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Mar 2, 2012 07:55 PM

Firebrand Brick Oven Bakery [Oakland]

I was at Bi-Rite in the city yesterday and noticed bread from a bakery I'd never heard of: Firebrand.

I bought their Classic Sourdough, which included unbleached wheat flour, whole wheat flour, and rye flour, all organic. OMG, it was one of the best loaves of bread I have ever tasted. Really crispy crust, moist and chewy inside, packed with flavor. My wife and I couldn't stop slathering butter on it and devouring it.

The bakery is on Beach Street in Oakland and appears to be quite new. (No real website yet; just a placeholder page saying it's available at Bi-Rite and Rainbow.) Don't know if they sell retail from the bakery.

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  1. Not so new -- I first had their bread at a restaurant more than two years ago. Very limited distribution, though as you noted. And quite delicious, as you also noted!

    1. It's where Blue Bottle used to be.....they do not sell from this location though

      1. A friend brought over a loaf of their whole wheat levain he bought at the Oakland Whole Foods. Best crusty whole wheat I've had since Chad Robertson stopped making his years ago. Great dark chewy-crunchy crust.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Saw them today at the Kensington Farmer's Market. I bought the whole wheat levin, but I haven't tried it yet. Also got a sourdough baguette and a pretzel, which were both great.

        2. their basic wheat baguette has become my favorite in that genre of this area's artisan bakeries. the texture/flavour characteristics from their oven are a bit more pronounced with the baguette's crust to crumb ratio.

          1. I think the German rye is their best loaf. They def use a starter so it's got great chew and flavor