It’s San Francisco Beer Week, so let’s keep[ it simple. I’m showcasing a San Francisco classic that’s putting a new twist on their flagship style. The Beer of the Week is Anchor Brewing’s Brotherhood Steam Beer. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing Brotherhood Steam Beer
With all the talk about brewing the hard way, complicated ales and fussing over beer, I wanted to pick a beer that’s about less fuss. I wanted to pick a beer that, maybe once upon a time, the big boys aimed to brew. Or maybe it’s the beer the big boys will one day aim to brew. I’m not certain, but either way, here it is. The Beer of the Week is Sudwerk’s California Dry Hop Lager. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Sudwerk Brewing Company California Dry Hop Lager
This past week, ahead of the Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival, I ventured further south down the 680 Corridor and found my way in the Dublin-Pleasanton area. It was here that I would begin a tour of one of the Bay Area’s emerging beer hot spots. The Tri-Valley Beer Trail highlights the best of the region and allows you to get some free stuff while enjoying the beer you already love. Continue reading Tri-Valley Beer Trail
In any industry, there will exist certain crews that exist that cross the lines of employment. The Brewing Network and their BN Army is one of those crews in the beer industry. Having started out in a home studio, the Brewing Network has grown to be an influential collection of homebrewers, brewers and industry experts promoting events, hosting events and even this last year, opening their own pub. Every January, they host the Winter Brews Festival and bring the BN Army out for an afternoon in January. Continue reading Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival 2015
It’s been a while since I posted a Beer of the Week. With such a long layoff, I figured, go big or go home. So I’m going bigger than big. The Beer of the Week is Gigantic Brewing’s Gigantic IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA
Another beer festival? It seems as if everyone is throwing a beer fest these days. Thankfully, some are taking a different stab at the beer festival and creating an experience beyond large quantities of beer and large festival spaces. The NorCal Beer Geeks are one of them and this was their first festival. Continue reading Inaugural NorCal Beer Geeks Beer Festival
A little more than two weeks ago, Lagunitas Brewing released Born Yesterday. This fresh hopped pale ale was bottled and kegged on Sunday, October 26th, delivered to accounts the next morning, October 27th, and sold out shortly thereafter. Beer lovers have been searching local shops in hopes of finding more and have, for the most part, been disappointed. If you count yourself among those people, get ready for a second chance. Continue reading Lagunitas Born Again?
Vanberg & DeWulf began importing Belgian beers in 1982. It was thanks to their importing that Americans were able to taste Duvel, Rodenbach, Affligem and many more. In 2011, they began a worldwide celebration of their portfolio with the Coast to Coast Toast. This past February, after over 30 years in the business, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield made the decision to retire from the industry and chose Total Beverage Solutions to carry on their business. This is the first year Wendy and Don are not directly involved in the Coast to Coast Toast (to be held this Thursday, November 13th at 7 pm PST). It’s only appropriate that this is also the first year this particular beer is offered in the United States. The Beer of the Week is Brasserie Dupont’s Triomfbier Vooruit.
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Writing about beer is hungry (and thirsty) work. If only someone would brew a beer designed specifically for pairing with one of my favorite sandwiches. Well, someone did. The Beer of the Week is Bison Brewing’s Red Reuben. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Red Reuben
Every September hundreds of breweries make the long trek to the Yakima Valley in Washington State for the highly sought-after fresh hop. The intense floral, resin, and grassy elements you get from a beer brewed with fresh hops is not something you normally get from an IPA available year-round, which is made from dried hops. The Fresh Hop Festival celebrates the annual picking (and brewing) of hops with this beer festival set in Downtown Yakima. Continue reading Fresh Hop Festival 2014