Brewery and taproom planned for downtown Grass Valley

Last August, our magazine reported that a group of locals was actively seeking to open Grass Valley Brewing Co. in the historic downtown. Now more details are emerging: the group is seeking to operate a brewery and taproom in an existing 7,600 square-foot building that has been occupied by Tripp’s Auto Body at 141-143 East […]

Bistro 103: Fresh, local food in Auburn

OLD TOWN AUBURN IS HOME TO longtime popular restaurants, including Carpe Vino, Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill, and Auburn Alehouse. A relative newcomer to the Old Town dining scene that we have enjoyed and wholeheartedly recommend is Bistro 103, housed in the historic Tsuda Grocery Store building at 103 Sacramento Street. For hungry skiers […]

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City reopens to well wishers after flood

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City has reopened after being closed since January 8, when torrential rains repeatedly flooded Little Deer Creek and water engulfed the lower level of the popular eatery. We visited Lefty’s when it reopened on Wednesday night, visited with the affable owners and noticed some new menu items, including an imaginative fruit-and-cheese […]

Volcano Union Inn and Pub: A gathering place

THE UNION INN IN VOLCANO WAS BUILT in 1880, where it served as a boarding house and saloon for miners and visitors. Now it has been reborn as a delightful pub and four- room bed and breakfast in the picturesque village of Volcano in Amador County. “It’s a true neighborhood pub,” says owner Tracey Berkner. […]

Hotel Sutter: Where history meets comfort

ALONG WITH WATERING HOLES and movie houses, Gold Rush-era hotels have long been economic anchors for Mother Lode towns. Just as saloons such as the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City are being restored, historic hotels also are being renovated—helping to revitalize the downtowns and their surroundings. The Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek (Amador County) […]

Nevada City: home of handcrafted beer and cocktails

FEW FOOTHILLS TOWNS HAVE EMBRACED the boom in craft beers and cocktails more than Nevada City. The foothills town has two award-winning craft beer breweries—ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery & Baking Co. for locals and visitors.** Ol’ Republic won a first place “best of show” award in the 2016 California State Fair commercial […]

Gold Rush towns: Pairing food and wine with winter sports

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE appealing, some people would rather stay out of the deep snow and take easy day-trips to the slopes. In Colorado, Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills—historic towns such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sutter Creek and Plymouth are all less congested […]

Cocktail 101 at Golden Era

COCKTAIL CLASSES AT GOLDEN ERA Starting March 6, the award-winning mixologists at Golden Era lounge in Nevada City— led by Eric Giardina and Darren Crawford—will begin hosting comprehensive craft cocktail classes. It is a first for the foothills, reflecting the region’s more refined food and drink scene. “Don’t make a drink; make a masterpiece.” Golden […]

Cooking classes abound at Tess’, BriarPatch and Wheyward Girl

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.”—JULIA CHILD Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays—French cookware, a […]

America now home to over 5000 craft breweries

In the 1870s, America had over 4,000 breweries. Before Prohibition, the total had fallen to under 700. Now the U.S. is home to over 5,000 breweries, according to the Brewer’s Association. “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” says Bart Watson, chief economist of […]

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