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Beer Country

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Remembering Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales

Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71. Jack and partners launched Rogue in 1988 and became leaders in one of the most influential beer regions (Oregon) in the country. Brett Joyce, Rogue president and Jack’s son released the following message to the Portland Business Journal over email, “It is a sad day for me as a son who has lost a dad, a sad day for our employees who have lost a… Read More »

Saison ales growing in popularity

Once considered an endangered species of beer styles, saison ales are quite popular as of late. Saisons were originally brewed in farm houses around Belgium by households for their own personal consumption and to be shared with their workers. These beers were brewed in the months before summer to be paired with hot weather. Although they were traditionally seasonal beers you now will find breweries around the country that are making this delicious beer year round. The style is refreshing… Read More »

About the NorCal Beer Geeks

The NorCal Beer Geeks is a Facebook group of beer enthusiasts that come together to share about limited release beers, events and beer news. Bottle shares, blind tastings and beer and food pairings are common amongst this group. Official events are held at a place and time disclosed only to members of the group. Owners of the respective venues supply the location and work with the group to pair the proper food with the beer. The next event is just… Read More »

23rd Annual Beerfest, benefit for Face to Face

The 23rd Annual Beerfest is coming up on June 7. The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa will be the venue and the event hours are from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Sonoma County food purveyors will join 60+ breweries coming together to raise money for a great cause. 100 % of the proceeds will be donated to Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network. For $45 ($50 at the door) you can help raise money while enjoying unlimited… Read More »

American Craft Beer Week is happening right now

American Craft Beer Week is under way and we have received messages from breweries near and far that want to help you celebrate the occasion. This festive week officially began on Monday May 12 and will conclude on May 18. Local favorite 101 North Brewing Co. will be celebrating throughout the county all week long.  They kicked it off with a Tap Takeover at Taps in Petaluma on Monday. Tuesday you can find them doing a three-course cheese pairing at Hopmonk… Read More »

Get to know the local man behind Ratebeer

If you know and love beer, you probably know and love Ratebeer. What you maybe didn’t know is that Ratebeer’s executive director, Joe Tucker, lives right here in Sonoma County. What started as a part-time labor of love for Tucker in 2000 has morphed into a full-time job and a website that is visited by 1.3 million people per month. When I recently met up with Tucker, it was easy to see his passion for the craft beer industry. His… Read More »

Time to celebrate craft beer


The ninth annual American Craft Beer Week will take place between May 12th and May 18th this year. That week is a time for beer lovers across our nation to collectively celebrate the craft beer culture and community. There are well over 2,500 craft breweries operating and many more scheduled to open across America this year. Let’s all take the time to rejoice the abundance of great beer that we are being provided by the hard working American people working… Read More »