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 […]

Son-in-law of Grass Valley restaurateur is link to the Space X launch

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space X lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, with 5,500 pounds of supplies, experiments and cargo headed to the International Space Station. The Dragon cargo capsule is expected to arrive at the Station on Wednesday. “I feel very confident of 2018,” Musk said on Twitter. […]

Copper River Bags in Lincoln: Making “Made in America” cool

A “Made in the U.S.A.” label is enjoying a renaissance, from a new line of Under Armor apparel called Arris Project to a new Adidas “speedfactory” near Atlanta. The Trump White House also is giving “Made in America” a nudge. In our region, Copper River Bag Co. has been making high-quality leather bags since 2010, […]

Grass Valley officials to consider 1849 Brew Pub proposal on Tuesday

The City of Grass Valley planning commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to consider a brewery, wine tasting room and outdoor beer garden in the empty space where The Union used to print its community newspaper before outsourcing the printing to the Sacramento Bee. The 1849 Brew Pub at 464 Sutton Way— previously reported […]

InConcert Sierra: Year-round classical music

DON’T BELIEVE THE CLASSICAL MUSIC naysayers: This genre of music is basking in the glory of popular American culture— locally and nationwide. Last winter, Super Bowl 50 featured the San Francisco Symphony in a “concert of champions.” Last fall, the Sacramento Kings’ first game at the Golden 1 Center showcased a performance by the Sacramento […]

Nevada County Fairgrounds hosts Cioppino feed on March 4

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its seventh annual all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 4 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner service begins at 6 p.m. For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

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 […]

Amador Vintners hosts “Behind the Cellar Door” March 3-5

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground—or cycling, hiking, fishing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine […]

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 […]

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