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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 of their choice for your enjoyment. This is a benefit for Green Acre Homes. For more than 35 years, Green Acre Homes has been effective in helping boys and young men… Read More »

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 Portland Business Journal over email, “It is a sad day for me as a son who has lost a dad, a sad day for our employees who have lost a… Read More »

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 malt provides the sugars needed to be turned in to alcohol. So after stating the importance of the other ingredients you may ask yourself why hops have turned into the… Read More »

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 Sciacca writes of the 10 best he’s ever tasted and it turns out to be a pretty mighty list (The guy’s a hophead’s hophead, it appears). For discussion purposes, here’s… Read More »

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 you go for some of the other treasures from around the country? Victory’s Prima Pils? A Deschutes Mirror Pond? Perhaps even an import? (Remember, someone once described La Chouffe as… Read More »