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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 »

A family affair at Petaluma Hills Brewing Company

Petaluma Hills Brewing Co. celebrated their one year anniversary in November. The microbrewery located across the street from Lagunitas has been a long time in the making. JJ Jay, owner/brewer, had homebrewed for twenty years before deciding to turn his hobby into his business. “In 1991 a friend suggested that my beer was good enough to sell,” said JJ. It wasn’t until 2008 that he got serious about the notion of owning his own brewery. “Things moved along at their… Read More »

Bear Republic’s Racer X on sale Friday

Fans of Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Cloverdale have more reason to celebrate after the brewery picked up two medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Saturday. The company is releasing its Racer X double India pale ale this week and it will be available on tap at its Healdsburg brewpub on Friday. The seasonal release is one of the most anticipated by fans of Bear Republic, building upon the hoppy taste of its flagship Racer 5… Read More »

Lots to like at Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in SF

There are an abundance of breweries opening up throughout Northern California. The majority of them are producing good quality brews. There are however a handful of recently opened breweries that are producing exceptional brews. Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco is a great example of that. Established just one year ago in 2013, Cellarmaker has put together a line up of beers as tasty as any  other brewery I’ve been to in the last couple years. That lineup can change… Read More »

Sierra Nevada’s ‘Beer Camp Across America’ 12-pack

Sierra Nevada has been working on a very special project. In mid-July they will release a ‘Beer Camp Across America’ twelve pack collaboration like no other. Sierra Nevada and the head brewers from twelve exceptional breweries across the country came together to each brew one of the beers for the special twelve pack. The list of collaborating breweries that you are about to read is enough to get any beer geek excited! The twelve pack will include one each of… Read More »

Saison ales growing in popularity

Once considered an endangered species of beer styles, saison ales are quite popular as of late. Saisons were originally brewed in farm houses around Belgium by households for their own personal consumption and to be shared with their workers. These beers were brewed in the months before summer to be paired with hot weather. Although they were traditionally seasonal beers you now will find breweries around the country that are making this delicious beer year round. The style is refreshing… Read More »