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Homebrew pioneer speaks at Woodruff beer dinner

Homebrewing legend Byron Burch, co-founder of Santa Rosa’s The Beverage People store, will offer a lecture on the history of various beer styles and lessons on food pairings at a dinner Aug. 23 at Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Café in Sebastopol at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, plus tax and tip. But you better get on it, because there are only 38 seats available for the dinner. Ticket details and menu details are on Woodruff’s Facebook page. Byron has… Read More »

Another sort of Independence celebration

A small but significant blow for freedom was struck earlier this week, when Alabama became the last state in the Union to legalize the art of Homebrewing, after several years of pressure from the American Homebrewers Association and other beer fans. The bill passed and was signed by the governor in May, but brewers in the state had to wait until July 1 to be able to pursue their passion legally. Mississippi became the 49th state to legalize homebrew earlier… Read More »

Homebrewer’s Q&A at Beercraft

Joel Johnson of Petaluma’s 101 North and and Noah Bolmer, owner of Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental,  will get together Wednesday, July 24, at Beercraft in Rohnert Park for a homebrewing Q&A, which will also be available online as a live podcast. The session, from 6-7 p.m., will be followed by a public tasting from 7-8 p.m. The whole thing is free, but space for the Q&A part is limited to just 30, so email marilyn@101northbeer.com as soon as possible… Read More »