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
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.
Marcin Furmankiewicz & the Bear Team
Pub General Manager
In LA, there’s a little something for everyone and is frequently visited by tourists from around the world for its robust beverage scene.
Here’s how one Forbes writer would spend his day beer-hopping from the airport to downtown LA.
It’s the kick off party for SF Beer Week, commencing a multi-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area.
Bay Area Brewers Bringing It Feb. 7…
The brewery list for the SF Beer Week Opening Gala is live!
Via SF Beerweek
The SF Beer Week Opening Gala is the kick-off party for SF Beer Week.
Over 125 craft breweries from throughout the greater Bay Area will be pouring their best, priming the beer drinking public for the beer week to come!
February 7 at Pier 35 in San Francisco.
Get tickets now.
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
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
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
Six events to enjoy during San Diego Beer Week
The 11th annual San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, has many can’t-miss events.
Make sure these six make it onto your SDBW list.
Via San Diego Union Tribune
After 25 years, Bear Republic Brewing Company plans to close its original brewpub location in Healdsburg, CA on November 22.
The other two locations, a main brewhouse in Cloverdale and a brewpub in Rohnert Park, will remain open.
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
North Park showcases the best of San Diego’s world-class beer scene, with dozens of breweries, beer bars, and restaurants in the span of just a few blocks.