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Canfest 2014

Every year I make the trek up the Sierras for a unique festival unique no other. Held in the shadow of the famous mountain range, this festival challenges conventional thinking and attracts like-minded types who walk to the beat of their own drum, not following the path prescribed by their parents. No, I’m not Burning Man, I’m talking about Canfest, where the celebration of craft beer in a can is on center stage.  Continue reading Canfest 2014

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

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

Lagunitas Beer Circus 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

18th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival

The Boonville Beer Festival earned the “legendary” status long ago. Established as one of the premier beer festivals on the West Coast, Boonville attracts brewers from San Diego to Portland to the Anderson Valley to show off their best beers for an audience of enthusiastic beer lovers. With the remote nature of the location, camping is essential and adds to the total Boonville experience. Here’s a taste of what went down in 2014. Continue reading 18th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival

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

San Francisco Beer Week 2014: Sonoma County Edition

San Francisco Beer Week has ended and we’re still alive. If you’re a beer drinker, you know the story surrounding SF Beer Week: dozens of events per day, beer releases galore, festivals, beer dinners, brewery tours, the list goes on and on. This year, I made a change to my typical plans and decided I would . . . → Read More: San Francisco Beer Week 2014: Sonoma County Edition

Pliny the Younger 2014

Every year, beer drinkers get in line outside Russian River Brewing Company for Pliny the Younger. The lines continue for 2 weeks and are a constant topic of conversation for locals. The question that always follows is “Is it worth it?” This is a difficult question to answer unless, of course, you’ve actually experienced a Pliny the Younger release day. Here’s a look at the release day and also on the two week stretch during which Pliny the Younger is available to patrons of the Downtown Santa Rosa pub. Continue reading Pliny the Younger 2014

SF Beer Week: Stone Tap Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau

For a beer lover here in the Bay Area, there really is no time of year like SF Beer Week. From Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz and everywhere in between, there are incredible events: special beer releases, tap takeovers, and festivals with collections of ales & lagers that astound even the biggest beer geeks among us.  Continue reading SF Beer Week: Stone Tap Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau

NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest 2013

The NYC Craft Beer Festival was in a part of town that I’ve seldom been to; Lexington Avenue in the 20’s, right across from Baruch College.  It was held at the 69th Armory (aka Lexington Armory).  It still amazes me as a life long New Yorker that works in Manhattan daily that I can still end up in areas where I feel like I’m a guest in my own town.  That’s just how big New York City is and why I love it here.  Lexington Armory is simply huge, the hall/gym/auditorium where the main beer stands were set up was ranging. The ceiling had to be dozens of feet above our heads.   Continue reading NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest 2013