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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Sonoma County Beer, Cider, and Spirits conference takes shape

Lineup set for first ever conference on Sonoma County’s booming artisan beverage industry.… Read More »

OctubreFest at Carneros this weekend

Our new friends down at Carneros Brewing are getting into the Oktoberfest spirit with “Octubrefest,” a weekend-long fiesta starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the tapping of a keg of their limited edition “Doble IPA” and continuing on Saturday and Sunday, all with music, games, traditional German food, pumpkin patch walks, and tours of the brewery by brewmaster Jesus Ceja. He tells me they will have dart games for the big people and a boat-making station for kids of all… Read More »

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival on Saturday

Fourteen local breweries will be on display Saturday at the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, from 1-6 p.m. on Water Street in downtown Petaluma. There will be food from a variety of area restaurants, and music by The Fossils, joined by some other local favorites. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, including a souvenir glass and 10 tasting tickets. But nobody under 21 is allowed at any price. The event is sponsored by the Petaluma Area… Read More »

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 »