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Fresh Hop Festival 2014

Every September hundreds of breweries make the long trek to the Yakima Valley in Washington State for the highly sought-after fresh hop. The intense floral, resin, and grassy elements you get from a beer brewed with fresh hops is not something you normally get from an IPA available year-round, which is made from dried hops. The Fresh Hop Festival celebrates the annual picking (and brewing) of hops with this beer festival set in Downtown Yakima.  Continue reading Fresh Hop Festival 2014

Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

It’s a fine line that brewers have to walk. Do something original, or “extreme” and it’s seen as a gimmick. But what if that gimmick, is actually honest brewing science and meant to improve the beer drinker’s experience? Stone challenged the standard 90-day shelf life of IPAs with their Enjoy By IPA, complete with bottles screen printed with the expiration date, a mere six weeks after bottling. Now, Lagunitas has gone one step further. The Beer of the Week is Lagunitas’ Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: From Behind the Concierge’s Table

With beer festivals popping up everywhere, it’s becoming difficult to determine which are worth the ticket price. Festivals are looking for different ways to attract guests. There are themed festivals, festivals who aim to feature the most beers, others who feature a carefully curated list, and others who simply throw them by the seat of their pants. This weekend, Mad Dog Presents made their first foray into the Bay Area festival scene and invited yours truly to work the concierge table. Here’s a look at the first San Francisco Craft Beer Festival as experienced by someone on the other side of the table.  Continue reading San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: From Behind the Concierge’s Table

Beer of the Week: Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout

This weekend, I was asked the question, “What makes for a fall seasonal?” My answer was longer than this space provides, but the general idea was that they provide a slight kick, be conducive to conversation and a more intimate setting, such as family gatherings. When I tasted this week’s beer I was immediately taken to memories of fall and family. The Beer of the Week is Stone Brewing’s 2014 Collaboration with Chris Banker and Cervecería Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

October is here and beer lovers have a few things to be excited about. The end of September brings Oktoberfest lagers. The hop harvest means plenty of fresh hopped beers will find their way onto local taps and, in some cases, firkins. But October is likely known best for pumpkin infused ales. This week’s Beer of the Week is Anderson Valley’s Fall Hornin’.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

Beer of the Week: North Coast Brewing Puck the Beer

Last week I wrote about Founder’s Brewing as a brewery who I felt could do no wrong. I’m following it with another personal favorite brewery. The Beer of the Week is North Coast Brewing’s Puck the Beer. Continue reading Beer of the Week: North Coast Brewing Puck the Beer

Brews on the Bay 2014

Once again the San Francisco Brewers Guild have outdone themselves with their annual Brews on the Bay event held on the World Ware II ship, the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien. This year marked the 11th anniversary of the event and has risen as one of the top go to beer festivals in the Bay Area.  Continue reading Brews on the Bay 2014

Beer of the Week: Founder Brewing Company Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale

As craft beer lovers, we discover breweries who, in our biased opinions, can do no wrong. I have a couple of breweries on this list, and today we’re featuring one. The beer of the Week is Founders Brewing’s Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Founder Brewing Company Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale

Bear Republic Brewing Company 6th Annual GABF Cellar Party

Every fall, shortly before the annual Great American Beer Festival, Bear Republic welcomes guests to the courtyard behind their Healdsburg brewpub and showcases the brewing of the last 12 months. This is a chance for fans of the brewery to meet the staff and taste the beers the brewery will be submitting for the GABF as well as a selection of other brewery favorites. This year, the 6th time Bear Republic has held this party, the brewery rolled out 20 beers and, as always, asked guests to pick their favorite.  Continue reading Bear Republic Brewing Company 6th Annual GABF Cellar Party

The Bistro Celebrates 20 Years of Craft Beer in Hayward

In 1994, the craft beer industry was very different than the scene we know today. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was still considered to be a fairly intense beer and the concept of a craft beer bar, while not unheard of, was definitely not common. Still, that was the decision made by Vic and Cynthia Kralj and the Bay Area was rewarded with a bar that has helped shape the craft beer scene for 20 years.  Continue reading The Bistro Celebrates 20 Years of Craft Beer in Hayward