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Peter B’s: New and Improved

While Santa Rosa is my home today, I was raised looking over the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula. As I learned to love craft beer, the food and wine loving communities on the southern end of the Monterey Bay seemed to fall behind. As recently as a couple years ago, I found it difficult to satisfy my craft beer thirst when heading home for the holidays. That said, a lot has changed in the past few years and a big part of that is right next to the Wharf at Peter B’s. They recently closed the shop down for a few weeks for a remodel and invited me in to see the changes.  Continue reading Peter B’s: New and Improved

Beer of the Week: Anchor IPA

The style that took over the world is supposedly the pilsner. It is, after all, the style that the largest breweries in the world brew, or at least claim they brew or are inspired by. Lately though, it seems that IPA is challenging the pilsner for the lofty title. While Bud IPA isn’t coming to a tap near you, the craft world is watching as the hop driven style becomes not just a popular style, but almost a requirement in the rapidly growing craft segment. More and more breweries who have survived for years without an IPA are turning to the hotly popular style. The Beer of the Week is Anchor Brewing’s IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anchor IPA

Beer of the Week: Bear Republic Grand-Am Pale Ale

Springtime begs for a beer that’s crisp and refreshing but also something you can handle more than a pint or two of. While IPAs may fit the bill for a nice pint, sometimes they pack too much wallop when you’re looking to beat the warming weather. This is where pale ale shines. The Beer of the Week is Bear Republic’s Grand-Am Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bear Republic Grand-Am Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Base Camp Brewing Ripstop Rye Pils

The warm weather hit Santa Rosa with a vengeance this weekend. If you were like me, it was a sprint for the shorts, sandals and AC units. Helping to lower the body temperature was a cold beer that could refresh while also stimulating the taste buds. The Beer of the Week is Base Camp Brewing’s Ripstop Rye Pils.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Base Camp Brewing Ripstop Rye Pils

Brewer’s Thoughts: Recipes

Brewing recipes are generally a list of ingredients, barley, hops, yeast, and water treatments, accompanied by some very detailed process notes about what to actually do with those ingredients, and time frames in which specific things are supposed to happen. Most critical, however, is what recipes are not: beer.  Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: Recipes

Battle of the Brews 2014

In Sonoma County, spring is dragging its feet, but the 20-30 club aimed high in an attempt to bring us a bit of reprieve, warming our collective hearts (and filling our stomachs) with great food and great beer for a great cause.  Continue reading Battle of the Brews 2014

Beer of the Week: Calicraft Brewing Co. The City IPA

Hops are what people want in beer. Sierra Nevada started us on our lupulin addiction, which has only intensified. Then came IPA, Double IPA, even Triple IPAs. As the modifier increased, so did the alcohol content. This week’s Beer wen in a slightly different direction. This beer was born an IPA and stands firmly on that ground at 6.4%. The Beer of the Week is Calicraft Brewing’s The City IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Calicraft Brewing Co. The City IPA

Beer of the Week: New Belgium Snapshot

With the arrival of Spring, our beer selections begin to lean towards lighter bodied beers, beers that refresh and go with the warming days. While there are plenty of lawnmower beers out there, and hopped-up session beers are popping up left and right, a solid, well craft wheat beer is still the go to beer for many beer aficionados. This week’s beer of the week is New Belgium’s Snapshot. Continue reading Beer of the Week: New Belgium Snapshot

Beer of the Week: Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Brewing Jurata Baltic Porter

Sometimes the world of craft beer isn’t all friends and smiles and hugs. This past week, Cigar City in Florida witnessed that first hand. I’ve always been a fan of focusing on the positives though. So while Cigar City handles it’s problems back home, we have a chance here to celebrate a positive, and that would be a chance to get some delicious beer that Cigar City helped produce here in California. The Beer of the Week is the Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Collaboration Jurata Baltic Porter. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Brewing Jurata Baltic Porter

Beer of the Week: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA

It can be exciting searching for new beer. Sometimes the search takes you to a temporary find, a one-of beer brewed just for the season or, in some cases, just for that one time. It can be doubly exciting when a brewery decides to take that beer to a wider release. This week’s beer has done exactly that, going from a one-time season to a year-round member of the brewery’s roster. The Beer of the Week is Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA