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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Women in brewing

Most beer drinkers are not aware that in the early years most of the brewing was done by women. While researching the history of beer on the internet, I stumbled across some interesting reading about Ninkasi. Long before founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge agreed to name their Eugene, Oregon based brewery Ninkasi, there was a beer goddess that the ancient Sumerians were said to worship. The Sumerian written language is considered one of the earliest recorded amongst humans. Some… 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 »

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 new place, especially in waiting for the permitting issues to get resolved and moving in new equipment. In an interview, Hunt said he could not set a timetable on when… Read More »

In beer, big is really BIG

As excited as we can all get about craft brew, it is humbling to realize just how small a part of the overall beer market it really is. Two reports published in the last week cast that into sharp relief. First, a market report by beverage accountants Frank, Rimerman + Co. takes a look at the possible future of craft beer, particularly in light of the success and “premiumization” of the wine industry. The authors conclude that craft beer is… Read More »

Sonoma County Beer, Cider, and Spirits conference takes shape

Lineup set for first ever conference on Sonoma County’s booming artisan beverage industry.… Read More »

Welcome to Beer City?

  My colleague Kevin McCallum reports today on a new marketing campaign by the city of Santa Rosa to tout itself in major cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland in an effort to tell tourists that we’re about more than wine. One of the interesting elements is to informally brand Santa Rosa as “Beer City,” with a quick montage of images from Russian River Brewing, which is, as we all know, one of the hottest and most sought-after… Read More »