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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

More honors pile up for Russian River Brewing Co.

What a month it has been for Russian River Brewing Co! Zymurgy readers have voted Pliny the Elder their #1 beer for the 6th time in a row. The brewery was also named the #1 brewery commercially available in the United States by the same voters. Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo were just in Los Angeles being honored as the California Travel brewery of the year at the 32nd Annual California Travel Summit. Before they headed down there, Vinnie and Natalie… Read More »

Welcome to cider country

A countless number of times we have heard Sonoma County referred to as ‘Wine Country’. I would be preaching to the choir if I told you that this part of the world is also making some of the best beer. Now that we have that established, it’s time to open ourselves to the wonderful world of ciders. Locally we have Ace Cider who has been making cider for many years in the Sebastopol area. Their first cider was released in… Read More »

Lots to like at Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in SF

There are an abundance of breweries opening up throughout Northern California. The majority of them are producing good quality brews. There are however a handful of recently opened breweries that are producing exceptional brews. Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco is a great example of that. Established just one year ago in 2013, Cellarmaker has put together a line up of beers as tasty as any  other brewery I’ve been to in the last couple years. That lineup can change… Read More »

Russian River Beer Revival tickets on sale

The 2014 Russian River Beer Revival tickets will officially go on sale today Friday, June 13 at 1pm. You may purchase tickets online at http://www.stumptown.com/revival/ or at Stumptown brewery. This will be the 12th annual festival being held at Stumptown Brewery which is located at 15045 River Rd. in Guerneville. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 16 with the beer tasting going from 1 to 5pm. There will be thirty breweries and thirty BBQ teams offering tastings to go with… Read More »

Esquire TV’s ‘Brew Dogs’ show visits Santa Rosa pub

Brew Dogs is a show going into its second season on the Esquire Network. The show follows James Watt and Martin Dickie who are the co-owners of the UK’s fastest growing brewery, named BrewDog of course. The second season begins on June 25. Filming is currently under way. James and Martin travel America visiting different beer towns along the way. The featured town will be Santa Rosa when the Brew Dogs filming crew pay Heritage Public House on 1901 Mendocino… Read More »

The best (Lagunitas) Beer Circus yet

I must say that I have never been disappointed when attending a Lagunitas beer event. Once again they topped themselves with, in my opinion, the best Beer Circus yet. The beer was as good as expected. Besides special limited release beers by Lagunitas like a pomegranate pale, you had quite the list of breweries to choose from. The entertainment was over the top. Some of the acts I have seen at the Beer Circus in previous years but I still… Read More »

Sierra Nevada’s ‘Beer Camp Across America’ 12-pack

Sierra Nevada has been working on a very special project. In mid-July they will release a ‘Beer Camp Across America’ twelve pack collaboration like no other. Sierra Nevada and the head brewers from twelve exceptional breweries across the country came together to each brew one of the beers for the special twelve pack. The list of collaborating breweries that you are about to read is enough to get any beer geek excited! The twelve pack will include one each of… Read More »

Two great weekend beer events on tap

This upcoming weekend will be quite eventful for beer lovers holding the two hottest tickets in the county. First, Beerfest will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 7. Sonoma County food purveyors will join 60+ breweries coming together to raise money for Face to Face Sonoma County Aids Network. Unlimited beer, beverages and food tastings with a souvenir glass are included in the price of admission. Tickets may still be purchased by clicking… Read More »