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

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

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

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 [...]

By | July 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 4th, 2013|1 Comment