tap. See the hours and menu here. [Inside Scoop]

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Berkeley Side's NOSH Announces Steel Rail



From the article: The café is the brainchild of Grand Tavern and Lungomare‘s Temoor Noor, Stadium’s Effie Speigler, and Steve Sparkes. In addition to sandwiches, Steel Rail is offering soups, salads and Jamaican-influenced food, plus local craft beers on tap. Steel Rail also has a service-oriented bent; Sparkes is the founder of the non-profit My Yute Soccer, which runs sports and mentorship camps for Oakland youth. Sparkes intends the café to be both a gathering spot for participating families as well as a source of employment for program alumni. 

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