All right class, it's time for a history lesson. Can anybody tell me which brewery is acknowledged as the first modern microbrewery in the United States? If you answered New Albion Brewing Company, you get an A. Does somebody know where the brewery was located? Yes, right in our backyard in Sonoma! ... More >>
Disney may have already trademarked the phrase, but we're pretty sure that Denver's Great American Beer Festival is actually the "happiest place on Earth." As soon as the doors open, thousands of wide-eyed beer aficionados storm the enormous hall, gleefully hustling to their favorite brewery booth f ... More >>
In 1982, the inaugural Great American Beer Festival showcased 47 beers from 24 breweries. The lucky 800 attendees had a fair shot at trying every beer in the room. Thirty years later, even the most hardened liver shudders in fear of how the festival has grown. With 466 breweries pouring 2,400 beers ... More >>
Jason HenrySierra Nevada showed up with a Saison brewed with Jelly Bellys.The trend toward boundary-pushing extreme beer has gained momentum in recent years, as shelves continue to swell with brews featuring unique ingredients and brewing methods.
If there's one festival that champions this ... More >>
bittermelon/FlickrSo many beers, so few hours.Saturday, Feb. 12
It's Day Two. The gloves are off, and the beer beckons. If you're not venturing to Hayward for the 11th Annual Double IPA Festival, local options abound. Ease into your weekend Saturday with an afternoon happy hour of exc ... More >>
Brian YaegerSierra Nevada is the nation's largest independent brewery.Nov. 15, 1980: Twenty-six-year-old Ken Grossman brews his first commercial beer.
Last night, Grossman briefly took the stage at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s 30th anniversary party in Chico where it all began. Thirty di ... More >>
Brian YaegerSocial Kitchen brewmaster Rich Higgins, manning the SF Brewers Guild booth in Denver.As the 51-week wait for next year's 30th Great American Beer Festival begins, let's look back at the last few days in Denver, where 462 breweries converged inside the Colorado Convention Center, a ... More >>