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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

A guide to homebrewing in under 2 minutes

Want to learn how to brew your own beer? Well, here’s a reasonable guide to the process in handy video format by an animator in New Zealand, all in less than two minutes. In a nutshell: get some malted grain, grind it up, add it to hot  water, hold it at a certain temperature for an hour, drain off the liquid, boil the liquid, add some hops while it boils, cool it down, put it in a tank and add… Read More »

Sonoma County homebrewer gets national exposure

Sonoma County homebrewer Greg Haas is getting some attention for his “Bodega Bay Fog” recipe lately after San Leandro-based Williams Brewing, a well-known homebrew supply house, included it its “Customer Recipe Issue” of its seasonal catalog. It’s the first time since 1991 the company has included customer recipes in its catalog. Greg’s recipe is for a 10 gallon batch of a California Common, the generic name for the style defined by Anchor’s Steam Beer, a historic name that the brewery… Read More »

Homebrew pioneer speaks at Woodruff beer dinner

Homebrewing legend Byron Burch, co-founder of Santa Rosa’s The Beverage People store, will offer a lecture on the history of various beer styles and lessons on food pairings at a dinner Aug. 23 at Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Café in Sebastopol at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, plus tax and tip. But you better get on it, because there are only 38 seats available for the dinner. Ticket details and menu details are on Woodruff’s Facebook page. Byron has… Read More »

Do not let hops go to the dogs

Here’s a weird one: Fox 31 in Denver reports that a local dog named Q died after eating spent hops from her humans’ experiment in homebrewing. Turns out that spent hops are quite toxic to dogs, causing a dangerous spike in body temperature. Poor Q’s body temperature shot up to the 108-9 range and the dog was dead in just 12 hours, despite the best efforts of a vet. The vet advises keeping spent hops in a covered trashcan or… Read More »

Another sort of Independence celebration

A small but significant blow for freedom was struck earlier this week, when Alabama became the last state in the Union to legalize the art of Homebrewing, after several years of pressure from the American Homebrewers Association and other beer fans. The bill passed and was signed by the governor in May, but brewers in the state had to wait until July 1 to be able to pursue their passion legally. Mississippi became the 49th state to legalize homebrew earlier… Read More »

Homebrewer’s Q&A at Beercraft

Joel Johnson of Petaluma’s 101 North and and Noah Bolmer, owner of Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental,  will get together Wednesday, July 24, at Beercraft in Rohnert Park for a homebrewing Q&A, which will also be available online as a live podcast. The session, from 6-7 p.m., will be followed by a public tasting from 7-8 p.m. The whole thing is free, but space for the Q&A part is limited to just 30, so email marilyn@101northbeer.com as soon as possible… Read More »