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Locals finding ways to taste Pliny the Younger without the long wait

The 12th Annual release of Pliny the Younger will take place today, February 5th. The triple IPA made by Russian River Brewing Company will be available at the downtown Santa Rosa brewpub through February 18th. Long lines for entry into the pub are expected to form daily. Locals will tell you that your best bet for a shorter wait is to show up late in the evening or to swing by on Super Bowl Sunday, while the masses gather around… Read More »

SF Beer Week kicks off today

The 8th Annual SF Beer Week presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild begins today, January 22nd and concludes on Sunday, January 31st. The nine day celebration of craft beer in the bay area kicks off with a bang at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala from 6pm to 10pm this evening. Over 100 breweries from Northern California will serve their beer at this sold out event. Beer Country will be in attendance to cover the event and will do… Read More »

Interview with RateBeer Executive Director

Beer Country recently had an opportunity to chat with Joseph Tucker, RateBeer Executive Director, about the upcoming RateBeer Best Awards & Beer Festival. The two day event will take place on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st. The Awards banquet will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in Downtown Santa Rosa, on the 30th. Owners and brewers from over forty of the most prestigious breweries will be traveling from places as far as China to… Read More »

A whole lot brewing at 101 North Brewing Company

101 North Brewing Company has two newsworthy debuts to kick off 2016. First, the 2015 Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition winning recipe will be released on Saturday, January 16th at TAPS Beer Company & Kitchen in Petaluma. The Mojo Chocolate Stout, originally home brewed by Joe Monostori and Jerimiah Konen, was voted the number one home brew among more than 60 entries at last May’s first annual competition. Their grand prize was an opportunity to brew their recipe on a… Read More »

Water into beer

I’ll start by saying happy holidays knowing that not everyone that reads this blog celebrates Christmas. Those of you that do celebrate Christmas and have read about the miracles performed by Jesus may be familiar with the miracle that he performed at a wedding. The story has been passed down that Jesus attended a wedding that took place at Cana in Galilee with his mother and disciples. It is said that Jesus converted six stone jars full of water into… Read More »

Meet Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks Barrelmeister at the Rincon Valley Taproom this Saturday

Jeffers Richardson, Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks Barrelmeister, will be speaking about what he calls “The Fifth Element” at Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop this Saturday, December 12th between 12:30pm and 2pm. The fifth element is oak and Richards will discuss, in detail, the influence it has on an individual beer and craft brewing in general. Attendees of this private tasting will receive a flight of all five barrelworks beers on tap and a souvenir Firestone Walker snifter.… Read More »

Thanks to our local breweries for giving

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. I want to praise and thank a few local breweries that go out of their way to give back to the community.    As stated in The Lagunitas Brewing Company website, “Lagunitas Brewing Company takes pride in its support of the Community and is glad to donate beer to help with fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations and schools both locally and across the country.” The amount of fundraisers and non-profit organizations Lagunitas Brewing Company donates to is enormous. They… Read More »

Second Annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival to celebrate local Veterans

The Second Annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival will take place on Saturday, November 21st from 1:30pm to 5pm. The festival takes place ten days after Veterans Day, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building and raises money for a local Veterans organization. Over 25 breweries and two local home brewers will be participating. The Kingsborough band will be performing live. They have played at Bottle Rock and opened for ZZ Top in the past. Many Sonoma County breweries will be in… Read More »

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

Dia de los Muertos, translated in English to Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is celebrated throughout Latin America and has grown in popularity in parts of the United States. Those that celebrate Dia de los Muertos would tell you that the dead would want us to replace mourning and sadness, with festivals and celebrations. Families typically will celebrate the memory of a deceased loved one with food, drink, parties and… Read More »

Craft beer now and into the future

I love the Back to the Future movies as much as the next guy. Watching the Cubs flirt with the possibility of a B2TF prophecy into the playoffs and a possible World Series victory added to the hype. October 21st, 2015 was the year that Marty McFly supposedly arrived into the future. I remember watching in awe imagining what 2015 would look like. Sure, there aren’t any flying cars, hover boards, or self tying shoes in sight and sadly the… Read More »

Get to know the Owner/Brewer of Baeltane Brewing Company

I recently had the opportunity to visit with Baeltane Brewing Company’s Owner/Brewer Alan Atha and we discussed upcoming beer releases and events. Alan shared how Baeltane came to be and gave us an opportunity to get to know him personally a little better. Check out the video blog below for all the details. Click on the image below for the video blog -Peter Lopez Jr.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Home Brew Competition

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition has brought financial success and notoriety for many local wineries, throughout the history of this annual event. Local home brewers are hopeful that a win at this year’s Inaugural Home Brew Competition will eventually lead to similar success. A panel of judges tasted through the entries yesterday and will release the name of the lucky winner at the Harvest Fair today, October 4th. The gates to the Harvest Fair open at 10:30am and… Read More »

Legislative change benefiting the craft beer industry

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed an Assembly Bill that will now permit craft breweries in California to communicate product availability information to their fans on social media, including where to purchase specialty beers at local stores and restaurants. Craft beer has become big business in California and has gained the attention of the state’s leaders. The craft beer industry contributed $6.5 billion to the state economy last year and now boasts nearly 600 craft breweries, according to Tom McCormick, Executive… Read More »

California Craft Beer Summit & Showcase recap

The California Craft Brewers Association brought together brewers from all parts of the state for a memorable two day event that took place in Sacramento on September 11th and 12th. Homebrewers and beer geeks were invited to the California Craft Beer Summit and Showcase for an opportunity to meet their favorite brewers, while learning about the industry during educational sessions and an interactive expo. The two day event concluded with the Brewers Showcase Beer Festival, which included 150 participating breweries.… Read More »

Happy Zwanze Day!

Many of you may not be familiar with this made up holiday that celebrates the release of a very special beer brewed by highly regarded Belgium brewery, Cantillon. This year’s Zwanze brew is a spontaneously fermented stout that was aged more than 24 months in Lambic, Cotes du Rhone, and Cognac barrels. You don’t have to fly to Belgium for this special release. Russian River Brewing Company is one of 50+ breweries that will be tapping the special keg simultaneously… Read More »