Sonoma State University’s Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program

In the Fall of 2016, Sonoma State University will offer a Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program. The ten week program will give craft beer enthusiasts and industry members looking to expand their knowledge an opportunity to learn about the many aspects that make up the beer industry. Those of you [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Behind the scenes at the Carneros Brewing Company

Carneros Brewing Company is a family owned brewery that has been around for just a little over a year. Two of the four brothers, Armando and Pedro, who are now business partners in this venture are also associated with Ceja Vineyards. Armando, Pedro and Manuel Ceja decided to team up [...]

By | September 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Beer Facts, Trivia and Quotes

Here is a small list of some beer facts, trivia and quotes that I’ve recently enjoyed. I hope you do as well. Fact: It is well known that before becoming president of the United States Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer. What isn’t so well known is that before becoming a [...]

By | July 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

U.S. brewery count tops 3,000

The Brewers Association has declared that the United States has crossed the 3,000-brewery count mark as of last month. It is believed that the count was well over 3,000 at some point in the 1800s, but this is by far the most amount of breweries to be operating at one [...]

By | July 11th, 2014|0 Comments

About the NorCal Beer Geeks

The NorCal Beer Geeks is a Facebook group of beer enthusiasts that come together to share about limited release beers, events and beer news. Bottle shares, blind tastings and beer and food pairings are common amongst this group. Official events are held at a place and time disclosed only to [...]

By | May 19th, 2014|0 Comments

For the love of Oysters?

Oysters in beer? Naturally.

By | November 14th, 2013|1 Comment

Humboldt Brewing reborn, sorta

Another great brewing name from the past is making a comeback. Nectar Ales is changing its name back to Humboldt Brewing Company to honor the outfit that developed the brews back in 1987. But it will be "Humboldt" in name only for the moment, since it will continue to be [...]

By | October 20th, 2013|1 Comment

The story behind the Heritage

In the wake of their win at the Great American Beer Festival this month, Bear Republic is rightfully crowing about taking a Bronze home in the Scotch Ale category for their beer Heritage. (The only other Sonoma County winners were Third Street Aleworks, which took two medals, and Russian River [...]

By | October 19th, 2013|0 Comments

A taste of Sonoma beer culture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuHLZ01cerU Here's an interesting little piece I ran across somehow the other day. It talks about the small but thriving beer culture in the town of Sonoma, which includes breweries Hopmonk Tavern and Sonoma Springs Brewing and beer bar Olde Sonoma Public House. Producer Peter Berkley tells me that the [...]

By | September 4th, 2013|1 Comment

Mendocino celebrates 30th

Mendocino Brewing Company celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with a new single hop ale paying tribute to the early days of California brewing. The beer will feature exclusively Cascade hops, the hop that flavored the iconic New Albion Ale, first brewed in Sonoma in 1976, and later the backbone [...]

By | August 21st, 2013|2 Comments