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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

The story behind the Heritage

In the wake of their win at the Great American Beer Festival this month, Bear Republic is rightfully crowing about taking a Bronze home in the Scotch Ale category for their beer Heritage. (The only other Sonoma County winners were Third Street Aleworks, which took two medals, and Russian River with one. Nearby Moylans also picked one up). This week,  the brewery sent out a little essay explaining the name and the beer, which is in a malt-centric style that… Read More »

Great American Beer Fest winners

The 2013 winners for the Great American Beer Festival, just wrapping up in Denver, are out and our big winner locally was Third Street AleWorks, with two awards, including a gold. Russian River, Moylan’s and Bear Republic each picked up one award. Here’s the complete list for your reading pleasure, but I’ll pull out our local friends for simplicity: GOLD – Third Street AleWorks for Blarney Sisters’ Dry Irish Stout in the Classic Irish-style Stout category. SILVER – Russian River… Read More »

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival on Saturday

Fourteen local breweries will be on display Saturday at the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, from 1-6 p.m. on Water Street in downtown Petaluma. There will be food from a variety of area restaurants, and music by The Fossils, joined by some other local favorites. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, including a souvenir glass and 10 tasting tickets. But nobody under 21 is allowed at any price. The event is sponsored by the Petaluma Area… Read More »

Locals show in U.S. Open Beer Championships

For some reason, California breweries didn’t do all that well in the recent U.S. Open Beer Championships, a big beer judging competition in Atlanta last weekend – no California brewery placed in the top 10 and there were only a scattering of individual winners from around here. But that having been said, a couple of Beer Country locals did show up on the winners list: Lagunitas “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’” ale took silver in the American Specialty Wheat category. Anderson… Read More »