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Beer Country

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California Craft Beer Summit & Showcase recap

The California Craft Brewers Association brought together brewers from all parts of the state for a memorable two day event that took place in Sacramento on September 11th and 12th. Homebrewers and beer geeks were invited to the California Craft Beer Summit and Showcase for an opportunity to meet their favorite brewers, while learning about the industry during educational sessions and an interactive expo. The two day event concluded with the Brewers Showcase Beer Festival, which included 150 participating breweries.… Read More »

Brewers Association reports more good news for the craft beer community

The Brewers Association released the 2014 Year in Review report yesterday and the craft beer numbers are quite impressive. Before I share some of the numbers released, I want to mention that the Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. The following are some of the numbers taken directly from the report that caught my eye: • In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 breweries and the number of brewery… Read More »

The ABCs of beer in northern California

The ABCs of beer in northern California. I want to apologize if I left a worthy contributor to our beer scene out. I simply thought of a letter and jotted down the first thing that came to mind. How different does your list look in comparison to mine? Anderson Valley Brewing Co./Anchor Brewing Co./Almanac Bear Republic Brewing Co./Baeltane Brewing Cellarmaker/Carneros Brewing Co. Dempsey’s Brewing Co./Drake’s Brewing Co. Eye of the Hawk (Mendocino Brewing Co.) Fogbelt Brewing Co./Faction Brewing Great White… Read More »

Heady Topper is coming to Santa Rosa

The owner of The Alchemist Brewery, John Kimmich, paid Sonoma County a visit this week. The casual beer drinker may not be familiar with John or his brewery, but the biggest of craft beer enthusiasts get bright eyed and bushy tailed at the mention of their beers. The Alchemist, best known for making Heady Topper, is located 3,000 miles away in Waterbury, Vermont. The beer made there usually does not leave a 60 mile radius from where it’s made unless… Read More »

When it comes to beer, connections happen

The craft brew industry is very communal. From the brewers to the consumer it’s easy to see that beer loving people enjoy getting together to taste and discuss their favorite beverage. Brewery owners have set the example with their willingness to collaborate with other breweries to make a special and usually one time only release. This summer Sierra Nevada organized the release of the ultimate 12pack in which 12 of the most prestigious breweries came together to make one beer… 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 »

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 »

Russian River gets a Best Of nod. Again.

  Is there any accolade that Santa Rosa’s own Russian River Brewing has not received? Excepting perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize or a Pulitzer, it seems the answer is no. The brewery is at or near the top of everyone’s list, including our own Press Democrat Best Of awards, voted on by you the readers. So let’s add one more to the list of Russian River’s honors. The website Thrillist names Russian River best in California in its state-by-state look… Read More »

More “Best Of” madness for Sonoma County? Of course.

TheDailyMeal.com continues its ongoing look into the world of craft brew this week with a list of the “Top 15 craft breweries in the USA.” Anyone surprised that Sonoma County stands out? Me either. The only surprise is that the numbers aren’t a little higher. Lagunitas weighs in at #7, with the list authors saying: Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company has a core of supportive beer lovers who want to nurture the creation of consistently good beer. The brewery… Read More »

Russian River, Lagunitas retain Best Of status

Is there any craft beer list left in the universe that doesn’t rank Lagunitas and Russian River somewhere near the top? Anyone? I didn’t think so. Website The Daily Meal recently quizzed its readers on the best American craft brew outfits and, perhaps unsurprisingly, our two locals showed up on the top 25 list, with Lagunitas at #7 and Russian River at #9, one spot above that other California icon, Sierra Nevada (what? No love for Bear Republic, readers?). For… Read More »

Ukiah named to Best Small Beer City list

Since everyone seems to be into ranking things on the Internet  these days, it was only a matter of time until someone went so far as to decide on the “Best Small Cities for Beer Lovers.” A website known as Credit Donkey decided to compare various factors, including population, bars per capita, walkability, and alcohol tax rates to decide which towns under 50,000 residents were the best for beer drinkers. The winner turned out to be the city of Indiana,… Read More »

Worst beer sold on American soil?

The guys at the irreverent sports website Deadspin decided to rank 36 cheap beers and came up with an amusing list, starting with the bottom. Coming in at 36 was what they deemed “the worst beer currently sold on American soil,” Keystone (not Keystone Light, curiously, which weighs in at 18). They describe Keystone as “augmenting the typical stale/sour flavor profile with notes of brown bananas and green armpits,” and they conclude that  Keystone is “worse than Heineken and murder.”… Read More »