Woods Beer Company

Jim Woods

Jim Woods's road to the beer business started with a homebrew kit, a mug of tea, and a wild idea: marry the flavors of California craft beer with the natural buzz of yerba mate. That union became MateVeza, and MateVeza became Woods Brewing Company, its own unique marriage of creative business savvy and innovative, locally inspired beers and brewpubs around the Bay Area. 

Woods made that first fortuitous mashup of malt and mate in 2004 in his San Francisco apartment; two years later he was brewing his first commercial batch. The success of MateVeza — the first mate-infused beer of its kind in the world — fueled Woods's original brewpub, a small cafe on a sunny corner in San Francisco's Mission District. Drawn into the local community of curious chefs, brewers, makers, and artists, Woods went on to create an ever-changing lineup of innovative, accessible beers, using locally inspired, unconventional ingredients like foraged herbs and seasonal fruit.

A 2011 loan from the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program helped Woods share his unique vision of local beer through what's now become a small community of brewpubs, from the foggy Pacific shore to downtown Oakland to an island in the heart of it all, in the middle of the Bay itself.


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