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On the road with North Bay Brewery Tours

In 2010 two brothers, Ron and James Holt, and a long-time family friend, James Watkins, chose to take their passion for craft beer on the road, literally. They started a beer tour business known as North Bay Brewery Tours. Ron told me that he and his business partners did their [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|0 Comments

State’s craft brewers to meet in Santa Rosa

The California Craft Brewers Association will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at next week’s California Craft Brewers Conference. The event will be held at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. The last day to register for the event is today. Those of you that are CCBA members, [...]

By | October 31st, 2014|0 Comments

What makes a good ‘beertender’

Once the beer has been made and delivered, it’s up to the bottle shops and taprooms to explain why a beer should be the one to purchase to a consumer. Some of the more successful taprooms in the county understand the importance of a knowledgeable staff that can hand sell [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Framboise gone, but pink merchandise still available at Russian River

Guitar that was handmade by Timmy Lovold and friends for the fundraiser raffle at Russian River Brewing. (via Facebook) Those itching for a taste of Russian River Brewing’s Framboise for the Cure are out of luck as the Santa Rosa brewery has sold out of its seasonal brew. [...]

By | October 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Behind the scenes at Faction Brewing in Alameda

Rodger and Claudia Davis are the husband and wife team that own and operate one of the hottest new breweries in northern California, Faction Brewing. Rodger is the brewmaster making a large array of beers, while specializing in hoppy beers. Claudia runs the tasting room and is in charge of [...]

By | October 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Bear Republic’s Racer X on sale Friday

Fans of Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Cloverdale have more reason to celebrate after the brewery picked up two medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Saturday. The company is releasing its Racer X double India pale ale this week and it will be available on tap [...]

By | October 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Announcing the first NorCal Beer Geeks Festival

The NorCal Beer Geeks group has grown to nearly 600 members. In the past the group would select a local brewery, taproom or restaurant and partake in a tasting. Past events have featured food and beer pairings, blind tastings and bottle shares. With nine events in the books, the NorCal [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Amateur brewer and Bear Republic bring home top honors from Great American Beer Festival

Occidental home brewer Michael Kelly and local beer brewer Bear Republic won top honors this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo., the world’s largest commercial beer competition. Kelly and the Cloverdale-based brewer won a gold medal in the festival’s Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with [...]

By | October 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Learn about Baeltane Brewing in Novato

The next time you find yourself in Novato I suggest you pay Alan Atha a visit at his brewery, Baeltane Brewing. Alan is the founder, co-owner and brewer. When mentioning his business partner, Cathy Portje, he called her his "partner in crime, business and passion." It's clear to see that [...]

By | October 6th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 26th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Bear Republic looks ahead to Great American Beer Festival

Attendees flock to beer stands at Bear Republic Brewing Co.'s 6th Annual Cellar Party on Sunday next to its brewpub in Healdsburg. 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 [...]

By | September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 11th, 2014|0 Comments