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Pandemic-era women help keep CA craft beer industry afloat

Meet the pandemic-era women helping to keep California’s craft beer industry afloat
When coronavirus landed in California and Bay Area closed its non-essential businesses, the loss in revenue sent the state’s breweries – along with its bars and wineries – into a tailspin.
“We literally now haven’t kegged anything in two months just because there was no point,” says Claudia Pamparana, co-founder of Alameda’s Faction Brewing.
“It’s been frustrating,” she says. “It’s depressing to not have people sitting on our patio.”
The new objective for the foreseeable future for Faction – and for others across Northern California – was (and is) to can that perishable beer and sell it off as fast as possible, while it’s still fresh. So they called the Can Van.
Via SF Gate

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Newsletter from our friends at Bear Republic Brewing

Dear Friends and Family,
At Bear Republic Brewing Co., we feel great responsibility for the role we play in the lives of our guests for over 25 years—even more important to us during this difficult time when we are all being more cautious about how we engage with our guests and the community.

Many of you have called to see if the Bear Republic is open, and at this time, we are doing everything to provide great service and make you feel at home and safe. Governor Newsom mandated all restaurants to cut seating in half, which we are doing as well as spacing guests out so they are not within 6 feet of another table. We have a vast and large space, and a beautiful beer garden, so we can all spread out. In order to further protect our guests and staff, all food and beverage orders will be taken at the bar to limit everyone’s interaction.

We understand that you might feel more comfortable eating at home, we have a to go menu available on our website www.bearrepublic.com. We also have cold beer to go that can be picked up with your order. We are adding curb side service. Please call 707.585.2722 and press 0 to order your to go items.

Although we have no reason to believe that anyone infected with Coronavirus has been in our pub, we have taken additional steps to reduce any risks our guests and staff may face. We have always followed stringent health department regulations and have increased our frequency and rigor in our cleaning steps. Our team knows they have paid sick leave, and that they are expected to stay home if they are feeling ill. This protects everyone.
We are proactively suspending our children’s toys in the beer garden and board games in the pub. We have also postponed Bingo, Paint Night and Trivia. As any other changes arise, we will be communicating them in a timely manner.

We will continue to monitor all updates from county, state and Federal authorities and will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our mitigation procedures on a daily basis. Please take care to follow each of the precautionary steps to protect yourself and your family. Be sure to take home some Bear Republic bottles and cans from the grocery store, but please remember we will remain open and always appreciate your support. Above all, stay strong during this challenging time for our community.

Sincerely,
Marcin Furmankiewicz & the Bear Team
Pub General Manager

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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

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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

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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

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Los Angeles – Beer Belly’s Koreatown Location Is Closing

Don’t panic! Beer Belly’s Long Beach location will stay open, but the Koreatown location is set to close at the end of this month.
“After eight years of so many blessings, we feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. None of this could have been possible without the help of all our wonderful staff past and present, chef Wes Lieberher, L.A.’s amazing food community, the local and engaging beer community, and the ever-energetic Koreatown community. We don’t know what’s next. We don’t know if it will be us or someone else. But we’re excited for the next story to be told.”
Via LA Mag

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The Brooklyn Brewery Expands Distribution to California with Launch Events

Brooklyn Brewery, a pioneer of the American craft beer revolution, is proud to announce that it will begin distributing its core lineup of award-winning beers throughout the state of California beginning January 21, 2019. As the eleventh largest independent craft brewer in the US, Brooklyn Brewery is available in 30 states, over 30 countries, and places strong emphasis on fostering a global craft beer community.

Via thefullpint.com

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