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Beer of the Week: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

Here in Sonoma County, the harvest season is upon us. Be it bines of hops or grapes on the vine, the bounty of our county is on full display. At the same time, we’re in the midst of a scary drought. I’m really feeling the Steinbeck references, so here we go. The Beer of the week is Hops of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

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

Beer of the Week: Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA

This weekend I found myself in Reno for CanFest again. With so many breweries on display, many from far away markets, I like to take the opportunity to feature a brewery I may not typically get a lot of exposure to. This year, I looked to Utah and found a tasty brew to share with all of you. The Beer of the Week is Uinta’s Hop Nosh IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA

Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Kermit the Hop

Last Thursday, #IPADay happened and it awoke a taste for hops in me. Not that I typically dislike hops, but this summer has been about bright pilsners, sessionable brews and refreshing beers with subtle notes. Since dosing myself with copious amounts of hops, I’ve been craving that resinous bitterness and piney aroma. The Beer of the Week is Bison Brewing’s Kermit the Hop.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Kermit the Hop

Beer of the Week: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Untouchable IPA

This Thursday is #IPADay, where the beer community comes together to drink an IPA. The big flavor of hops and potent kick have made IPA the most popular style in the craft beer world and spurred much of the growth we have seen in the past few years. Grab your favorite IPA and raise a pint this Thursday. In the meantime, I’ve got a great IPA to share with you. The Beer of the Week is Speakeasy’s Untouchable IPA
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Beer of the Week: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Untouchable IPA

This Thursday is #IPADay, where the beer community comes together to drink an IPA. The big flavor of hops and potent kick have made IPA the most popular style in the craft beer world and spurred much of the growth we have seen in the past few years. Grab your favorite IPA and raise a pint this Thursday. In the meantime, I’ve got a great IPA to share with you. The Beer of the Week is Speakeasy’s Untouchable IPA
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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Growing up on the Central Coast, Half Moon Bay was known for one thing: giant pumpkins. The annual pumpkin festival was marked by the year’s largest pumpkin being paraded through the streets on a flatbed truck. Today, the festival is still a big part of the town, but my main interest lies along the coast at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Recently, new brewers James Costa and Shane Aldrich have brought new life to beer at the old English-style pub and I wanted to get a first hand taste of what was going on.  Continue reading Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Beer of the Week: Bitburger Pils

While I was away from the site, there wasa small sporting competition called the World Cup. The eventual winner of that World Cup was Germany. While I have no rotting interest for the Germans, I did like that they had an official beer for the men’s team. Knowing Germans and their taste for beer, it was no surprise that they went with a solid German-brewed pilsner. The Beer of the Week is Bitburger Pils. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bitburger Pils

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

Beer of the Week: 101 North Brewing Golden Naked Ale

I have to start by apologizing. I’ve neglected the site and all my readers and I am sorry. That said, you may be wondering what I’ve been up to? Well, the short answer is drinking plenty of this week’s featured beer. The Beer of the Week is 101 North Brewing’s Golden Naked Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: 101 North Brewing Golden Naked Ale