Brewing

Headlands Brewing Company

Headlands Brewing Company

Endurance athlete Phil Cutti tinkers his way to top brew By Derrick Peterman Phil Cutti (left) with Headlands co-founder Patrick Horn (Derrick Peterman). Have you heard the saying “Never trust a skinny brewer”? Whoever said that never tasted Phil Cutti’s beer. When...
The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

Small batch breweries focus on quality ingredients By Derrick Peterman Photo: Caitlyn Pura Hard cider is hot. Virtually non-existent in the United States just five years ago, cider consumption has more than tripled between 2011 and 2013, from 9.4 to 32 million gallons...
California Brewing: Anheuser-Busch

California Brewing: Anheuser-Busch

Something more than beer is brewing in Fairfield By Derrick Peterman I recently visited a brewery that’s one of the most aggressive in California at reducing its environmental footprint. Since 2007, it reduced its water usage by 47%. It installed its first wind...
California Brewing: Session Beers

California Brewing: Session Beers

Three session beers worth earning and the stories behind them By Derrick Peterman Strike Brewing. Just what is a “session beer” anyway?  Terms like Saison, Hefeweizen, IPA and now session beer entering our beer vocabulary can be confusing to those just looking for...
California Brewing: Mavericks Brewing

California Brewing: Mavericks Brewing

Big taste that won’t slow you down Mavericks Rye Pale Ale, Tunnel Vision IPA and Belgian Style Wit (Paul Kirchner). Some breweries are launched in corporate boardrooms. Others originate from the backyards of home brewers. Mavericks Brewing in Half Moon Bay started...
Winter Brews

Winter Brews

Three seasonal beers worth earning By Derrick Peterman California beer lovers rejoice in the numerous winter offerings from West Coast breweries. The dark, rich malts and the spices many brewers use in their winter releases create deep, complex flavors. Here are three...
The Evolution of Organic Beer

The Evolution of Organic Beer

Visionary brewers make high integrity beer a reality By Derrick Peterman Organic beer is a relative newcomer to the organic food movement. The first certified organic beer was brewed in 1999 by Eel River Brewing located just south of Eureka, CA. Over the next fifteen...
Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

The story of Sierra Nevada’s maverick founding father By Derrick Peterman When compiling a list of notable California entrepreneurs, people like David Packard, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk usually spring to mind. Given the national obsession with Sierra Nevada Brewing’s...
Winter Brews: Our favorite seasonal ales

Winter Brews: Our favorite seasonal ales

By Derrick Peterman ANCHOR BREWING: Anchor Christmas Ale It’s a tradition that started at Anchor Brewing in 1975 when they released their Liberty Ale, which soon was named “Our Special Ale” during the winter holidays and today is sold as “Anchor Christmas Ale.” Each...
The Breweries of Santa Cruz County

The Breweries of Santa Cruz County

By Derrick Peterman Say the word “Santa Cruz” and most people think of surfing, mountain biking, or good times at the beach. Now Santa Cruz is getting a reputation for great beer as well, thanks to a small but lively brewing community. Santa Cruz County had a couple...
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