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Beer Country

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Growler Fill bill advances

The California State Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday allowing breweries to fill growlers that do not have their name emblazoned on them. The state Assembly has already passed the measure, but will need to vote on some changes made by the senate. It is expected to take up the measure soon and the bill seems likely to head to the governor’s desk. Traditionally, state alcohol regulators allowed breweries to fill growlers – the big jugs, usually glass and usually… Read More »

Beer Festivals everywhere…

It does seem like you can hardly turn around without bumping into a good craft brew festival these days, but what a problem to have. A couple of events are looming for Beer Country fans, starting this week with Davis Beer Week, starting on Saturday. That involves a bunch of events at individual breweries, pubs and shops, climaxing with the Bike and Brew fest on Aug. 24 in Central Park in Davis. The events in the leadup week don’t require… Read More »

Region’s breweries ranked (by size this time)

Our friends at the North Bay Business Journal (owned by the same people, located across the hall from the PD) have an interesting list this week: the region’s breweries ranked by size. They list the 14 craft breweries they could identify and get information out of and the results give a wonderful snapshot of the huge span of the craft beer industry in America today. At the top, of course, is the Big Man on Campus in Sonoma County, Lagunitas,… Read More »

Locals show in U.S. Open Beer Championships

For some reason, California breweries didn’t do all that well in the recent U.S. Open Beer Championships, a big beer judging competition in Atlanta last weekend – no California brewery placed in the top 10 and there were only a scattering of individual winners from around here. But that having been said, a couple of Beer Country locals did show up on the winners list: Lagunitas “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’” ale took silver in the American Specialty Wheat category. Anderson… Read More »

Breastfest 2013 hits San Francisco

As you have certainly noticed, beer companies have a long and not entirely dignified history of employing (or exploiting) breasts to sell their products in ads. Since 2000, however, some breweries have turned this partnership to a more noble cause, this time exploiting  beer to help breasts, or at least help fund breast cancer treatment. About 80 breweries will join host Marin Brewing Company on Saturday for Breastfest 2013 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco from… Read More »

Smithsonian’s Find the Beer project hits NorCal

Not sure quite what to make of this one, but here it is anyway. Smithsonian magazine’s food and beverage columnist Alastair Bland has launched “Find the Beer! A California Trail of Ales,” a game wherein he leaves a beer stashed at various locations around northern California. Your job is to find the beer and replace it with a beer of your choice. He has just one request: use a glass bottle, not a canned beer, since cans can deteriorate under… Read More »