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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Brewdogs come to Bear Republic

Fans of the Bear Republic Brewery will want to tune into the Esquire Network on Wednesday as the Healdsburg company 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 Golden State… 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 »

U.S. brewery count tops 3,000

The Brewers Association has declared that the United States has crossed the 3,000-brewery count mark as of last month. It is believed that the count was well over 3,000 at some point in the 1800s, but this is by far the most amount of breweries to be operating at one time since the end of Prohibition. The majority of these breweries are very small production breweries that are catering to their city or town. The amount of options make for… Read More »

Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival

The Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival presented by Whole Foods Tap Room will take place in Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa on Sunday, August 24 between 11am and 3pm. The beer festival will be in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Marathon. Last year the marathon had 4,000 participants and another few thousand spectators. The beer garden near the finish line was a big hit. So much so that it encouraged Orhan Sarabi, race director, to team up with longtime Russian River Beer… Read More »

What if this were a Beer World Cup?

World Cup fever has taken over most of the world. The U.S. men’s soccer team will be playing in arguably the most important match in team history when they square off against Belgium today at 1pm. With all due respect to Germany who is still in the tournament the matchup of the U.S. vs. Belgium had me thinking, what if this was a Beer World Cup? Imagine if a panel of judges were to taste through a flight of the… Read More »

More honors pile up for Russian River Brewing Co.

What a month it has been for Russian River Brewing Co! Zymurgy readers have voted Pliny the Elder their #1 beer for the 6th time in a row. The brewery was also named the #1 brewery commercially available in the United States by the same voters. Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo were just in Los Angeles being honored as the California Travel brewery of the year at the 32nd Annual California Travel Summit. Before they headed down there, Vinnie and Natalie… Read More »

Welcome to cider country

A countless number of times we have heard Sonoma County referred to as ‘Wine Country’. I would be preaching to the choir if I told you that this part of the world is also making some of the best beer. Now that we have that established, it’s time to open ourselves to the wonderful world of ciders. Locally we have Ace Cider who has been making cider for many years in the Sebastopol area. Their first cider was released in… Read More »

Lots to like at Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in SF

There are an abundance of breweries opening up throughout Northern California. The majority of them are producing good quality brews. There are however a handful of recently opened breweries that are producing exceptional brews. Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco is a great example of that. Established just one year ago in 2013, Cellarmaker has put together a line up of beers as tasty as any  other brewery I’ve been to in the last couple years. That lineup can change… Read More »

Russian River Beer Revival tickets on sale

The 2014 Russian River Beer Revival tickets will officially go on sale today Friday, June 13 at 1pm. You may purchase tickets online at http://www.stumptown.com/revival/ or at Stumptown brewery. This will be the 12th annual festival being held at Stumptown Brewery which is located at 15045 River Rd. in Guerneville. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 16 with the beer tasting going from 1 to 5pm. There will be thirty breweries and thirty BBQ teams offering tastings to go with… Read More »

Esquire TV’s ‘Brew Dogs’ show visits Santa Rosa pub

Brew Dogs is a show going into its second season on the Esquire Network. The show follows James Watt and Martin Dickie who are the co-owners of the UK’s fastest growing brewery, named BrewDog of course. The second season begins on June 25. Filming is currently under way. James and Martin travel America visiting different beer towns along the way. The featured town will be Santa Rosa when the Brew Dogs filming crew pay Heritage Public House on 1901 Mendocino… Read More »

The best (Lagunitas) Beer Circus yet

I must say that I have never been disappointed when attending a Lagunitas beer event. Once again they topped themselves with, in my opinion, the best Beer Circus yet. The beer was as good as expected. Besides special limited release beers by Lagunitas like a pomegranate pale, you had quite the list of breweries to choose from. The entertainment was over the top. Some of the acts I have seen at the Beer Circus in previous years but I still… Read More »