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 […]

Loomis: Revitalizing its Downtown

DESPITE ITS SMALL SIZE, THE TOWN OF LOOMIS — just off I-80 in south Placer County — looms large when it comes to the region’s history. In the mid-1800s, settlers came to Loomis for gold mining along the rivers. Then along came the railroads. “Loomis was named in 1884 by the Southern Pacific for James […]

Restaurants booming in the Sierra foothills

WARNINGS OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY isn’t stopping restaurants from expanding. Sixty-four percent of restaurateurs told the National Restaurant Association they recently made a capital expenditure, and 62 percent said they plan to spend more in coming months. Sales of food services are double the pace of retail sales. And employment at restaurants and watering holes has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ol’ Republic beer now at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City

We headed to Matteo’s Public for dinner on Tuesday night — a regular hangout in our ‘hood — and to watch ol’ Republic tap their first keg (a Scottish-style Ale) outside of the brewery at Matt and Michelle Margulies’ restaurant and pub on Commercial Street in Nevada City. The restaurant has made its mark in […]