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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Russian River gets a Best Of nod. Again.

  Is there any accolade that Santa Rosa’s own Russian River Brewing has not received? Excepting perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize or a Pulitzer, it seems the answer is no. The brewery is at or near the top of everyone’s list, including our own Press Democrat Best Of awards, voted on by you the readers. So let’s add one more to the list of Russian River’s honors. The website Thrillist names Russian River best in California in its state-by-state look… Read More »

More “Best Of” madness for Sonoma County? Of course.

TheDailyMeal.com continues its ongoing look into the world of craft brew this week with a list of the “Top 15 craft breweries in the USA.” Anyone surprised that Sonoma County stands out? Me either. The only surprise is that the numbers aren’t a little higher. Lagunitas weighs in at #7, with the list authors saying: Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company has a core of supportive beer lovers who want to nurture the creation of consistently good beer. The brewery… Read More »

Wine and beer do mix after all

Wine and beer are pretty close cousins, from a production point of view, but they tend not to mix all that much in real life, either socially or physically. “Beer Bar” and “Wine Bar,” for example, tend not to conjure the same mental images. Nor do you find a lot of grape juice mixed in beer. Once in a while, someone will do something special; one of the few commercial examples is local: Napa Smith puts out a seasonal Oktoberfest-inspired… Read More »