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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Local spin on St. Patrick’s Day traditions


I will confess to being a NorCal Beer Geek. I do my best to spend my money on small production northern California beer so as to help the small breweries stimulate the local economy. There are some great local options to consider when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Moylan’s Brewing Company’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout and Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale, also made by Moylan’s, are just two examples. Green beer is a popular choice in bars on St. Patrick’s Day.… Read More »

Meet the owners of Fogbelt Brewing Company

Fogbelt Brewing Company is owned and operated by a couple gentlemen in their mid-thirties. Paul Hawley and Remy Martin collectively have thirty years of wine industry experience, but decided to pursue another passion by opening a brewery in Santa Rosa. I paid Paul and Remy a visit at the brewery earlier this week and had the opportunity to ask them a few questions so that we may get to know the brewery and the men that own it a little… Read More »

The start of Spring is a great time for a bottle share

Spring is just around the corner, officially beginning on Friday, March 20th. Longer days full of sunshine and outdoor craft beer drinking events await us. Before we start making evening and weekend plans between now and the end of the summer, we must first do some Spring cleaning. I suggest that we begin with our refrigerators and beer cellars. First things, first. Unless your IPA was hit with a dose of Brettanomyces, I suggest that you pop that bottle open… Read More »

All ‘Battle of the Brews’ proceeds go to helping Sonoma County children in need

The Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 will host the 19th Annual Battle of the Brews fundraiser on Saturday, March 28th. The event will once again be held in the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Attendees will have the option of purchasing a ‘People’s Choice Main Event’ ticket for $40 or a ‘Craft Cup’ ticket for $95. All attendees will have an opportunity to select the ‘People’s Choice’ for best brewery, but the winner of the ‘Craft… Read More »

Palooza Gastropub invites you to celebrate their one year anniversary

Palooza Gastropub & Wine Bar, located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, is surrounded by wine tasting rooms and vineyards. Owners and managers of the Sonoma Valley wineries frequent the restaurant for its delicious food, wine, and beer. Yes, I said beer. While wine is the main focus of the tourists traveling to the Kenwood area, Palooza is focusing on providing a vast selection of craft beer. They have sixteen craft beers on tap that are constantly changing and over… Read More »

Registration for the Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference closes on Friday, February 20th

Local beer, cider, and spirits producers will be coming together under one roof at The 2015 Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference. The event hosted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board will take place on Friday, February 27th from 1pm to 5:30pm. The venue will be the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Organizers promise an afternoon of insight, education, and networking along with tasting opportunities. Retail, finance, distribution, and regulations will be topics discussed. Guest speakers… Read More »

One lucky home brewer will receive the opportunity to brew their recipe at 101 North Brewing Company

A home brewer’s dream is to someday make a batch of beer that they can share with the masses. Taps Beer Co. & Kitchen, 101 North Brewing Company and Petaluma Downtown Association are coming together to host a home brewer’s competition to make that dream a reality for one lucky person. The Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition will be Petaluma’s first home brewer’s competition judged by consumers. Attendees of this inaugural event will be asked to vote for their favorite… Read More »

Over six hundred events to choose from during SF Beer Week

The 7th Annual SF Beer Week officially kicks off this Friday, February 6th, and will conclude on February 14th. Over six hundred events hosted and organized by more than two hundred breweries, restaurants, bars and retail shops will help celebrate the craft beer industry throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Events will take place from Santa Rosa to San Jose, and many places in between. Events include opportunities to meet the brewers, beer and food pairings, beer release parties, homebrewing… Read More »

St. Florian’s Brewery is turning two

St. Florian’s Brewery will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, February 7th. The celebration will take place at the brewery taproom located at 7704A Bell Rd. in Windsor. The all day celebration will be between 12pm and 8pm. Belgian Style Flashover, a new limited release beer, will make its debut. A growler launch, food vendors and live music between 3pm and 6pm will all be a part of the festivities as well. Aron and Amy Levin, owners, have been… Read More »

RateBeer releases list of the top 100 beers in the world for 2014

RateBeer released their list of ‘Top 100 Beers in the World for 2014′ this morning. Russian River Brewing Company has five beers on this prestigious list. Beatification, Consecration, Supplication, Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder all made it. RateBeer is one of the largest and most respected beer forums in the world. Millions of people have posted beer reviews on the website since it launched in the year 2000. The ‘Top 100′ list is released annually, and brings notoriety… Read More »

Pliny the Younger to be released on February 6th

The 11th annual release of Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger is less than three weeks away. This year’s two week release begins on February 6th and runs through February 19th. A limited amount will be allotted each day. After the day’s allotment runs out it won’t be sold again until the following day. This highly anticipated release is known to draw people from all over the world. Natives of Santa Rosa have seen the lines grow in size… Read More »

Kin in Windsor featured Ninkasi Brewing Company at their latest beer dinner

Kin hosted a Ninkasi Brewing Company beer dinner on Tuesday, January 13th. The dinner was attended by a few dozen people and consisted of seven beers accompanied by seven small, but tasty barbecue dishes. Ninkasi representative, Rob Youngern, discussed the tasting profile and gave a little history about the brewery and each individual beer. Brad Barmore, Kin owner, went into the specifics of each dish. Brad and J.C. Adams are longtime friends and co-owners of Kin, which is located at… Read More »

New Brewmaster at Third Street Aleworks to bring his “twist”

Third Street Aleworks gave, now retired, Brewmaster Randy Gremp a well deserved going away party towards the end of 2014. Randy’s assistant brewer Tyler Laverty has since been promoted to Brewmaster and Third Street Aleworks seems confident in his beer making ability. “After several years working closely with Randy, Tyler is well up to the task and we’re looking forward to the “twist” Tyler will undoubtedly bring to the table… 3rd Street fans who’ve really been paying attention probably recognize… Read More »

101 North Brewing Company brews are now on Safeway shelves

101 North Brewing Company launched in 2012 and has since developed a strong following amongst craft beer enthusiasts in northern California. Three of their beers will now be available for purchase at all Safeway stores in Sonoma and Napa counties by Spring. As of January 1st of this year 101 North’s Heroine IPA, Golden Naked Ale and a rotating seasonal beer will be available at Petaluma, Healdsburg and Napa Safeway stores. In the last two years 101 North has made… Read More »

The Black & White Beer Ball limiting attendance to 350 this year

The 4th Annual Black & White Beer Ball will take place on Friday, February 13th. The ball is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for autism. Ales for Autism is the non-profit organization that puts on this annual event. They decided to create a intimate atmosphere with a masquerade theme and the decision to reduce the attendance from 500 guests down to 350 this year. The venue has changed as well. This year’s event will take place at the… Read More »