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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Harvest Fair adds beer to tasting lineup

  Proving that Wine Country is in fact also Beer Country, the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair is offering a lineup of local beers this weekend. The tasting pavilion, traditionally the stomping ground for wine, will feature brew pours from Dempsey’s, Fogbelt Brewing, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, 101 North, HenHouse, and Moonlight. It will also feature cider from Sebastopol’s California Cider Company, parent of Ace Cider and the largest independent cidery in the country. There will be some interesting How-To workshops… 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 »

Petaluma gets some brew-cation love

The financial website The Street gives Petaluma, and the rest of Sonoma County, some beery love in its list of five hidden gems for a beer vacation (which my wife has dubbed brewcations), following on a similar list they posted in June: So why are we dumping beer lovers into a region known primarily for wine? Part of it has to do with Petaluma itself. Located right in the heart of Sonoma County, Petaluma is surrounded by such treasures as… Read More »