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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Beer, blues in downtown Healdsburg

More than 35 breweries will be pouring at the 28th annual Beer in the Plaza Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. The festival, sponsored by the  Soroptomist International of Healdsburg, will take place in the downtown plaza from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and feature foods by El Farolito, The Wurst, Café Lucia and S Club. The Soulshine Blues Band will also perform. Price of admission for those 21 and up is $30.  Attendees between  8 and 20 will be charged $10 and… Read More »

Heady Topper is coming to Santa Rosa

The owner of The Alchemist Brewery, John Kimmich, paid Sonoma County a visit this week. The casual beer drinker may not be familiar with John or his brewery, but the biggest of craft beer enthusiasts get bright eyed and bushy tailed at the mention of their beers. The Alchemist, best known for making Heady Topper, is located 3,000 miles away in Waterbury, Vermont. The beer made there usually does not leave a 60 mile radius from where it’s made unless… Read More »

Russian River beer revival great time for all

The Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cookoff unofficial tag line is “if you can’t have fun at this one…you can’t have fun.” Such a bold statement along with a lot of positive feedback from attendees of previous years had my expectations at an all-time high. The event did not disappoint. It’s easy to see why the 12th annual event that took place this past Saturday, August 16, sold out within a matter of minutes. Thirty BBQ teams set up their stations among… Read More »

Bear Republic’s 6th Annual Cellar Party on tap

Bear Republic will be hosting its 6th Annual Cellar Party on Sunday, September 14 from 2pm to 5pm. The party will take place in the courtyard/barrel room located at 345 Healdsburg Ave. in the town of Healdsburg. This will be an opportunity to get to meet the brew team and sample the beers that Bear Republic will be submitting to this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also promises to be dusting off some rarities from the cellar that they plan… Read More »

When it comes to beer, connections happen

The craft brew industry is very communal. From the brewers to the consumer it’s easy to see that beer loving people enjoy getting together to taste and discuss their favorite beverage. Brewery owners have set the example with their willingness to collaborate with other breweries to make a special and usually one time only release. This summer Sierra Nevada organized the release of the ultimate 12pack in which 12 of the most prestigious breweries came together to make one beer… Read More »

Rare Barrel brewery is rare indeed

‘The Rare Barrel’ is a brewery that makes sour beer exclusively. There are other breweries making fantastic sour beer in our area, but they are the only brewery in California that focuses on this one style alone. The taproom, which opened in December of 2013 is located at 940 Parker St. in Berkeley. The process can be long and expensive for the breweries. ‘The Rare Barrel’ ages their beer  in oak barrels for a minimum of six months. There are… Read More »

Meet, join the Sonoma Beerocrats

The popularity of craft beer seems to be at an all-time high. Not everyone is content to simply sit on the sidelines and taste the delicious beer that is being made by others. A growing number of people are choosing to roll up their sleeves and home brew their own beer. The Sonoma Beerocrats is an American Home-brewers Association sanctioned home brewing club based in Sonoma County. They welcome new members to show up to one of their monthly meetings… Read More »

Brewdogs come to Bear Republic

Fans of the Bear Republic Brewery will want to tune into the Esquire Network on Wednesday as the Cloverdale brewery and Healdsburg restaurant will be featured on an episode of “Brewdogs.” It will air at 9 p.m. The hosts of the show, James Watt and Martin Dickie, travel to northern California and visit Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico and Bear Republic while they collect ingredients to brew their own collaborative beer. The two Scottish brewers have previously traveled in the… Read More »

Anniversary celebrations for two local bottle shops

Two great Sonoma County bottle shops will be celebrating an anniversary over the next couple of weeks. Rincon Valley Tap Room and Bottle Shop, formally Rincon Valley Wine and Beer, will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 7pm. They will have eight craft beers on tap and sausage paella made by Bros. BBQ and Paella. Geoff Hawkins will be playing live flamenco guitar music. Those of you in attendance will be entered into a… Read More »

Beer Facts, Trivia and Quotes

Here is a small list of some beer facts, trivia and quotes that I’ve recently enjoyed. I hope you do as well. Fact: It is well known that before becoming president of the United States Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer. What isn’t so well known is that before becoming a lawyer he was a tavern owner. Fact: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. out of Pottsville, PA is America’s oldest brewery. It has been family owned and operated since 1829. Trivia:… Read More »

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp 12-pack has a local flavor

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 12 packs were recently released and will not be around much longer. If you have not yet picked one up, I suggest you do so. It is an absurd collaboration 12 pack like no other. Sierra Nevada invited twelve of the most exciting breweries in the country and made one beer alongside each brewer from their respected brewery. The collaborating breweries are Allagash, Ballast Point, Bell’s, Cigar City, Firestone Walker, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Oskar… Read More »

Checking out Kenwood’s new gastropub and wine bar

In 2010 Jeff Tyler was approximately two years removed from owning a once successful construction business. Feeling the pressure of making a decision on which direction the rest of his life would go, Jeff decided that it was time for change. Jeff told me that one night he was up looking for inspiration and somehow ended up doing research into owning a hot dog stand. He smiled while recalling the moment that he woke his wife up in the middle… Read More »

Sonoma County Strong Ale benefit at Sprenger’s

Sprenger’s Taproom at 446 B Street in downtown Santa Rosa will be hosting the Sonoma County Strong Ale tasting event on Saturday, July 19 from 12pm until closing. Local breweries including 101 North, Bear Republic, Hen House, Dempsey’s, Warped, Fog Belt and Ruth McGowan’s will all be bringing a strong ale of their choice for your enjoyment. This is a benefit for Green Acre Homes. For more than 35 years, Green Acre Homes has been effective in helping boys and young men… Read More »