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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Moonlight taproom delayed, opening later this year

Moonlight Brewing‘s Brian Hunt (that’s him in his hop yard back in 2008) set off a wave of excitement among beer fans earlier this year when he said he would be opening a taproom at his new brewing facility at 3350 Coffey Lane in Santa Rosa. Previously, his beers were available in unpredictable spots around the region and at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, the closest Moonlight has ever come to a stable tasting facility or brewpub. “I have been… Read More »

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 »

Oktoberfest season is upon us

One of the interesting things about Oktoberfest is that it really doesn’t happen in October, at least not mostly. Traditionally, the two-week Oktoberfest starts in mid-September and wraps up the first week in October. That means Oktoberfest is pretty much right now. If you can’t make it to Germany, there are plenty of ways to celebrate locally, though Americans tend mistakenly to shift their events into mid or late October, as you will see from the local lists. Here’s our… Read More »

Breastfest 2013 hits San Francisco

As you have certainly noticed, beer companies have a long and not entirely dignified history of employing (or exploiting) breasts to sell their products in ads. Since 2000, however, some breweries have turned this partnership to a more noble cause, this time exploiting  beer to help breasts, or at least help fund breast cancer treatment. About 80 breweries will join host Marin Brewing Company on Saturday for Breastfest 2013 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco from… Read More »