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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

29th Annual Beer in the Plaza is a family friendly event

This Saturday, September 12th Soroptomist International of Healdsburg presents the 29th Annual Beer in the Plaza, taking place in the Healdsburg Downtown Plaza. The family friendly event will take place between 2pm and 6pm. Craft beer drinkers over the age of twenty-one will be charged $50 for unlimited beer tastings, a souvenir glass and five food tickets. Those between the age of six and twenty will be charged $15 for entry and five food tickets. Children, five years and younger,… Read More »

18th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting

The 18th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting will take place at Behrens Park, Herzog Hall, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on Saturday, May 9th from 1pm to 5pm. Those of you choosing to strictly taste the chili and salsa will pay $25 for admission. Kids under the age of 12 get in for $10 and anyone under the age of 5 gets in for free. Craft beer fans can pay $40 for chili, salsa and beer tasting.… Read More »

Mark your calendars

I put together a list of beer festivals that you should consider marking on your calendar ahead of time. Rest assured that ‘Beer Country’ will follow up with specific information regarding individual festivals as we get closer to them. The 19th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival (May 2nd)- This one is just around the corner. Every beer loving festival fan should attend this event at least once. Camping out in Mendocino County for the weekend will surely add to the… Read More »

What makes a good ‘beertender’

Once the beer has been made and delivered, it’s up to the bottle shops and taprooms to explain why a beer should be the one to purchase to a consumer. Some of the more successful taprooms in the county understand the importance of a knowledgeable staff that can hand sell a product, pair the beer with food and go into detail about the tasting profile. When suggesting a beer, I’ve found that the key to a good suggestion is finding… Read More »

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 »

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 »