Brewfests in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST BEGAN WITH the celebration of a royal wedding in October 1810, and since then beer festivals have become popular worldwide. Examples are 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 — […]

Fresh & Local Craft Beers

AMERICA’S CRAFT BREWING BUSINESS is booming. Some 7,500 small and independent brewers are churning out over 25 million barrels of craft beer annually. The past — where “one size fits all” beers are sold coast-to-coast — is giving way to an era where craft breweries churn out local, special-release beers; beers named after local places; […]

What’s brewing: Sierra Nevada’s $2 million gift to UC Davis and ol’ Republic’s Barrel Club

OVER 5,000 U.S. 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 […]

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 […]

CineCafé Opens at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley

Sierra Cinemas opens its new CineCafé just in time for the holidays, adding beer, wine, and food to the offerings that moviegoers can enjoy. As movie theaters across the nation add amenities to lure audiences out of their living rooms and into the cinema, Sierra Theaters’ owners asked themselves what they could do here in […]

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads. Five years later, Lefty’s outgrew its space and moved to 101 Broad Street, with views of […]

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 […]

Sierra BrewFest draws from all over

CRAFT BEER ENTHUSIASTS gather at the Nevada County Fairgrounds August 23 for the 25th annual Sierra BrewFest, one of the oldest continuously running brewfests in California. This year’s event will feature more than 100 hand-crafted beers from popular microbreweries, such as ol’ Republic Brewery, Auburn Alehouse, Out of Bounds Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing […]

March of the Microbrews

ALONG WITH LOCALLY MADE WINES, craft beers are on a roll. Though American beer consumption is flat, the microbrew market is booming, with double-digit sales growth last year. Craft brews have more than doubled their U.S. market share to nearly 6 percent in the past decade and 250 breweries opened last year. The more than […]

Ol’ Republic-Matteo’s partnership shows boom in craft beer brewing

On Tuesday night at 7 p.m., Ol’ Republic will be tapping their first keg outside of the brewery at Matteo’s Public. It represents collaboration between two growing businesses, both located in Nevada City. It also represents the boom in craft-beer brewing in our region. “I’ve hit mother lode up here,” Tom Dalldorf, a world-renowned beer […]