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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

Sonoma County Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference 2013

Last winter, Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board injected itself into the craft beer world with a survey handed out at the Pliny the Younger release at Russian River Brewing. The seed was planted that day and this week, we saw that seed sprout in the form of the Sonoma County Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference held at the Hyatt Vineyard in Santa Rosa. The announcement of this event generated excitement to the tune of a full house, but would that seed and sprout be able to bear fruit?  Continue reading Sonoma County Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference 2013

RateBeer Gallery 2 – Beauty From a Barrel

RateBeer.com is the largest online resource for beer reviews, among other beer related items. Lately, the company has begun getting into events. This past weekend, RateBeer hosted the RateBeer Gallery 2: Beauty From a Barrel featuring a hand-selected list of barrel-aged beers from local breweries as well as some of RateBeer’s favorites from around the country.  Continue reading RateBeer Gallery 2 – Beauty From a Barrel