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
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
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
Dear beer buyers, Cicerones, bar owners and influential beer-type-persons,
Please stop responding to requests to rank breweries.
Everybody Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: There is not a “Best” Brewery
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
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
It seems every town is throwing beer festivals these days. With so many festivals to choose from, there are still ones that stand out. The Lagunitas Beer Circus doesn’t just stand out, it raises the bar for beer festivals. Here’s a brief taste of the wild day at the Petaluma brewery. Continue reading Lagunitas Beer Circus 2014
Summer is here and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the warm weather and a few beers. Getting the most mileage out of your beer is key with the sun beating down. Years ago, you had to decide if you were going to get the full flavored beer your craved or the hydration you required, but the craft brewing community has responded with beers that eliminate the need to compromise. This week’s beer is just one of those options. The Beer of the Week is Karl Strauss’ Mosaic Session Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Brewing Company Mosaic Session Ale
An unpopular opinion: beer will not be the coolest thing in the world forever. We do a lot of horn tooting in the small brewery world about how many breweries there are and how much they’ve grown and how much better the beer is today than ever before. There’s a lot to get excited about there, and whenever there’s excitement, there must be a “but”. Beer as an artisan beverage, something more like an experience than a drink, is a relatively new thing. Beer is largely still a commodity, and beer is still largely bought and sold based solely on price. The small breweries are winning over people who drink beer from the big breweries, and we’ve been justifiably stoked about it. But what does this influx of new drinkers mean for small breweries? Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: Is That It For Beer When Beer Isn’t “It”?
This past weekend was about Oakland for me. A college buddy had an idea for an arts and music festival on Oakland’s Lake Merritt to celebrate the Eastlake neighborhood. Brewed For Thought helped out by procuring a selection of beer brewed in an around Oakland. It only seems appropriate to feature one of those beers in this space today. The Beer of the Week is Ale Industries Uncle Jesse West Coast Session IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Ale Industries Uncle Jesse Session IPA