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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

A beer of the sea

Hawaii doesn’t produce much in the way of barley or hops, so brewers on the islands pretty much have to import their raw materials from the mainland. But one intrepid brewer is taking advantage of a resource that Hawaii has in abundance: sea water. Honolulu Magazine‘s website  reports that Aloha Beer Co. just released its version of a nearly forgotten beer style known as Gose (pronounced like Gose-uh, they say), once produced in Germany with salty water. And for their… Read More »

California Beer Festival this weekend

Marin County will host the California Beer Festival on Saturday in Novato, with 70 beers on tap, music and a BBQ cookoff. It will run from 12:30-5 p.m. in Stafford Lake Park. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. There is a shuttle to the site from the Rowland Boulevard Park and Ride Shuttle stop in Novato so you don’t have to fight the parking traffic (and pay the $10 fee), but you have to buy the $3… Read More »

Harvest Fair adds beer and cider

See? We’re not the only ones noticing this new beer thingy going on in Sonoma County. The annual Harvest Fair announced yesterday that it will add, for the first time, beer and cider tastings to its popular Tasting Pavilion, which had previously been the exclusive province of wines. “Sonoma County has developed into a hot spot for artisan breweries and their hand crafted ales are earning their own spotlight,” the fair explained in a press release. “This highly anticipated addition to… Read More »

Bear Republic bottles Cafe Racer 15

Bear Republic is putting its well-regarded seasonal Café Racer 15 in bottles for the first time, starting in July, the brewery said this week. The 22 oz bottles, often known to the beer fluent as “bombers,” will hit California shelves the first week of the month. It should roll out in other Beer Republic states in the weeks that follow. The beer debuted in 2011 to mark the brewery’s 15th anniversary, with a big dose of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook… Read More »

North Bay dominates Best Of list

Sonoma County brewers made a powerful showing on the top 50 beers of 2013 list in the latest issue of the American Homebrewers Association magazine Zymurgy (that’s the fancy name for brewing). Number 1 was, for the fifth straight year, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, which already sits at or near the top of just about everyone’s Best Of list. It beat out Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, which is a seriously great IPA out of Michigan, which we can’t get… Read More »

Bitten by the beer bug, so to speak

Any winemaker will tell you that it takes a lot of great beer to make good wine. And in Wine County we have an abundance of both. But even though some of the best and most sought-after brews in the country are made in and around Sonoma County, the North Bay is only slowly becoming recognized as a beer destination on par with powerhouse regions like Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and Pennsylvania. It seems about time, therefore, that we carve… Read More »