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Brewer’s Thoughts: Is That It For Beer When Beer Isn’t “It”?

An unpopular opinion: beer will not be the coolest thing in the world forever. We do a lot of horn tooting in the small brewery world about how many breweries there are and how much they’ve grown and how much better the beer is today than ever before. There’s a lot to get excited about there, and whenever there’s excitement, there must be a “but”. Beer as an artisan beverage, something more like an experience than a drink, is a relatively new thing. Beer is largely still a commodity, and beer is still largely bought and sold based solely on price. The small breweries are winning over people who drink beer from the big breweries, and we’ve been justifiably stoked about it. But what does this influx of new drinkers mean for small breweries?  Continue reading Brewer’s Thoughts: Is That It For Beer When Beer Isn’t “It”?

Beer of the Week: Ale Industries Uncle Jesse Session IPA

This past weekend was about Oakland for me. A college buddy had an idea for an arts and music festival on Oakland’s Lake Merritt to celebrate the Eastlake neighborhood. Brewed For Thought helped out by procuring a selection of beer brewed in an around Oakland. It only seems appropriate to feature one of those beers in this space today. The Beer of the Week is Ale Industries Uncle Jesse West Coast Session IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Ale Industries Uncle Jesse Session IPA

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

Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Summer is quickly arriving, especially here in Northern California. Between spring cleaning and chores around the yard, a beer that can quench thirst as well as refresh is essential. Thankfully, the craft beer community has embraced a new type of lawnmower beer, light bodied pale ales and IPAs of less then 5% strength. Seems like it’s time to get to work. The Beer of the Week is Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Flor de Jamaica Ale

This Beer of the Week is a long time coming. The summer has hit Sonoma County early and to be honest, I’ve been enjoying it and soaking it up. It seemed I needed a beer to match my mood to inspire me to get back to work and this week’s pick definitely fits that mold. The Beer of the Week is Mad River Brewing’s Flor de Jamaice Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Flor de Jamaica Ale

Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale

The first weekend in May is a special time in the Bay Area’s brewing scene. The summer is staring us down but we’re all waiting for one event to wave the green flag on the festival season: Boonville. This “Legenedary” beer festival attracts not just beer lovers but also brewers from all over the West Coast. It’s a weekend long camping-based trip anchored by one of  the best festivals around. You’ll need to keep hydrated as the weather is typically hot and dry (or pouring rain, nothing in between). In preparation for this festival, it’s only appropriate to reach for a session ale that can can keep us beer lovers happy. The Beer of the Week is Anderson Valley’s Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale

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