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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 many business decisions. Both have a long history of working in the beer industry. Rodger spent time as the head brewer at Drake’s Brewing as well as working for Triple… Read More »

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 Alan is passionate about creating artisanal craft beer. He always considered himself  ‘an artist of some kind’ and says that he finally found his palette in craft beer. Baeltane focuses… Read More »

Checking out Kenwood’s new gastropub and wine bar

In 2010 Jeff Tyler was approximately two years removed from owning a once successful construction business. Feeling the pressure of making a decision on which direction the rest of his life would go, Jeff decided that it was time for change. Jeff told me that one night he was up looking for inspiration and somehow ended up doing research into owning a hot dog stand. He smiled while recalling the moment that he woke his wife up in the middle… Read More »

Petaluma gets some brew-cation love

The financial website The Street gives Petaluma, and the rest of Sonoma County, some beery love in its list of five hidden gems for a beer vacation (which my wife has dubbed brewcations), following on a similar list they posted in June: So why are we dumping beer lovers into a region known primarily for wine? Part of it has to do with Petaluma itself. Located right in the heart of Sonoma County, Petaluma is surrounded by such treasures as… Read More »