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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Rare Barrel brewery is rare indeed

‘The Rare Barrel’ is a brewery that makes sour beer exclusively. There are other breweries making fantastic sour beer in our area, but they are the only brewery in California that focuses on this one style alone. The taproom, which opened in December of 2013 is located at 940 Parker St. in Berkeley. The process can be long and expensive for the breweries. ‘The Rare Barrel’ ages their beer  in oak barrels for a minimum of six months. There are… Read More »

Checking out Kenwood’s new gastropub and wine bar

In 2010 Jeff Tyler was approximately two years removed from owning a once successful construction business. Feeling the pressure of making a decision on which direction the rest of his life would go, Jeff decided that it was time for change. Jeff told me that one night he was up looking for inspiration and somehow ended up doing research into owning a hot dog stand. He smiled while recalling the moment that he woke his wife up in the middle… 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 »