Bear Republic Cellar Party results

The votes are in and the fan favorites for the Bear Republic Cellar Party are in: Old Saint Chango, 13 votes: A winter warmer with Mexican chocolate. Churchill's Pale, 12 votes: a super hoppy rye pale ale (this was my favorite, but I didn't vote. Journalistic detachment, dontchaknow?). Old Baba [...]

By | September 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Happy National Drink Beer Day

Ok, we need another National [insert subject here] Day like yet another hole in our heads but here goes anyway,  just because this happens to be in favor of our favorite passtime: Today happens to be National Drink Beer Day. So drink up everybody (though no driving afterward, right? Same [...]

By | September 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Governor signs spirits tasting bill

Gov. Brown has signed the liquor tasting bill that we wrote about last week, allowing most distillers to offer tastings at their production facilities. Distillers aren't exactly celebrating, however, since the bill does not allow direct sales of most kinds of spirits, the way wineries and breweries can do. Until [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|1 Comment

Smuttynose reaches California, but not NorCal

New Hampshire-based Smuttynose will get a toe-hold (nose-hold?) on the West Coast with an agreement with two Southern California beer distributors, Brewbound reports. Previously, you could only get it as far west as Michigan and Indiana. That's sorta good news for us in the North Bay - which is to [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh Hop season arrives

Fall is fresh hop season, where brewers take the product of the harvest directly to the kettle. There is some debate about how much of a difference fresh hops make in terms of taste and aroma versus other options, such as using dried or pelletized hops, but there is no [...]

By | September 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Anything for a beer

Ok, Beer is good. And let's face it, I would go a long way out of my way to acquire a good beer. But this guy perhaps went too far. The Marin Independent Journal reports that 18-year-old Cesar Montes of San Rafael was arrested Friday, accused of using a replica [...]

By | September 20th, 2013|0 Comments

A weekend of beery fun

Here's one more thing to do beerwise this weekend. In addition to the Oktoberfest event at Bergamot Alley I mentioned earlier this week, there's the Second annual "Mowkeef Festival" at Anderson Valley up in Booneville on Saturday. The event celebrates the equinox and marks the release of the Mendo Mello [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Welcome to Beer City?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzZVcvusbTg   My colleague Kevin McCallum reports today on a new marketing campaign by the city of Santa Rosa to tout itself in major cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland in an effort to tell tourists that we're about more than wine. One of the interesting elements is [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Russian River gets a Best Of nod. Again.

  Is there any accolade that Santa Rosa's own Russian River Brewing has not received? Excepting perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize or a Pulitzer, it seems the answer is no. The brewery is at or near the top of everyone's list, including our own Press Democrat Best Of awards, voted [...]

By | September 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Oktoberfest season is upon us

One of the interesting things about Oktoberfest is that it really doesn't happen in October, at least not mostly. Traditionally, the two-week Oktoberfest starts in mid-September and wraps up the first week in October. That means Oktoberfest is pretty much right now. If you can't make it to Germany, there [...]

By | September 17th, 2013|1 Comment

A guide to homebrewing in under 2 minutes

http://vimeo.com/nkmotion/homebrew Want to learn how to brew your own beer? Well, here's a reasonable guide to the process in handy video format by an animator in New Zealand, all in less than two minutes. In a nutshell: get some malted grain, grind it up, add it to hot  water, hold [...]

By | September 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival on Saturday

Fourteen local breweries will be on display Saturday at the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, from 1-6 p.m. on Water Street in downtown Petaluma. There will be food from a variety of area restaurants, and music by The Fossils, joined by some other local favorites. Tickets are $30 in advance [...]

By | September 11th, 2013|1 Comment

Water deal spells big expansion for Bear Republic

My colleague Clark Mason had an article over the weekend about a deal between the city of Cloverdale and Bear Republic Brewing that has big implications for the company and the craft brewing world in general. Because the city's water supply is stretched thin at best, Bear Republic is stuck [...]

By | September 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Sonoma County homebrewer gets national exposure

Sonoma County homebrewer Greg Haas is getting some attention for his "Bodega Bay Fog" recipe lately after San Leandro-based Williams Brewing, a well-known homebrew supply house, included it its "Customer Recipe Issue" of its seasonal catalog. It's the first time since 1991 the company has included customer recipes in its [...]

By | September 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Wine Country brewers join Sierra Nevada fresh hop festival

Several prominent Wine Country brewers will be on hand Oct. 19 at Sierra Nevada's first-ever "Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival" in the hop garden at the Chico brewery. On tap are Lagunitas, Russian River, Marin Brewing, and Moylans, with more breweries possibly added later. They will join state [...]

By | September 6th, 2013|0 Comments