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Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Saison De Wench

While the rain continues to fall, there’s no doubt that spring is in the air here in California. The cold breeze and frost in the morning is being replaced by the emergence of flowers on the roadside and muggy showers. During a break in one of these recent storms, I found myself thirsting for something a . . . → Read More: Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Saison De Wench

Brewer’s Thoughts: An Ode to Beer Drinkers

Editor’s note: In the years of publishing Brewed For Thought, I have met various individuals throughout the beer industry. I feel honored that many will share their thoughts and opinions with me in an open and frank manner. Recently, I was especially honored as a brewer I respect asked if he could contribute his thoughts to the site directly. Today, we’re starting a new feature on the site as Collin McDonnell of HenHouse Brewing is the first to contribute to the Brewer’s Thought column. Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: An Ode to Beer Drinkers

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

Beer of the Week: Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

Sometimes, beer is more than just a beverage. Sometimes, it is a teaching tool. Today, we’re adding a word to your vocabulary. Stochasticity (sto-kas-TI-city) is the state of being statistically non-deterministic. In short, this means being random. So with random in mind, the Beer of the Week is Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

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

Beer of the Week: Third Street Aleworks Double Standard Double IPA

Sonoma County is becoming known for hop heavy beers in this new IPA-loving beer scene. With brewers around the country upping their game and producing increasingly hoppy beers, it’s impressive that Santa Rosa can keep the gaze of the beer world and continue representing at events like the Bistro’s Double IPA Festival. With SF Beer Week behind us, there’s still time to make it to downtown Santa Rosa for the beer that took Silver in this year’s competition. The Beer of the Week is Third Street Aleworks’ Double Standard Double IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Third Street Aleworks Double Standard Double IPA

Beer of the Week: Rhinegeist The Truth

This past week, RateBeer.com honored the opinion of its users by releasing the RateBeer’s Best lists. These lists recognized breweries, retailers and beers in various categories that span the brewing industry. One brewery of personal interest was honored with the #7 New Brewer in the World and I was instantly eager to give some of their beer a try. The Beer of the Week is Rhingeist Brewery’s The Truth IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Rhinegeist The Truth

Beer of the Week: Eel River Brewing Onyx Black IPA

The chill of winter is in the air. The comforting flavors of roasted malt help ward off the cold and keep you warm from the inside out. This week’s selection brings the roasted malt flavors of a stout and pairs them with the bright citrus hop flavors of an IPA. The Beer of the Week if Eel River’s Onyx Black IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Eel River Brewing Onyx Black IPA

Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker 805 Ale

Along the Central Coast of California, you may not have noticed that the winter months have arrived. Sunny days and warm weather have been spoiling with conditions that makes us want to have a nice cold beer outside. This week’s selection is precisely the kind of beer for soaking in the California winter sun. The Beer of the Week is Firestone Walker’s 805.

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