3 Lodi wineries offering authenticity and intrigue in the bottle

The Lodi region of California has grown wine grapes for over a century. This history has both burnished and oxidized its reputation. Lodi has some name recognition, but for a specific niche: high octane zinfandel and bulk filler for the kings, queens, and princes to the west, nearer the cool coast. Both because of and … [ Read more]

Sneak peak at the new Lagunitas Azusa expansion

On April 19, Lagunitas Brewing Co, the nation’s sixth largest craft brewing company, opened the doors of its new Azusa campus, reports California Brew Masters. The new Southern California campus spans three warehouse structures and is expected to put out around 1.8 million barrels of beer per year at full capacity. The buildings sit empty for now, but … [ Read more]

Drought forces California breweries to reduce water use

Facing one of the worst droughts in California state history, towns and cities are imposing strict water measures on more than residents’ front lawns. The new limits are also extending to the state’s breweries. While larger breweries are investing in more efficient equipment and processes, the state’s smaller brewers don’t have the capital to make similar investments, … [ Read more]

A new (tasty) use for recycled water: Beer

Mavericks Brewing announced today that they’ve made the first beer in California using recycled water. And not just any recycled water: greywater sourced from NASA. Mavericks, an independent craft brewery in Northern California, will unveil the recycled-water version of their best-selling Tunnel Vision IPA at the Meeting of the Minds Conference on October 22. “California is … [ Read more]

Maui Brewing expands distribution to CA, NV

Maui Brewing Co. is expanding its distribution to California and Nevada. Maui’s beers had been available in both states, but this latest expansion will move them into even more markets. According to the release, Maui Brewing Co. is Hawaii’s largest craft brewer and operates a production brewery and tasting room in Kihei, a brewpub in … [ Read more]

California wildfires threatening the state’s wine industry

Winemakers near California’s precious Napa Valley are worried that smoke from wildfires could affect the flavor of their grapes. “Wines made from grapes exposed to smoke during sensitive growth stages can exhibit aromas and flavors resembling smoked meat, disinfectant, leather, salami and ashtrays,” according to a report on wildfire’s effects on grapes from the Department of Agriculture … [ Read more]

Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ to Austin to Release Fusion 19

Lagunitas is CouchTrippin’ to Austin, Texas! The Petaluma, California brewery known for their creativity and originality is at it again, this time embarking on a cross-country adventure with a team of musicians and specially crafted barrel aged beers. Lagunitas teamed up with a mix of bands, musicheads, and beer geeks to create a five-show tour … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: 21st Amendment Building New California Brewery in Bay Area

21st AMENDMENT BREWERY UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW BAY AREA PRODUCTION BREWERY San Francisco native brand to build destination brewery, restaurant in San Leandro, California SAN LEANDRO, CA (February 2014) —21st Amendment Brewery co-founders Nico Frecciaand Shaun O’Sullivan are thrilled to announce plans for the new 21st Amendment production brewery, tasting room, restaurant and event space located in the former Kellogg Cereal factory … [ Read more]