Hopmonk collects toys for holidays

All three Hopmonk Tavern locations - Sebastopol, Sonoma, and Novato - will be collecting donations of toys for the holidays from Monday through Sunday this week, Dec. 2-8. Owner Dean Biersch says he will give a $5 gift card to everyone who brings in a donation (that's one card per [...]

By | December 1st, 2013|0 Comments

A taste of Sonoma beer culture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuHLZ01cerU Here's an interesting little piece I ran across somehow the other day. It talks about the small but thriving beer culture in the town of Sonoma, which includes breweries Hopmonk Tavern and Sonoma Springs Brewing and beer bar Olde Sonoma Public House. Producer Peter Berkley tells me that the [...]

By | September 4th, 2013|1 Comment

Do you care where your beer is made?

I once had a conversation with a senior guy in the Napa Valley Vintners about contract production, meaning small winemakers who rent equipment and space, and even staff, from larger wineries to make their product rather than building their own production facilities. There are lots of boutique and high-end producers [...]

By | August 16th, 2013|0 Comments

Is Craft Beer light?

Beer won't necessarily make you fat, but there is no arguing with the fact that it adds calories to your diet, from 100 or so per bottle for the lightest of beers, to 400 or more for the big thick monsters that the extreme beer craze of the late '90s [...]

By | July 19th, 2013|0 Comments

California Beer Festival this weekend

Marin County will host the California Beer Festival on Saturday in Novato, with 70 beers on tap, music and a BBQ cookoff. It will run from 12:30-5 p.m. in Stafford Lake Park. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. There is a shuttle to the site from [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|0 Comments