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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party has sold out

Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party has officially sold out. This annual Great American Beer Festival preview party will take place in the courtyard and barrel room of the brewpub located at 345 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg. One hundred lucky ticket holders will get the opportunity to mingle with the Bear Republic brewers, while sampling the entries into the upcoming 2015 Great American Beer Festival. A few rarities will be pulled out of the cellar and shared with… Read More »

The California Craft Beer Summit will conclude with a festival at the State Capitol

The California Craft Brewers Association welcomes craft beer enthusiasts to join them at the California Craft Beer Summit. The two day event kicks off on Friday, September 11th with educational sessions, a summit expo, and a brewers reception. This will be an opportunity to learn how to start a brewery, age beers at home, host your own tasting and pair the right food with the right beer. You will hear some of the pioneers of the craft beer industry share… Read More »

Rincon Valley Taproom & Bottle Shop turns two


Rincon Valley Taproom & Bottle Shop will celebrate their second anniversary on Saturday, August 22nd from 12pm until 10pm. They have been holding onto some special kegs for this weekend and will be pulling out some extra special bottles from their cellar to share. Live music by Callie Watts, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches will add to the festivities. Owners Michael and Renee are looking forward to seeing you this weekend.”We are so excited to celebrate… Read More »

Recap of a beer festival filled weekend

This last weekend was a busy one for beer enthusiasts that were able to attend two of Sonoma County’s most popular beer festivals. Those of you that missed either or both festivals can get a feel for the spirit of each by viewing the attached videos. 13th Annual Russian River Beer Revival video: Lagunitas Beer Circus 2015 video: -Peter Lopez Jr.

From the river to the circus

Get your stretchy pants and designated driver ready for this upcoming weekend, because Sonoma County will have two of the most popular beer festivals happening on the same weekend. This Saturday, August 15th Stumptown Brewery will host the 13th Annual Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cook-off. The very next day, Lagunitas Brewing Company will take over the Petaluma Fairgrounds with their annual Lagunitas Beer Circus. Stumptown’s Russian River Beer Revival will take place at 15045 River Road in Guerneville.… Read More »

RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony & Beer Festival will take place in Sonoma County


RateBeer.com has earned a reputation amongst beer enthusiasts across the world for being one of the most visited and respected forums for beer information. The website launched in May of 2000, has since grown to hundreds of thousands of members from around the world who have rated at least as many beers. Once a year, in January, RateBeer Executive Director Joe Tucker and his team tally the ratings submitted throughout the year and release the RateBeer Best Awards. Up until… Read More »

Drinking local on National IPA Day


Beer has been a part of civilization for thousands of years. Although we in Northern California can’t take credit for the creation of the IPA, many local residents will argue that we make it better than the rest of the world. Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder, a double IPA, is rated 100 points by both RateBeer and Beer Advocate. Zymurgy Magazine listed it as the best beer in America for the seventh straight year in June. Pliny the… Read More »

BeerCraft is turning three


BeerCraft, one of Sonoma County’s favorite craft beer retailers will be celebrating their third anniversary on Thursday, August 6th between 6pm and 10pm. The popular bottle shop/taproom is located at 5704 Commerce Blvd. in Rohnert Park. This year’s anniversary falls on IPA Day and the gentlemen at BeerCraft will be offering IPAs from an impressive list of craft breweries including Cellarmaker Brewing Company, Beachwood BBQ, Societe Brewing Company, and Redwood Curtain Brewing Company. Those of you that aren’t fans of… Read More »

Battle of the Bay

The ‘Battle of the Bay’ series between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants has me contemplating which side of the bay has the better brewery list. A handful of personal favorites from east of the bay bridge are Drake’s Brewing Company, The Rare Barrel, Faction Brewing, Triple Rock Brewery, and newcomer Fieldwork Brewing Company. On the other side of the bridge, in San Francisco, Anchor Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewery, Speak Easy Ales and Lagers, Almanac Beer Company,… Read More »

Ales for ALS


Four local breweries will be coming together to raise money and awareness for ALS this evening, July 16th. The head brewers of Russian River Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, and Third Street Aleworks will be at The Third Annual Ales for ALS BBQ & Tasting. This is taking place at Third Street Aleworks, located at 610 3rd St. in downtown Santa Rosa. Third Street Aleworks will be closing the brewery to the public for… Read More »

‘Brew Coffee and Beer’ is all about the craft

Jessica Borrayo and Alisse Cottle

Alisse Cottle and Jessica Borrayo, partners in business and life, are the proud owners of ‘Brew Coffee and Beer’ located at 555 Healdsburg Ave. in downtown Santa Rosa. Brew opened for business on January 6th of this year, specializing in craft beer, coffee, and tea. “This place is all about craft. Craft coffee, craft beer…Everything we do is for the craft of it,” said Alisse who has over 15 years of experience in the coffee industry. She spent 10 years… Read More »

Liberty and the pursuit of hoppiness

On July 4th of 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, and eventual third president of the United States stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” For all… Read More »

A lot going on at Third Street Aleworks

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview Third Street Aleworks Head Brewer Tyler Laverty and he had lots of exciting news to share. Third Street Aleworks recently purchased a crowler machine, which will allow customers to fill a 32 ounce can of beer on the spot, watch it be sealed right in front of them, then take it to go. Third Street will be the growler sponsor for the upcoming Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival taking place down… Read More »

Cooperage Brewing Company to open for business Friday, June 26th

A young couple with deep roots in the county will be opening Sonoma County’s newest brewery at 3pm this Friday, June 26th. Head Brewer/Owner Tyler Smith and his wife Stephanie Smith will be opening the Cooperage Brewing Company doors to a highly anticipating crowd that knows the couple well from their time spent at local favorite wine and beer businesses. Tyler spent 5 years running the Whole Foods Taproom in Coddingtown, where he developed a rapport with local beer enthusiasts… Read More »

Pliny the Elder tops Zymurgy’s list of ‘Best Beers in America’ for the 7th year in a row

Once a year Zymurgy magazine readers are asked to select their 20 favorite beers commercially available in the United States. For the seventh time in a row, Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder has topped the list. In addition to Pliny the Elder being voted #1, Russian River’s Blind Pig, Consecration and Supplication all made the top 20. Russian River Brewing Company was also voted ‘Best Brewery’. Co-owner Natalie Cilurzo took to the company’s Facebook page this morning to… Read More »