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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Behind the scenes at the Carneros Brewing Company

Carneros Brewing Company is a family owned brewery that has been around for just a little over a year. Two of the four brothers, Armando and Pedro, who are now business partners in this venture are also associated with Ceja Vineyards. Armando, Pedro and Manuel Ceja decided to team up with their brother Jesus Ceja to launch this Latino owned brewery. Although there are now thousands of breweries open in the U.S., very few of them are Latino owned and… Read More »

Update on Moonlight Brewing Company’s Santa Rosa taproom plans

Fans of Moonlight Brewing Co. will have to wait longer for the opening of its taproom in its new brewing facility in Santa Rosa. Owner Brian Hunt hoped almost a year ago to open up his new location at 3350 Coffey Lane, but he has experienced delays moving into the new place, especially in waiting for the permitting issues to get resolved and moving in new equipment. In an interview, Hunt said he could not set a timetable on when… Read More »

Lagunitas to go ‘couch tripping’

Lagunitas is going ‘couch tripping’ for the next few weeks. The couch tripping tour will consist of several parties throughout the country with the final destination being New Orleans. The tour will benefit O+, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing community well-being by connecting musicians, artists and health providers in week long celebrations. A special fusion ale was made specifically for this tour. O+, musicians, entertainment by the Beer Circus and of course some of the well-loved couches from the… Read More »

Bear Republic looks ahead to Great American Beer Festival

For those who can’t make the trek to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival next month, Bear Republic Brewing Co. offered up a preview Sunday of some of brews it hopes to be pouring at the country’s largest beer festival. The Cloverdale-based company held its 6th Annual Cellar Party in a space right next to its Healdsburg brewpub. It gave local fans of the brewer, most known for its popular Racer 5 India Pale Ale (IPA), a chance to… Read More »

A local pioneer, Mendocino Brewing Co.

With so many great breweries opening over the last decade sometimes we start to overlook some of the pioneers that helped get the craft beer industry to where it is today. Mendocino Brewing Co. is now celebrating 31 years in the beer industry. You may be surprised to hear that Mendocino Brewing Co. opened the first brew pub in California and the second in the nation after prohibition ended. Their alehouse is open to the public seven days a week… Read More »

Check out the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

The Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival will take place this upcoming Saturday, September 13 from 1pm to 5pm. Twenty local breweries will be pouring beer at the festival that takes place in downtown Petaluma, right by the river. Food bites and live music will be offered as well. The price of admission is $40. That will get you into the festival, a souvenir beer glass, and ten tickets that may be used for beer and/or food tastings. Designated drivers get in… Read More »

The ABCs of beer in northern California

The ABCs of beer in northern California. I want to apologize if I left a worthy contributor to our beer scene out. I simply thought of a letter and jotted down the first thing that came to mind. How different does your list look in comparison to mine? Anderson Valley Brewing Co./Anchor Brewing Co./Almanac Bear Republic Brewing Co./Baeltane Brewing Cellarmaker/Carneros Brewing Co. Dempsey’s Brewing Co./Drake’s Brewing Co. Eye of the Hawk (Mendocino Brewing Co.) Fogbelt Brewing Co./Faction Brewing Great White… Read More »

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 »