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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

More on Russian River supply problems

Our report earlier this week on the extreme supply crunch at Russian River Brewing provoked a lively debate in our comment section and at other sites. Some beer fans applauded the position by owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo that there are some things more important than expansion, things like quality of life, financial stability, and the intimacy of a small business. Other commenters, however, seemed vexed that the Cilurzos seem to have no particularly interest in expanding. “That’s cool that… Read More »

Beer Advocates-in-Chief do Sonoma County

Beer Advocates-in-Chief Jason and Todd Alstrom, founders of Beer Advocate magazine and website, will be hitting some locations in Sonoma County on Wednesday, part of a West Coast tour that started with a session at Sierra Nevada’s annual Beer Camp in Chico. The brothers will be hitting Bear Republic from 1-4 p.m., Lagunitas from 4:30-7:30, and Russian River from 8 p.m. until Natalie and Vinnie lock the doors. No reservations are required, of course, but expect a lively crowd as… Read More »

Craft or crafty?

Bloomberg had a fun article this week about Blue Moon, the popular wheat beer that just happens to be a branch of the MillerCoors empire. After years of taking a beating from beer purists, who complain that Blue Moon is a stealthy intruder by the big boys into the craft beer market, the makers of the beer are barking back. Their argument boils down to Who Cares? “We should be proud to make beers that grow and are popular —… Read More »

Bear Republic bottles Cafe Racer 15

Bear Republic is putting its well-regarded seasonal Café Racer 15 in bottles for the first time, starting in July, the brewery said this week. The 22 oz bottles, often known to the beer fluent as “bombers,” will hit California shelves the first week of the month. It should roll out in other Beer Republic states in the weeks that follow. The beer debuted in 2011 to mark the brewery’s 15th anniversary, with a big dose of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook… Read More »