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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 »

North Coast celebrates a quarter century

  Another Beer Country pioneer is celebrating an anniversary, with North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg marking 25 years of beer, with the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Ale. The beer is a “Belgian-inspired session beer,” made with the same yeast strain used to make the Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale. The beer weighs in at just 4 percent alcohol by volume, a mild drinker the brewery describes as “designed to promote a festive mood while minimizing the consequences of overindulgence.” The… Read More »

Charbay celebrates 30 years

  1983 must have been a great year in the area, because here we are celebrating yet another 30th anniversary – St. Helena-based brandy and spirits-maker Charbay is marking the successful end of its third decade by releasing the Alambic Collection, seven recent and vintage spirits produced over the years on the company’s copper Alambic Charentais Pot Stills, housed at their distillery up in Ukiah. That’s master distiller Marko Karakasevic up there with the stills, installed by his father Miles, who… Read More »

Mendocino celebrates 30th

Mendocino Brewing Company celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with a new single hop ale paying tribute to the early days of California brewing. The beer will feature exclusively Cascade hops, the hop that flavored the iconic New Albion Ale, first brewed in Sonoma in 1976, and later the backbone of early giants such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The anniversary beer comes in a little stronger than those older brews – about 7 percent alcohol by volume –… Read More »