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Beer Country

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Locals finding ways to taste Pliny the Younger without the long wait

The 12th Annual release of Pliny the Younger will take place today, February 5th. The triple IPA made by Russian River Brewing Company will be available at the downtown Santa Rosa brewpub through February 18th. Long lines for entry into the pub are expected to form daily. Locals will tell you that your best bet for a shorter wait is to show up late in the evening or to swing by on Super Bowl Sunday, while the masses gather around… Read More »

SF Beer Week kicks off today

The 8th Annual SF Beer Week presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild begins today, January 22nd and concludes on Sunday, January 31st. The nine day celebration of craft beer in the bay area kicks off with a bang at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala from 6pm to 10pm this evening. Over 100 breweries from Northern California will serve their beer at this sold out event. Beer Country will be in attendance to cover the event and will do… Read More »

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 »

29th Annual Beer in the Plaza is a family friendly event

This Saturday, September 12th Soroptomist International of Healdsburg presents the 29th Annual Beer in the Plaza, taking place in the Healdsburg Downtown Plaza. The family friendly event will take place between 2pm and 6pm. Craft beer drinkers over the age of twenty-one will be charged $50 for unlimited beer tastings, a souvenir glass and five food tickets. Those between the age of six and twenty will be charged $15 for entry and five food tickets. Children, five years and younger,… Read More »

Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition winner announced

101 North Brewing Company Brewer Joel Johnson (middle) pictured with the winning brewers, Joe Monostori and Jerimiah Konen.

The first annual Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition took place on Saturday, May 23rd at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. Dozens of home brewers entered over 60 home brews vying for bragging rights of the best home brewer in Sonoma County. The grand prize winner will be brewing their winning recipe at 101 North Brewing Company. Event attendees received a souvenir glass and 20 tastings. Live music, and outdoor recreation were enjoyed by many as well. Food trucks lined up… Read More »

18th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting

The 18th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting will take place at Behrens Park, Herzog Hall, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on Saturday, May 9th from 1pm to 5pm. Those of you choosing to strictly taste the chili and salsa will pay $25 for admission. Kids under the age of 12 get in for $10 and anyone under the age of 5 gets in for free. Craft beer fans can pay $40 for chili, salsa and beer tasting.… Read More »

Mark your calendars

I put together a list of beer festivals that you should consider marking on your calendar ahead of time. Rest assured that ‘Beer Country’ will follow up with specific information regarding individual festivals as we get closer to them. The 19th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival (May 2nd)- This one is just around the corner. Every beer loving festival fan should attend this event at least once. Camping out in Mendocino County for the weekend will surely add to the… Read More »

President Roosevelt to the rescue

You may have heard by now that today is National Beer Day. You don’t really need to twist my arm to drink a good beer, but I decided to look into how this holiday came about. With a little research, I learned that April 7th, 1933 was the first day that alcohol, with restrictions, was allowed to be sold in the United States after years of Prohibition. With the success that the craft beer industry is experiencing in our country,… Read More »

One lucky home brewer will receive the opportunity to brew their recipe at 101 North Brewing Company

A home brewer’s dream is to someday make a batch of beer that they can share with the masses. Taps Beer Co. & Kitchen, 101 North Brewing Company and Petaluma Downtown Association are coming together to host a home brewer’s competition to make that dream a reality for one lucky person. The Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition will be Petaluma’s first home brewer’s competition judged by consumers. Attendees of this inaugural event will be asked to vote for their favorite… Read More »

Shady Oak Barrel House bottle release

The first official Shady Oak Barrel House bottle release will take place today, December 12th. Rincon Valley Taproom and Bottle Shop will welcome Steve Doty, brewer/owner, to pour the first of what should be many releases between 4pm and 8pm. Be one of the first to try Bokonon, a farmhouse ale fermented with Brettanomyces. Reviews like the one given by Joe Tucker, RateBeer executive director, are what is getting the local craft beer enthusiasts excited about Shady Oak. “This is… Read More »

Upcoming beer festival will raise money for local Veterans

My apologies for the lack of beer blogs as of late. In addition to my beer blogging responsibilities I am one of the organizers for the upcoming NorCal Beer Geeks Beer Festival presented by Palooza Gastropub. Fellow organizer, Ed Hops and I have been hard at work organizing the festival that will help raise money for a local Veterans group, Sonoma County Vet Connect. Vet Connect is a Veterans helping Veterans organization formed to assist Veterans in locating the services… Read More »

Framboise gone, but pink merchandise still available at Russian River

Those itching for a taste of Russian River Brewing’s Framboise for the Cure are out of luck as the Santa Rosa brewery has sold out of its seasonal brew. Russian River offers the beer, a sour blonde ale that contains 30 pounds of raspberries per barrel to turn it pinkish-red, up during October to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention. The beer carries a high Beer Advocate score of 98. Russian River raised more than $100,000 from its… 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 »

Esquire TV’s ‘Brew Dogs’ show visits Santa Rosa pub

Brew Dogs is a show going into its second season on the Esquire Network. The show follows James Watt and Martin Dickie who are the co-owners of the UK’s fastest growing brewery, named BrewDog of course. The second season begins on June 25. Filming is currently under way. James and Martin travel America visiting different beer towns along the way. The featured town will be Santa Rosa when the Brew Dogs filming crew pay Heritage Public House on 1901 Mendocino… Read More »