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Beer Country

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Lots of options for beer and food enthusiasts today

Have the day off and not sure what to do? I have three options, all taking place today. You can take a drive north for an epic beer festival, celebrate May Day with a craft brewery in Novato, or stay close to downtown Santa Rosa listening to music, while enjoying food from local food vendors. So many options so little time. The 20th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival kicks off at 1pm today. Beer will be flowing until 5pm and… Read More »

Going bald for the cause

“Let’s drink to the hero in all of us,” is St. Florian’s official tagline. St. Florian’s invites the community to be heroes in raising money and awareness for childhood cancer on May 21st at the 5th Annual Windsor St. Baldrick’s event. It will take place at St. Florian’s Brewery, located at 7704A Bell Road in Windsor, from 12pm until 8pm. There are a few ways to help the cause. Volunteers and donations are encouraged, and a few men and women… Read More »

Plow Brewing Company to celebrate one year anniversary

Plow Brewing Company will celebrate their one year anniversary this Saturday, April 9th between 1pm and 7pm. There will be live music, food, and of course beer. Head Brewer/Owner Kevin Robinson built quite the resume with brewing positions at Lagunitas Brewing Company, Russian River Brewing Company and Speakeasy Ales. Kevin enjoys sharing beer knowledge and telling stories about his brewing experiences, so pick his brain while sharing a beer with him at the anniversary party. Click here for more details… Read More »

Petaluma Hills Brewing Company’s Homebroots program

Petaluma Hills Brewing Company has launched a new program named the ‘Homebroots’ program. Homebroots is short for homebrew roots and is a reminder to Petaluma Hills owner JJ Jay of his homebrewing days dating back to 1991. In those days, brewing was a hobby for JJ. Now years later, you will find JJ’s homebrew kit at Petaluma Hills. It is currently used as their pilot brewery where JJ is able to experiment with new recipes at a fraction of the… Read More »

Sonoma State University’s Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program

In the Fall of 2016, Sonoma State University will offer a Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program. The ten week program will give craft beer enthusiasts and industry members looking to expand their knowledge an opportunity to learn about the many aspects that make up the beer industry. Those of you that love beer, but are not sold on the idea of spending ten weeks in a classroom, should consider attending the program’s information meeting. That free meeting will be taking… Read More »

Many craft brewers are thinking green on St. Patrick’s Day

Many craft breweries are thinking green this St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not talking about the green food coloring in the beer type of green, but the cold hard cash type of green that has many craft brewery owners feeling the luck of the Irish. While many craft brewery owners insist on doing what they do for the love of the craft, a number of brewery owners have cashed in on the boom that is craft beer. Some have entered partnerships… Read More »

Third Street Aleworks celebrates their 20th Anniversary

Third Street Aleworks is the second brewery celebrating a twenty year anniversary in less than two weeks. Bear Republic had their celebration at the Healdsburg brew pub last Monday and Third Street Aleworks will have their celebration today, March 8th. The festivities will take place at the brew pub located at 610 Third St. in Santa Rosa. The Third Street Aleworks team plans on celebrating with the usual $2.50 Tuesday pints and brats from open to close. They will also… Read More »

Grand opening party at HenHouse Brewing Company

HenHouse Brewing Company, founded in 2011, is in their words ‘stoked’ about the opening of their long awaited taproom. Longtime Sonoma County natives Scott Goyne, Shane Goepel and Collin McDonnell are the three man partnership that brought HenHouse Brewing to south Santa Rosa from it’s original home in Petaluma. The new brewery and taproom, located at 322 Bellevue Ave. in Santa Rosa, will host the official grand opening party today, Saturday March 5th. The taproom will eventually feature a total… Read More »

Bear Republic Brewing Company celebrates their 20th Anniversary

Bear Republic Brewing Company started as a company of four in 1995 and twenty years later has grown to a company with over 150 employees at two locations. The family owned business is now the 39th largest brewery in the United States. “We are excited to be celebrating twenty years. It is with the support of our community, family and friends that we have been able to live our dream all these years,” said owner Richard Norgrove on his website.… Read More »

Calling all Sonoma County home brewers

If you have a recipe you feel confident is amongst the best home brewed beers in the county consider signing up for the Second Annual Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition. The bragging rights of being named best home brewer in Sonoma County is an incentive, but the grand prize can be considered a home brewer’s dream come true. The winner of the competition will have an opportunity to brew his or her recipe at 101 North Brewing Company, alongside 101… Read More »

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 »