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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Lots of options for beer and food enthusiasts today

Have the day off and not sure what to do? I have three options, all taking place today. You can take a drive north for an epic beer festival, celebrate May Day with a craft brewery in Novato, or stay close to downtown Santa Rosa listening to music, while enjoying food from local food vendors. So many options so little time. The 20th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival kicks off at 1pm today. Beer will be flowing until 5pm and… Read More »

Going bald for the cause

“Let’s drink to the hero in all of us,” is St. Florian’s official tagline. St. Florian’s invites the community to be heroes in raising money and awareness for childhood cancer on May 21st at the 5th Annual Windsor St. Baldrick’s event. It will take place at St. Florian’s Brewery, located at 7704A Bell Road in Windsor, from 12pm until 8pm. There are a few ways to help the cause. Volunteers and donations are encouraged, and a few men and women… Read More »

Petaluma Hills Brewing Company’s Homebroots program

Petaluma Hills Brewing Company has launched a new program named the ‘Homebroots’ program. Homebroots is short for homebrew roots and is a reminder to Petaluma Hills owner JJ Jay of his homebrewing days dating back to 1991. In those days, brewing was a hobby for JJ. Now years later, you will find JJ’s homebrew kit at Petaluma Hills. It is currently used as their pilot brewery where JJ is able to experiment with new recipes at a fraction of the… Read More »

Sonoma State University’s Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program

In the Fall of 2016, Sonoma State University will offer a Craft Beer Appreciation Certificate Program. The ten week program will give craft beer enthusiasts and industry members looking to expand their knowledge an opportunity to learn about the many aspects that make up the beer industry. Those of you that love beer, but are not sold on the idea of spending ten weeks in a classroom, should consider attending the program’s information meeting. That free meeting will be taking… Read More »

Many craft brewers are thinking green on St. Patrick’s Day

Many craft breweries are thinking green this St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not talking about the green food coloring in the beer type of green, but the cold hard cash type of green that has many craft brewery owners feeling the luck of the Irish. While many craft brewery owners insist on doing what they do for the love of the craft, a number of brewery owners have cashed in on the boom that is craft beer. Some have entered partnerships… Read More »

Third Street Aleworks celebrates their 20th Anniversary

Third Street Aleworks is the second brewery celebrating a twenty year anniversary in less than two weeks. Bear Republic had their celebration at the Healdsburg brew pub last Monday and Third Street Aleworks will have their celebration today, March 8th. The festivities will take place at the brew pub located at 610 Third St. in Santa Rosa. The Third Street Aleworks team plans on celebrating with the usual $2.50 Tuesday pints and brats from open to close. They will also… Read More »

Bear Republic Brewing Company celebrates their 20th Anniversary

Bear Republic Brewing Company started as a company of four in 1995 and twenty years later has grown to a company with over 150 employees at two locations. The family owned business is now the 39th largest brewery in the United States. “We are excited to be celebrating twenty years. It is with the support of our community, family and friends that we have been able to live our dream all these years,” said owner Richard Norgrove on his website.… Read More »

SF Beer Week kicks off today

The 8th Annual SF Beer Week presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild begins today, January 22nd and concludes on Sunday, January 31st. The nine day celebration of craft beer in the bay area kicks off with a bang at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala from 6pm to 10pm this evening. Over 100 breweries from Northern California will serve their beer at this sold out event. Beer Country will be in attendance to cover the event and will do… Read More »

Interview with RateBeer Executive Director

Beer Country recently had an opportunity to chat with Joseph Tucker, RateBeer Executive Director, about the upcoming RateBeer Best Awards & Beer Festival. The two day event will take place on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st. The Awards banquet will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in Downtown Santa Rosa, on the 30th. Owners and brewers from over forty of the most prestigious breweries will be traveling from places as far as China to… Read More »

A whole lot brewing at 101 North Brewing Company

101 North Brewing Company has two newsworthy debuts to kick off 2016. First, the 2015 Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition winning recipe will be released on Saturday, January 16th at TAPS Beer Company & Kitchen in Petaluma. The Mojo Chocolate Stout, originally home brewed by Joe Monostori and Jerimiah Konen, was voted the number one home brew among more than 60 entries at last May’s first annual competition. Their grand prize was an opportunity to brew their recipe on a… Read More »

Water into beer

I’ll start by saying happy holidays knowing that not everyone that reads this blog celebrates Christmas. Those of you that do celebrate Christmas and have read about the miracles performed by Jesus may be familiar with the miracle that he performed at a wedding. The story has been passed down that Jesus attended a wedding that took place at Cana in Galilee with his mother and disciples. It is said that Jesus converted six stone jars full of water into… Read More »

Meet Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks Barrelmeister at the Rincon Valley Taproom this Saturday

Jeffers Richardson, Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks Barrelmeister, will be speaking about what he calls “The Fifth Element” at Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop this Saturday, December 12th between 12:30pm and 2pm. The fifth element is oak and Richards will discuss, in detail, the influence it has on an individual beer and craft brewing in general. Attendees of this private tasting will receive a flight of all five barrelworks beers on tap and a souvenir Firestone Walker snifter.… Read More »

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 »