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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

North Coast celebrates a quarter century

  Another Beer Country pioneer is celebrating an anniversary, with North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg marking 25 years of beer, with the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Ale. The beer is a “Belgian-inspired session beer,” made with the same yeast strain used to make the Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale. The beer weighs in at just 4 percent alcohol by volume, a mild drinker the brewery describes as “designed to promote a festive mood while minimizing the consequences of overindulgence.” The… Read More »

Charbay celebrates 30 years

  1983 must have been a great year in the area, because here we are celebrating yet another 30th anniversary – St. Helena-based brandy and spirits-maker Charbay is marking the successful end of its third decade by releasing the Alambic Collection, seven recent and vintage spirits produced over the years on the company’s copper Alambic Charentais Pot Stills, housed at their distillery up in Ukiah. That’s master distiller Marko Karakasevic up there with the stills, installed by his father Miles, who… 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 »

Mendocino celebrates 30th

Mendocino Brewing Company celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with a new single hop ale paying tribute to the early days of California brewing. The beer will feature exclusively Cascade hops, the hop that flavored the iconic New Albion Ale, first brewed in Sonoma in 1976, and later the backbone of early giants such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The anniversary beer comes in a little stronger than those older brews – about 7 percent alcohol by volume –… Read More »

Beer Festivals everywhere…

It does seem like you can hardly turn around without bumping into a good craft brew festival these days, but what a problem to have. A couple of events are looming for Beer Country fans, starting this week with Davis Beer Week, starting on Saturday. That involves a bunch of events at individual breweries, pubs and shops, climaxing with the Bike and Brew fest on Aug. 24 in Central Park in Davis. The events in the leadup week don’t require… Read More »

Ukiah named to Best Small Beer City list

Since everyone seems to be into ranking things on the Internet  these days, it was only a matter of time until someone went so far as to decide on the “Best Small Cities for Beer Lovers.” A website known as Credit Donkey decided to compare various factors, including population, bars per capita, walkability, and alcohol tax rates to decide which towns under 50,000 residents were the best for beer drinkers. The winner turned out to be the city of Indiana,… Read More »