San Diego’s checkered beer history


A long, unsteady pour: San Diego’s checkered beer history
In San Diego beer, some of yesterday’s booming successes are today’s forgotten footnotes. The Union-Tribune’s research manager, Merrie Monteagudo recently forwarded two 1874 photos of downtown San Diego. Our beer history has been a long, unsteady pour.
Via San Diego Union Tribune

Bear Republic Brewing of Sonoma County looks toward a bullish 2020


After a rough year, Bear Republic Brewing of Sonoma County looks toward a bullish 2020
The new year can’t come quickly enough for the Bear Republic who helped define Sonoma County as a craft beer capital. The last year has been rough on the Cloverdale company and many other craft breweries. Even for the brewery that has produced one of the legendary beers ever to come out of Sonoma County: Racer 5. Via The Press Democrat

New release ‘F— PG&E’ beer, gets bombarded

North Bay brewery releases ‘F— PG&E’ beer, gets bombarded with 1-star Yelp reviews
Steve Doty, owner of Santa Rosa brewery, Shady Oaks, fed up with multiple years of devastating fires sparked by PG&E power lines made a bold statement last week by way of one of his company’s beer names: “F— PG&E.” (They used the full curse word) When he did he wasn’t the only Northern California resident angry at the utility company, which is why he didn’t expect the kind of backlash the beer name prompted a few days later. Via SFGate

Portland Cider is still alive and kicking!

Jeff and Lynda Parrish, co-owners of Portland Cider Co., have issued the following statement regarding the status of their company:
“There have been a number of craft brewery and cidery closures in the Portland area recently. While we feel for our industry friends, we want to go on record stating that Portland Cider Company is very much still in business, including our two taprooms in the Portland areas. Stories that have referenced the closure of “Portland Cider Companies”––meaning cider companies in the Portland area––have led to understandable confusion for our loyal fans, patrons and and accounts. Rest assured, six years after opening, Portland Cider Company is stronger than ever and grateful to be a part of Portland’s cider loving community. Thank you!”

Popularity forces Bent Shovel to seek new digs for taproom

Popularity forces Bent Shovel to seek new rural Clackamas County taproom
Bent Shovel Brewing, a small, family-operated brewery started four years ago in rural Clackamas County, has grown to the point of being forced to shut down its retail operation because too many vehicles are traveling to its popular red-barn taproom.
Via Oregon Live

Iron Hill Brewery Invites Homebrewers to ‘Brew with a Legend’

Registration for Regional Beer Competition Opens on Monday, October 28th
Iron Hill is launching Brew with a Legend, a regional beer competition where homebrewers will vie for the opportunity to brew their signature recipe with craft beer pioneer and Iron Hill’s co-founder, Mark Edelson.
Via Iron Hill Brewery

Why Utah liquor stores will dump cases of beer down the drain Halloween night

At Midnight, Halloween night, any beer that remains on liquor store shelves — and is 5% alcohol by volume or less — will be poured down the drain. Unless consumers get there first to buy a six-pack or three — probably at a bargain price.
The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it has no choice but to “destroy” the unsold brews after Nov. 1, when a new law takes effect changing where beer with an alcohol level up to 5% ABV is sold.
Via Salt Lake Tribune

PDX – Lompoc Brewing closing after 23 years

It is with great sadness we announce Lompoc Brewing is closing after 23 years in business. The closure will include the brewery, as well as 5th Quadrant and Sidebar, and its two pubs on North Williams Avenue. The final day of business will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. That means this weekend is the last weekend, next Monday is the last Wing Night, and next Tuesday is the last Tightwad Tuesday; it truly is The Last Waltz with Lompoc Brewing.
Via OregonLive

Detroit Fall Beer Festival has a record number of breweries this year

A record 130 Michigan breweries will gather Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at the historic Eastern Market in downtown Detroit for the 11th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Collectively, this group of breweries will offer up more than 850 different beers for sampling.
Via Michigan Beer