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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Growing up on the Central Coast, Half Moon Bay was known for one thing: giant pumpkins. The annual pumpkin festival was marked by the year’s largest pumpkin being paraded through the streets on a flatbed truck. Today, the festival is still a big part of the town, but my main interest lies along the coast at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Recently, new brewers James Costa and Shane Aldrich have brought new life to beer at the old English-style pub and I wanted to get a first hand taste of what was going on.  Continue reading Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Beer of the Week: Bitburger Pils

While I was away from the site, there wasa small sporting competition called the World Cup. The eventual winner of that World Cup was Germany. While I have no rotting interest for the Germans, I did like that they had an official beer for the men’s team. Knowing Germans and their taste for beer, it was no surprise that they went with a solid German-brewed pilsner. The Beer of the Week is Bitburger Pils. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bitburger Pils

Third Street AleWorks Ales for ALS BBQ and Tasting Event 2014

For the second year in a row, Third Street AleWorks has hosted a tasting event featuring Sonoma County brewed beers raising money for Ales for ALS. Participating breweries across the nation were given a special blend of hops developed by Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman and Bell’s Brewing’s John Mallet. Russian River and Bear Republic contributed their special beer to the party as beer lovers sampled the trio of beers over a dinner of BBQ. Continue reading Third Street AleWorks Ales for ALS BBQ and Tasting Event 2014

Beer of the Week: 101 North Brewing Golden Naked Ale

I have to start by apologizing. I’ve neglected the site and all my readers and I am sorry. That said, you may be wondering what I’ve been up to? Well, the short answer is drinking plenty of this week’s featured beer. The Beer of the Week is 101 North Brewing’s Golden Naked Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: 101 North Brewing Golden Naked Ale

Speakeasy 17th Anniversary Party

Local breweries are growing up. More than one-man operations in industrial parks, they’re employing entire teams and have the ability to throw some pretty amazing parties. This weekend in San Francisco, Speakeasy did just that for their 17th Anniversary. Keep reading and take a look at what went down. Continue reading Speakeasy 17th Anniversary Party

Beer of the Week: Mavericks Brewing Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale

The 4th of July is right around the corner. It’s a long day of beer drinking and a session beer would be best for this occasion. With so many session IPA hitting the market, how about something different? How about something that is undoubtedly a session beer? The Beer of the Week is Mavericks Brewing’s Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mavericks Brewing Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale

Strike Brewing Gets Rolling in San Jose

It was an early May morning when I walked into a non-descript warehouse building, the unmistakable smell of fresh paint was in the air. Steel fermenters glimmered in one corner of the white-walled building, kegs hunkered in another, and in the center a burly man was yelling “Heads up, I dropped it!” as a piece of drywall fell to the ground. Without a doubt, someone was building a brewery.  Continue reading Strike Brewing Gets Rolling in San Jose

Brewer’s Thoughts: There is not a “Best” Brewery

Dear beer buyers, Cicerones, bar owners and influential beer-type-persons,

Please stop responding to requests to rank breweries.

Thanks,
Everybody Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: There is not a “Best” Brewery

Beer of the Week: Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout

Most eople associate summer drinking with light bodied beers and hops. Don’t get me wrong, a hoppy pilsner or session IPA hit the spot when you’re trying to beat the heat. But the middle of the afternoon isn’t the only time we reach for a beer in the summer. Here’s a beer that makes sense in the waning twilight, sitting around the campfire, or simply to be served alongside some tasty summer BBQ. The Beer of the Week is Tallgrass Brewing’s Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout

Face 2 Face Beerfest 2014

For years, the Santa Rosa beer festival scene has been defined by two event. In March, the Battle of the Brews marks the beginning of festival season. In June, the Wells Fargo Center hosts Face 2 Face’s Beerfest, typically coinciding with the beginning of summer. This year, the kick-off of summer was appropriate as rising temperatures made for a beautiful day on the lawn for drinking beer. Continue reading Face 2 Face Beerfest 2014