Behind the Brews: California Craft Beer Summit 2016

California’s New Gold Rush California is in the midst of another gold rush. This time the gold comes in the sudsy, sometimes hoppy form of craft beer. In recent years the Golden State has seen a craft beer explosion, with seemly a new brewery opening its doors every day. So it was only a matter…

Behind the Brews: New Helvetia- A Lesson in Beer History

BEER HISTORY GEEK When you sit down with Dave Gull to talk about New Helvetia Brewing Company be prepared because you’re about to get a history lesson. Gull is the founder of New Helvetia and he’s also a self-proclaimed beer history geek. So it is no wonder that before you can truly understand the history…

Behind the Brews: Yolo Brewfest

Amid the pours and pints, behind the brews and bites, quietly working to keep the beer and fun flowing will be a group of workers responsible for organizing and running the Luna Vista Rotary’s Yolo Brewfest. You might think putting an event that’s all about beer would be a non-stop party… and you’d be right… at…

Behind the Brews: Sactown Union Brewery

BREWING COMMUNITY “The line I always use is, ‘I got into for the beer, but I’ve stayed in it for the community’.” When you hear Quinn Gardner, owner of Sactown Union Brewery, say that it might be easy to dismiss as just some marketing jargon. But when you talk to Gardner and his partner and…

Brew Review: Belching Beaver Brewery Beaver’s Milk

You might call me the Anakin Skywalker of beer drinkers. At one time, I was a Padawan beer drinker learning the ways of the brew. I was trained in the light (not lite) side of beer: IPAs, Pilsners, Lagers, an occasional Kolsch. But like Anakin, the dark side was calling. Guinness (not Sir Alec) was my gateway beer. Soon the…

Brew Review: Rubicon Brewing Company’s First Contact Pale Ale

Like a lot of people growing up in Northern California in the 90s, my first exposure to craft beer was a little elixir known as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Unlike a lot of people in Northern California… I hated it. I still don’t like it. In fact, I disliked it so much it turned me…

Brew Review: Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider

Let me start by saying I’m not much of a cider fan (I don’t even really like apple juice). Typically, I find them too sweet and I just think they leave bad after taste. That’s not to say I didn’t have my share of hazy college nights thanks to too many Hornsby’s, but I’ll take a beer over…

Brew Review: Out Of Bounds Juiced Blackberry Double IPA

Northern California is quickly becoming a hotbed for craft beer. The Sacramento region alone has 50 microbreweries including Placer County’s Out of Bounds Brewing Company. Best known for its variety of IPAs Out of Bounds also makes a killer imperial oatmeal stout. But on this day, I cracked open the company’s newest release Juiced Blackberry Double IPA (8% ALC).

Yolo Brewing Company

THE BREWERY REVIEWERY Yolo Brewing Company boasts a 2,000 square foot beer hall that is both kid and dog friendly. You’ll find 16 taps featuring a wide variety of beers including the best-selling Orange Blossom Blonde. Like most breweries in the region, there’s nothing fancy about Yolo Brew as it’s basically a big warehouse. But,…