Fountainhead Brewing Company- Walking the Line

Walking the Line There’s a fine line between mitigating risks and playing it too safe. It’s a line the duo behind Sacramento’s Fountainhead Brewing Company has been walking since they first decided to get into the craft beer business. “We both kept day jobs which was really a struggle,” Daniel Moffatt says.  He and Mark Bojescu opened the brewery…

Tilted Mash- Small Brewery, Big Plans

Tilted Mash: Small Brewery with Big Plans It’s the little brewery with the big plans. Tilted Mash is among the newer of the Sacramento region’s breweries and maybe the smallest. The Elk Grove tasting room is no more than about 900 square feet. That’s barely room enough for a 3-barrel brewing system, a small walk-in…

Oak Park Brewing Company- An Oral History

  In November, Oak Park Brewing Company celebrated its two-year anniversary. In those two years, it’s become one of the region’s most celebrated breweries and restaurants which isn’t bad considering it was all started by four friends brewing in their garage with little to no restaurant experience. Ask anyone about opening a brewery and they…

New Glory Craft Brewery- A Love Story

New Glory Craft Brewery’s Julien Lux followed his heart across the Atlantic. Then followed it again to become one of the region’s most daring beer makers.

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…