Brewing

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...
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...
Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

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...
Best of the Fests

Best of the Fests

By Deb Bolt & Gina Vitali 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...
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 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...
Bikes and Brews

Bikes and Brews

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...
The Can Van

The Can Van

A Mobile Cannery Rolls Through California’s Craft Brewing Community By Derrick Peterman • Photos by 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...
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...
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...