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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 ’90s. Already, we’ve seen Fritz Maytag sell his Anchor brewery, and New Albion founder Jack McAuliffe is long retired. Goose Island‘s John Hall decided to sell his Chicago brewery to… Read More »

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 catalog. Greg’s recipe is for a 10 gallon batch of a California Common, the generic name for the style defined by Anchor’s Steam Beer, a historic name that the brewery… Read More »

Blues, Brews & BBQ returns to Napa

Looking for some beery fun this weekend? Napa’s annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival returns Saturday from 1-6 p.m. They close down several blocks of downtown and set up food booths and music stages here and there. The highlight, beer-ish-ly speaking, is the beer garden, a row of tents from various area breweries, along with Coors-affiliated Blue Moon, which is sponsoring the festival. Organizers haven’t posted a complete lineup, but Lagunitas, New Belgium, Newcastle, and Anchor will definitely be on… Read More »

St. Florian’s celebrates six months with new offering

Windsor’s St. Florian’s Brewery is marking its six month anniversary with a new brew, its California Common (what would otherwise be known as a “Steam Beer” had Anchor not long ago trademarked the name). Co-owner Amy Levin says the beer should start hitting the shelves in the region in the next 24 hours – and she would know too, since she not only does the marketing and books, but she drives the beer to the stores and bars herself. This… Read More »