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TASTE News Service, June 17, 2017 - After sorting through a record-setting number of entries, the winners of the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition have been decided.
By Dan Clarke Today, April 7th , is National Beer Day.
TASTE News Service, April 4, 2017 - Karl Strauss Brewing Company is releasing a collaboration brew with Sierra Nevada.
By Dan Clarke It was St. Patrick’s Day and I had been in an all-day seminar on growing winegrapes under extreme climate conditions.
TASTE News Service, March 6, 2017 – Crafty Fox Ale House in San Francisco is the best beer bar in the state of California. At least that’s the opinion of readers of CraftBeer.com.
By Mark Larabee It makes sense that the folks at Crux Fermentation Project, a popular small-batch brewery in central Oregon, felt a kinship to the Pacific Crest Trail.
TASTE News Service, October 12, 2016 - There's more to the San Diego beer scene than just good suds. It's an experience, made by and for true hop-heads. A big part of this experience exists in the tasting rooms of the many wonderful breweries. Some locations are designed with impeccable and artistic attention to detail. Others have great grub to enjoy while you share a tasting flight. Some have live music, bocce ball, movie showings or trivia nights. Here are the ones that are the most fun to chill at.
TASTE News Service, September 14, 2016 - In the UNESCO World Heritage City of Regensburg you can explore Germany's best preserved medieval town center and at the same time almost trip over pubs and beer gardens to experience Bavarian coziness and hospitality.
Sampling the new ones at 2015 Summit SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) today announced more than 700 craft breweries are now in operation across the state. The industry reaches this historic milestone during the early bird ticket sale for the CCBA's annual showcase of California's booming craft beer industry, the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival.
By Dan Clarke May 30, 2016 -I really wanted to like this beer. I tried, but failed. Pinot Suave is a new product from Deschutes Brewery. Almost all their beers have been popular with staff and guest reviewers for our publications over the years. This one is billed as a Belgian-style ale “aged in Pinot Noir barrels that were filled with Pinot grape must.” The prospect certainly sounded intriguing. I love good Pinot Noir, whether from Burgundy, California, Oregon or even other parts of the world. Pinot Suave is from the Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series. Even the label has a…
  By Dan Clarke May 2, 2016 - A couple of beers needed analysis. But the Giants game was to be televised on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately I can multi-task in cases like this. Both beers were somewhat unusual and brewed with the summer drinker in mind. One of them was from Deschutes, a reliable producer in Bend, Oregon. The other was from The Traveler Beer Co., a subsidiary of Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams, et al) located in Burlington, Vermont.
TASTE News Service, December 3, 2015 - The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) today announced another milestone in the growth of local brewing, with more than 600 craft breweries in operation across the state. More breweries call California home than any other state in the nation.
TASTE News Service July 29, 2015 - A new economic impact study shows America's beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, contributes more than $32 billion annually to California's economy and is linked to 201,567 local jobs. Jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, the study shows that the industry generates 201,567 jobs in California -- accounting for more than $10 billion in wages and benefits. The industry also contributed $6 billion in the form of business, personal and consumption taxes in 2014. "It can be said…
By Dan Clarke What’s a more natural go-together than sports and beer? Beer triggers many barroom conversations about sports. Most often these involve questions of the day. Like will Tiger Woods ever return to form? And what’s causing all these retirements by 49ers who would seem to have a few seasons left? (It’s best if there’s no demonstrable exact answer, so everybody can have an opinion.) Usually the topics are imponderable, like would Ruth have hit fewer than 714 home runs if he had to deal with night baseball. Or, had he been exposed to modern weight training and maple bats…
Sidewalk cafe atmosphere at Anacapa Brewing TASTE News Service June 9, 2015 - Microbrews have hit Ventura County in a big way with more than a half dozen breweries and brew houses opening in the last few years. It only makes sense that area wine festivals now include beer tastings and craft beer events are growing in popularity. The first microbrewery to take off was Anacapa Brewing Company. Open since 2000 in a beautiful 140-year old brick building in the City of Ventura’s downtown, it creates 33 seasonal varieties at different times through the year. Handcrafted ales and lagers are…
TASTE News Service, June 1, 2015 – There’s a vibrant craft beer scene south of San Francisco. Two new brewpubs are due to open this summer in South San Francisco. South City, as it’s known to locals, is actually located in San Mateo County, just south of its bigger and better known namesake. For years the municipality has carried the identity, “The Industrial City,” and it seems appropriate that a place that has reveled in being home to hard work should welcome the brewing industry. Armstrong Brewing began brewing in another location three years ago and is awaiting the date…
Sacramento's Buffalo Brewery TASTE News Service, May 14, 2015 - Once home to the largest brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento's beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention. Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, Sacramento visitors will find some of the country's best beer events and activities that are sure to quench their thirst. “In many ways, Sacramento is the birthplace of beer in California,” said Sacramento Convention & Visitors…
TASTE News Service March 9, 2015 -- From sports matchups to the country's top burger joints, East vs. West is a classic rivalry, and Samuel Adams is throwing it to the American homebrewing community to let them settle the score. The brewers at Samuel Adams today announced a call for entries for the 2015 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, which for the first time ever will feature a new battle of "East vs. West", with one creative homebrew chosen from each side of the Mississippi. Winners will be announced at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, with the entries…
Taste California Travel  began the “Beer Pick of the Week” feature a couple of years ago. We include a few details such as the style of the beer, its alcoholic content (the “ABV”) and its International Bittering Units (the “IBUs”), but we try to keep from getting too technical by just asking beer drinkers about what they’re enjoying at the moment. While we have brought you the brief comments of brewers and hospitality professionals in this segment, most of the time the thoughts are those of everyday beer drinkers—consumers who enjoy beer and are familiar with quality brews, particularly American craft…
There's more than beer at Bagby TASTE News Service October 24, 2014 - Located at the western end of San Diego’s “Hops Highway,” Oceanside’s craft beer industry is booming. In the last year, nearly a dozen new venues, from microbreweries and tasting rooms to gastro pubs with a craft beer focus, have opened in the city providing visitors and locals with numerous options for sampling the best brew of the region. So fast and furious has been the growth in craft beer venues, that Visit Oceanside recently added a dedicated section to its website (www.visitoceanside.org/oside-beer-tours) where visitors can view an…
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