Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Home-brewed Roots

KEN GROSSMAN FOUNDED SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. in Chico in 1979 with the goal of providing his customers with the kind of beer he liked to drink — hoppy, dark, and flavorful, according to the American Homebrewing Association. His background in homebrewing helped him build one of the nation’s largest craft breweries. Ken’s son Brian […]

Raise a Glass: Foothills Brewfest on May 5, and Truckee Brew Fest on June 9

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST BEGAN with the celebration of a royal wedding in October 1810, and since then beer festivals have become popular worldwide. Examples include the Great American Beer Fest, the Keyaki Hiroba Spring Beer Festival, Mondial de la bière, and the Great British Beer Festival. Our region — with its burgeoning craft beer scene — […]

Exclusive: ol’ Republic in escrow to buy Old Five Mile House

Ol’ Republic Brewery is in escrow to buy the historic Old Five Mile House five miles east of Nevada City on Hwy. 20, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The ol’ Republic Roadhouse & Brewery would mark another milestone in the stellar growth of this popular, award-winning brewery, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in March. This […]

Sierra Brewfest at Nevada County Fairgrounds on August 27

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS ALLIANCE presents the 27th annual Sierra BrewFest on August 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. As one of the oldest, continuously running brewfests in California, it is known for showcasing small microbreweries in Northern California. This year’s roster features over 100 hand-crafted beers from some of the nation’s best microbreweries. This […]

Golden Era in Nevada City: a destination for craft cocktails

IN THE OLD WEST, THE MOST POPULAR establishment in town was the saloon. It was the social gathering place. In Downieville, a popular saloon also served as the office of the Justice of the Peace. Saloon regulars often drank straight liquor, such as bourbon or rye. “If a man ordered a ‘fancy’ cocktail or ‘sipped’ […]

A sneak peek inside Golden Era: Nevada City’s newest lounge

Longtime residents Steve and Cindy Giardina and their son Eric and daughter Jessica invited us for a sneak peek of their “labor of love” this weekend: the Golden Era on Broad Street in Nevada City. It is expected to open to the public as early as Friday; it expects to be open from 4 p.m. […]

Sierra Brewfest, Downieville Brewfest and California Craft Beer Summit

Our region will host popular beer festivals this summer, including one of California’s oldest. Here are some of them: SIERRA BREWFEST, SEPTEMBER 5 Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 26th Annual Sierra BrewFest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. As one of the state’s oldest beer festivals, the Sierra BrewFest is known […]

Pete’s Pizza & Tap House: fresh oven-baked pizza, craft beers

PIZZERIAS ARE BOOMING THROUGH-OUT our region. Award-winning Old Town Pizza plans to open a third restaurant in Roseville in late summer, and upscale Pizza Bar opened this spring in downtown Truckee. One of the most popular pizza restaurants in western Nevada County, Pete’s Pizza & Tap House in Grass Valley, just expanded to a new, […]

Chef’s Notes: The Farm Table, Wheyward Girl Creamery

THE FARM TABLE The Farm Table is Placerville’s new restaurant and market. It uses the best local and seasonal ingredients and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options. The restaurant offers house-made specialty meats, pickled seasonal vegetables, preserves and condiments, local and imported craft beer and wine, and gourmet gifts and souvenirs. The restaurant’s owners are Zach […]

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