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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 »

Sonoma County Beer, Cider, and Spirits conference takes shape

Lineup set for first ever conference on Sonoma County’s booming artisan beverage industry.… Read More »

Beer fun for the weekend

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for Sierra Nevada‘s outstanding-looking Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild festival on Saturday, forget it. The brewery says all tickets are sold out. Same with the 10th annual Brews on the Bay in San Francisco. If any of you are going to either of these events, tweet me some pictures and I will pass them along, since I can’t make either one in person: @beercountry. But if you can’t make it either, that doesn’t mean… Read More »

Almanac Beer invades Rincon Valley

As if there weren’t enough fun beer things to do this weekend, what with the Sonoma County Harvest Fair on Saturday and the weekend-long  Octubrefest at Carneros Brewing, here’s yet another outstanding option: Almanac Beer from San Francisco will be taking over the tasting room at Rincon Valley Wine & Craft Beer, at 4927 Sonoma Highway in Santa Rosa, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. For $10 you get a souvenir Almanac pint glass, plus a fill-r-up of the new Almanac Biere… Read More »

Harvest Fair adds beer to tasting lineup

  Proving that Wine Country is in fact also Beer Country, the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair is offering a lineup of local beers this weekend. The tasting pavilion, traditionally the stomping ground for wine, will feature brew pours from Dempsey’s, Fogbelt Brewing, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, 101 North, HenHouse, and Moonlight. It will also feature cider from Sebastopol’s California Cider Company, parent of Ace Cider and the largest independent cidery in the country. There will be some interesting How-To workshops… Read More »

Governor signs spirits tasting bill

Gov. Brown has signed the liquor tasting bill that we wrote about last week, allowing most distillers to offer tastings at their production facilities. Distillers aren’t exactly celebrating, however, since the bill does not allow direct sales of most kinds of spirits, the way wineries and breweries can do. Until that happens, many brewers say there is no point in setting up a tasting room. Dig into this question and it quickly becomes cleat that California’s liquor licensing is more… Read More »

Beer tasting event at Napa County Fair

Happy, Fourth of July. Even on a holiday, we have beer news. The staff of Napa Smith Brewery will be on hand at the Napa County Fair tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m., pouring their pilsner and amber ale, paired with some sausage. It’s part of the fair’s Chef Showcase series that runs throughout the weekend. The fairgrounds are in Calistoga, on North Oak Street. Gates open today at noon, fireworks are at 9:30, and things wrap up at 11 p.m. Tickets… 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 »

Harvest Fair adds beer and cider

See? We’re not the only ones noticing this new beer thingy going on in Sonoma County. The annual Harvest Fair announced yesterday that it will add, for the first time, beer and cider tastings to its popular Tasting Pavilion, which had previously been the exclusive province of wines. “Sonoma County has developed into a hot spot for artisan breweries and their hand crafted ales are earning their own spotlight,” the fair explained in a press release. “This highly anticipated addition to… Read More »