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Beer Country

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Thanks to our local breweries for giving

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. I want to praise and thank a few local breweries that go out of their way to give back to the community.    As stated in The Lagunitas Brewing Company website, “Lagunitas Brewing Company takes pride in its support of the Community and is glad to donate beer to help with fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations and schools both locally and across the country.” The amount of fundraisers and non-profit organizations Lagunitas Brewing Company donates to is enormous. They… Read More »

Second Annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival to celebrate local Veterans

The Second Annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival will take place on Saturday, November 21st from 1:30pm to 5pm. The festival takes place ten days after Veterans Day, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building and raises money for a local Veterans organization. Over 25 breweries and two local home brewers will be participating. The Kingsborough band will be performing live. They have played at Bottle Rock and opened for ZZ Top in the past. Many Sonoma County breweries will be in… Read More »

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

Dia de los Muertos, translated in English to Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is celebrated throughout Latin America and has grown in popularity in parts of the United States. Those that celebrate Dia de los Muertos would tell you that the dead would want us to replace mourning and sadness, with festivals and celebrations. Families typically will celebrate the memory of a deceased loved one with food, drink, parties and… Read More »

Craft beer now and into the future

I love the Back to the Future movies as much as the next guy. Watching the Cubs flirt with the possibility of a B2TF prophecy into the playoffs and a possible World Series victory added to the hype. October 21st, 2015 was the year that Marty McFly supposedly arrived into the future. I remember watching in awe imagining what 2015 would look like. Sure, there aren’t any flying cars, hover boards, or self tying shoes in sight and sadly the… Read More »

Get to know the Owner/Brewer of Baeltane Brewing Company

I recently had the opportunity to visit with Baeltane Brewing Company’s Owner/Brewer Alan Atha and we discussed upcoming beer releases and events. Alan shared how Baeltane came to be and gave us an opportunity to get to know him personally a little better. Check out the video blog below for all the details. Click on the image below for the video blog -Peter Lopez Jr.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Home Brew Competition

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition has brought financial success and notoriety for many local wineries, throughout the history of this annual event. Local home brewers are hopeful that a win at this year’s Inaugural Home Brew Competition will eventually lead to similar success. A panel of judges tasted through the entries yesterday and will release the name of the lucky winner at the Harvest Fair today, October 4th. The gates to the Harvest Fair open at 10:30am and… Read More »

Legislative change benefiting the craft beer industry

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed an Assembly Bill that will now permit craft breweries in California to communicate product availability information to their fans on social media, including where to purchase specialty beers at local stores and restaurants. Craft beer has become big business in California and has gained the attention of the state’s leaders. The craft beer industry contributed $6.5 billion to the state economy last year and now boasts nearly 600 craft breweries, according to Tom McCormick, Executive… Read More »

California Craft Beer Summit & Showcase recap

The California Craft Brewers Association brought together brewers from all parts of the state for a memorable two day event that took place in Sacramento on September 11th and 12th. Homebrewers and beer geeks were invited to the California Craft Beer Summit and Showcase for an opportunity to meet their favorite brewers, while learning about the industry during educational sessions and an interactive expo. The two day event concluded with the Brewers Showcase Beer Festival, which included 150 participating breweries.… Read More »

Happy Zwanze Day!

Many of you may not be familiar with this made up holiday that celebrates the release of a very special beer brewed by highly regarded Belgium brewery, Cantillon. This year’s Zwanze brew is a spontaneously fermented stout that was aged more than 24 months in Lambic, Cotes du Rhone, and Cognac barrels. You don’t have to fly to Belgium for this special release. Russian River Brewing Company is one of 50+ breweries that will be tapping the special keg simultaneously… Read More »

St. Florian’s Brewing Company will ‘fill a boot’ to help Lake County fire victims

St. Florian’s Brewing Company is driving a collection effort to help those devastated by the Lake County wildfire. ‘Fill the boot’ is a firefighter tradition of filling a fire boot with cash for donation to charity. In addition to filling a boot, St. Florian’s will donate a large percentage of today’s profits. The brewery, located at 7704A Bell Rd. in Windsor, is asking you to help by purchasing a beer or two and adding a donation to their efforts. St.… Read More »

Beer and food pairings to honor grand reopening of Sonoma Springs Brewing Company

Sonoma Springs Brewing Company originally opened for business in 2008. This week they have been celebrating their grand re-opening at a new location. The new Sonoma Springs is now located at 19449 Riverside Dr. in Sonoma, California. The week long celebration continues today with a food and beer pairing. A flight of four brews will be paired with four tasty food items prepared by Palooza Gastropub. Four limited seatings will take place throughout the day, with the first one starting… Read More »

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 »

Recap of Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party

Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party was a Great American Beer Festival preview party that took place in the courtyard and barrel room of the brewpub on Sunday, August 30th. Only 100 tickets were offered for the sold out event. Attached is a video recap of the event that featured limited production beer, artisanal food and an intimate setting. Click on the image below for the video. -Peter Lopez Jr.  

Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party has sold out

Bear Republic Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cellar Party has officially sold out. This annual Great American Beer Festival preview party will take place in the courtyard and barrel room of the brewpub located at 345 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg. One hundred lucky ticket holders will get the opportunity to mingle with the Bear Republic brewers, while sampling the entries into the upcoming 2015 Great American Beer Festival. A few rarities will be pulled out of the cellar and shared with… Read More »

The California Craft Beer Summit will conclude with a festival at the State Capitol

The California Craft Brewers Association welcomes craft beer enthusiasts to join them at the California Craft Beer Summit. The two day event kicks off on Friday, September 11th with educational sessions, a summit expo, and a brewers reception. This will be an opportunity to learn how to start a brewery, age beers at home, host your own tasting and pair the right food with the right beer. You will hear some of the pioneers of the craft beer industry share… Read More »