ABV magazine Fall 2017

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ABV magazine celebrates and advocates for Northern California's burgeoning craft beverage community – including beer, spirits, cider, mead, and more. We also recognize the culture surrounding this pastime, and feature local artists, musicians, and more. Get a subscription (for free) at www.abvmagazine.com.

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FALL 2017

THE DRINK MENU \ TABLE OF CONTENTS

Celebrating Bay Area’s

Craft Beverage Culture

Beer | Spirits | Cider | Mead

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STAFF

Publisher / Editor

Everard G. Strong

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Sales & Marketing

Christina Strong

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Creative Director

Everard G Strong

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Contributing Writers

Kenneth Gould, Emily Ludolf,

Kayleena Pierce, Clayton

Schuster, Chris Ward

Contributing

Photographers

Quentin Bacon, Kayleena

Pierce, Chris Ward

Inspiration & Mascots

Trevor, Skylar, Tikki and Tavi

Fuzzypants, and Kiwi the

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COVER: Art by Jon Merlin for ABV

magazine – art derived from his

cover for Epidemic Ale’s Lager at

World’s End. Find out more about

Jon on page 10. Thank you Jon!

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specialty drinks

18 THE RIVER QUEEN

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A pint with Russian River’s 18

Natalie Cilurzo

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GIVING PROPS WHERE

PROPS IS BOOZE

Craft beer as a prop on HBO’s

Silicon Valley

the regular

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WHAT’S ON TAP

News and Notes

EDM & BEER – THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

Black Hammer Brewing

PUTTING THE “BOO!”

BACK IN “BOOZE”

Some very scary beers for this year’s Fright

Night.

BOTTLES & BARRELS

Booze Reviews

COVER ART

Jon Merlin’s “Lager At World’s End” design

THE MISTRESS OF MALT

Melissa Cole

WHAT’S SHAKIN’?

Calendar of Events

BEER & BACON FESTIVAL

Whaaaaat?

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12-HOUR PUB CRAWL

Beer-itful San Jose

GETTING YOUR TECH

DRINK ON

Where to drink based on your

Silicon Valley character.

DRINKING GUIDE

Your guide to Bay Area breweries, tap

rooms, distilleries, cideries, and more!

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To the 30 brands of craft beer, vodka, whiskey, and mead (all local), that went into the making of this issue, we thank you!


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from our desk to yours

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

You’re probably wondering what is it we’re trying to do here with

ABV magazine. The name comes from the abbreviation found on

most every alcoholic beverage. It stands for “alcohol by volume,”

the amount of ethanol alcohol present in a beverage. It also

signifies the amount of alcohol per page we we will be covering

in each issue of this magazine; and, since we are music fans, how

loud our speakers will go.

We launched ABV to reflect the Bay Area’s burgeoning craft

beverage community and culture, which currently encompasses

over 230 local breweries, forty cideries, twenty distilleries, and

five meaderies – with that number literally growing daily.

With ABV, we hope to have something for everyone – from the

brave new souls choosing a craft IPA over their Budweiser for the

first time, to the old souls always on the search for the next liquid

Wow! And, while we are fans of the final product, we are strong

believers that knowing the story behind each bottle and barrel

will alter how you see and taste your favorite local pour. It’s like

music – knowing how your favorite song came to be deepens

your listening experience.

Speaking of music, ABV is not just about the craft beverages, but

also about the attitude and the culture the community embraces:

music, art, food, friends, fun. We hope you like ABV – we’ve

worked hard on it and are excited about what’s ahead, not just for

the magazine, but for the Bay Area craft beverage scene. Turn the

page, preferably while holding a tall glass of something locally

brewed, and enjoy.

THE DRINK MENU \ TABLE OF CONTENTS

Thanks for reading,

The editorial staff of ABV magazine

editor@abvmagazine.com

WELCOME TO THE ONLINE VERSION OF ABV MAGAZINE

Our digital version literally expands on what you

will find in our print version of ABV magazine:

Stories are longer, photos are bigger (and in some

instances, there are more of them), and there’s

just more.

One cool thing about this digital version is that

all links you will see in the magazine are clickable,

including advertisers’. Just drag your pointer

over a URL, click, and you will be taken to that

destination.

ABV IS PROUDLY BREWED AND HAND-CRAFTED IN THE BAY AREA

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WHAT’S ON TAP /// NEWS AND NOTES

beer

BIKE AND BEER

With 10 points given for originality, San Jose

Brew Bike gets our nod for a great idea. For

roughly $35 a seat (private charters available

and encouraged), you get to bike around San

Jose, stopping and sampling beers along a

two-hour route that includes stops at 55 South,

Divine Winery Tasting Room, Fountain Head

Bar, Ludwig’s German Table, Original Gravity

Public House, San Pedro Square Market Bar,

Uproar Brewing and more. They also have

satellite locations in Reno, Nev., and Sactown.

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NEWS AND NOTES \ WHAT’S ON TAP

beer

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GROWN AND RAISED

At its high point in the 1920s, there were over 11,000 acres of hops in Sonoma

and Mendocino counties. Contra Costa’s Pleasanton was home to the largest

hop farm in world, with over 1,900 acres. Today, sadly, there are only 130 acres,

in the entire state of California!

photo courtesy san jose brew and bike

The NorCal Hop Growers Alliance hopes to increase those hop-growing

numbers. Formed to help small-scale hop farmers, many members of the nonprofit

have begun cultivating hops from wild vines leftover from the hop yards

of yore. “I have 100 vines that I propagated from a heritage hop I found growing

along the Russian River near a vineyard,” says Paul Hawley, co-founder of the

Alliance and owner of Fogbelt Brewing. They hope to provide breweries and

homebrewers not only with freshly dried hops, but to revitalize the use of wet

hops in local brewing as well.

www.norcalhopgrowersalliance.org

$7 .2

billion

THAT’S BILLION. WITH A “B.”

That’s how much the craft beer industry

contributed to California’s economy back in 2015.

Paul Hawley with a a hop rhizome that was dug up

and propagated from wild vines growing along the

Russian River.

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WHAT’S ON TAP /// NEWS AND NOTES

beer

PROHIBITION IS BACK

San Francisco’s infamous Speakeasy

brewery, home of the Bay Area’s iconic

Prohibition Ale, hit a rough spot back in

April of 2017, going into receivership.

In the process, they had to shut down

their taproom.

All was not lost, however. Ces Butner,

fronting a newly-founded Hunters

Point Brewery, purchased Speakeasy’s

brewing equipment and beer brands in

May. Several original employees have

stayed on, and the company has been

working hard to bring the brand back

to market (as of print, there were no

expected changes to Speakeasy’s beer

lineup).

photo courtesy speakeasy ales and lagers

“Since the purchase we’ve been working

hard to get the company off the ground

again, making improvements to the plant

infrastructure, tap room, and hiring staff,”

said Brian Stechschulte, brand strategy

and media director at Speakeasy. “We’re

hoping to have the tap room open by

mid-October. It feels like we’re a 20-yearold

startup with expectations!”

www.goodbeer.com.

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spirits

RUM COMES TO CALIFORNIA (FINALLY)!

While there are plenty of ways to wet your locally-crafted

whiskey, gin, or vodka whistle here in Northern California,

finding a locally-distilled rum was a bit of a treasure hunt.

That hunt might be over. Rum-loving J.T. Martin and

Billy Ahumada, both of Chico, opened up Hooker Oak

Distillery in their hometown and have released three rums

since their 2016 launch: a regular rum, a pineapple, and

an apple pie-flavored variety.

They’re open for tours most Saturdays and have free

tastings on select dates.

www.hookeroakdistillery.com

photo Hooker Oak distillery

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NEWS AND NOTES \ WHAT’S ON TAP

beer

THE BUSINESS OF BREWING

Want to take your homebrewing master-pieces to the masses? If

your master plan is to bottle the next Pliny, first on your to-do list

should be attending Foodcraft Institute’s Business of Craft Beer – An

Entrepreneurial Look at Modern Craft Brewing.

Running October 22 — 25, the intensive four-day course is

taught by local luminaries, including Magnolia’s Dave McLean,

Temescal Brewing’s Sam Gilbert, Fort Point’s Cameron

McDonald, Drake’s John Gillooly, and Nico Freccia, co-founder

of 21st Amendment.

Instead of listing all of the many course details, we asked graduate

Eddie Gobbo, co-founder of San Francisco’s Harmonic Brewing,

his thoughts on the course.

ABV: WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THE FOODCRAFT

INSTITUTE’S “BUSINESS OF CRAFT BEER” COURSE?

EG: I was expecting to get brief overviews on aspects of running

a brewery. Instead, I got very detailed information which greatly

expedited my process.

HARMONIC’S

EDDIE GOBBO

“It’s hands-on valuable

experience. The class

helped me be as prepared

as I could to

open my brewery.”

– EDDIE GOBBO, Harmonic Brewing

Admiral Malting’s Curtis Davenport, Ron Silberstein, and Dave McLean

The class is real-life immersion into the beer world from local

professionals. It’s hands-on valuable experience. The class helped

me be as prepared as I could to open my brewery. More importantly,

it connected me with people who were willing to help along the way.

ABV: YOU’VE GRADUATED AND STARTED YOUR OWN BREWERY

(HARMONIC). WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMONE

CONSIDERING THEIR OWN BUSINESS?

EG: Be prepared, get some experience before making the leap,

and then just start doing it. It will be extremely challenging but

massively rewarding. Be prepared to work the hardest you ever

have (so make sure it’s truly something you love).

Register, or find out more at

www.foodcraftinstitute.org

booze

MALTED PERFECTION

This past June saw the opening of Admiral Maltings, California’s

first modern floor-malting facility. Located in Alameda Point, the

facility will combine traditional methods with modern quality

control tech to produce their premium malt. Using only 100

percent sustainably grown barley from local California family farms,

Admiral Maltings will provide craft brewers and distillers with an

alterantive to the mass-produced availabilities. The endeavor is a

collaboration between Thirsty Bear’s Ron Silberstein, Magnolia’s

Dave McLean, and malting expert Curtis Davenport.

“California brewers will be able to brew with our premier malts, and

beer lovers will be able to discover the flavors of traditionally floor

malted barley,” said Silberstein. “The Bay Area’s best beers are

about to get even better!”

www.admiralmaltings.com

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MUSIC & BOOZE /// PLAYLISTS

Photo courtesy Black Hammer Brewing

Photo courtesy Black Hammer Brewing

JIM FURMAN’S

BLACK HAMMER

PLAYLIST

THE ULTIMATE EDM PLAYLIST FOR DRINKING BEER

(As compiled by a brewer)

By Kenny Gould • Playlist by Jim Furman, Black Hammer Brewing

HEY, WANNA PARTY? Then check out

Black Hammer Brewing. The colorful

taproom was named in part for Black Rock,

the home of Burning Man, and in part for

its owner, Jim Furman.

“At Burning Man, I got the nickname

‘Hammer’ for my direct communication

style,” said Furman.

“I thought it was because you were

always building sh*t,” said Love Wolf,

his rainbow-haired tasting room manager,

standing within earshot.

Furman (who has a degree in chemical

engineering and used to build

nuclear test facilities for the Chinese

government — no sh*t) also liked beer

enough that he started Black Hammer.

“That all comes together in running a

brewery. And then there’s the Burning

Man aspect: I like to throw parties.”

So take it from the brewery with the blue

walls and disco ball — this is the EDM

playlist you want.

BLACK HAMMER BREWING

544 Bryant St. San Francisco

www.blackhammerbrewing.com

“Montana” Tycho

“There’s a Better Place” Crazy Penis

“Playa Dreams” Mikey Lion

“A Simple Design ( Deetron Remix)”

The Juan Maclean

“So Bright (feat. Eligh” Pretty Lights

“I’m Honestly Not a Gangster” Jerry

Folk

“So Much to Me” FKJ

“Gerd” Martin Waslewski

“What You Talking About” Enzo

Siffredi

“Get Down, JB!” Me & My Toothbrush

“Crunk” Siege

“Mink & Shoes” Psychemagik, feat.

Navid Izadi

“Incoming Bitch (Get Low!)” Soul

Clap

“Barrump” Claude VanStroke

“Down Like This” Motez, feat. Tkay

Maidza, Dom Dolla

“Pum Up The Jam” Jero Likchay

“Raindrops on Roses” An-Ten-Nae

“Light Years Away” Oliver

“Blow Up Like Dynamite” Me and My

Toothbrush

You can listen to this playlist on Spotify (#ABV_

magazine), or scan the QR code and jam right

now. (You might need to download a QR reader

from your app store.)

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www.musicandboozepodcast.com

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Putting the “Boo!”

HOW ONE CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN

falls into two camps based on one variable:

children. If you don’t have little ones (or,

you lucky bastards, they’ve all grown up

and are out of the house), October 31

means dressing up in full costume and

heading out to the local costume ball,

whether held at the local brewery, friend’s

house, or larger extravaganza.

If you have children, Halloween might

still involve dressing up in costume, but

it also means walking along with your

kids as they beg for candy. There has

been a growing trend, however to have

in tow not just the children, but also one

of those pull-along carts filled with ice and

alcoholic beverages, making for a much

more agreeable time for all involved.

We here at ABV figure if you’re going

to cart some booze around, you should

get into the spirit of the holiday (pun

intended). So here are ten of our scariest

choices to stock up on (and one special

mention). There were two requirements

to be on this list: they had to be locally

brewed, and they needed scary or creepy

artwork and names.

So this Halloween, scare up some

adult fun and load up your cart with

these frightneningly wicked ales. And

IPAs. And a cider. And other equally

hair-raising monster options. Happy

hauntings everyone!

Photography by Quentin Bacon for ABV

magazine.

(The descriptions are derived from

company websites and are not ours.)

SCREAMING HAND IPA

Strike Brewing

San Jose / 7.5% ABV / 41 IBU

www.strikebrewingco.com

Tropical, resinous hops. Caramel malt base.

SHALLOW GRAVE PORTER

Heretic Brewing

Fairfield / 7% ABV / 33 IBU

www.hereticbrewing.com

Complex & rich chocolate and caramel.

ZOMBREW IPA

Epidemic Ales

Concord / 7% ABV / 90 IBU

www.epidemicales.com

Medium malt body. Balanced bitterness.

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Back in “Booze”

SCARFACE IMPERIAL STOUT

Speakeasy

San Francisco / 9.5% ABV / 50 IBU

www.goodbeer.com

Chocolate. Dark bread. Burnt caramel.

BELLADONNA PALE ALE

Epidemic Ales

Concord / 6.4% ABV

www.epidemicales.com

Balances spice and citrus notes.

THE HATCHET

Sonoma Cider

Sonoma / 6% ABV

www.sonomacider.com

Tart. Crips. Dry. Tangy. Smooth.

EVIL TWIN RED IPA

Heretic Brewing

Fairfield / 6.8% ABV / 45 IBU

www.hereticbrewing.com

Huge hops. Rich malt. Bold. Rich.

MIDNIGHT HOPPYNESS IMPERIAL

BLACK RYE IPA

Knee Deep Brewing

Auburn / 9.5% ABV / 100 IBU

www.kneedeepbrewing.com

Dark malt, high hop. Citrus and chocolate.

DEATH BY SHMALTZ

HOPPY BLACK ALE

Shmaltz Brewing

New York (BUT, they were originally from

San Francisco) / 7% ABV / 70 IBU

www.shmaltzbrewing.com

Seven hops and seven malts.

FOGCUTTER DOUBLE IPA

Lost Coast Brewery

Eureka / 8.7% ABV / 70 IBU

www.lostcoast.com

Bitter. But it’s supposed to be.

SPECIAL MENTION

CURIOUS BEASTS BLOOD RED WINE

Healdsburg / 14.5% ABV / 70 IBU

www.wrappedforanyoccasion.com

Blend of five varietals. Bold. Ripe. Rich.

(We don’t usually cover wines here at ABV,

but made an exception because we’re

fans not only of Curious Beasts’ wine, but

because their label and packaging are

innovative and spookily appropriate.)

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BOTTLES & BARRELS /// BOOZE REVIEWS

beer

photo courtesy paul kirchner

BARREL AGED

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT

BARLEYWINE

Half Moon Bay Brewing

Half Moon Bay

14% ABV / 84 IBU

www.hmbbrewingco.com

Ever imagined what eating a

Heath bar might taste like while

sipping on a bourbon? Okay,

it’s actually a barleywine. Being

barrel-aged for six months in

bourbon barrels gives it a rich,

robust flavor you can expect

from a barleywine, but with

added ribbons of toffee and

caramel. KPB

SUTRO TOWER STOUT

Local Brewing Company

San Francisco

5.9% ABV / 59 IBU (tap only)

www.localbrewingco.com

Usually stouts are pretty

thick beers, some of them

downright mud-like – it feels

like you’ve eaten a whole meal

after just one pint. A pint of

this light stout, however,

makes you feel anything but

sluggish. With its toasty,

buttery goodness, instead of

being ready for a nap, you’re

ready for another. KPB

SOUR FARMHOUSE ALE

Woodfour Brewing

Sebastopol

4.7% ABV

www.woodfourbrewing.com

Woodfour’s flagship brew

tames the full-flavored

wallop that defines a sour

by developing a dense fruit

aura which lifts the beer into

something truly complex.

It’s like champagne’s outlaw

biker ex-boyfriend. Bonus

points for a low ABV that

makes relaxing with a bottle

or two possible without

needing a nap. CS

RACER 5 IPA

Bear Republic Brewing

Cloverdale

7.5% ABV / 75 IBU

www.bearrepublic.com

Imagine a foamy white head

that lasts until the final drop…

This hazy golden ambrosia

bursts with green mango

and grapefruit aromas that

settle on biscuit malts to

create a delicious treat for

the nose. The first sip adds

herbal tea notes, along with

orange pith and zest. EL

BOOZE

REVIEW

HAIKUS

HIGH WEST-IFIED

IMPERIAL CAFÉ

CON LECHE

Lagunitas Brewing

11% ABV

Hickory and smoke,

With a hint of molasses,

And lots of chocolate. KPB

MEYER LEMON LAGER

Anchor Brewing

San Francisco

4.5% ABV

Lemon, cream, sugar

Like pies your grandma made you,

Now straight from a can. KPB

SHARE YOUR REVIEWS

Tasted a local beverage that knocked your socks off? Send along with a great photo, to editor@abvmagazine.com. We do pay (if we print it).

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BOOZE REVIEWS \ BOTTLES & BARRELS

spirits

mead

cider

WHAT AM I DRINKING?

NAME: Jonathan H.

LOCATION: 101 North Brewing,

Petaluma

www.101northbeer.com

R5 HOP FLAVORED

WHISKEY

Charbay Distillery

Ukiah / 49.5% ABV

www.charbay.com

Charbay has two hopflavored

whiskies, both

distilled from Bear Republic

beers: The R5, aged 28

months, is distilled from

BR’s Racer 5 IPA and revels

in a hoppy nose with an

astringent wash. Lot S,

aged 29 months, is distilled

from BR’s Black Bear Stout,

presenting a nice caramel

nose, matched by a smooth

wash with a semi-sweet

finish. A win-win. EGS

BEE D’VINE

Honey Wine Company

San Francisco / 12.5% ABV

www.beedvine.com

This is a unique, lighter

mead, based on Ethiopian

Tej, a honey wine from

Africa in the style of white

wine. It has balanced

sweetness to dryness

that errs on the raw edge

of wine drinkability, with

a spectacular honeyed

finish. It tastes of dwindling

summer days, herbs in full

bloom, wrinkled over-ripe

apples and sickly melon

rind dropped in the warm

earth. EL

COCKTAIL SPOTLIGHT

Manhattan in California

2 oz. Charbay R5 Hop-Flavored Whiskey

1 oz. Carpano Vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters well in a stirring

glass with ice, then strain into cocktail glass; garnish

with a brandied cherry (we prefer the Luxardo brand).

SONOMA CIDER

The Pitchfork Pear Cider

Healdsburg / 6% ABV

www.sonomacider.com

Pear ciders are for the

most part dry and crisp.

However, this offering

from Sonoma Cider was

much more distinctive.

Their Pear Cider tasted like

fresh cut-up pear chunks

tossed over plain yogurt,

with just a little drizzling

of honey. A burst of sweet

flavors, accompanied by

tart, and even sour notes.

I have never seen cider in

a can before, and this was

way too easy to drink. KPB

WHAT BRINGS YOU TO 101 NORTH

BREWING?

Petaluma is getting big for craft beers, and

I’d heard about all the other ones around

here, but never checked this place out. I

live in LA, and we don’t have a lot of great

breweries to pick from. Not like the North

Bay. So this was a fun field trip.

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?

The Sunburst Sour (7% ABV, 47 IBU). I’m a

big fan of sours.

WHY DID YOU PICK THAT STYLE?

Everyone is into this IPA sh*t. Everything

is so bitter. It’s why I like sours. They don’t

have that hoppy aftertaste that hipsters

seem to blow a load over.

HOW DOES IT TASTE?

Better than an IPA.

WOULD YOU DRINK IT AGAIN?

I would. It’s slightly bitter, but hoppy in

the middle, then has a nice smooth malty

finish.

Disclaimer: views presented in this magazine do

not represent the views of the publisher or staff of

ABV magazine.

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COVER ART /// BEHIND THE LABEL

“At World’s End”

ARTIST: Jon Merlin • LABEL: Lager at World’s End

CLIENT: Epidemic Ales, Concord

While a beverage ultimately sinks or swims based on its taste, having an attractive or eye-catching label and

shelf presentation are an indelible part of a brand’s success. And while Concord’s Epidemic Ales is relatively

new to the local craft beer scene (opening in 2016), their colorful and unique label designs are garnering

attention onto themselves. We sat down with Jon Merlin, a local artist responsible for their apocalyptic

brand designs, to learn more about what happens “behind the label.”

How did you and Epidemic Ales begin working together?

Who met who first?

I worked with Holly (Wang, one of the now owners of Epidemic Ales)

at a mortgage company where I am their senior graphic designer. We

had a common interest in craft beer and when Holly shared that she

was home-brewing with some friends, I offered to help if she ever

needed a beer label. We ended up becoming close friends, and I

even helped design her wedding invitations. I am also a huge craft

beer fan, so this project was instantly attractive to me as a way to let

two of my passions collide.

The first label I designed for them was for their Zombrew IPA, one

of their original recipes, back in their homebrew days. I created that

label four years ago, in the fall of 2013, for some stick-on labels we

got printed through GrogTag.com.

I’ve been involved with Epidemic

Ales ever since. I had the

privilege to partner

with them in building

their “brand,”

and I am very

protective of

it. I have high

standards of

branding and

visual

consistency. I want everything we create to look like it’s from

the same family, to have the same visual language, and never

compromise quality.

How did you and Epidemic Ales develop their visual style?

From the beginning, the Epidemic Ales partners have always

had this apocalyptic, grungy, horror-themed vision for their

brand. So that’s the concept I built their designs around. They

come up with the names of their beers, and I design labels that

match the name.

Sometimes they have ideas in their head of what might look cool,

but they usually give me complete creative freedom to create what

I think is best. They literally call me and say we need a label, here

is the name, here is what type of beer it is, now do your magic!

How do you choose a color palette?

I choose my color palette based on the type of beer, name, and

the other labels I have created. I do try to match the design and

color. For Bad Juju, their American Lemon Wheat beer, I

went with a citrusy color for the name and literally used

lemon slices for the eyes of a tribal mask. This isn’t always

possible, but I try to use visual cues from the beer and

flavor profile whenever possible. In my opinion, a

label should reflect on the outside what’s

on the inside.

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Early iterations of Epidemic Ales’ Lager at World’s end label

“I’ve had the privilege of

partnering with them in

building their brand, and I am

very protective of it.”

– JON MERLIN, Russian River Brewing

For their “Lager at World’s End,” how many

concepts did you go through before the

design as it is now?

From the beginning, they had the idea to do a

mushroom cloud. They are also really into skulls

(can you tell?). I am really into video games and

thought I’d try to do something inspired by

retro 8-bit video games, so I created a pixelated

mushroom cloud with a skull on fire in front of

it, with some nuclear waste.

They wanted to go in a different direction, and

one of the owners said they wanted a “nuke

explosion with a hazmat suit dude in front

drinking a beer...” I ended up sending them

three more concepts, all centered around “end

of the world” scenarios: one of a nuke explosion;

one of the earth exploding (we actually ended

up using this as the label design for Cosmic

Meltdown), and a third featuring a

comic book-style robot attack. The team ended up liking

the robot version the best, and the rest is history.

What is your favorite Bay Area craft beer?

My favorite styles are saisons, sours, and floral IPA’s. Lately,

I have been really into Epidemic Ales’ tangerine IPA called

Cosmic Meltdown. I am also a big fan of Drake’s Aroma

Flora when they have it!

Where do you go when you want a cold one?

I usually go to Original Gravity in San Jose. It’s near

my house, and always has a really great rotating

selection of local craft beer.

What’s your current playlist while you design?

Lately, I have been super into synthwave artists

like FM-84, The Midnight, and electronic artists

like Com Truise and Tycho. My favorite thing to

listen to is Above & Beyond’s weekly two-hour

dance music radio and podcast show, “Group

Therapy” (available on iTunes).

Are you looking to work with more breweries/

distilleries in the Bay Area? How do people get

in touch with you?

Yes! My dream would be to do design work for

the beer industry full time! Other examples of

labels I’ve designed are on my Instagram page

jonmerlindesigns, and my online portfolio www.

jonmerlin.com. ABV

Finished label

design

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“We looked

up hops and

that took us to

humulus lupulus

which took us to

lupus salictarious

which took us to

‘Pliny the Elder’.”

– NATALIE CILURZO, Russian River Brewing

Photo courtesy Russian River Brewery

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MASTERS OF BREW /// INDUSTRY LEADERS

The River Queen

A PINT WITH RUSSIAN RIVER’S

NATALIE CILURZO • By Kenny Gould

FEW AMERICAN BREWERIES have the same reputation as Russian River Brewing Company,

founded in its present incarnation by Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo in 2004. According to

legend, Vinnie brewed the world’s first commercially available double IPA back in the

mid-nineties when he worked at Blind Pig Brewing, and Russian River undoubtedly helped

kickstart the sour revolution. The Santa Rosa, California, brewpub has become a mecca

for the craft-minded, who come from all over the world to try Russian River’s renowned

sours and IPAs. Come February, they line up around the block for Pliny the Younger, one

of craft’s most storied beers. Recently, ABV magazine sat down with Russian River cofounder

Natalie Cilurzo to talk pints, Pliny, and plans for a second location.

First things first: What beer are we drinking?

NC: Blind Pig IPA. When the original brewery closed, we

waited and watched that trademark. When it lapsed, Vinnie

and I jumped on it. It was very sentimental to us and an

important part of our history. It’s also one of my favorites. 6.5

percent ABV, and even hoppier than Pliny the Elder. It’s not as

alcoholic so there’s not as much malt or body, just super fresh

hoppiness that jumps out of the glass.

Let’s go back to the beginning: How Russian River get

started?

Natalie Cilurzo: Russian River got started by Korbel

Champagne Cellars in 1997 in Guerneville, which is a small

town in Sonoma County located on the Russian River. The

winemaker there was passionate about homebrewing and

thought it’d be a great idea to talk his boss into letting him start

a brewery. The winemaker wasn’t able to start the brewery, so

they hired Vinnie.

Why Vinnie?

NC: From 1994 to 1996, Vinnie owned a brewery in Temecula

called the Blind Pig. At that time, he was making double IPAs

and other super hoppy beers. But it was a little too soon for

the general public, which wasn’t quite ready for beer like that.

That brewery went out of business shortly after we moved

to northern California. Vinnie worked at Korbel for six years,

where he started playing around with hops—Korbel planted

him a quarter acre. He also got into barrel-aging beers, which

was where Damnation, Pliny the Elder, and Temptation were

born. He had lots of creative license, and his employer was very

supportive of him pushing the envelope.

Today, you own Russian River, right? Not Korbel?

NC: In 2003, Korbel closed the brewery. They laid Vinnie off,

and in lieu of severance we negotiated for the brand, which

included everything from the logo to the recipes. In April 2004,

we reopened the doors in downtown Santa Rosa as a brewpub

owned by me, Vinnie, two business partners, and 28 investors.

In 2008, we opened a production brewery about a mile away,

and that’s when we started distributing a little more.

Why did you choose Santa Rosa as your home location?

NC: When we decided that we wanted to open a brewpub, we

knew we needed a good location. Because Santa Rosa is the

most populated city in Sonoma County, it was an ideal location

to open a restaurant and brewpub. We found a location right in

Santa Rosa on 4th Street and started construction in 2003.

Do you remember the first time you tried Pliny the Elder?

NC: Honestly, I don’t. But I remember naming the beer.

You were the one who named it?

NC: Our friend Vic Kralj, who owns a bar called the Bistro in

Hayward, wanted a double IPA festival. He contacted all the

brewers he knew to see if they’d be interested. He’d heard that

Vinnie was credited with making one of the first commercially

brewed double IPAs at the Blind Pig, and so he called him.

Vinnie made the beer and he wanted a big name for it, so we

did what we used to do when looking for names—we drank

beer and looked through old fashioned books.

And you found Pliny the Elder’s name?

NC: We looked up hops and that took us to humulus lupulus

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which took us to lupus salictarius which took us to Pliny the

Elder, the Roman naturalist and author. We were inspired to

name the beer after him due to his early writings about hops.

And while reading about him, we learned about his nephew

and adopted son, Pliny the Younger.

If you could host anyone at the brewery, dead or alive, in

brewing or not, who would it be and why?

NC: It’d be fun to host Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. I’d

let them taste the beers that were named after them, and I’d be

interested in seeing what they think about this whole craft beer

thing, especially with the Pliny the Younger release when we

have lines around the block.

Do you think Pliny the Elder would be jealous?

NC: I don’t think so, because we have his beer everyday.

Do you have a favorite book?

NC: I don’t have one particular favorite. I bounce around

between fiction and nonfiction. My favorite book is any book

that holds my attention until the very end. I don’t have a lot of

time to read these days. A couple pages in a night is rare.

What was the last book that held

your attention?

NC: What the Most Successful

People Do Before Breakfast by

Laura Vanderkam. Very simply, it’s

about doing the most important

things first in the day. That can

mean different things to different

people. If working out is important

to you, do that first. If answering emails is important, do that

first. As your day rolls along, you get sidelined by various

things—putting out a fire, having a staffing issue, whatever else

comes up. But if you do the most important things first...

If you weren’t involved in brewing, what would you be

doing?

NC: I’d probably still be in the wine business. I got into it when

I was 16 and stayed until 35. It’s all I’ve ever done. It’s in my

blood and I love it.

I understand that you’re planning a second location. Can

you tell me more about that?

NC: We have a pretty conservative approach to growing

our business. We haven’t over-leveraged financially, and we

haven’t overreached personally or professionally. We’re doing

what’s comfortable for us. Vinnie and I have always had an

important goal of buying out our original investors. Once we

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM

NATALIE CILURZO:

• Russian River originally got its start from Korbel Champagne Cellars

• You can start an award-winning brewery by getting creative with

severance

• Natalie Cilurzo has boasting rights for naming their beer Pliny the Elder

• Successful people complete their most important tasks before

breakfast

• Russian River’s second location should open in Fall 2018

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accomplished that, we started talking seriously about the next

phase. We looked at property for a couple of years before we

bought 15 acres in Windsor, the town north of Santa Rosa.

Why Windsor?

NC: It’s what was available. Additionally, it’s important to us

that our next brewery be close to our downtown Santa Rosa

pub. That’s the engine that drives the business, and we don’t

want to take attention and time away from the original brewery

even when building another. But this is our dream brewery.

There’s never been anything on this property except a farm.

When are you looking to open the new location?

NC: If all goes well, we’ll be opening in fall of 2018.

Are you going to give fans the same experience? Or is the

new location about trying new things?

NC: We’ll probably try new things. We’ll have a second

brewpub, a tasting room, a gift shop, and we’ll offer tours.

Hopefully we can relieve some pressure from Santa Rosa

brewpub, which is bursting at the seams. We’re not looking at

new markets, but the new facility will allow us to fulfill existing

demand where we currently distribute. But really, the focus of

this brewery is to become a cool destination for the Russian River

Brewing Company. We want to create something that customers

who come from all over the world will be excited to see.

What do you think is behind the recent explosion of sour

beers?

NC: I think it’s because brewers make what they like to drink.

Having watched Vinnie brew sour beers for a long time, I know

that the first people interested in sours were other brewers.

They enjoy the sour process. It’s different. It’s not a hoppy IPA,

pilsner, or porter. It takes a lot of effort and time, and there are

a lot of unknown factors. Sour brings the mystery back into

brewing, and any brewer likes to learn new things and push the

envelope. ABV

RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING

725 4th Street, Santa Rosa

www.russianriverbrewing.com

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author

Her Highness of Hops, The Mistress of Malt

Melissa Cole!

CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LEADING beer and food experts, Melissa Cole is an award-winning author,

penning the 2012 bestselling Let Me Tell You About Beer (Pavilion) and a world-traveled international beer

judge. Her most recent book, The Little Book of Craft Beer (Hardie Grant Books), features her assessment of

the world’s greatest brews, including four from the Bay Area. A tried-and-true evangelist, she was willing to

share her gospel with ABV magazine while in the US, serving as a judge at Denver’s Great American Beer

Festival. Following are highlights from her Q&A with us.

THE CRAFT BEER SCENE IN THE

UNITED STATES

I think the US has the beer scene just

right; the problem is, as industry

people and observers, we often fail to

see it because we’re right in the middle

of all the on-going angst that dogs any

industry!

The main thing is that there is so much

choice around the place now, local

breweries providing local jobs and

great beer for their communities, often

also being keenly involved in them too.

But stylistically the United States is

creating unbelievably interesting and

exciting beers but, the most important

thing for the evolution of the marketplace,

is that they are taking on that sector of

‘sessionability’ and I think that will be a

defining feature of beer’s future.

Also, let’s not forget that the country’s

resurgence as a beer nation inspired

the rest of the world to wake up and

smell the wort — that’s something to be

proud of.

DEFINITION OF A PERFECT IPA

Have you tasted the most perfect IPA

yet? What would define the perfect

version in your opinion?

The most perfect IPA is the one I’m

enjoying with friends. I’ve had amazing

pints of Ballast Point Sculpin whilst

laughing with mates in San Diego;

I’ve had Pliny the Elder with buddies

in Denver, sitting under blankets

and heaters outside in 30 degree

weather; supped one with a gaggle

of judges in the sunshine at 2nd Story

in Philadelphia and enjoyed Odell

IPA at the brewery with Doug [Odell,

founder] — all of these were perfect at

the time but all those beers do share

something in common, balance.What

do you have in your fridge? What’s your

go-to on a hot summer night?

Hot summer nights are for sitting outside

pubs by the river for me, but if I am home

then a really good quality lager, a session

IPA, a Berliner weisse, or a gose are

always my hot weather go-tos.

THE IMPORTANCE OF

NEIGHBORHOOD BREWERIES

Neighborhood breweries, as I alluded

to earlier, are absolutely vital — they

provide a pivot around which parts of

the community can revolve. They are, by

necessity of size and budget, often very

manual and this creates jobs, as do the

tap rooms and festivals, and business for

food trucks, and so on and so on. This

is often overlooked when people talk

about just the beer — which also has to

be good; nothing worse than being in a

neighborhood with a bad local brewery.

I’ve stayed at a few places that broke my

heart along those lines.

WHERE CRAFT BEER IS HEADED

The big boys are coming, and coming

hard. They’ve made some really smart

purchases and I have only seen a drop

in quality in one of the breweries that

had a high-profile price tag, so it’ll be

interesting to see what happens with

the others over the next 10 years.

My gut and experience says that the

big companies with a serious stock

market presence won’t be able to resist

slashing costs by cutting corners and

quality — it’s what they do, it’s their

business imperative. Whilst it might

not be now, or in three years time, it

will happen and the worst thing is that

they’ll want the biggest overhead to go

first... and that’s always people.

WHAT’S PUSHING THE INDUSTRY

FORWARD

I think that the move back to lagers and

lighter beers — where there’s nowhere

to hide faults, no massive hop bill to

smother shortcomings, and no big

dark malt flavors to cover up mistakes —

that’s the real test of a brewer’s skill.

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“We looked

up hops and

that took us to

humulus lupulus

which took us to

lupus salictarious

which took us to

‘Pliny the Elder’.”

– NATALIE CILURZO, Russian River Brewing

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BAR0NESS OF BOOZE /// THE BOOKSHELF

THE LITTLE BOOK OF

CRAFT BEER

By Melissa Cole (Hardie Grant Books)

A Statistical Breakdown

Total number

of beers

featured in the

book

Of those,

number of

beers from the

United States

Number of

beers from

California

Number of

beers from

the Bay Area

100

...13

.....7

.....4

THOUGHTS ON BREWDOG

They gave the UK brewing industry a

boot up the bum, and they invest in

training their staff well in their retail

outlets.

LAST TIME YOU HAD A BEER THAT

GAVE YOU A HOLY SH*T MOMENT

I had a number at the recent

Beavertown Extravaganza (held in

London): Burning Sky Cuvée 13 was

one of those beers where you just

stop talking and breath in its elegance,

same with Wild Beer’s barrel-aged

Ninkasi. Mikkeller San Diego’s fruited

coffee Berliner Raspberry Blush just

scrambled my brain because it was so

wrong but so right, same with Garage

Project’s Wabi Sabi’s — it tasted like it

had a 3.5% ABV and was actually more

Iike 7.5%; Lost & Grounded’s Running

with Sceptres, Lervig’s Cucumber Lager

and Bagby Beer’s Sweet Ride Kolsch

were all blessed clean reliefs between

bonkers beers, and a whole can of

Beavertown Neck Oil at the end was

just perfect. I could go on just about the

beers at that festival over one weekend.

HOW A BREWER CAN GRAB HER

ATTENTION NEXT TIME MELISSA

COLE JUDGE’S YOUR BEER

Brew clean, that’s the starting point for

any judging. It’s a slightly depressing

way to have to approach beer but

we are always looking for the faults

first, then flavor balance and then

drinkability.

Even with extreme beers, if the phrase,

“It’s nice but I wouldn’t want more than

a mouthful,” comes from more than

two judges on the table, it’s unlikely to

advance to medals.

POINTERS: if you’re entering a specific

style category, brew to style and don’t

try and cheat the judges; it just pisses

us off when we get an IPA in the pale

ale category for example.

Second, if you are entering a category

where a description is requested …

give the damn description! You’ve

spent all that money on making the

beer, possibly putting it in barrel,

having it sit around wasting space and

capital, paid the money to enter it, but

you can’t take one minute to type one

sentence like: “Barrel-aged with Brett

on apricots and rosemary,” or whatever

the hell it is?

You may notice the last one really

annoys me...

THREE THINGS MOST BREWERIES

AND TAP ROOMS GET WRONG

Training, training, training — if you

don’t train your staff you won’t

keep them, they won’t be good

ambassadors, and they won’t care, and

that will transmit to your customers.

If I am standing in a tap room and asking

about a beer on the list and the staff

can’t tell me, it’s not their fault, it’s the

owner’s — that’s where the buck stops.

DO THE TOP 100 BEERS FEATURED IN

HER BOOK STILL STAND?

Yes and no! The no because I’ve tried

another 100 amazing beers since then

but the yes is that these things are

never perfect, they are subjective and

there are some stunning world classics

in there that never go out of style!

SIERRA NEVADA TORPEDO EXTRA

IPA: BEST SONG TO LISTEN TO WHILE

ENJOYING A PINT?

The Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”That’s what

you should do with that fabulous but

dangerous beer!

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calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct | Nov | Dec

OCTOBER 23, 7:00PM

MOLECULAR MIXOLOGY: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR

HALLOWEEN DRINKS

Bourbon and Branch, San Francisco

www.bourbonandbranch.com

Harness the power of atoms and booze by learning molecular

mixology to impress your friends and annoy your family. After

this course you will learn how to make flavored foam for cocktails,

liquid nitrogen (sweet!), and safety techniques. They will also be

molding spheres made with sodium alginate. If that doesn’t get

you dates, nothing will.

OCTOBER 26, 6:00PM

BEER, BITES & BOUNTY

Ferry Plaza Building, San Francisco

sirwisabrewingcollective.com

For what will most likely be a very memorable evening, Sirwisa

Brewing Collective will be showcasing an evening of food and

beer, the result of connecting homebrewers, commercial breweries,

and local chefs/restaurants to support CUESA’s continuation of the

farmers markets and outreach. Tickets get you a commemorative

tasting glass and a chance to try diverse food and beer pairings.

OCTOBER 28

SPIRITSFEST

Rotary Club, Concord

www.spiritsfest.org

“Come for the fun… stay for the Boos.” (Man, there are a lot of

Halloween puns, no?) This East Bay shindig has been growing in

scope and audience every year, so experience it now before it gets

thronged (is that a word?). Tickets get you whiskey, wine, beer, food,

music, and good times. A partial list of participants include Red Wolf

Mead, Hooker Oak Distillery, E.J. Phair, Ruby Hill, Dewar’s, Blue

Angel vodka, and more.

NOVEMBER 11

BACON AND [CRAFT] BEER FESTIVAL

The Park at Riverwalk, Bakersfield

www.baconandcraftbeerfest.com

Holy sh*t — beer AND bacon together? in one place? The organizers

require all participating breweries serve a session beer, a seasonal

beer, and a special beer, so this will be interesting. Brewers include

Bear Republic, Modern Times, Sierra Nevada, Speakeasy, North

Coast, Stone, Drake’s, Firestone and more.

Also, there will be bacon. Lots of bacon. Mmmm... bacon.

The Bakersfield Bacon and

Craft Beer Festival

A Perfect Pairing?

Story by Clayton Schuster

event spotlight

Thoughts of Bakersfield don’t usually conjure up images

of a craft beer oasis. For most folks, the city is little more

than a pit stop off the 5 during a Bay-to-LA road trip

(or vice versa). Local brew aficionado Austin Powell offers a

different perspective. Austin is a member of the brain trust who’s

organizing the 4th annual Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer

Festival. The yearly event gathers brewers from across the state

to show off a spectrum of their best and craziest brews to rabid

fans as well as each other. It’s a tripartite celebration: Of beer, of

pig, and of its host city. According to Austin, the Bakersfield craft

beverage scene is thriving. Scores of passionate homebrewers

and an ever growing roster of microbreweries are positioning

the area to evolve into one of the Golden State’s great beer

regions. The success of the festival and the rise of craft beer are

part of a positive feedback loop indelibly leading to an awesome

and totally sudsy result: the proliferation of good beer.

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE BACON AND CRAFT

BEER FEST?

Bacon and Craft Beer Festival was an idea formed between my

friends and me. Bakersfield was (and is) an emerging craft beer

market and we wanted a way to accomplish two things:

• Expose the general beer drinker around here to craft beer

in a really fun way

• Raise money for children’s charities, which was most

important for us.

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HOW IS THE BAKERSFIELD CRAFT BREW SCENE?

For the better part of the last decade, the only player in the Bakersfield craft brewery

scene has been Lengthwise Brewing. In the last couple of years, however, we’ve seen

craft beer emerge. We now have five breweries in a thirty-mile radius, not to mention

all the beers distributed here from San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

It really just comes with demand: the more that people want good craft beer the more

that good craft beer shows up in our area. Our festival has been among a series of

catalysts guiding that shift toward a true craft beer culture in Bakersfield. We have a

homebrewing tent at the festival, and I swear that some of these beers are ready for

market. They’re way up there –– as good or better than many of the top beers I’ve tried

at the San Diego Homebrew Festival.

WHERE DID THE BACON COMPONENT COME FROM? AND WHAT MAKES PIG

GO SO GOOD WITH BEER?

The crew that puts on the festival – we love bacon. It’s a staple in our lives, for sure. So

we just thought, “Why not build an entire beer festival around bacon?”

We do a best bacon competition where all the restaurants bring their A-game. There’s

everything from bacon-wrapped hot wings to bacon ice cream to bacon cake. There’s

so many cool things to try, stuff infused with bacon; lengthwise Brewery roasts a whole

pig. There’s everything imaginable, Iincluding the drinks! This year, Eureka Burger is

going to do a bacon maple old fashioned.

WHAT’S THE ONE BEER AND BACON PAIRING THAT EVERYONE COMING

OUT TO THE FESTIVAL MUST TRY?

I’ll give you two: First one is Lengthwise Imperial Stout paired with just a strip of bacon

from the bacon bar, where you walk up and they’ll literally hand you a slice of bacon. It’s a

real deep, dark stout that’s aged in red wine barrels. It’s really balanced, bold and subtle at

the same time. The stout and the saltiness of that freshly-fried bacon go so well together.

Next one, Kern River Brewing Citra. It’s a super, super limited beer. They only release

it twice a year and somehow we’ve siphoned some off for each festival. So, pair that

Citra with a braised pork belly from one of our BBQ places – the pork belly is so crispy,

but it’s also juicy, and it stands up well to the danky IPA from Kern River.

ARE MOST OF THE BEERS STANDARD FESTIVAL FARE –– LIKE IPAS AND ALES ––

OR CAN VISITORS EXPECT TO SEE SOME NICHE OR UNUSUAL STYLES?

First of all, we only do California craft beers. We don’t bring in anyone from outside

California. We’re really lucky to have so many talented and smart brewers that, at least

at our festival, you can really expect to find almost anything. There is going to be the

standard stuff — IPAs and barrel-aged everything. We have one local brewery called

Dionysus that specializes in sours — they always have a large selection.

One thing that I’m super excited about is our nitro trailer. It’ll probably have six to

eight taps with nitro IPA, nitro stout. There’ll also be a few distillers coming out.

Bowen’s Whiskey will be pouring, and

Cutwater Spirits will be there as well.

Cutwater was part of Ballast Point before

the latter sold last year. They’ll pour

everything from a rum and cola to a gin

and tonic, all pre-mixed in cans. It’s going

to be insane.

THE BACON AND CRAFT BEER

FESTIVAL

November 11, Bakersfield

www.baconandcraftbeerfest.com

Read more of this story online at

www.abvmagazine.com

the spirit of the law

I’m putting together plans to open a

brewery here in California. What are

the important things I need from a

legal perspective?

Typically, the most important matters are entity

formation, the brewery’s name, leases, and

vendor contracts.

First, finalize the formation of the brewery’s

legal entity. Shielding the brewery’s owners

from liability is important, but considerable

work is saved by obtaining licenses, entering

into agreements, registering trademarks, etc.,

under the name of the brewery’s legal entity.

A brewery name must be unique, cannot be

similar to any other brewery’s name anywhere

in the country, and should be registered as a

trademark. The brewery’s name may be its

most valuable asset; it’s critical to lock it down.

Leases are inherently risky and favor landlords.

Most breweries need a term of at least 5 years.

Successful or not, the brewery is liable for all

rent during the entire term. And it gets worse:

Generally, landlords require each partner with

a 20% or greater stake to personally guaranty

the lease; consequently, every partner takes

on substantial personal risk. It is crucial that

the lease be negotiated and not just signed.

Once the legal entity is formed, the name

protected, the lease negotiated, and licenses

are in place, it’s time to make beer— which

requires supplies. Gas, kegs, and grain

typically come with contracts that salespeople

hand out like business cards. These “form

agreements” frequently contain terms

that are vendor-biased such as automatic

renewal and penalty clauses, and horribly

impractical dispute resolution provisions.

These agreements are deliberately drafted

to place the brewery at a disadvantage. Every

brewery needs to fully understand each

vendor agreement before signing.

It can be difficult to justify the cost of hiring a

professional to help with these issues. But it’s

invariably much more expensive to fix a poorly

formed entity, settle a name dispute, unravel a

bad lease, or get out of a bad vendor contract.

Regardless of your approach, you need to

understand every document you sign to create

a strong foundation for your new (ad)venture.

Don Winkle is a Craft Beer Attorney with

Spaulding McCullough & Tansil in Santa Rosa.

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San Jose!

San Pedro Square

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W

hile San Francisco and Oakland boast a much denser

craft beer scene, San Jose has begun to emerge from

under the radar with its own unique vibe. As tech

continues to boom, the South Bay — which includes San Jose and

the surrounding cities — has attracted young professionals seeking

shorter commutes, more space, and more sun. And craft beer.

This post-college crowd is ready to ditch their 30-racks for more

complex flavors, and local brewmasters are more than happy — and

equipped — to oblige. In the next year, the craft brewing community

is primed to explode across San Jose. For those looking to make a

day trip to the city, here’s the best breweries, bars, shops, and food

to grab as you drink your way through the capital of Silicon Valley.

10:00 AM If you’re spending the day hopping from beer to

beer, you should probably start with a coffee. With an eclectic

crowd that ranges from families to flannel-wearers to local

techies taking their $10,000 road bikes out for a spin, Chromatic

Coffee has something for everyone. For those fueling up for

an epic day of drinking, grab a flat white or a café brulee. But if

you’re looking to get a head start, jump right in with their café

con leche milk stout, a collaboration between Chromatic and

Camino Beer Company. And no matter what you drink, be sure

to try a pastry. (They have a second location in Santa Clara.)

Good Karma

11:00 AM New kids on the block Brian and Derek, the boys

behind Hapa’s Brewing Company, have a beautiful open-air

spot. Their Hungry Dog IPA and Barbie’s Blonde pair nicely with

Fall weather. Come for the beer, stay for the conversation, food

trucks, and live music.

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12:30 PM Worship at the house of Seitan while sampling

a well-curated craft beer list. If you don’t normally take vegan

options seriously, enter Good Karma Artisan Ales and Café

with an open mind. Their food will leave you impressed, if not

make you a convert. Try the Jamaican Jerk – a tofu and soy take on

the classic, or the Chana Marsala, a savory chickpea dish.

WHAT’S WHAT &

WHAT’S WHERE

Listed in order of appereance in story

12:30 PM Second lunch option: Amazing BBQ and a

rotating craft beer list at South Winchester BBQ and Craft

Beer. That’ll do.

2:00 PM Now that we’ve got a good base going, let’s hit the

next stop on the San Jose beer tour – and the first of a trifecta

that you can walk between. Solid go-tos at Strike Brewing

are the Classic Dot Blond Ale, a sessionable collaboration with

legendary skateboarding company Santa Cruz, and the Colossus

of Clout Irish Red.

3:30 PM Next up is Hermitage Brewing, — the OGs of the

San Jose beer scene got its start in 2008 but their brewing roots

date back to 1987. Having one of the top five percent production

breweries in the country by volume allows them to access an

amazing network of ingredients, and they put it to good use. We

suggest you start with one of their incredible sours, or sample

something from their Single Hop Series.

5:00 PM Next stop on the brewery walk is the Santa

Clara Valley Brewing Company, an intimate taproom with

exceptional beer that pays homage to San Jose’s landmarks and

history. The barrel-aged Loma Prieta, available aged in either

bourbon or rye barrels, is great in either variety, while their

seasonal Heart’s Delight, featuring locally-grown fruit, is also a

winner.

CHROMATIC COFFEE

17 N. Second St.,

www.chromaticcafe.com

HAPA’S BREWING

460 Lincoln Ave.

www.hapasbrewing.com

GOOD KARMA ARTISAN

ALES AND CAFÉ

37 1st St.

www.goodkarmasj.com

SOUTH WINCHESTER

BBQ

1362 S Winchester.

www.swinchesterbbq.com

STRIKE BREWING &

TAPROOM

2099 S 10th St, #30

www.strikebrewingco.com

SANTA CLARA VALLEY

BREWING

101 E Alma Ave.

www.scvbrewing.com

HERMITAGE BREWING

1627 S 7th St.,

www.hermitagebrewing.com

ORIGINAL GRAVITY

PUBLIC HOUSE

66 1st St.,

www.originalgravitypub.com

ISO BEERS

75 E Santa Clara St., #120

www.isobeers.com

AFKGG GAMER’S

LOUNGE

163 W. Santa Clara St.

www.afkgg.com

SAN PEDRO SQUARE

MARKET

87 N. San Pedro St

www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com

(All locations are in San Jose

unless otherwise specified.

For a full list of breweries as

well as distilleries, cideries

and mead-makers, in San

Jose and the whole Bay

Area, go to page 26)

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Hapa’s Brewing

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Strike Brewing

6:00 PM With 35 rotating taps and large

selection of house-made and gourmet

sausages, you can’t go wrong at Original

Gravity Public House. The staff is extremely

knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help

you choose the best pairings.

PRO TIP: if you’re feeling brave and want to go

off-menu, ask the bartender what exotic meats

they’re serving.

7:00 PM Standing for “in search of,” ISO

serves beer you didn’t know you’ve been dying

to try. The bar has an awesome dog-friendly

outdoor beer garden and encourages outside

food, so grab a sandwich from Ike’s Place

nearby, pick from the forty beers on tap or the

extensive bottle and can list, and go hang with

the pooch people.

7:30 PM Whether you’ve brought your

own system to a LAN party or played roundrobin

Super Smash Brothers for hours on end,

chances are that you’ve tried to relive your

childhood gaming days at least a few times in

recent years. The AFKgg Gamer’s Lounge will

make you feel like a kid again, even while you

knock back a beer — or three.

8:45 PM A popular indoor/outdoor market

teeming with food options, cornhole, and cool

nooks in which to post up, San Pedro Square

Market is a good place to end your day. If you

still have room for one last beer, Market Beer

Co. has over 200 bombers available and often

hosts Tap Takeovers from the best breweries in

the Bay Area. ABV — Story by Chris Ward

Article first appeared in www.hopculture.com

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POP CULTURE \ THE BOOZE TUBE

GIVING PROPS

WHERE PROPS ARE

Booze

Tallking Craft Beer With Jared Scardina,

prop master for HBO’s massive hit,

Silicon Valley

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T

he best films and television, especially comedy, reflect

the times. Recently, few satires have received as much

critical praise and attention as HBO’s hit show Silicon

Valley, due in large part to the show’s ability to keep up

with the continuously evolving tech world of Palo Alto. The

technology seems like something you’d read about in this

month’s Wired magazine and the characters could live in the

house next to your own.

Craft beer, coconut water, and weed feature prominently

throughout the show: Erlich is a (somewhat) high-functioning

stoner; Pappy Van Winkle bourbon whiskey arrives as a

recruitment perk for Gilfoyle; the house’s fridge is stocked

with expensive, unpasteurized coconut water; and a case of

Pliny the Elder sits on the kitchen counter; Gilfoyle is rarely

seen without a bottle in his hand, and there are usually bottles

of local brew on the communal coding table.

In this world then, craft beer is front and center. With this in

mind, we spoke with Jared Scardina, Silicon Valley’s prop

master, about why the show has embraced craft.

ABV: Why is craft beer featured so regularly in Silicon Valley?

Jared Scardina (JS): I If you look back at the pilot, they

were drinking Mexican and domestic [big beer] brands. I

came on board to redo some of the pilot and I established a

relationship with a local microbrewery. That’s what people

drink now: in Northern California, you won’t find any coders

drinking Miller or Coors.

ABV: How does the setting play into the show?

JS: I grew up in Northern California and did the whole

trail running and ultra running thing. Back then, craft beer

wasn’t as blown up as it is now. But those runners would

be drinking IPAs after their races. Big beards and IPAs.

So I went out and integrated those beers into the show.

My assistant had a contact at North Coast Brewery and

we reached out. I saw that they had Old Rasputin, and I

immediately thought of Gilfoyle.

Gilfoyle’s character is a LaVeyan Satanist. What kind of beer

would that guy drink? There was no better mystic character

than Grigori Rasputin. If Gilfoyle had more tattoos he’d

have Rasputin. His character is like, “This is my beer.”

ABV: How are props selected on Silicon Valley?

JS: In the script, it’ll call for “beer,” and then I’ll come with

four different choices — I try to establish characters with

something that’s relatable and that’s not commercial. Those

choices go through the creative process, and then, Bam! It’s

a done deal. It could be headphones, computers, laptops –

anything they interact with in a scene is our department.

ABV: Each of the characters has their own beer brand.

What’s the logic?

JS: I matched them up to their personalities. Erlich has Old

Stock Ale and, for a minute, Pranqster. Gilfoyle has Old

Rasputin. The other’s don’t drink as much as those two.

ABV: Jared never really drinks, but if he did, what would he

drink?

JS: I’d have to ask the actor what he thought. Maybe there’s

a history to that character that the actor knows. Like when

he’s sleeping he’s talking in German, so maybe he’d be into

some weird German brand. Something most people don’t

like but a select few do.

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ABV: As the beer scene has evolved, why haven’t the beers

on the show? Why do I never see a Mikkeller beer, for

instance?

JS: Silicon Valley is a weird show this way: The timeline is linear

to the technology. Think about season one. We are only like

nine months into the future from that. Which is interesting,

because they still write things that wouldn’t be in the show in

2013. But, we try to stay in [the show’s] reality. That’s why the

guys keep drinking the same bottles. But for technology….Tesla

wasn’t out yet but now we have it in the show.

ABV: Favorite breweries in California?

JS: Lagunitas, Figueroa Mountain, and Ballast Point.

ABV: What’s next for Silicon Valley?

JS: Next season, I’d like to integrate a growler. I saw this really

cool product that just came out: it’s a growler mixed with a

beer stein that keeps your beer cold. It’s very steampunk.

Written by J. Travis Smith ABV

ABV: Have any breweries paid to be on the show?

JS: None of those beers are paid product integrations. The

companies you see more often are just companies that

we reached out to because we liked the product. Just like

my choice in bongs and pipes and whatever. It’s all from

me. I reach out to companies that I think make interesting

products.

ABV: I see you’re a fan of Grav Lab and Illadelph bongs.

JS: [Laughing …] I’ve used both and liked them. So, I’m going

to try to get them some exposure.

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BOOZE CLUES /// POP CULTURE

GETTING YOUR TECH DRINK ON

How – and Where – To Drink Like the Guys From Silicon Valley • By Chris Ward

EARLIER IN THE YEAR, everyone’s favorite middle-out compression

company returned for their fourth season of snark and hijinks.

Frequently seen with a Sculpin or Drake’s in hand, it’s clear from the

start that the founding members of Pied Piper are craft beer fans.

The following is a list of the top spots where you could run into Pied

Piper and other techie beer aficionados, with a few nearby Silicon

Valley landmarks thrown in for your inner geek.

GILFOYLE’S TOP BOTTLE SHOPS

Jane’s Beer Store

You will always come home with something amazing from Jane’s.

The staff is exceptional at knowing what’s tasting particularly

great at the moment and picking out a beer you’ll love but

haven’t tried before. With its stripped-down metal vibe, this is

where Gilfoyle buys his bombers.

www.janesbeerstore.com

What’s Nearby?

Google Campus. A few blocks from where the Android

Operating systems are designed there are giant sculptures

of each affectionately-named release: Jelly Bean, KitKat, and

Lollipop. www.google.com

The Willows Market

Willows Market is a staple for tech workers in the area choosing

to forego their free cafeteria food for high-quality BBQ. The

market has many other high-end goods, but the real gem is

the well-stocked beer selection. Extra points for having several

sours already cold and ready to pop.

www.willowsmarket.com

What’s Nearby?

The Apple Garage. This is where Silicon Valley legends Steve

“Woz” Wozniak and Steve Jobs built the first models of the Apple

I. 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos

Bobby’s Liquor

This unassuming liquor store in Santa Clara boasts an impressive

selection of craft beer. Cans of Heady Topper have been rumored

to grace these shelves occasionally.

www.bobbysliquor.com

What’s Nearby?

The Tech Museum of Innovation. Located in downtown San

Jose, this museum provides an amazing chance for adults and

children alike to explore a variety of interactive, cutting-edge

technology exhibits such as Innovations in Health Care, Social

Robots, and the BioDesign Studio.www.thetech.org

All photos this page courtesy HBO

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ERLICH’S TOP BREWERIES

The Taproom (Palo Alto Brewing)

Located one block away from Palo Alto’s “Lucky Office” (see

below), with solid craft beer and a-dollar-a-wing Wednesdays,

what are the chances that Erlich doesn’t frequent this place?

www.paloaltobrewing.com

What’s Nearby?

Palo Alto’s “Lucky Office:” This building has been the home of

many startups in their early years, and was most notably the first

office of both Google and Paypal. 165 University Ave., Palo Alto.

Alpha Acid

This small brewery and taproom churns out some of the best craft

beer in the country. There, I said it. And now you know about it

before any of your friends. Look for the sours, IPAs, and barrel-aged

imperial stouts.

www.alphaacidbrewing.com

What’s Nearby?

TBD — With Alpha Acid located in an office park, you can be sure

some new startup is cooking up a billion-dollar idea next door.

Freewheel Brewing Company

If classic British beer is your thing, you’ll love this place. It’s as

authentic as you can get stateside, with hand-pulled 20 oz. “pints”

that lend a European, velvety mouth feel. www.freewheelbrewing.

com

What’s Nearby?

The Facebook Sign Time to post a picture of yourself giving the

thumbs-up. A Facebook post at Facebook is the ultimate form of

social media inception. 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park

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DINESH’S TOP BEER BARS

Ale Arsenal

Ale Arsenal has long been a staple for

craft beer lovers in Silicon Valley. They

offer an exceptional draft and bottle list,

host events and tap takeovers from great

breweries, and often have highly soughtafter

cans of fresh, juicy, Instagram-able

cans. www.alearsenal.com

What’s Nearby?

Oracle Headquarters When not sailing

the seas, Larry Ellison’s 2010 America’s

Cup sailboat parks in the lake out front of

HQ. 300 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores

Steins Beer Garden

This German-inspired beer garden boasts

a great selection of German, Belgian, and

local beers on tap. If you’re looking for

an upscale, well-lit bar to watch a game

or enjoy good company, Steins has you

covered. www.steinsbeergarden.com

What’s Nearby?

The Facebook House Come see the house

where Justin Timberlake took 6-foot bong

rips in 2010’s The Social Network. Fun fact:

it’s still rented out to ambitious hackers

each summer. 819 Jennifer Way, Palo Alto

The Rose and Crown English Pub and

Restaurant

The site where lead engineer Dinesh

Chugtai’s brother held his successful

Kickstarter party for the social networking

app “Bro.” If drinking fresh European craft

beer while rubbing shoulders with the

Silicon Valley elite and chowing down on

authentic English pub food doesn’t impress

you, then Russ Hanneman never had three

commas. www.roseandcrownpa.com

What’s Nearby?

Hewlett-Packard Garage The plaque

outside will tell you that this is the “home”

of Silicon Valley, along with some other

historical tidbits, but unfortunately the

garage where HP was born is barely

visible from the street. 367 Addison Ave.,

Palo Alto

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CRAFT BEVERAGE DIRECTORY

SANTA CLARA VALLEY BREWING

Before software and silicon

took over, the Santa Clara

Valley was home to thousands

of acres of rich farmland

and orchards. At Santa Clara Valley

Brewing, we pay homage to

this industrious past by providing

our friends and neighbors with

a selection of fine handcrafted

beers created with the highest

quality ingredients.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY BREWING

www.scvb.beer

(408) 288-5181

LOCATION

101 E. Alma, San Jose

TAPROOM HOURS

MON – FRI: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

SAT: 12:00pm–8:00pm

SUN: 12:00pm–6:00pm

BEN ‘N NICK’S BAR & GRILL

CATO’S ALE HOUSE

Founded in 1997, at Ben & Nick’s Bar & Grill we focus on great pub

food, local and hard to find beers & well-crafted cocktails.With our

easy-going atmosphere and quality products, we are a restaurant

unlike any other in the Rockridge area.

Over 23 craft beers on tap and delicious house-made food with weekly

live music nights makes Cato’s a great destination for a special night

out, to relax after work, or just hang out with friends and family. Fresh

kegs of Pliny the Elder are tapped every Tuesday @ 2:00pm!

BEN & NICK’S BAR & GRILL

www.benandnicks.com

(510) 923-0327

LOCATION

5612 College Ave., Oakland

HOURS

M, T, W, S, S: 11:30am –12:00am

Thur, Fri: 11:30am – 2:00am

Happy Hour: 4:00 – 6:00pm, daily

CATO’S ALE HOUSE

www.catosalehouse.com

(510) 655-3349

LOCATION

3891 Piedmont Ave., Oakland

HOURS

Open everyday at 11:30am

Kitchen Close: Sat - Wed: 10:00pm

Thurs, Fri: 11:00pm

Bar Closes: Mon – Thur: 12:00am

Fri, Sat: 1:00am | Sun: 11:00pm

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CRAFT BEVERAGE SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT

BREWBILT MANUFACTURING

BREWBILT MANUFACTURING

www.brewbilt.com

(530) 802-5023

LOCATION

110 Spring Hill Drive,

Grass Valley, CA 95945

BrewBilt Manufacturing LLC designs and manufactures

custom brew houses and tanks for craft brewers

dedicated to making excellent beer. Whether you’re

adding cellar tanks, starting a neighborhood brewpub, or

expanding a regional microbrewery, look to BrewBilt to

design a custom solution for you.

Constructed of the highest quality American steel and built

by hand in Northern California by skilled craftsmen paid a

fair wage for their trade, BrewBilt is building strong partnerships

with brewers, and we’re in it for the long haul- with

the longest warranty in the market.

Is it time to elevate your craft?

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CRAFT DRINKING GUIDE

COLOR

KEY

NORTH BAY

EAST BAY

SOUTH BAY

CENTRAL

COAST

SAN FRA. &

PENINSULA

GREATER

BAY AREA

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CRAFT DRINKING GUIDE

ABV magazine’s

CRAFT DRINKING GUIDE

An indispensable guide to over 300 breweries, distilleries, cideries,

mead makers, homebrew suppliers, tap rooms, bottle rooms, and more

who call the Bay Area home.

The following listing is provided as a free resource to ABV readers

and the Bay Area craft beverage community. Inclusion is not guaranteed,

but we try. If you are not listed or find an error in your listing,

contact us at editor@abvmagazine.com. We do not guarantee

accuracy of information in this listing. When in doubt, call first.

5612 College Ave., Oakland

(510) 923-0327

www.benandnicks.com

Beer

Food

Friends

Fun

NORTH BAY

Marin, Napa, Solano, and

Sonoma counties

BREWERIES

101 North Brewing

1304 Scott St., Petaluma

(707) 701-5061

www.101northbeer.com

2 Tread Brewing

1018 Santa Rosa Plaza,

Santa Rosa

(415) 233-0857

www.2tbc.com

3 Disciples Brewing

5511 Volkerts Rd.,Sebastopol

(707) 228-7309

www.3disciplesbrewing.com

Adobe Creek Brewing

67 Galli Dr., Novato

(415) 506-4565

www.adobecreekbrewing.com

Barrel Brothers Brewing

399 Business Park Ct. #506,

Windsor

(707) 696-9487

www.barrelbrothersbrewing.com

Barrel Trolley Brewing

500 Redwood Blvd, Novato

(415) 382-6900

www.barreltrolley.com

Bear Republic Brewing

345 Healdsburg Ave,

Healdsburg

(707) 894-2722 ext.21

www.bearrepublic.com

Berryessa Brewing

27260 CA-128, Winters

(530) 795-3526

www.berryessabrewingco.com

Beercraft Rohnert Park

5704 Commerce Blvd,

Rohnert Park • (707) 206-9440

www.beercraft.com

Blue Frog Brewing

1740 Travis Blvd., Fairfield

(707) 429-2337

www.bluefrogbrewingcompany.com

Bruehol Brewing

401 Gerald Court, Benicia

(707) 327-6768

www.bruehol.com

Calistoga Inn and Brewery

1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga

(707) 942-4101

www.calistogainn.com

Carneros Brewing

22985 Burndale Rd, Sonoma

(707) 938-1880

www.carnerosbrewing.com

Cooperage Brewing

981 Airway Ct. G, Santa Rosa

(707) 293-9787

www.cooperagebrewing.com

Crooked Goat Brewing

120 Morris St, Suite 120

Sebastopol • (707) 827-3893

www.crookedgoatbrewing.com

Diesel Punk

500 Redwood Blvd, Ste 200 Novato

• (415) 382-6900

www.dieselpunkbrew.com

Fogbelt Brewing

1305 Cleveland Ave.

Santa Rosa • (707) 978-3400

www.fogbeltbrewing.com

Fossil Fuels Brewing Company

15045 River Rd., Guerneville

(707) 869-0705

fossilfuelsbrewingco.com

Grav South Brew Co.

7950 Redwood Drive, Ste 15 Cotati

• (707) 753-4198

www.gravsouthbrewco.com

Headlands Brewing

16 Forrest St., Mill Valley

(415) 890-4226

www.headlandsbrewing.com

Healdsburg Beer Company

1670 Stirrup Loop, Healdsburg

(707) 529-0326

www.healdsburgbeercompany.com

Henhouse Brewing

322 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa

(707) 978-4577

www.henhousebrewing.com

Heretic Brewing

1052 Horizon Dr., Suite B, Fairfield

• (707) 389-4573

www.hereticbrewing.com

Lagunitas

1280 North McDowell Blvd Petaluma

• (707) 769-4495

www.lagunitas.com

Mad Fritz Brewery

393 La Fata, St. Helena

(707) 968-5058

www.madfritz.com

Mare Island Brewing

289 Mare Island Way, Ste G Vallejo

• (707) 556-3000

www.mareislandbrewing.com

Moylan’s Brewing

15 Rowland Way, Novato

(415) 898-4677

www.moylans.com

Napa Smith Brewing

101 Yolano Dr., Vallejo

(877) 590-2026

www.napasmithbrewery.com

Old Redwood Brewing

9000 Windsor Road, Windsor

(707) 657-7624

www.oldredwoodbrewing.com

Russian River Brewing

725 4th Street, Santa Rosa

707) 545-2337

www.russianriverbrewing.com

Shady Oak Barrel House

420 1st St, Santa Rosa

(707) 595-8958

www.shadyoakbarrelhouse.com

Sonoma Springs Brewing

19449 Riverside Dr #101

Sonoma • (707) 938-7422

www.sonomaspringsbrewing.com

St. Florian’s Brewery

7704A Bell Rd, Windsor

(707) 838-2739

www.stfloriansbrewery.com

Stumptown Brewery

15045 River Rd., Guerneville

(707) 869-0705

www.stumptown.com

www.catosalehouse.com

(510) 655-3349

3891 PIEDMONT AVE., OAKLAND

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T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing

2480 Spring Mountain Road

St. Helena • (415) 999-2009

www.twpitchers.com

The Barlow

6780 Depot Street, #110

Sebastopol • (707) 824-5600

www.thebarlow.net

Van Houten Brewing

19 Caletta Ave, San Anselmo

vanhoutenbrewing.blogspot.com

Woodfour Brewing

6780 Depot St., #160,

Sebastopol • (707) 823-3144

www.w4brewing.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS

& RESTAURANTS

Cochon Volant BBQ

18350 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma

(707) 509-5480

www.cochonvolantbbq.com

Dempsey’s Restaurant and

Brewery

50 E Washington St, Petaluma

(707) 765-9694

www.dempseys.com

Downtown Joe’s Restaurant

and Brewery

902 Main St, Napa

(707) 258-2337

www.downtownjoes.com

Sauced BBQ, Petaluma

151 Petaluma Blvd. S, #129,

Petaluma

(707) 410-4400

www.sauchedbbqandspirits.com

Taps

54 E Washington S, Petaluma

(707) 763-6700

www.petalumataps.com

Third Street Aleworks

610 Third St, Santa Rosa

(707) 523-3060

www.thirdstreetaleworks.com

BREWPUBS

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

765 Center Blvd, Fairfax

(415) 485-1005

www.ironspringspub.com

Marin Brewing

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle

Larkspur • (415) 461-4677

www.marinbrewing.com

Murphy’s Irish Pub

464 First Street East, Sonoma

(707) 933-0660

www.sonomapub.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

BeerCraft Novato

7338 Redwood Blvd, Novato

www.beercraft.com

Rincon Valley Tap Room &

Bottle Shop

4927 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa

(707) 595-5516

www.rvtaproom.com

TAP ROOMS

Brewsters Beer Garden

229 Water St. North, Petaluma

(707) 981-8330

www.brewsterbeergarden.com

Cloverdale Ale Company

131 E First Street, Cloverdale

(707) 894-9610

www.cloverdaleale.com

Confluence Taprooom &

Lounge

4357 Montgomery Drive,

Santa Rosa • (707) 293-9702

www.confluencetaproom.com

Healdsburg Tap Room

210 Healdsburg Ave

Healdsburg • (707) 934-5092

www.healdsburgtaproom.com

Mill Valley Beerworks

173 Throckmorton Ave.

Mill Valley • (415) 888-8218

www.millvalleybeerworks.com

Moonlight Brewing

Fulton,(707) 528-2537

www.moonlightbrewing.com

Plow Brewing

3334 Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa

(707) 843-4583

Ruhstaller Brewery & Taproom

800 Business Park Drive, Suite G

Dixon • (530) 601-8240

www.ruhstallerbeer.com

DISTILLERIES

Charbay Distillery

4001 Spring Mountain Road

St. Helena •(707) 462-2249

www.charbay.com

Griffo Distillery

1320 Scott St, Petaluma

(707) 879-8755

www.griffodistillery.com

Sonoma County Distilling

5625 State Farm Dr. #18

Rohnert Park •(707) 583-7753

www.sonomacountydistilling.com

Spirit Works Distillery

6790 McKinley Street, #100,

Sebastopol • (707) 634-4793

www.spiritworksdistillery.com

Sweetwater Distillers

611 2nd St, Petaluma

(707) 778-6041

CIDERIES &

MEADERIES

Apple Garden Farm

3875 Tomales-Petaluma Rd,

Tomales • (707) 878-9152

www.applegardenfarm.com

Ace Cider

2064 Gravenstein Hwy N #40,

Sebastopol • (707) 829-1101

www.acecider.com

Coturri Winery

6725 Enterprise Road

Glen Ellen • (707) 525-9126

www.coturriwinery.com

Devoto Cider

655 Gold Ridge Rd.

Sebastopol •(707) 823-6650

www.devotocider.com

Ethic Ciders

967 Transport Way, Petaluma

(415) 717-4416

www.ethicciders.com

Foxcraft Hard Cider

409 Mendocino Ave

Santa Rosa • (707) 528-8588

www.foxcraftcider.com

Heidrun Meadery

11925 State Route 1,

Point Reyes Station

(415) 663-9122

www.heidrunmeadery.com

Horse & Plow Wine and Cider

1272 Gravenstein Hwy N

Sebastopol • (707) 827-3486

www.horseandplow.com

Sonoma Cider

1451 Grove Street, Healdsburg

(707) 723-7004

www.sonomacider.com

Tilted Shed Ciderwork

7761 Bell Road, Windsor

(707) 657-7796

www.tiltedshed.com

Troy Cider

850 River Road, Fulton

(707) 490-6696

www.troycider.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

Beer Belly Fermentation

Supply

399 Business Park Ct., Ste 205

Windsor • (707) 837-5750

www.jmbrew.com

Beverage People, The

1845 Piner Rd., Ste D

Santa Rosa • (707) 544-2520

www.thebeveragepeople.com

J&M Brewing Supplies

101 Roblar Dr., Ste C

Novato • (415) 883-7300

www.jmbrew.com

Napa Fermentation Supplies

575 3rd St., Ste A

Napa • (707) 255-6372

www.napafermentation.com

EAST BAY

Alameda and Contra Costa

counties

BREWERIES

21st Amendment Brewery &

Restaurant

Williams Street, Unit A

San Leandro • (510)595-2111

www.21st-amendment.com

Alameda Island Brewing

1716 Park Street, Alameda

(510) 217-8885

www.alamedaislandbrewingcompany.com

Ale Industries

3096 E. 10th St, Oakland

(510) 479-3185

www.aleindustries.com

Alpha Acid Brewing

121 Industrial Road, Suite 11

Belmont • (650) 394-4728

www.alphaacidbrewing.com

Altamont Beer Works

2403 Research Drive,

Livermore • (925) 294-8970

www.altamontbeerworks.com

Armistice Brewing Company

845 Marina Bay Pkwy #1

Richmond • (510) 230-4966

www.armisticebrewing.com

Benoit-Casper Brewing

1201 Pennsylvania Ave,

Richmond •(408) 695-3449

www.bcbrewing.com

Black Diamond Brewing

2470 Bates Ave Ste C, Concord

(925) 356-0120

www.blackdiamondbrew.com

Buffalo Bills Brewery

1082 B St, Hayward

(510) 886-9823

www.buffalobillsbrewery.com

Calicraft Brewing

2700 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek • (925) 478-8103

www.calicraft.com

Cleophus Quealy Beer

448 Hester St., San Leandro

(510) 463-4534

www.cleoph.us

Cooler, The

1517 E 14th Street, San Leandro

(510) 357-3949

www.thecoolersl.com

Diving Dog Brewhouse

1802 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

(510) 306-1914

www.divingdogbrew.com

Drakes Brewing

1933 Davis St. 177, San

Leandro

(510) 568-2739

www.drinkdrakes.com

East Brother Beer

1001 Canal Blvd, Richmond

(510) 230-4081

www.eastbrotherbeer.com

Eight Bridges Brewing

332 Earhart Way, Livermore

(925) 961-9160

www.eightbridgesbrewing.com

Epidemic Ales

150 Mason St., Ste J, Concord

(925) 566-8850

www.epidemicales.com

Faction Brewing

2501 Monarch St., Alameda

(510) 523-2739

www.factionbrewing.com

Fieldwork Brewing

1160 Sixth Street, Berkeley

(510) 898-1203

www.fieldworkbrewing.com

Ghost Town Brewing

2640 Union St., Oakland

(510) 926-6728

www.ghosttownbrewing.com

Good Hop, The

2421 Telegraph Ave.

Oakland • (510) 338-6598

www.thegoodhop.com

Independent Brewing

444 Harrison St., Oakland

(510) 698-2337

www.independentbrewing.com

JP DasBrew

44356 South Grimmer Blvd,

Fremont • (510) 270-5345

www.dasbrewinc.com

Novel Brewing

6510 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

(510) 922-9974

www.novelbrewing.com

Oakland United Beerworks

3775 Alameda Ave., Unit G

Oakland • (510) 251-8898

www.oaklandunitedbeerworks.com

Rare Barrel, The

940 Parker Street, Berkeley

(510) 984-6585

www.therarebarrel.com

Shadow Puppet Brewing

4771 Arroyo Vista Ste. B

Livermore • (925) 453-6498

www.shadowpuppetbrewing.com

Working Man Brewery

5542 Brisa Street, Ste 5

Livermore • (925) 269-9622

www.workingmanbrewing.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS &

RESTAURANTS

Barclay’s Restaurant and Pub

2430 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

(510) 654-1650

www.barclayspub.com

Beer Baron

336 St. Mary Street, Pleasanton

(925) 579-4865

www.beerbaronbar.com

Beer Revolution Bar

464 3rd St., Oakland

(510) 452-2337

www.beer-revolution.com

Ben N Nick’s Bar & Grill

5612 College Ave, Oakland

(510) 923-0327

www.benandnicks.com

Bonehead’s Texas BBQ

3422 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

(925) 348-4353

www.boneheadsbbq.com

Bull Valley Roadhouse

14 Canyon Lake Drive

Port Costa • (510) 787-1135

www.bullvalleyroadhouse.com

Cato’s Ale House

3891 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

(510) 655-3349

www.catosalehouse.com

Clove and Hoof Oakland

4001 Broadway, Oakland

(510) 547-1446

www.cloveandhoofoakland.com

Eureka! Concord

1975 Diamond Blvd.,

Sute C-160

Concord • (925) 265-2120

www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Forbidden Island

1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda

(510) 749-0332

www.forbiddenislandalameda.com

Gather Restaurant

2200 Oxford Street

Berkeley • (510) 809-0400

www.gatherrestaurant.com

Gaumenkitzel

2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

(510) 647-5016

www.gaumenkitzel.com

Growler Pub, The

515 San Ramon Valley Blvd

Danville • (925) 984-2706

www.growlerpubdanville.com

Handles on Main

855 Main Street, Pleasanton

(925) 399-6690

www.handlesgastropub.com

Hopyard Alehouse

3015 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton

(925) 426-9600

www.hopyard.com

Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash

201 Hartz Ave, Danville

(925) 820-8281

www.petesbrassrail.com

Pleasanton Main Street

Brewery

830 Main Street, Pleasanton

(925) 462-8218

www.mainstbrewery.com

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Sauced BBQ, Livermore

300 First St #120, Livermore

(925) 961-1300

www.sauchedbbqandspirits.com

Sauced BBQ, Walnut Creek

1410 Locus St., Walnut Creek

(925) 433-5957

www.sauchedbbqandspirits.com

Smoke, Berkeley

2434 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

(510) 548-8801

www.smokeberkeley.com

Triple Rock Brewery and

Alehouse

1920 Shattuck, Berkeley

(510) 843-2739

www.triplerock.com

BREWPUBS

828 Bites and Brews

828 Main St., Pleasanton

(925) 462-8218

www.mainstbrewery.com

EJ Phair Brewing

2151 Salvio St. Suite L, Concord

(925) 691-4253

www.ejphair.com

First Street Alehouse

2106 First Street, Livermore

(925) 371-6588

www.firststreetalehouse.com

Hoi Polloi Brewing Taproom

1763 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley

(510) 858-7334

www.hoipolloibrewpub.com

McKay’s Beer Garden

252 Main St., Pleasanton

(925) 425-0217

www.mckaysbeergarden.com

Oakland Brewing Company

444 Harrison St., Oakland

(510) 394-4677

www.oaklandbrewing.com

Pyramid Brewing

910 Gilman St, Berkeley

(510) 527-9090

www.pyramidbrew.com

Temescal Brewing

4115 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

(510) 899-5628

www.temescalbrewing.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

Diablo Foods

3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,

Lafayette • (925) 283-0737

www.diablofoods.com

Northbrae Bottle Shop

1590 Hopkins St, Berkeley

(510) 525-5323

www.northbraebottleshop.com

Wine Thieves

3401 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,

Lafayette • (925) 299-9070

www.winethieves.com

TAP ROOMS

Caps & Taps

6601 Dublin Blvd., Suite M

Dublin • (925) 248-2139

www.capsandtapsdublin.com

EJ Phair Pittsburg Taproom

300 Cumberland St., Pittsburg

(925) 427-7204

www.ejphair.com

Hog’s Apothecary

375 40th St, Oakland

(510) 338-3847

www.hogsapothecary.com

Hop Grenade, The

2151 Salvio St., Suite J

Concord • (925) 285-1301

www.thehopgrenade.com

Ol Beercafe and Bottle Shop

1541 Giammona Dr.,

Walnut Creek • (925) 210-1147

www.beer-shop.org

Rose’s Taproom

49030 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

www.rosestaproom.com

Tap 25

25 S Livermore Ave, Ste 107

Livermore • (925) 294-8970

www.tap-25.com

Torpedo Room, The

2031 Fourth Street, Berkeley

(510) 647-3439

DISTILLERIES

Bay Area Distilling

2160 Elkins Way A

Brentwood • (415) 509-6885

bayareadistilling.com

Do Good Distillery

3173 Del Este, Modesto

(209) 484-6406

www.dogooddistillery.com

Falcon Spirits Distillery

3701 Collins Ave, Richmond

(510) 234-3252

www.botanicagin.com

Hangar One

2505 Monarch St, Alameda

(510) 871-4951

www.hangarone.com

St. George Spirits

2601 Monarch St, Alameda

(510) 769-1601

www.stgeorgespirits.com

CIDERIES &

MEADERIES

Crooked City Cider

477 25th Street, Oakland

www.crookedcitycider.com

Far West Cider

1325 Canal Blvd, Richmond

(415) 465-0781

www.farwestcider.com

Hidden Star Orchards

1235 Phoenix Way,

San Leandro • (510) 969-8620

www.hiddenstarorchards.com

Mead Kitchen, The

2323B 4th Street, Berkeley

(510) 473-2265

www.themeadkitchen.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

MoreBeer! & MoreWine!

995 Detroit Ave., Concord

(925) 939-2337

www.morebeer.com

HopTech Homebrewing

Supplies

6398 Dougherty Rd., Ste 7

Dublin • (925) 875-0246

www.hoptech.com

Oak Barrel Winecraft

1443 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

(510) 849-0400

www.oakbarrel.com

Williams Brewing

2088 Burroughs Ave,

San Leandro • (800) 759-6025

www.williamsbrewing.com

SAN FRANCISCO

AND PENINSULA

San Francisco and San Mateo

counties

BREWERIES

Almanac Beer

2325 3rd St Ste #222,

San Francisco • (415) 992-3438

www.almanacbeer.com

Anchor Brewing

1705 Mariposa Street,

San Francisco

www.anchorbrewing.com

Armstrong Brewing

415 Grand Ave. S,

San Francisco

(650) 989-8447

www.armstrongbrewing.com

Bare Bottle Brewing

1525 Cortland Ave.,

San Francisco • (415) 926-8617

www.barebottle.com

Black Hammer Brewing

544 Bryant St., San Francisco,

(415) 758-2223

www.blackhammerbrewing.com

Blue Oak Brewing Company

821 Cherry Lane, San Carlos

415-273-9676

www.blueoakbrewing.com

Cellarmaker Brewing

1150 Howard S, San Francisco

(415) 863-3940

www.cellarmakerbrewing.com

Devils Canyon Brewing

935 Washington St., San Carlos

(650) 592-2739

www.devilscanyon.com

Fort Point Beer

644 Old Mason St.,

San Francisco • (415) 906-4021

www.fortpointbeer.com

Harmonic Brewing

1050 26th St.,San Francisco

(415) 872-6817

www.harmonicbrewing.com

HolyCraft Brewing

635 Vallejo St., San Francisco

(415) 269-0738

www.holycraftbrewery.com

Hop Dogma Brewing

30 Ave Portola #1B, El Granada

(650) 560-8729

www.hopdogma.com

Laughing Monk Brewing

1439 Egbert Ave A,

San Francisco • (415) 890-5970

www.laughingmonkbrewing.com

Local Brewing

69 Bluxome St., San Francisco

(415) 932-6702

www.localbrewingco.com

Magnolia Brewing

2505 3rd St., San Francisco

(415) 864-7468

www.magnoliabrewing.com

Mikkeller Bar

34 Mason Street,

San Francisco • (415) 984-0279

www.mikkellerbar.com

Pacific Brewing Laboratory

334 South Van Ness

San Francisco, (415) 937-7843

www.pacbrewlab.com

Pine Street Brewery

1270 Pine St. #1, San Francisco

(415) 744-4062

www.pinestreetbrewery.com

Social Kitchen and Brewery

1326 9th Ave, San Francisco

(415) 681-0330

www.socialkitchenandbrewery.com

Southern Pacific Brewing

620 Treat Ave., San Francisco

(415) 341-0152

www.southernpacificbrewing.com

Sufferfest Beer Company

2147 Greenwich St,

San Francisco

www.sufferfesbeer.com

Sunset Reservoir

1735 Noriega St., San Francisco

(415) 571-8452

www.sunsetbeersf.com

Tied House Brewing

954 Villa St., Mountain View

(650) 965-2739

www.tiedhouse.com

Thirsty Bear Brewing

661 Howard St., San Francisco

(510) 338-0881

www.thirstybear.com

Triple Voodoo Brewery

2245 3rd St, San Francisco

(415) 598-8811

www.triplevoodoo.com

Woods Brewing

3801 18th Street, San Francisco

(415) 212-8412

www.woodsbeer.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS &

RESTAURANTS

Gourmet Haus Staudt

2615 Broadway, Redwood City

(650) 364-9232

www.gourmethausstaudt.com

Holy Water

309 Cortland Ave, San Francisco

(415) 638-6129

www.holywatersf.com

Pilsner Inn

225 Church St, San Francisco

(415) 621-7058

www.pilsnerinn.com

mypizzaorgasmica.com

Rogues Ale Public House

673 Union St., San Francisco

(415) 362-7880

www.rogue.com

Southpaw BBQ

2170 Mission St., San Francisco

(415) 218-0917

www.southpawbbqsf.com

Timber & Salt

881 Middlefield Rd.,

Redwood City • (650) 362-3777

www.timberandsalt.com

BREWPUBS

21st Amendment Brewery

563 2nd St., San Francisco

(415) 369-0900

www.21st-amendment.com

Barrel Head Brewhouse

1785 Fulton St., San Francisco

(415) 416-6989

www.barrelheadsf.com

Bartlett Hall

242 O’Farrell St, San Francisco

(415) 433-4332

www.bartlethall.com

Beach Chalet

1000 Great Highway

San Francisco (415) 386-8439

www.beachchalet.com

Black Sands Brewery

701 Haight St., San Francisco

(415) 534-5194

www.blacksandsbeer.com

Brasserie Saint James

742 Valencia St,

San Francisco, (415) 655-9868

www.brasseriesaintjames.com

Freewheel Brewing

3736 Florence St.,

Redwood City • (650) 365-2337

www.freewheelbrewing.com

Half Moon Bay Brewing

390 Capistrano Rd

Half Moon Bay

(650) 728-2739

www.hmbbrewingco.com

Old Bus Tavern

3193 Misson St, San Francisco

(415) 843-1938

www.oldbustavern.com

Palo Alto Brewing

1080B La Avenida St,

Mountain View,

www.paloaltobrewing.com

Tap Room, The

233 University Ave, Palo Alto

(650) 752-6132

BOTTLE SHOPS

City Beer

1168 Folsom St., San Francisco

(415) 503-1033

www.citybeerstore.com

Grape and Grain

227 S. San Mateo Dr,

San Mateo • (650) 342-9463

www.grapeandgrainbar.com

TAP ROOMS

Ale Arsenal

971 Laurel St., San Carlos

(650) 594-2337

www.alearsenal.com

Devils Slide Taproom

5560 Pacific Coast Highway,

Pacifica • (650) 898-855

www.devilsslidetaproom.com

Ferment. Drink. Repeat

2636 San Bruno Ave.

San Francisco • (415) 825-5657

www.fermentdrinkrepeat.com

Monaghan’s

3243 Pierce St, San Francisco

(415) 872-7916

Speakeasy Public House

1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco

(415) 642-3371

www.goodbeer.com

Steep Brew SoMa

399 4th St, San Francisco

(415) 618-0066

The Beer Hall

1 Polk St., San Francisco

(415) 800-7416

www.thebeerhalsf.com

Tornado Pub

547 Haight St., San Francisco

(415) 621-2381

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DISTILLERIES

Anchor Distilling

1705 Mariposa St,

San Francisco • (415) 863-8350

www.anchorsf.com

Half Moon Bay Distillery

103 Harvard Ave #4

Half Moon Bay • (650) 728-7226

www.hmbdistillery.com

CIDERIES AND

MEADERIES

Brooks Dry Cider

2595 Mission St., San Francisco

www.brooksdrycider.com

Redwood Coast Cider

821 Cherry Lane

San Carlos • (650) 412-0341

www.redwoodcoastcider.com

San Francicso Mead

1180 Shafter Ave, San Francisco

(415) 819-4941

www.sfmead.com

South City Ciderworks

1236 Montgomery Ave.,

San Bruno • (650) 238-5422

www.southcitycider.com

Tag and Jug

995 9th St, San Francisco

(707) 395-7711

www.tagandjug.com

Upcider

1160 Polk St., 2nd Floor

San Francisco • (415) 966-5730

www.upcidersf.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

Black Sands Brewery

701 Haight Street

San Francisco • (415) 534-5194

www.blacksandsbeer.com

San Francisco Brewcraft

1555 Clement St.

San Francisco • (415) 751-9338

www.sanfranciscobrewcraft.com

SOUTH BAY

Santa Clara Valley county

BREWERIES

Ale House Brewing

4020 Colmery Court

San Jose • (408) 390-7574

www.alehousebrewing.com

Bison Brewing

1627 S 7th St, San Jose

(510) 697-1537

www.bisonbrew.com

Clandestine Brewing

980 S 1st St., San Jose

(408) 520-0220

www.clandestinebrewing.com

Floodcraft Brewing

777 The Alameda

San Jose • (408) 207-1126

www.floodcraftbrewing.com

Faultline Brewing

1235 Oakmead Pkwy,

Sunnyvale • (408) 736-2739

www.faultlinebrewing.com

Firehouse Brewery

111 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

(408) 773-9500

www.firehousegrill.com

Golden State Brewery

1252 Memorex Drive

Santa Clara • (408) 727-2337

www.goldenstate.beer

Gordon Biersch Brewing

357 East Taylor Street, San Jose

(408) 278-1008

www.gbrestaurants.com

Hapa’s Brewing Company

460 Lincoln Ave, Ste 90

San Jose • (408) 982-3299

www.hapasbrewing.com

Hermitage Brewing

1627 S 7th Street, San Jose

(408) 291-0966

www.hermitagebrewing.com

Lincoln Court Brewery

1721 Rogers Ave, Ste P

San Jose • (408) 724-1440

www.lincolncourtbrewery.com

Loma Brewing

130 N Santa Cruz Ave

Los Gatos • (408) 560-9626

www.lomabrew.com

New World Ales

930 McLaughlin Ave, San Jose

(408) 838-4448

www.newworldales.com

Running Shop and Hops, The

17500 Depot St. Morgan Hill

(669) 888-3900

www.therunningshopandhops.com

Shizmo Brewing

San Jose, (408) 599-2739

www.shizmobrewery.com

Santa Clara Valley Brewing

101 E Alma Ave, San Jose

(408) 288-5181

www.scvbrewing.com

Strike Brewing company

2099 S 10th Street, #30

San Jose • (415) 847-4565

www.strikebrewingco.com

Taplands Brewery

1171 Homestead Road,

Santa Clara • (408) 709-2990

www.taplands.com

Uproar Brewing

439 S First Street, San Jose

(612) 703-3676

www.uproarbrewing.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS &

RESTAURANTS

20Twenty Cheese Bar

1389 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

(408) 293-7574

www.2020cheesebar.com

7 Stars Bar & Grill

398 South Bascom Ave

San Jose • (408) 292-7827

www.7starbar.com

Barbeque 152

8295 Monterey Rd., Gilroy

(408) 842-4499

www.bbq152.com

Bourbon Steak & Pub

4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way,

Santa Clara (408) 217-2490

www.michaelmina.net

Brittania Arms

173 West Santa Clara St,

San Jose • (408) 278-1400

www.britanniaarmsdowntown.com

Forager

420 South First Street, San Jose

(408) 831-2433

www.sjforager.com

Good Karma

37 S 1st Street, San Jose

(408) 294-2694

www.goodkarmasj.com

Gordon Biersch Restaurant

33 East San Fernando St,

San Jose • (408) 294-6785

www.gordonbiersch.com

Rock Bottom Brewery

1875 S Bascom Ave., Unit 700

Campbell • (408) 377-0707

www.rockbottom.com

South Winchester Barbeque

1362 S Winchester Blvd

San Jose • (408) 376-0485

www.swinchesterbbq.com

Trail Dust Barbeque

17240 Monterey Rd.,

Morgan Hill • (408) 776-9072

www.traildustbbq.com

Waterdog Tavern

1015 Alameda de las Pulgas

Belmont • (650) 622-4642

www.waterdogtavern.com

BREWPUBS

Campbell Brewing

200 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

(707) 738-9120

www.campbellbrewingcompany.com

El Toro Brewing

17605 Monterey Road,

Morgan Hill • (408) 782-2739

www.eltorobrewing.com

Elevation 66 Brewing

10082 San Pablo Ave, El Ceritto

(510) 525-4800

www.elevation66.com

Boulder Creek Brewing

13040 Highway 9,

Boulder Creek • (831) 338-7882

www.bouldercreekbrewery.com

Firehouse Grill and Brewery

111 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

(408) 773-9500

www.firehousegrill.com

TAP ROOMS

Camino Brewing Company

718 S 1st St., San Jose

www.caminobrewing.com

IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop

1422 Dempsey Rd.,

Milpitas • (408) 262-4343

Iso Beers

5 E Santa Clara St. #120,

San Jose, (408) 298-2337

www.infobeers.com

CIDERIES AND

MEADERIES

Rabbit Foot Meadery

1246 Birchwood Drive

Sunnyvale • (408) 747-0770

www.rabbitsfootmeadery.com

Red Branch Cider

1246 Birchwood Dr., Sunnyvale

(408) 747-0770

www.redbranchcider.com

Surf City Cider

379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton

(831) 335-4441

www.surfcitycider.com

Wild Cide, The

357 E Taylor St, San Jose

www.wildcide.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

Fermentation Solutions

250 Winchester Blvd.,

Campbell • (408) 871-1400

www.fermentationsolutions.com

CENTRAL COAST

Santa Cruz and Monterey

counties

BREWERIES

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

426 Alvarado St. • Monterey

(831) 655-2337

www.alvaradostreetbrewery.com

Discretion Brewing

2703 41st Ave, Soquel

(831) 316-0662

www.discretionbrewing.com

New Bohemia Brewing

1030 41st Ave, Santa Cruz

(831) 350-0253

www.nubobrew.com

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz

(831) 425-4900

www.scmbrew.com

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

103 Kennedy Drive

Capitola, (831) 462-1227

www.rusticales.com

Uncommon Brewers

303 Potrero St. Ste 40-H

Santa Cruz • (831) 621-6270

www.uncommonbrewers.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS &

RESTAURANTS

Aptos St Barbeque

8059 Aptos St., Aptos

(831) 662-1721

www.aptosbbq.com

Mission St. Barbeque

1618 Mission St., Santa Cruz

(831) 458-2222

www.missionstbbq.com

BREWPUBS

Alvarado Street Brewery

1315 Dayton St., Ste E

Salinas • (831) 800-3332

www.alvaradostreetbrewery.com

Santa Cruz Ale Works

150 DuBois St, Santa Cruz

(831) 425-1182

www.santacruzaleworks.com

Seabright Brewery

519 Seabright Ave #107

Santa Cruz • (831) 426-2739

www.seabrightbrewery.com

DISTILLERIES

Fog’s End Distillery

425 Alta Street Bldg #15,

Gonzales • (831) 809-5941

www.fogsenddistillery.com

CIDERIES &

MEADERIES

Santa Cruz Cider

820 Swift St. Unit C

Santa Cruz • (831) 325-5065

www.santacruzcider.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

Doc’s Cellar

855 Capitolio Way, Ste 2

San Louis Obispo

(805) 781-9974

www.fermentationsolutions.com

GREATER BAY

AREA / NORTHERN

CALIFORNIA

BREWERIES

Anderson Valley Brewing

177000 Highway 253

Boonville • (707) 895-2337

www.abvc.com

Auburn Alehouse

289 Washington St., Auburn

(530) 885-2537

www.auburnalehouse.com

British Bulldog Brewery

14540 Camaren Park Dr.,

Chico • (530) 892-8759

www.britishbulldogbrewery.com

Channel Brewing

110 N San Joaquin St, Stockton

(209) 490-4928

www.channelbrewing.com

Diamond Mountain Casino

900 Skyline Dr., Susanville

(530) 252-1369

www.diamondmountaincasino.com

Eel River Brewing

1777 Alamar Way, Fortuna

(707) 764-1772

www.eelriverbrewing.com

Feather Falls Casino Brewing

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville

(530) 533-3885

www.featherfallscasino.com

Firestone Walker Brewing

1400 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles

(805) 225-5911

www.firestonebeer.com

High Water Brewing

1924 Pacific Ave., Stockton

(866) 206-0482

www.highwaterbrewing.com

Hoppy Brewing

6300 Folsom Blvd.,

Sacramento • (916) 451-6328

www.hoppy.com

Humboldt Regeneration

Brewery and Farm

2320 Central Ave., Unit F

McKinleyville • (707) 738-8225

www.humboldtregeneration.com

Kelsey Creek Brewing

3945 Main St., Kelseyville

(707) 279-2311

www.kelseycreekbrewing.com

Knee Deep Brewing

13395 New Airport Rd., H

Auburn,(530) 797-4677

www.kneedeepbrewing.com

Lost Coast Brewery

1600 Sunset Dr, Eureka

707) 267-9651

www.lostcoast.com

Mendocino Brewing

1601 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah

(707) 463-2627

www.mendobrew.com

New Helvetia

130 Broadway, Sacramento

(916) 469-9889

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www.newhelvetiabrew.com

North Coast Brewing

444 N. Main St., Fort Bragg

(707) 964-2739

www.northcoastbrewing.com

Sierra Nevada Brewing

1075 E 20th St, Chico

(530) 893-3520

www.sierranevada.com

Schubros Brewery

12893 Alcosta Blvd, Boonville

(925) 327-0700

www.schubrosbrewery.com

Valley Brew

157 W Adams St, Stockton

(209) 464-2739

www.valleybrew.com

DISTILLERIES

California Distilled Spirits

12205 Locksley Ln #11,

Auburn • (916) 599-6541

www.californiadistilledspirits.com

CIDERIES AND

MEADERIES

Bite Hard Cider

Boonville • (707) 895-3588

www.bitehard.com

Cider Brothers

14 S. School, Lodi

(209) 224-8590

www.ciderbrothers.com

Clendenen’s Cider Works

96 12th Street,Fortuna

(707) 725-2123

www.clendenensciderworks.com

Gowan’s Ciders

6400 Hwy 128, Philo

(707) 205-1545

www.gowanorchards.com

Humboldt Cider Company

3750 Harris St., Eureka

www.humboldtcidercompany.com

Lassen Cider

26 Bellarmine Ct., Chico

(530) 593-0555

www.lassencider.com

Sierra Cider

5569 Meadow Lane, Mariposa

(209) 966-4910

www.sierracider.com

Tin City Cider

3005 Limestone Way,

Paso Robles • (805) 293-6349

www.tincitycider.com

GASTROPUBS, BARS &

RESTAURANTS

Lodi Beer Company

105 S School Street, Lodi

(209) 368-9931

www.lodibeercompany.com

Indigeny Reserve

14679 Summers Lane

Sonora • (209) 743-3208

www.indigenyreserve.com

HOMEBREWING

SUPPLIES

Bear Valley Hydroponics and

Homebrew

17455 Bear Valley Rd.,

Hesperia • (760) 949-3400

www.bvhydro.com

Bencomo’s Homebrew Supply

234 West Olive, Fresno

(559) 486-3225

www.bencomoshomebrewsupply.com

Brewmeister – Folsom

802A Reading St.

Folsom • (916) 985-7299

www.shopbrewmeister.com

Brewmeister – Roseville

1031 Junction Blvd, Suite 802

Roseville • (916) 780-7299

www.shopbrewmeister.com

Brewmeister – West

Sacramento

1409 Shore Street, West

Sacramento • (916) 371-7299

www.shopbrewmeister.com

Chico Homebrew Supply

1570 Nord Ave, Chico

(530) 342-3768

www.chicohomebrewshop.com

Fat City Brew and BBQ Supply

211 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton

(209) 475-9931

www.g3enterprises.com

G3 Enterprises - Petainer Keg

502 E Whitmore Ave, Modesto

(800) 321-8747

www.g3enterprises.com

Humboldt Beer Works

110 3rd. St, Eureka

(707) 442-6258

www.humboldtbeerworks.com

NorCal Brewing Solutions

1768 Churn Creek Rd. Redding

(530) 243-2337

www.humboldtbeerworks.com

O’Hare Brew House Supply

1478 Grass Valley Hwy

Auburn • (916) 402-4227

www.brewhousesupply.com

Renegade Brewing Supplies

2406 W Monte Vista Ave., Ste C

Turlock • (209) 678-9167

www.renegadebrewingsupplies.com

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