Brewing

California Green Breweries

California Green Breweries

Pick any brewery in California and chances are they’re going the extra mile for our environment. Most California breweries are active in recycling materials, reducing water use, and lowering energy consumption. However, five of them stand above the crowd for their unique environmental commitment. All five have won plenty of awards for their beers as well as driving their businesses to become more environmentally sustainable. ——————————————————————————————————————————– 1 Sierra Nevada Chico Any discussion of environmentally friendly breweries has to start with Sierra Nevada. The craft brewing pioneer embarked on numerous projects to reduce its impact on the surrounding environment. This includes natural gas fuel cells, solar panels on the brewery roof, CO2 recovery equipment, and diverting all but 0.3% of its solid waste away from landfills. Sierra Nevada even built its own private rail spur so trucks could load grain destined for the brewery only two miles away, drastically...
Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

Oregon Brewers Fest. Photo: Timothy Horn June 1 — Beerfest, Santa Rosa — A festive microbrew and food tasting event with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and gourmet food from Sonoma County. www.f2f.org/beer_fest2012.html June 1 — Zoo Brew, Santa Barbara — Tastings from a whole herd of breweries out of the Central Coast region and hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo. Enjoy special animal encounters at the hilltop, too! Ticket price includes zoo admission, a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited tastings from participating brewers. www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew June 8 — Truckee Brew Fest, Truckee — The 8th Annual Truckee Brew Fest at Truckee Regional Park goes from 1-5pm. Tickets are $25 advanced/$30 at the gate, all benefiting youth programs in Truckee. Live music by Drop Theory. truckeeoptimist.com/truckbrewfest.htm Photo: Timothy Horn June 15 — Monterey Beer Fest, Monterey — The greatest assortment of beer ever assembled on the Central Coast....
Best of the Fests

Best of the Fests

By Deb Bolt & Gina Vitali Reggae on the River. Photo: Zac Mansfield With summer comes sun, music and festivals to satisfy all your interests. So grab your friends, your favorite coozie, don’t forget the sunscreen, and check out some of the bests below: The Most Memorable: Kate Wolf Music Festival June 28-30 • Laytonville • <ahref=”http://katewolfmusicfestival.com”>katewolfmusicfestival.com Three hours north of San Francisco, tucked in the trees of Black Oak Ranch is the KatSe Wolf Memorial Music Festival. It began as a small tribute concert in 1996 for friends, family and supporters. Now, 18 years later, the festival has become a full-fledged three-day, three-night camping jamboree with a tremendous lineup. Enjoy the rambling creek, the swaying oaks and the folksy tunes on the wind, and send Kate a big ol’ smile “across the great divide.” Artist highlights: The Brothers Comatose, Angelique Kidjo, Wavy Gravy, Love Choir, Marianne Faithfull, John...
Craft Lite

Craft Lite

Touted as the craft beer drinker’s answer to Budweiser and Coors, lower alcohol “session beers” are what’s on tap this summer By Matt Niswonger Photo: Scott Vitali If you love craft beer and have never heard the phrase “session beer” before, don’t feel bad. It’s one of those phrases that are non-existent one minute, and then all of a sudden you hear it everywhere you go. In other words, after reading this article, don’t be surprised if the very next person you talk to wants to recommend a great new session beer. Of course, given that you may be hearing the term a lot this summer, it might be worthwhile to actually understand what people are talking about. Strict definitions of session beer are hard to come by, but according to beeradvocate.com and other websites, the term dates back to early 20th century Britain where the beer drinking of...
Bikes and Brews

Bikes and Brews

Photo courtesy of The Grand Cru California Cyclists Give New Meaning to the Phrase “Biker Bar” By Derrick Peterman & Photos courtesy of The Grand Cru Beer has long been recognized as a reward for hard work and/or any kind of adventurous activity, and that seems especially true for cyclists of every stripe, from hardcore roadies to fat tire aficionados. While this list is far from exhaustive, the following is a regional breakdown of some watering holes that shouldn’t be missed. Santa Cruz “Our weekly rides from Wilder Ranch usually end at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing or burger. Restaurant on Mission St.,” responded Mark Davidson, President of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz when asked where riders go for a beer in Santa Cruz. Indeed, all the cyclists we spoke to mentioned these places for a good post-ride brew in Santa Cruz. This might have something to do with the...
The Can Van

The Can Van

A Mobile Cannery Rolls Through California’s Craft Brewing Community By Derrick Peterman • Photos by Jenn Coyle Lindsey Herrema loads the canning line into The Can Van trailer. Photos: Jenn Coyle If you think breweries spend most of their time formulating new recipes or experimenting with new hop concoctions, you’d be wrong. Breweries actually devote most of their time, energy, and money to the complicated logistics of getting beer from their brew kettles into your hands so you can drink it. For many local breweries with limited resources, this means taking out large loans to buy equipment. As a result, plenty of small breweries making great beer have ultimately failed under the weight of their debts. So while canned beer is growing in popularity among the outdoor community due to their portability and lower environmental impact, small California breweries can only look on in frustration as larger breweries with...
Celebrate this Winter with a California Tradition

Celebrate this Winter with a California Tradition

ASJ highlights some of our favorite seasonal brews By Derrick Peterman Winter is a time of many traditions. One of my favorite winter traditions is sampling all of the wonderful seasonal beers so many California breweries release this time of year. Winter Seasonals provide brewers the freedom to experiment with different ingredients, unlike beer styles such as IPAs or Hefeweizens, which involve long established brewing techniques and flavor profiles. Many brewers infuse species such as nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and orange peel associated with the holidays in their winter seasonals. In addition, they also tend to use more heavily roasted malts which impart flavors of toasted bread, caramel, coffee and chocolate that we associate with the holidays. The hop content is usually kept low so as not to compete too strongly with the other flavors. While holiday beers have a history dating back centuries to many of Europe’s...
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

“Great Beer, made right here” We started with some hops and a dream. A dream to become a community place for great food, beer, and conversation. A decade after a few locals got together, our award-winning restaurant has surpassed that dream. Today, we’ve become a favorite for locals and a destination spot for world travelers to come together to celebrate food, friends, and fun. Our coastal venue creates a magical alchemy for a memorable time: excellent food, handcrafted beer brewed fresh onsite, an award-winning dog-friendly patio, blazing fire pits, a tranquil view of the harbor, and close proximity to Mavericks, perhaps the most notorious wave in history. We’re not the only ones who think we’re special: In 2011, Travel + Leisure magazine selected us as one of America’s Best Beach Bars. We think you’ll agree. email: manager@hmbbrewingco.com Half Moon Bay Brewing Co...
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