The Barlow celebrates grand opening on Saturday

The Barlow celebrats grand opening, with Woodfour Brewing and Spirit Works distillery.

By | October 31st, 2013|0 Comments

Marin Brewing releases 3 Flowers in bottles

Marin Brewing is releasing its popular, but previously tap-only, IPA known as 3 Flowers in 22 oz bottles. The rye IPA weighs in at 6.5 percent alcohol by volume and is hopped with the three flowers that give it the name: Citra, Cascade and Chinook hops. The brewery developed the [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Will Big Beer get bigger?

Is Anheuser-Busch really on the hunt to acquire rival MillerCoors?

By | October 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Sonoma County Beer, Cider, and Spirits conference takes shape

Lineup set for first ever conference on Sonoma County's booming artisan beverage industry.

By | October 25th, 2013|4 Comments

Beer and cheese pairing event at UC Davis

Saturday event at UC Davis highlights joys of pairing cheese and beer.

By | October 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Mendocino hosts ‘Mushroom, Wine & Beer’ fest

Shrooms and brews are on the menu at an upcoming fest.

By | October 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Humboldt Brewing reborn, sorta

Another great brewing name from the past is making a comeback. Nectar Ales is changing its name back to Humboldt Brewing Company to honor the outfit that developed the brews back in 1987. But it will be "Humboldt" in name only for the moment, since it will continue to be [...]

By | October 20th, 2013|1 Comment

The story behind the Heritage

In the wake of their win at the Great American Beer Festival this month, Bear Republic is rightfully crowing about taking a Bronze home in the Scotch Ale category for their beer Heritage. (The only other Sonoma County winners were Third Street Aleworks, which took two medals, and Russian River [...]

By | October 19th, 2013|0 Comments

North Coast celebrates a quarter century

  Another Beer Country pioneer is celebrating an anniversary, with North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg marking 25 years of beer, with the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Ale. The beer is a "Belgian-inspired session beer," made with the same yeast strain used to make the Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale. The [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Beer for the next generation?

The sale this week of Kansas City standout Boulevard to a Belgian firm (no worries, purists - this Belgian firm is Duvel, not InBev) has raised once more the question of what happens next for the early generation of breweries who led the craft beer revolution in the 1980s and [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Beer fun for the weekend

If you haven't gotten your tickets for Sierra Nevada's outstanding-looking Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild festival on Saturday, forget it. The brewery says all tickets are sold out. Same with the 10th annual Brews on the Bay in San Francisco. If any of you are going to either of these [...]

By | October 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Marin Brewing Blood Drive on Saturday

  Marin Brewing is teaming up with Blood Centers of the Pacific for their semiannual blood drive on Saturday. The bloodmobile will be at brewpub in Larkspur, 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, from noon to 5 p.m. Donors will receive a free meal from the brewpub, they say. This is the 10th [...]

By | October 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Charbay celebrates 30 years

  1983 must have been a great year in the area, because here we are celebrating yet another 30th anniversary - St. Helena-based brandy and spirits-maker Charbay is marking the successful end of its third decade by releasing the Alambic Collection, seven recent and vintage spirits produced over the years on [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|1 Comment

More questions than answers on cider

Once in a while, reporters just have to admit what they don't know. In a story out this morning, we explore a peculiar little bill that zipped through the California legislature earlier this year and was signed into law by the governor. It makes a change to the state's liquor [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|0 Comments

Great American Beer Fest winners

The 2013 winners for the Great American Beer Festival, just wrapping up in Denver, are out and our big winner locally was Third Street AleWorks, with two awards, including a gold. Russian River, Moylan's and Bear Republic each picked up one award. Here's the complete list for your reading pleasure, [...]

By | October 12th, 2013|3 Comments