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
It’s a fine line that brewers have to walk. Do something original, or “extreme” and it’s seen as a gimmick. But what if that gimmick, is actually honest brewing science and meant to improve the beer drinker’s experience? Stone challenged the standard 90-day shelf life of IPAs with their Enjoy By IPA, complete with bottles screen printed with the expiration date, a mere six weeks after bottling. Now, Lagunitas has gone one step further. The Beer of the Week is Lagunitas’ Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale
With beer festivals popping up everywhere, it’s becoming difficult to determine which are worth the ticket price. Festivals are looking for different ways to attract guests. There are themed festivals, festivals who aim to feature the most beers, others who feature a carefully curated list, and others who simply throw them by the seat of their pants. This weekend, Mad Dog Presents made their first foray into the Bay Area festival scene and invited yours truly to work the concierge table. Here’s a look at the first San Francisco Craft Beer Festival as experienced by someone on the other side of the table. Continue reading San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: From Behind the Concierge’s Table