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Beer Country

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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 »

The twelve days of craft beer

While listening to carolers sing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ I stopped to think about what the twelve days of craft beer in northern California would look like and this is what I came up with. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. A taste of 12.1% ABV North Coast Brewing Company’s Barrel Aged Old Rasputin 11.25% Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Simtra Triple IPA 10% Almanac Beer Company’s Tequila Barrel Noir 9.99% Lagunitas Brewing Company’s… Read More »

Craft beer gift ideas

In search of some gift ideas for the craft beer enthusiast in your life this Christmas? A twenty two ounce bottle of his or her favorite beer makes a good stocking stuffer. If you’re not sure which beer to buy, let me suggest a gift card to a nearby bottle shop. A membership to a beer club is the gift that keeps on giving. Most places that do memberships will give you the option of month to month, three months… Read More »

Shady Oak Barrel House bottle release

The first official Shady Oak Barrel House bottle release will take place today, December 12th. Rincon Valley Taproom and Bottle Shop will welcome Steve Doty, brewer/owner, to pour the first of what should be many releases between 4pm and 8pm. Be one of the first to try Bokonon, a farmhouse ale fermented with Brettanomyces. Reviews like the one given by Joe Tucker, RateBeer executive director, are what is getting the local craft beer enthusiasts excited about Shady Oak. “This is… Read More »

Brewers Association reports more good news for the craft beer community

The Brewers Association released the 2014 Year in Review report yesterday and the craft beer numbers are quite impressive. Before I share some of the numbers released, I want to mention that the Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. The following are some of the numbers taken directly from the report that caught my eye: • In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 breweries and the number of brewery… Read More »

Sharing craft beer with friends and loved ones this holiday season

The holiday season is officially underway. Getting together with family and friends is surely the excuse that you’ve been looking for to pop open a special bottle of beer that has been sitting in your cellar. Here are a few things to keep in mind when bringing beer to a holiday dinner or party you may be invited to: Not everyone is ready for that Bourbon barrel aged stout that you so generously want to share, but it is nice… Read More »

Warped Brewing will celebrate their one year anniversary with a chili cookoff

This Thursday, November 20th, Warped Brewing Company will be celebrating their one year anniversary with a chili cookoff and the release of a brand new beer named ‘Clear the Flag’. The fee to taste and vote on the winner of the cookoff will be just $5. Warped Brewing is a 10 barrel brewery located in The Barlow at 6790 McKinley St. Suite 190 in Sebastopol. Noah Bolmer, owner, started production last November then opened the classic video game themed tasting… Read More »

State’s craft brewers to meet in Santa Rosa

The California Craft Brewers Association will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at next week’s California Craft Brewers Conference. The event will be held at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. The last day to register for the event is today. Those of you that are CCBA members, exhibitors, sponsors, non-member breweries and breweries in planning are eligible. The two day event kicks off on Monday, November 3. It will be a full day starting at 9am and… Read More »

Beer, blues in downtown Healdsburg

More than 35 breweries will be pouring at the 28th annual Beer in the Plaza Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. The festival, sponsored by the  Soroptomist International of Healdsburg, will take place in the downtown plaza from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and feature foods by El Farolito, The Wurst, Café Lucia and S Club. The Soulshine Blues Band will also perform. Price of admission for those 21 and up is $30.  Attendees between  8 and 20 will be charged $10 and… Read More »