Bottoms Up! Craft cocktails in the Sierra Foothills

GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such as “Miner’s Punch,” “Gold Rush Sour” or “Nevada City Swizzle”), as well as craft beers, local wines and homemade non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes piano or soft jazz. Nevada City. GoldenEraLounge.com LEFTY’S GRILL Lefty’s serves “the perfect cocktail.” Customers can order […]

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 […]

Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in the works

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING “ALE TALES” for a brewery in our area goes to ol’ Republic Brewery of Nevada City and owners-brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney. In its short five year history, ol’ Republic has quadrupled production, begun bottling its beer, started selling kegs in the Bay Area, and won a prestigious “Best […]

The Beer Show on KVMR debuts March 17

A new show takes to the airways on KVMR 89.5 FM on Friday, March 17 at noon. The goal of the program is to promote craft beer knowledge and good beer appreciation and to entertain the listenership of KVMR radio’s audience. The new program features two well-known personalities in the Nevada City-Grass Valley area, Tom […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mountain Rambler Brewery wins a SBC 2016 Sierra Vision Award

The Sierra Business Council has announced its 2016 Sierra Vision Award winners, and the list includes Joe Lane, owner of Mountain Rambler Brewery in Bishop. “Mountain Rambler Brewery is not only a community hot spot where residents and visitors alike can come socialize, find out the latest in local news, and enjoy great beer and […]

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

WE REGULARLY VISIT OUR REGION’S wineries to sip new varietals, taste from the barrel and meet with winemakers. We also enjoy meeting other winery guests. Though most of them are retirees, or boomers like ourselves, we notice more millennials at local wineries and tasting rooms. We’ve run into these unpretentious and adventurous wine drinkers at […]

Preview Super Bowl 50 ads: from the “Wiener Stampede” to “Avocados from Mexico”

A 30-second advertisement during this year’s game costs $5 million. Commercials in the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $42,000.After previewing the Super Bowl 50 commercials, we figured America is all about beer, coffee, cars, trucks, avocados and wiener dogs. Here are some samples: Watch the extended version of the Heinz Ketchup Game Day 2016 […]

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