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

A local pioneer, Mendocino Brewing Co.

With so many great breweries opening over the last decade sometimes we start to overlook some of the pioneers that helped get the craft beer industry to where it is today. Mendocino Brewing Co. is now celebrating 31 years in the beer industry. You may be surprised to hear that [...]

By | September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Brewdogs come to Bear Republic

Fans of the Bear Republic Brewery will want to tune into the Esquire Network on Wednesday as the Cloverdale brewery and Healdsburg restaurant will be featured on an episode of “Brewdogs.” It will air at 9 p.m. The hosts of the show, James Watt and Martin Dickie, travel to northern California [...]

By | July 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Sonoma County Strong Ale benefit at Sprenger’s

Sprenger’s Taproom at 446 B Street in downtown Santa Rosa will be hosting the Sonoma County Strong Ale tasting event on Saturday, July 19 from 12pm until closing. Local breweries including 101 North, Bear Republic, Hen House, Dempsey’s, Warped, Fog Belt and Ruth McGowan’s will all be bringing a strong ale [...]

By | July 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Remembering Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales

Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71. Jack and partners launched Rogue in 1988 and became leaders in one of the most influential beer regions (Oregon) in the country. Brett Joyce, Rogue president and Jack’s son released the following message to the [...]

By | May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Three cheers for hops!

Many of you already know that the four basic ingredients used in the beer making process are water, malt, yeast and of course, hops. Water, by far, is the largest ingredient used. The beer making process would not be possible without yeast so you can’t down play its importance. The [...]

By | April 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Best IPAs?

Being that this is IPA Day and all, the Twittersphere is alive with discussions of Best IPAs and the like (including some dissenting opinions, such as this one, suggesting that we celebrate IPA Day by drinking some other kind of beer). Writer and beer lover (and former Northern Californian) John [...]

By | August 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Suggest your perfect beer for the Fourth?

Now your turn. It's hot, we're facing a big Holiday, probably involving cookouts and other outdoor activities. What are your suggestions for the perfect refreshing hot weather beer? Do you go local? Maybe Lagunitas Pils?  Bear Republic's Racer 5 ? A little of that tasty Kellerbier from Hopmonk? Or do [...]

By | July 2nd, 2013|0 Comments