History / Inspiration
Look at this oak trunk, and you can count the rings back to the birth of our city. When Spanish explorers first sailed into the Bay, they named Oakland after the groves of sturdy oaks lining the shores. Soon, those same trees were supporting a new boomtown. They were transformed into roofbeams, sheltering settlers in their new homes on the edge of America. Their trunks built ships that carried the city's goods and ideas to the rest of the world.
Today, Oak wood is still prized for its durability and character. Many of the world's finest spirits — wine, scotch and bourbon — are aged in oak casks. Over the years, the wood gives them an increasingly complex, mellow traits. And while Oakland's original grove of trees may be gone, the city that sprang up in their place inherited their strength and distinctive flavor.