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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Berkeley Torpedo Room

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company crafts their ubiquitous beer in Chico, California, of course. But the Craft Beer Gods smiled upon Berkeley greatly when Ken & Co. launched the Torpedo Room on West Berkeley’s hipster/yupster-friendly Fourth Street.

We love Sierra for many reasons – innovation, consistency, freshness – but perhaps most importantly convenience (can you tell we’re from New York?!). You can find Sierra practically everywhere you turn, and for a fairly reasonable price! Similarly, if you happen upon the City of Berkeley, you know you’ll find the freshest and finest Sierra craft beer at the Torpedo Room each and every visit. Many of Sierra Nevada’s beers are available only in the Torpedo Room or up in Chico, so feel free to try a bunch! They offer generous tasters for as little as a couple-to-three bucks and change each. Pair a beer flight with a local artisanal cheese plate!

While there is no brewing performed on premises (yet), all of Sierra Nevada’s latest and greatest flow from the multitude of taps at this Beer Mecca extension. We topped off our latest trip with one of Sierra’s year round offerings – Hop Hunter IPA, brewed with hop oil distilled right in the fields of the brewer’s Chico farm. That’s farm-to-bottle freshness right in Berkeley! CHEERS!

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Hop Dogma Brewing Company

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El Grenada, California is a pretty relaxing and peaceful place all right. It’s located on the Pacific Coast just north of beautiful Half Moon Bay. Life seems pretty sweet here from the looks of it. There’s an old western post office across the street from the beach, a beachy gourmet sandwich shop and one of the best breweries on the Pacific Ocean – Hop Dogma Brewing Company.

Hop Dogma swung its doors open on the 4th of July in 2013 after founders Ethan Martini and Dan Littlefield took their “hobby business” into the San Francisco Peninsula brewery big leagues. They are known for brewing small batch, hop forward “adventurous” ales, and we couldn’t agree more with their reputation for brewing quality beers made with the freshest ingredients. Grab a sandwich from across the street and get comfy in this superb ocean view craft beer bar!

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We may be in a little over our heads at Hop Dogma! Beer flight on deck = Waddell Creek Saison, Kara’s Kolsch, Here’s You’re Hefe, Pyros Prost (American Rye with chili peppers), Cornshucker Cream Ale, Walk to Me Pale Ale, We All Grin for Lupin IPA and last but not least Fides in Fermento. CHEERS!

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Brooklyn Brewery

Ahh, Williamsburg – nothing beats living at the epicenter of the hipsterverse! While Brooklyn and New York City are not necessarily know for breweries as well as, say, SF or Portland (yet), there are a few oldies but goodies. Brooklyn Brewery is one such oldie/goodie, established by former Park Slope neighbors Steve Hindy and Tom Potter in 1987.

Hindy came back from the Middle East in 1984 with an education in beer making, of all things to pick up in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and quickly got to work. They purchased a North 11th Street former matzo factory in 1996 and expanded across the street in 2009. Still, most of their beer is produced updated in Utica by contract brewers (originally Matt Brewing Company, brewer of Saranac’s delicious craft beer) because demand is just to great for this “little” brewery that could!

On your next trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, definitely stop by Brooklyn Brewery for a few refreshing craft beers – $20 gets you five beer tokens, each good for a wickedly fresh plastic pint of BK beer!

Bear Republic Brewing Company

Established by the Norgrove Family in the historic heart of Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California’s Bear Republic Brewing Company ranks among the 50 largest craft breweries in America!

This buzzing and central brewpub offers mighty fine ale and incredible Cali fresh fare – try the Bodega Bay crab sandwich and all their 14 fresh beers on tap!

21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery was founded at the dawn of the Millennium, in 2000, by Shaun O’Sullivan (former Assistant Brewer at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, California) and Nico Freccia. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the years and in 2015 transformed the old Kellogg plant in San Leandro to an impressive state of the art East Bay brewery!

And in case you’re wondering, “What’s in a name?”, 21st Amendment takes theirs from the 1933 Amendment to the United States Constitution that stuck a fork in Prohibition, which lasted nearly 13 years in America. CHEERS!

Long Trail Brewing Company

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Long Trail Brewing Company was founded by Andy Pherson as Mountain Brewing in 1989 in the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. In 1995 Long Trail moved down the road to their current production facility while blazing another trail…in green brewing, employing an ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Brew process. Named after the 272-mile Long Trail which runs the length of the Green Mountain State, flagship Long Trail Ale (a German Altbier) is the number one selling craft beer in Vermont! Long Trail Brewing, owned by private equity investors since 2006, merged with Otter Creek Brewing / Wolavers Organic Brewing in 2010 and bought The Shed Brewery in 2011. We love LTB’s Vermont pride, farm fresh brewpub fare (try the hot wings!) and ridiculously good beer (especially after a few runs down the mountain!). And on a hot summer day, nothing beat wading into the Ottauquechee River with a nice cold one!

Beermaking (observation) in progress!

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Beer flight on deck = Harvest Ale, Summer Ale, Long Trail Ale, IPA, Double Bag IPA and Limbo IPA. Cheers!

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And because one beer flight is never enough at Long Trail, we are trying the Berliner Weisse, Mostly Cloudy Belgian Witbier, Imperial Pumpkin (8% ABV) and Pumpkin Ale – it’s that time of year again!

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Our trip to Long Trail would not be complete without a few roadies! Back up the truck…

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Back in the day, Long Trail used recycled Beck’s and St. Pauli Girl bottles in production. They’ve come a long way baby!

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This is where they ferment the beer at Long Trail!

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Take a hike in the Ottauquechee River at Long Trail!

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Hop’n Moose Brewing Company

Hop’n Moose Brewing Company was founded in 2015 (a busy year for American brewery openings!) by Dale Patterson, meeting demand for locally produced craft beer as Rutland, Vermont’s very first brewpub. Their 7 barrel brewing system keeps a dozen taps flowing steady with the good stuff! Not only does Hop’n Moose brew great beer, they also make a damn good pizza – try the buffalo chicken with your flight!

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Beer flight on deck = Lake Monster Lager, Blueberry Blonde (served with whole blueberries), Waloony Farmhouse Ale, Off White (witbier with orange peel), Heart of Darkness Coffee Porter (brewed with local co-op coffee), Swamp Jack (aged in Jack Daniels barrels), Head Doctor IPA and SolarCity IPA. Cheers!

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New Bohemia Brewing Company

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New Bohemia Brewing Company takes inspiration from Prague, the Bohemian beer making capital of old. Today’s Czech Republicans still down more beer per capita than any other (cheers!).

Brewmaster Dan Satterthwaite and NUBO partner Mike Hochleutner build on traditional European brewing methods with a wide range of deliciously fresh craft beer, all brewed on site in a sweet 3.5 barrel PDX Kettlewords system – she’s a beauty! NUBO Brewing is worth a trip to sunny Santa Cruz, California any day in our beer book. Check them out!

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales was founded by Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford in Capitola, California, along the coast of Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz. It’s gorgeous here all year round! Home to 70 wineries, Santa Cruz also serves as a hub for beer making (and beer drinking!). This is our third visit to Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Can you tell we’re fans?!

Paterno and Clifford describe SARA as “an expression of our many years of beergeekery, the rabbit hole of tasting every beer we could get our hands on, and trusting we could contribute to the canon of those beers on the highest esteem.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!

Beer flight on deck = Anais Saison, Simpleton IPA (brewed with Simcoe and Galaxy hops) and of course the Vanilla Joe (brewed with Verve Coffee and vanilla beans)!

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Beermaking in progress!

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurants (Ticker: BJRI), a $1.2 billion publicly traded restaurant and brewery chain, is a place we want to hate but have to love. Founded in 1978 in Santa Ana, California, by a couple of deep dish pizza guys, BJ’s started brewing craft beer in 1996 (the same year they listed on NASDAQ) in Brea, SoCal. Today they operate over 150 locations. Our beer flight on deck today = Temple of Stone IPA (collaboration with Stone Brewing Company), Stout, Red Ale, and Hefe. Cheers!

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When life gives you peaches, make beer!

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