Summer is just around the corner, and as things heat up, more cool beer is needed. Luckily, late spring and summer is also when brewers release lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers and when there are many more festivals and other events to showcase local beer.

You can start with the long-awaited Napa Stone Brewery, which is now open in the historic 1877 Borreo building in downtown Napa. I attended the opening on May 6, and the space looks amazing. The two-story brewery has wonderful views of the river, with plenty of nooks and crannies to hunker down and spend some time with your friends and family.

There’s a 10-barrel brewhouse that has started making beers unique to the location, plus they offer all of Stone’s regular and seasonal beers, too. The grand opening menu is limited, but everything I had was tasting great, with a lot of locally sourced food. Given the offerings at their San Diego locations, I expect great things as they continue to expand the menu.

World Beer Cup…The Results Are In

Two weeks ago, 295 beer judges, including me, sampled 8,234 beers from 66 countries. On May 4, an award ceremony (essentially the Oscars of the beer world) was held, and 302 awards in 101 categories were announced. Brewers from the United States dominated the competition, winning 242 medals, with the second-highest total coming from Canada.

Of America’s 242 medals, 44 were won by California breweries, more than any other state. The Bay Area also had its fair share of winners. For example, in the North Bay, both Cooperage Brewing and Third Street Aleworks won medals. In San Francisco, Barrel Brothers picked up a medal for “Brother Harker Patersbier.”

Over in the East Bay, Jupiter (which is affiliated with Triple Rock and Drake’s) won a gold medal for their porter. Alameda’s Faction …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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