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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

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 and ’00s spawned. That’s 33 percent more than a McDonald’s cheeseburger, at about 300 calories each (but beer entirely lacks the fat of a cheeseburger, so it’s not quite a… Read More »

Beer tasting event at Napa County Fair

Happy, Fourth of July. Even on a holiday, we have beer news. The staff of Napa Smith Brewery will be on hand at the Napa County Fair tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m., pouring their pilsner and amber ale, paired with some sausage. It’s part of the fair’s Chef Showcase series that runs throughout the weekend. The fairgrounds are in Calistoga, on North Oak Street. Gates open today at noon, fireworks are at 9:30, and things wrap up at 11 p.m. Tickets… Read More »