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  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…
by Dan Clarke Years ago a friend warned me about hard ciders. “Avoid scrumpy,” Dick said when I was about to depart for my first trip to Britain in the winter of 1973. He made it sound as risky a practice as drinking too many shots of Tequila in a border town cantina My mentor was a teammate on the Captiol Rugby Club. He'd grown up in Cardiff and had been a London policeman as a younger man. I figured he'd had experience with the abuse of this beverage on several levels. Decades later, a Scottish friend used to integrate…
Stone Brewing Berlin at Marienpark ESCONDIDO, CA--(Marketwired - July 19, 2014) - The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co., today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, the San Diego County operation is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe.…
by Dan Clarke   Sacramento is in the middle of Beer Week. Actually, the week seems to run from February 27th through March 9th, but why limit a good thing to that narrow seven days definition? Dan Scott at Shack FestCalifornia's capital may not have created America's craft beer renaissance, but since hopping on the bandwagon it certainly has helped it grow. The Sacramento News & Review estimates there are now 37 breweries within a 50-mile radius of downtown. More are rumored to be opening in 2014. Hops to Table, a bi-monthly tabloid billing itself as “a magazine dedicated to…
  by Jim Laughren   There’s a school of thought that says events like the Super Bowl, gatherings of friends for food and drink and an afternoon of camaraderie, demand to be fueled by a good, solid session beer. We’re talking hours here, from the pre-game show (and accompanying barbeque, if you’re lucky) to the game itself (and all the eats and drinks laid out for nibbling through wolfing and back again) to the halftime show, the second half, and the post-game wind down. As if to support this point of view (and not merely rake in the obvious profits)…
A salute from Third Street AleWorks Sonoma County breweries won gold, silver and bronze at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. Local craft brews rank No.2 and No.3 in the U.S. and continue to get nation-wide attention. The big winners include; Third Street AleWorks, with two awards, including Gold for Blarney Sisters’ Dry Irish Stout in the Classic Irish-style Stout category and Bronze for Bombay Rouge in the Imperial Red category. Russian River Brewing Company took Silver for Sanctification in the American Brett Beers category and it was Bronze for Bear Republic for Heritage in the Scotch Ale category. The…
  TASTE News Service October 29, 2013 - Fall is a beautiful time of year and marks the harvest of many crops, hops being among them. Fresh hoped beers are trendy now, but Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon has been producing beers of this style for nearly a decade. Taste California Travel recently tried a couple of Deschutes' offerings. Fall of 2013 marks the ninth appearance of their Hop Trip. Our informal tasting panel thought is smelled heaver than it tasted. While not showing the most robust aspects of wet (fresh) hopping, it was a solid performer and reminded one…
by Dan Clarke Sometimes we discourage publicists from sending products we just don't think sound very interesting. However, in the case of the two interpretations of seasonal beer that arrived recently, we were intrigued. Two accomplished brewers collaborated on the project not to produce one beer, but to come at the pumpkin-theme from different perspectives: Shaun Sullivan, the brewmaster at San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery and his friend Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing in Seattle. Both beers are available in cans labeled “HE SAID,” but sporting different colors and stories of the beers inside them. Each of these beers contains…
by Jim Laughren   Documents released to the press earlier this week, purportedly written by the unofficial biographer of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, paint a fascinating picture of court life in early and mid-nineteenth century Germany, as well as providing insight into the origins of Oktoberfest. Heinrich Peeinhosen, spokesperson for Das Mumbler, the well known German language investigative journal, says the bundle of writings, attributed to Johann Wolfgang von de Amóre, Ludwig’s Austro-Italian confidant, personal advisor and unofficial biographer, were found beneath a false bottom in a wooden trunk apparently abandoned some fifty years ago in a fifth-floor garret…
by Dan Clarke RICHMOND, CA JULY 3, 2013--Operating a small business can be a tenuous proposition. Have you ever heard about a business closing and wondered, “What happened? I thought they were doing well.”Nathan Trivers gives it both thumbs up at his popular Up & Under pub in Point Richmond. Owners of the Up & Under Pub and Grill in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Point Richmond say their continued existence is uncertain. BottleRock, a music festival held in Napa May 9-12, has been having trouble paying its bills, according to the media. Nikki Villa and Nathan Trivers,…
from Tour de France Life France and wine are forever intertwined. But a year before the grand departure of the 101st Tour de France in Great Britain, one stage city has already debuted its homage to the event and its fondness for beer. With Yorkshire getting ready to host the departure of the 2014 Tour de France, East Yorkshire’s Great Newsome Brewery is preparing for the “world’s biggest sporting event.” It’s produced a cycling-inspired ale, Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey in French). The brew was launched to coincide with the recent Heart Of The Wolds Cycle group ride. But Great Newsome’s…
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