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    Norcal Brewery reviews and photos

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    Russian River, Santa Rosa - A but hella crowded. A+ for takeout beer. 12 bottle limit now per person for Pliny

    Lagunitas, Petaluma - A+. Sweet indoor and outdoor atmosphere. Beer is a little repetitive though as a lot of the beers taste the same. Some good, unbottled stuff at the brewery.

    Sante Adairius, Capitola - A+. Recently expanded so there's more room now. There's zero food though. Growler fills are $18 I think. Hella pricey.

    Santa Cruz Ale Works, SC - B. But the place is a couple blocks from Emma McCrary trail. And they get decent food from the deli next door.

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    Newish and under the radar (kinda) and based on Francois' grading system...

    YMMV

    Cellarmaker, San Francisco (A) The best brewery in SF city limits and it's not even close.

    Faction, Alameda (A-) Very outta the way yet cool location on the old NAS Alameda. The hoppy beers are really good. Amazing views of the SF skyline across the bay.

    The Rare Barrel, Berkeley (B+) I'm not a huge fan of the name but these guys make some nice sours. Small food menu as well. Space is a huge warehouse in West Berkeley.

    Altamont, Livermore (B+) Haven't been to the brewery but I've had a bunch of their beers and their hoppy stuff is legit. I think they do growler fills and such out of their tasting room.

    Discretion, Santa Cruz (B) Beer is solid but not super exciting. Food looks (haven't eaten there yet) exceptional as they recently hired one of the best chefs in town to head up their kitchen. Definitely a leap ahead of pub grub.

    I can keep going.

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    +1 on Cellarmaker

    I would say Lagunitas is also way crowded, used to be a mellow spot now its packed all the time

    Faction and Altamont both know how to bring the hop noise, haven't made it to either of the breweries yet tho.

    Drake's in San Leandro is another A - old catepillar factory, great brews and seasonal releases (Hopocalypse, Aroma Coma/Prieta, etc), lots of fun events (First Fridays) regular food trucks. A bit out of the way though.

    I was really impressed with the IPAs from Dust Bowl Brewing out of Turlock. Hops of Wrath (Single IPA), Son of Wrath (DIPA) and Therapist (Triple IPA) are all top notch brews, Son of Wrath was the most hop forward of them all IMO. But not been to the brewery yet.

    Quite a few small breweries have opened up in Sonoma County the last year or so, Woodfour (Sebastopol), Warped (Sebastopol), FogBelt (Santa Rosa) - FogBelt is the best in my limited experience, Warped brewing makes some very interesting beers.

    One of my favorite breweries and the #1 on my to visit list is Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn. I've been wanting to make it up to their relatively new taproom for months! Plus I've heard there is some decent riding in Auburn....

    Lots more I could name....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    I'll play.

    +1 on Cellarmaker

    I would say Lagunitas is also way crowded, used to be a mellow spot now its packed all the time

    Faction and Altamont both know how to bring the hop noise, haven't made it to either of the breweries yet tho.

    Drake's in San Leandro is another A - old catepillar factory, great brews and seasonal releases (Hopocalypse, Aroma Coma/Prieta, etc), lots of fun events (First Fridays) regular food trucks. A bit out of the way though.

    I was really impressed with the IPAs from Dust Bowl Brewing out of Turlock. Hops of Wrath (Single IPA), Son of Wrath (DIPA) and Therapist (Triple IPA) are all top notch brews, Son of Wrath was the most hop forward of them all IMO. But not been to the brewery yet.

    Quite a few small breweries have opened up in Sonoma County the last year or so, Woodfour (Sebastopol), Warped (Sebastopol), FogBelt (Santa Rosa) - FogBelt is the best in my limited experience, Warped brewing makes some very interesting beers.

    One of my favorite breweries and the #1 on my to visit list is Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn. I've been wanting to make it up to their relatively new taproom for months! Plus I've heard there is some decent riding in Auburn....

    Lots more I could name....
    +1 for Fogbelt...Cibo wood fired pizza is scheduled to open soon, and they're right next door. Just a suggestion...you know, if you don't like waiting 2 hours for a table at RRV Brewing.

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    Anyone check out Carneros Brewery yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Marco View Post
    Anyone check out Carneros Brewery yet?
    Yes. Went there about a year ago. Beautiful facility. Beer was extremely meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Yes. Went there about a year ago. Beautiful facility. Beer was extremely meh.
    Yep, nice place, kinda too nice for a brewery....felt like it was a brewery started by wine people because micro-breweries are all the rage now. I was pretty unimpressed.

    Napa Smith has B level beers, a cool tap room and is has never been very crowded the few times I've been there. Not sure about the food situation there though.

    Baeltane Brewing in Novato is a super small operation with a very laid back tasting room. Good variety of beers, quite a few Belgian styles if you are into that. Their "Frog That Ate The World' Nelson DIPA is pretty decent (B+), IMO their best beer is the Rumplestiltskin DIPA, great San Diego Style IPA (A-).
    Cool side note, the owner/brewmaster is a cyclist and former cycling coach and Baeltane won the Rider's Choice award at Ales and Trails this year.
    Not much else around in Bel Marin Keys, but it's close to 101 + hwy 37 so not to far out of the way for a quick stop for a few pints.

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    What's the grading criteria? Beer quality, vibe, food, location?

    I'd put Discretion above Sante Adarius for the SC area. When I've been at Sante Adarius they just didn't have the types of beer I'm into and it's location isn't ideal for me. I haven't really gone there enough to give them a fair grade, though.

    The Rye IPA (Uncle Tom's?) at Discretion is pretty solid (B). Food is excellent (A). Good outdoor space. Overall B+

    I'd give Santa Cruz Mountain brewery a C+. Vibe and location is great (A) for after a Wilder ride… lots of outdoor hangout space, but their beer is inconsistent (C)… sometimes good, sometimes meh, not ever really excellent, IMHO. Food is good, but way overpriced (comes from Kellie's bakery next door).

    West End Tap room is pretty good for SC, too. Overall good beers that they make (B). They have Denoginizer on tap which I love, but I don't know if I can count that in their favor since they don't brew it. Limited outdoor space (C). Good food, but not cheap (A-). Overall B.

    I'm trying to think of brewpubs I'd give an A to. They're not many. Maybe I'm too harsh of a grader. Redwood Curtain in Arcata would be one. Beer is excellent (A), vibe was fun (A). I'd give Russian River an A just on beer quality. Anderson Valley would be an A for me, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    What's the grading criteria? Beer quality, vibe, food, location?
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    I'm trying to think of brewpubs I'd give an A to. They're not many. Maybe I'm too harsh of a grader. Redwood Curtain in Arcata would be one. Beer is excellent (A), vibe was fun (A). I'd give Russian River an A just on beer quality. Anderson Valley would be an A for me, too.
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    - I like beer. . . . What was the question???

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    finally a thread I can participate in since all I do is drink beer now

    Sante Adarius B-
    Great beer if your a beer snob. Not the best after ride place though. No food, and the beers are not of the refreshing and thirst quenching type. Vibe is what brings it down for me. Too many self proclaimed beer snobs wearing ironic ironic extra medium shirts and pube staches. BUT I still keep going back.
    PRO TIP- Aptos BBQ will have some SARA beers on tap along with other sought after suds, plus killer food and vibe.

    SC Mountain Brewery B+
    Vibe is where its at for me here. good mix of locals, wine tasters making the rounds, and mountain bikers. they are expanding the patio so that will help and you can park on swift and get an awesome UCSC ride and end at the brewery. Food is killer too; not a lot but the BEST FISH TACOS EVAR can be ordered and delivered from the bakery. If the beer was better it would get an A-.

    SC ale works A+
    everything FC said and the sponsor Quadzilla so I am biased. Location is also great.

    Cellarmaker get a B from me.
    A on the beers and C on the vibe. once again take SARA and put it in the SOMA district and add horrible parking. The only plus for me is that they give my tattoo shop free growlers and I usually will get to partake when getting ink.

    Are we reviewing out of town breweries too ? Most breweries I go to are near MTBiking.
    Tahoe Brewing Co, Mammoth Brewing Co, Auburn Ale works , Alpine, Kneedeep, and 50/50
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post

    I'd put Discretion above Sante Adarius for the SC area. When I've been at Sante Adarius they just didn't have the types of beer I'm into and it's location isn't ideal for me. I haven't really gone there enough to give them a fair grade, though.
    What types of beer are you into?

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    IPA is my fave. Not the biggest stout, porter, or sour fan which is all Sante Adarius had when I was there. I need to give them another shot, though.

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    "I'm trying to think of brewpubs I'd give an A to. They're not many. Maybe I'm too harsh of a grader. Redwood Curtain in Arcata would be one. Beer is excellent (A), vibe was fun (A). I'd give Russian River an A just on beer quality. Anderson Valley would be an A for me, too."

    This. ^^^ They do Belgian as well as anyone. Their big, bold beers, (Belgian, stout, IPA, etc) are where it's at at the Curtain.

    Mad River also has excellent beer and fun, casual vibe. Nothing like ending a long ride with a dip in the Mad, then beers at the brewery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    IPA is my fave. Not the biggest stout, porter, or sour fan which is all Sante Adarius had when I was there. I need to give them another shot, though.
    Right on. They typically have at least a couple hoppy beers on tap these days. That was not the case a year ago or so when they were constantly running out of beer. Maybe give them another shot.

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    Another brewery that people sleep on is Berryessa Brewing in Winters. Their Double Tap IPA is excellent.

    I concur on Redwood Curtain as well. Best brewery in Humboldt County.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    finally a thread I can participate in since all I do is drink beer now

    Sante Adarius B-
    Great beer if your a beer snob. Not the best after ride place though. No food, and the beers are not of the refreshing and thirst quenching type. Vibe is what brings it down for me. Too many self proclaimed beer snobs wearing ironic ironic extra medium shirts and pube staches. BUT I still keep going back.
    PRO TIP- Aptos BBQ will have some SARA beers on tap along with other sought after suds, plus killer food and vibe.

    SC Mountain Brewery B+
    Vibe is where its at for me here. good mix of locals, wine tasters making the rounds, and mountain bikers. they are expanding the patio so that will help and you can park on swift and get an awesome UCSC ride and end at the brewery. Food is killer too; not a lot but the BEST FISH TACOS EVAR can be ordered and delivered from the bakery. If the beer was better it would get an A-.

    SC ale works A+
    everything FC said and the sponsor Quadzilla so I am biased. Location is also great.

    Cellarmaker get a B from me.
    A on the beers and C on the vibe. once again take SARA and put it in the SOMA district and add horrible parking. The only plus for me is that they give my tattoo shop free growlers and I usually will get to partake when getting ink.

    Are we reviewing out of town breweries too ? Most breweries I go to are near MTBiking.
    Tahoe Brewing Co, Mammoth Brewing Co, Auburn Ale works , Alpine, Kneedeep, and 50/50
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    finally a thread I can participate in since all I do is drink beer now

    SC Mountain Brewery B+
    Vibe is where its at for me here. good mix of locals, wine tasters making the rounds, and mountain bikers. they are expanding the patio so that will help and you can park on swift and get an awesome UCSC ride and end at the brewery. Food is killer too; not a lot but the BEST FISH TACOS EVAR can be ordered and delivered from the bakery. If the beer was better it would get an A-.
    Agreed on the vibe. Tough to beat on an afternoon. I've been digging their seasonal, CPA, lately. And the tamale kid! Can't forget the tamale kid… Love it when he comes through during Friday night happy hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    finally a thread I can participate in since all I do is drink beer now

    Sante Adarius B-
    Great beer if your a beer snob. Not the best after ride place though. No food, and the beers are not of the refreshing and thirst quenching type. Vibe is what brings it down for me. Too many self proclaimed beer snobs wearing ironic ironic extra medium shirts and pube staches. BUT I still keep going back.
    PRO TIP- Aptos BBQ will have some SARA beers on tap along with other sought after suds, plus killer food and vibe.

    SC Mountain Brewery B+
    Vibe is where its at for me here. good mix of locals, wine tasters making the rounds, and mountain bikers. they are expanding the patio so that will help and you can park on swift and get an awesome UCSC ride and end at the brewery. Food is killer too; not a lot but the BEST FISH TACOS EVAR can be ordered and delivered from the bakery. If the beer was better it would get an A-.

    SC ale works A+
    everything FC said and the sponsor Quadzilla so I am biased. Location is also great.

    Cellarmaker get a B from me.
    A on the beers and C on the vibe. once again take SARA and put it in the SOMA district and add horrible parking. The only plus for me is that they give my tattoo shop free growlers and I usually will get to partake when getting ink.

    Are we reviewing out of town breweries too ? Most breweries I go to are near MTBiking.
    Tahoe Brewing Co, Mammoth Brewing Co, Auburn Ale works , Alpine, Kneedeep, and 50/50
    Good stuff. Cellarmaker and SARA are my two favorite local breweries, and I support them as much as I can and drink as much of their beer as I can. Pretty spot on with the vibe for both places, however, for me, it's all about the quality of the product. Being from SF, I have a high tolerance for BS (from the clientele, not the business). SARA can have a really beer snobby vibe when there's a release. CM, as with most other places in the City, can have a high douche factor depending on the time of day or week. Lucky for me, I can usually avoid most of these times. Parking is actually super easy and convenient, especially when just stopping by for growler fills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
    The only thing more tired than hipsters is complaining about hipsters.
    LOL

    snowjnky is just an anti-snob snob.
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    I do believe Russian River just upped there daily personal limit to 12 on Pliny. They also just upped there daily allowed total sales of Pliny.

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    Ok. These are ALL cycling distance from public transportation.

    Faction (Alameda NAS) - The 4 Pale Ales with different combos of hops are worth a try. Also you can get them to mix and match their flights as well. Some food options as well.

    Drakes - (San Leandro -Davis Ave.) Get our Aroma Coma while it lasts. Great food options as well

    Ale Industries - (10th St. & Fruitvale, Oakland) Right next to the Fruitvale BART station and the best mexican truck food around. Mostly session style beers. The flight is the way to go and then chose from there.

    Linden St Brewery - Linden & 3rd Oakland. Near West Oakland BART and Jack London. Lately have began serving a limited menu featuring local chefs and pouring brews from other breweries.

    Ok im done.

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    This thread was supposed to have pictures. It isn't Beer Porn without pictures.

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    Fresh beer can be found in far to many places to seek it out these days. It has always been about the experience of visiting a brewery for me, and if you are not getting the back room tasting tour from an insider... then a brewery visit is just a meh experience.

    Who wants to drive an extra hour to go somewhere in NorCal if it is going to be packed.

    Props to Cellermaker, SARA, and Altamont for pushing the needle a bit.

    Breweries I would drive an extra hour to visit:
    Black Raven Redmond, WA
    Walking Man Stevenson, WA
    BoneYard Brewing Bend, OR
    Hair of the Dog Portland, OR

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    This thread was supposed to have pictures. It isn't Beer Porn without pictures.
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    Couple of my Favs

    By the time we are done here, the depth and breadth of this thread will validate the encyclopedic knowledge of beer of the mtbr Nor Cal community.

    Hop Dogma in El Granada, El-gran for the locals; b+ on the beer and ambiance, that guy with the little black and white dog that gets to walk all over the tables and bar is a nusiance, otherwise the beer is excellent!

    In Nevada City Ole' Republic. They brew ales, very well. A, Excellent beer, very nice tap room. Perfect spot to finish any ride near Nevada City.

    Sierra Nevada Brewery Chico, Excellent beer, very good food. A+
    These guys usually have at least five beers on tap you will never see anywhere but in Chico. Try the WildLemurian weekend for one of the best Nor-cal biking opportunities in the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    This thread was supposed to have pictures. It isn't Beer Porn without pictures.

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    Sierra Nevada Brewery Chico, Excellent beer, very good food. A+
    These guys usually have at least five beers on tap you will never see anywhere but in Chico. Try the WildLemurian weekend for one of the best Nor-cal biking opportunities in the state.
    Oh how we forget about the demigod of norcal breweires
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    I'm pretty much in the same camp as Carl Hungus and tburger.

    Places I frequent:
    SARA (A)- what? I like my shirts extra medium. Best "snob" style beers. Just watch out for their sketchy vidiographers Growler fills are on the pricy side but love their policy.
    Cellarmaker (A) - Best of the more standard styles (IPAs, PAs, porters, etc.), never had to park more than 1/2 block away. Growlers - see sara.
    RRBC - A+ for beer (And Pliny isn't in my top 5 from them), C- for service, C for food quality.
    Lagunitas - A- for food and atmosphere, B for their beers (not including some of the fusions)
    Drakes (B-) - Used to be a great spot, but quality has faded (to me) the past year, and prices of growler fills have crept up too much.
    Rare Barrel - B+ for (sour) beer, C- for prices. Cool peeps, fun spot to swing by for quick stop.

    Some a bit further out
    Tahoe Mountain (B+)- nice range of styles and pretty darn good. About time for the Tahoe area.
    Knee Deep (B-) meh. 15 different IPAs, big spot worth going once. No food, maybe a food truck.
    Auburn Ale House - Go for the food. Beer is decent.
    Firestone (A-) Great beers of all styles. Food is good but pricy. Bottles to go are more expensive than the quickie mart across the freeway. Drive a bit more for Bottleworks
    Libertine - good sours, The place for you if you like sticky-floored dive bars.

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    +1 on Dustbowl. Tap room is always busy so it is hard to get a table sometimes. Can't get enough of their Hops of Wrath and Galaxy. The mosaic hopped Therapist is good too but I think it was a limited release for their 5th anniversary. Anybody know if Tioga Sequoia has a tap room? Had a General Sherman at the Strawberry Store after a ride and it hit the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah View Post
    I'm pretty much in the same camp as Carl Hungus and tburger.

    Places I frequent:...
    Hmm.... the best reviewers have not been seen on the trails for a while. Coincidence Snowjnky?
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Hmm.... the best reviewers have not been seen on the trails for a while. Coincidence Snowjnky?
    I need my nomad back !! Just got back from Dville tho knocked out a bunch of riding and ST has been seeing my fat ass a bunch too. Too ashamed to be seen in the 100 acre woods.

    all my shirts are unwillingly extra medium.

    Also let me expand on my reviewson SARA and Cellarmaker a bit:

    SARA- I love the beers. I was more putting a Mountain Bike spin on the selection. they are just not usually pouring a good after ride beer. I have been going there since probably the first week open; so when I go there and I don't have my Dr. who Threadless tshirt on and I get looked at and treated as if I know nothing about beer the vibe kills it for me.

    Cellarmaker- I expect the marketing department for summers eve to be there every time so I guess I cant complain too much. The beers are stellar. I much rather walk one block and sit on upside down kegs at City Beer. As for parking, there is not always a "parking problem" Howard or Folsom is a pain and my car has been broken into twice there and the semi safe free parking on Langton or Rausch is at a minimum.
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    Lost Coast great eclectic brewpub and food is killer…..and in Downtown Brown = A+++++
    Deschutes killer beer The Abyss, Black Butte Porter and Mirror Mirror are the top beers of all time. Brew pub A beer A fricken plus.
    Goathouse completely killer low key vibe, not crowded plenty room outside to sip various concoctions. Beer continues to improve A+ for environment B for beer still working on improving beer as all pubs are judged by dark beer not a flower beer… 
    Out of Bounds great pub with great beer. Much of the beer has a hoppy background but not bad. I was pissed when I was told I can’t bring my burrito in cuase the food truck was there but when I asked if the food truck was on a schedule she said no just when ever….really. Probably won’t go back.
    Loomis Basin great beer the Jacked Up is fantastic after warming up to room temp and allowed to breath. A+ beer A on pub environment. Staff is super friendly and cool.
    Boneshaker (new location in Rocklin) great small producing pub. Never know what beers will be on the menu as the brew capacity is limited. Had some great beers and others that were ok. The food is fantastic! Food A+ beer solid B.
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    I'm boycottng Lagunitas until they bring back the hairy eyeball port infused back....okay that's a hollow threat as I drank nitetime last night.....
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    Well then bring them on Ronski! What are you drinking?

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    Two that no one has mentioned:

    Bear Republic in Healdsburg. Home of Racer 5 and Racer X. One of the early ones and still one of the best post ride beers and killer food. Ride Lake Sonoma and go here.

    The Brewing Lair of the Lost Sierra in Blairsden. Ride Mills Peak or anything in Lakes Basin and head here. Rich is a very talented brewer and has his beers on draft from Quincy to South Lake Tahoe. He's a hop head and does a single hop series plus his flagship brew, Ambush IPA is a very solid one that will rival any of your favorites. Bring a picnic (no food here), your dog, your kids. Very fun hang out.

    The Brewing Lair - The Brewing Lair of the Lost Sierra

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    In Nevada City Ole' Republic. They brew ales, very well. A, Excellent beer, very nice tap room. Perfect spot to finish any ride near Nevada City.
    Since Nevada City came up, I should mention the new one - Three Forks Bakery & Brewery. A+ since the beer is very good (including a very tasty red IPA & an exceptional pale ale), plus wood fired pizza and well above average espresso. Nice building & right downtown too.

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    Auburn Alehouse - Food is great, beer is above average but not marvelous

    Sierra Nevada Brewery - Food is average at best if not below average, beer is great!

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    No love for Seabright...good beer and nice waitresses lol

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    Auburn Alehouse is my favorite in the area. Great selection of beer (Gold Digger IPA is awesome (bitter, great smell) and they have a lot to choose from. Plus, it's very close to Auburn SRA.

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    Sweet Carl, thanks for that. I'd never even heard of them until Francois' mention last week at the start of this thread. As I'll soon be moving back to Capitola, ..... well....yeah !!!!
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    I'm pretty much in the same camp as Carl Hungus and tburger.

    Places I frequent:
    SARA (A)- what? I like my shirts extra medium. Best "snob" style beers. Just watch out for their sketchy vidiographers Growler fills are on the pricy side but love their policy.
    Cellarmaker (A) - Best of the more standard styles (IPAs, PAs, porters, etc.), never had to park more than 1/2 block away. Growlers - see sara.
    RRBC - A+ for beer (And Pliny isn't in my top 5 from them), C- for service, C for food quality.
    Lagunitas - A- for food and atmosphere, B for their beers (not including some of the fusions)
    Drakes (B-) - Used to be a great spot, but quality has faded (to me) the past year, and prices of growler fills have crept up too much.
    Rare Barrel - B+ for (sour) beer, C- for prices. Cool peeps, fun spot to swing by for quick stop.

    Some a bit further out
    Tahoe Mountain (B+)- nice range of styles and pretty darn good. About time for the Tahoe area.
    Knee Deep (B-) meh. 15 different IPAs, big spot worth going once. No food, maybe a food truck.
    Auburn Ale House - Go for the food. Beer is decent.
    Firestone (A-) Great beers of all styles. Food is good but pricy. Bottles to go are more expensive than the quickie mart across the freeway. Drive a bit more for Bottleworks
    Libertine - good sours, The place for you if you like sticky-floored dive bars.

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    No love for Seabright...good beer and nice waitresses lol
    Always love for Seabright !
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    After a fun day around Grouse Ridge, there was no doubt to our next destination.. Bring your own food (or order from local place that delivers), the beer is excellent...

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    I'm bumping this old thread to admit that I was wrong. Santa Adairius is indeed a better brewery than Discretion, IMHO. The Simpleton (?) is a great IPA.

    I stand corrected.

    I'm going to add Corralitos Brewing to the list of places to check out. Solid beers and a cool rural vibe.

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    Gordon Biersch - F
    They wallow and mediocrity and I blame them for roadblocking the growth of craft brews in the South Bay

    Tied House - F+
    Crap

    Rock Bottom - D
    I heard they're getting better but they're part of the 15 year status quo of weak breweries around here.

    Seabright - D+
    Nice people, bad beer.

    BJs - na
    I'm never going to that dump


    Sorry for the bad vibes. I think bad reviews are important to save you guys the time and effort. You compare San Jose to San Diego or Bend, Portland, Denver, etc. and you just weep at the hideous quality of our local beer.

    Times are changing hopefully. The clientele is here. Just no options.
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    For Bay Area people Fieldwork Brewing is worth checking out. They opened about a month or so ago in Berkeley.

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    Whole slew of breweries stretching from Roseville to Auburn now, all right along 80. You can hit these in this order all the way to Auburn:

    Dragas Brewing (Rocklin) A - Open just a few weeks. Very cool place with games and stuff, haven't had much of their beer yet but the Chili Stout was amazing. But hot. Very hot.

    Boneshaker Community Brewhouse (Rocklin) - I haven't been here but have heard lots of good things.

    Out of Bounds Brewing (Rocklin) A+ - Another really cool chill place and my first thought was somebody dumped some $$ into it. Great beer. Awesome Oak aged Stout.

    Loomis Basin - (Lincoln) - haven't been here either but I've had their beer and it was good.

    Knee Deep (Auburn) A++++ - Just go. I'm not going to bother telling you about it. Big IPA fans have to go here.

    Auburn Alehouse - mentioned by many previously.

    Check websites for hours. Most aren't open til later in the day during the week.
    Most of these are kid friendly too. From what I've heard Loomis is not.

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    A little love for San Jose: We were a mile into a bike path ride from our new house last month, and we saw a sign for the Hermitage Brewing Co. on 7th St. Stoked! Stopped in after our ride and enjoyed a flight of quality varietals--especially IPA's--in their cool little industrial tap room.

    Also, there's Strike brewery just south of there on 10th Street, and next month Santa Clara Valley Brewing opens about a block from our house. Let the good times roll.

    Oh, and I forgot about Clandestine. I've heard good things, and they're only a mile and a half from the house. That's 4 breweries with 2 miles of us. I need to up my training to get ready for the Tour de Tap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    I'm bumping this old thread to admit that I was wrong. Santa Adairius is indeed a better brewery than Discretion, IMHO. The Simpleton (?) is a great IPA.

    I stand corrected.

    I'm going to add Corralitos Brewing to the list of places to check out. Solid beers and a cool rural vibe.
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    I just posted this on another thread but, what about Anchor Brewing. not really near a mountain that I ride but it's cool to take the ferry over from Marin and cruise by ATT Park then head over. I had some 2 day old Liberty Ale there that was outstanding.
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    Hey, I'm super excited about this new brewery opening this year in Santa Rosa. The owner, Bill, is a righteous dude and a mountain biker.

    2 Tread Brewery | Eatery & Craft Brewery

    this will be a mountain bikers brewery. check out the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Gordon Biersch - F
    They wallow and mediocrity and I blame them for roadblocking the growth of craft brews in the South Bay

    Tied House - F+
    Crap

    Rock Bottom - D
    I heard they're getting better but they're part of the 15 year status quo of weak breweries around here.

    Seabright - D+
    Nice people, bad beer.

    BJs - na
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    Sorry for the bad vibes. I think bad reviews are important to save you guys the time and effort. You compare San Jose to San Diego or Bend, Portland, Denver, etc. and you just weep at the hideous quality of our local beer.

    Times are changing hopefully. The clientele is here. Just no options.
    Gordon B Restaurant and Rock Bottom owned by the same people and are not local and owed by the same company.

    Tied House beer is actually pretty good and their brewers helped get a lot of the other local brewers off their feet, and with their partnership with Hermitage Brewing Company they put out some excellent beers

    BJ's is a socal brewery.

    our true local brew is pretty darn good. just not our brewpub choices.
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    So I'm not really clear how I missed this thread for so long. I guess it shows how little time I have been spending on MTBR in the last 6 months.

    While not a hotbed of mtn biking activity, West Sacramento has a vibrant CX community and a growing brewery district. It's also a convenient stopping point for people driving across the the state for weekend trips.

    Our humble brewery district features 3 breweries within walking (or riding) distance from each other.
    Bike Dog Brewing is tops on my list for atmosphere and quality of brews. It's small, and cozy. Weekend nights see people spilling out of the tap room into the back alley, because it's standing room only inside.
    The beers are mostly aroma hop oriented IPAs and pale, but they have an out standing milk stout and other offerings for the hop-adverse. I highly recommend the San Dog IPA and the Mosaic Pale Ale.
    Bike Dog welcomes your bikes and dogs in the tap room. They have been very active in the local cycling community, supporting the Prairie City Race Series, the Folsom Rodeo Cross and the West Sacramento Cyclocross Race. Bike Dog has also held a couple of fundraisers for FATRAC at the taproom.
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    Just around the corner and down the street is Yolo Brewing. Good variety of beers. Ok atmosphere. Their beers are not mind blowing, but good quality. They always have a good mix of ales, lagers, light, dark, hoppy & malty.
    While highly rated, I have found their Capt Ron's DIPA to be tainted with off flavors, medicinal and turbid. It's a dark cloudiness I have never seen in an IPA and it makes me wonder what's wrong with it.
    On the other hand, their Orange Blossom Blonde is great at the end of a long hot road ride. Bright flavors and very refreshing.
    Yolo Brewing is an off shoot of the now out of business Brew It Up breweries in downtown Sacramento and Davis. They offer kettles and ingredients for DIY brewing on site.
    Yolo Brewing is getting involved with local cycling. They were a major sponsor for the recent Sacramento Cyclocross Series, even holding their series awards ceremony in the tap room.
    They also rely on local food trucks to feed hungry patrons.

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    The last brewery is Jackrabbit Brewing. Their taproom has not opened yet, but it will be in the next couple weeks. However, they are open for bottle sales and growler fills.
    Jackrabbit has been available at local bars and restaurants for a couple years now. Their flagship beer is a tasty saison. I have also had a brown ale that is reminiscent of a Newcastle, but with real flavor.
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    Francis - Check out Clandestine Brewing in San Jose. Definitely more of what we need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    Gordon B Restaurant and Rock Bottom owned by the same people and are not local and owed by the same company.

    Tied House beer is actually pretty good and their brewers helped get a lot of the other local brewers off their feet, and with their partnership with Hermitage Brewing Company they put out some excellent beers

    BJ's is a socal brewery.

    our true local brew is pretty darn good. just not our brewpub choices.
    That's too much information. They all sux.

    Hopefully some new talent is moving in to San Ho. I've travelled now and every town has good stuff it seems. And the good ones like Bend or San Diego have about 20 watering holes of incredible quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slonie View Post
    Francis - Check out Clandestine Brewing in San Jose. Definitely more of what we need!
    Right on. Open for 8 months and rave reviews. We must meetup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlisle View Post
    Since Nevada City came up, I should mention the new one - Three Forks Bakery & Brewery. A+ since the beer is very good (including a very tasty red IPA & an exceptional pale ale), plus wood fired pizza and well above average espresso. Nice building & right downtown too.
    +1 for Three Forks Bakery & Brewery; it's a must stop spot on your way to Downieville. Good beer and food

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    Where are these? I think any discussion listing favorite breweries needs to provide location!

    Speaking of, how about Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn? OH MY GOD!! Just went last week and they had 10 IPA's on draft. 4 standards, 3 doubles, and 3 triples. All delicious. One of the doubles was every bit as good as Pliny the Younger but I will remain quiet about that as I'd like to keep buying it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    I'm bumping this old thread to admit that I was wrong. Santa Adairius is indeed a better brewery than Discretion, IMHO. The Simpleton (?) is a great IPA.

    I stand corrected.

    I'm going to add Corralitos Brewing to the list of places to check out. Solid beers and a cool rural vibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernonator View Post
    Where are these? I think any discussion listing favorite breweries needs to provide location!

    Speaking of, how about Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn? OH MY GOD!! Just went last week and they had 10 IPA's on draft. 4 standards, 3 doubles, and 3 triples. All delicious. One of the doubles was every bit as good as Pliny the Younger but I will remain quiet about that as I'd like to keep buying it.
    I've been wanting to get up to Knee Deep ever since they opened their tap room.
    Need to plan an A4B field trip up that way, ride Auburn then gorge on IPAs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    That's too much information. They all sux.

    Hopefully some new talent is moving in to San Ho. I've travelled now and every town has good stuff it seems. And the good ones like Bend or San Diego have about 20 watering holes of incredible quality.
    Watering hole with good quality beer or Watering hole with good quality beer they brewed.

    For good quality beer in the just In San Jo Area you have Good Karma, Original Gravity, Market Beer, Harry's, sometimes O malleys, and the best one IMO O' Flats Downtown SJ Digital Pour :: O'Flaherty's Irish Pub
    that doesn't include the spots in Campbell, MV, or SV
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    Knee Deep is the Bomb - the Hop Bomb!

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    This thread was supposed to have pictures. It isn't Beer Porn without pictures.
    Here you go Ronski. My favorite new Brewery since Russian River opened almost 10 years ago. The only downside is no food so while I encourage you to run not walk to Auburn, I'm afraid you will have to crawl home.

    The menu may be hard to read so if you can enlarge it you might be impressed. Amazing. My favorite was the Lupulin River, a double that rivaled some of the most famous beers on the west coast. Wink wink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernonator View Post
    Where are these? I think any discussion listing favorite breweries needs to provide location!
    Sorry. Santa Adairius is in Capitola off Park Ave. Corralitos is in Corralitos. You take Freedom Blvd. off Hwy 1 and drive for 15 min or so. I give their DIPA a solid B+/A-. Actually, their Belgian and other ales are all in the B and above range. Pretty cool vibe... big porch that overlooks the parking lot and fields across the street. A taco truck sets up in the parking lot for eats.

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    Hop Dogma in El Granada (Upper HMB) is brewing up tasty beverages and well worth a apres ride visit if your passing thru from Ptown or Montara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vernonator View Post
    Where are these? I think any discussion listing favorite breweries needs to provide location!

    Speaking of, how about Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn? OH MY GOD!! Just went last week and they had 10 IPA's on draft. 4 standards, 3 doubles, and 3 triples. All delicious. One of the doubles was every bit as good as Pliny the Younger but I will remain quiet about that as I'd like to keep buying it.
    My one trip to Knee Deep was awesome! Tons of beers on tap, pet friendly, and there was a pizza food truck. I luv pizza and beer

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    My picks might be Sierra Centric:

    Mountain Rambler, Bishop Ca: New spot, good beer (only 4 kinds on my visit) and good food, excellent vibe - seems like Bishop needed a spot like this.

    Mammoth Brewing, Mammoth Lakes, Ca: Excellent beer, vibe has gone down a bit as they've moved into a bigger location, bummed they've stopped canning.

    June Lakes Brewing, June Lakes, Ca: Really excellent beer, especially for a new brewery. Cool vibe, nice owners who are mountain bikers willing to share trail beta. No food, but the Hawaiian soul food truck parked in the lot was killer.

    Coldwater, South Lake Tahoe, Ca: Pretty good beer, not the best food, ok vibe.

    Fifty Fifty, Truckee, Ca: Really good beer and food, generally good vibe, gotten pricy.

    Tahoe Mountain - go to the taproom in Truckee vs the restaurant in Tahoe City for a different experience - good beer and a cool vibe.

    Three Forks, Nevada City, Ca - Great beer, haven't tried much food, cool spot.

    Brewing Layer - Heard great things both beer and vibe wise, on the short list.
    Also want to check out Alibi in Incline Village on Tahoe.

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    Not sure how I missed this thread for so long, but a here is my contribution - I am also going to introduce a new aspect to the grading system, the Hipster Correction Factor, or HCF - this is the grade the brewery gets after you account for the hipster presence, or lack thereof, so HCF only taken into account when you are going to hang out there - I know that it is cliche to complain about hipsters, but if yoy live in SF and don't complain about hipsters, then you have either givin' up on life or are an F'in Hipster!

    Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company (B-) - brand new spot in outer sunset in SF - great space / decor, but beer is very average - food is pretty good - a hipster magnet to a neighborhood that previously had very few - it's a C after HCF

    Social Kitchen & Brewery (A-) - really good beer (Double IPA is great), food is hit and miss but the good stuff is really good (i.e. the burger), parking sucks but hey it's in SF what do you expect?, light hipster presence for SF so after HCF it is an A!

    Cellarmaker (A) - as everybody says, best beer in in SF, but after HCF it is a B

    Discretion (A-) - very strong beer, amazing food, has an outddor hop garden, neutral HCF

    Sante Adairius (A+) - best beer around, but location kinda sucks & some of the folks who work & drink there can be a bit douche-y at times, w/ HCF B+

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    Just a tiny bit out of the way, but if you ever find yourself in Auckland, NZ and just cannot force yourself to drink another Steinlager or Speights or whatever else they are trying to pass off as beer there, just hit Brothers Beer for your fix - it is an A in a beer desert

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    Sante Adairius (A+) - best beer around, but location kinda sucks & some of the folks who work & drink there can be a bit douche-y at times, w/ HCF B+
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    Nah - an example of butthurt would be "This place sucks! - everyone there is a rude a-hole and I'll never go back!"

    The opposite of butthurt is a fair review acknowledging that it has exceptional, A+ beer and still recommending it despite the fact that on several occasions the dudes pouring the beers were pretty rude & pretentious. I was talking this place up to some buddies who are big home-brewers when we went surfing a few months ago so we went there afterward and they were just trying to have a friendly conversation about brewing and their beers - they couldn't have been more condescending - but I'll still go back cause it is good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Nah - an example of butthurt would be "This place sucks! - everyone there is a rude a-hole and I'll never go back!"

    The opposite of butthurt is a fair review acknowledging that it has exceptional, A+ beer and still recommending it despite the fact that on several occasions the dudes pouring the beers were pretty rude & pretentious. I was talking this place up to some buddies who are big home-brewers when we went surfing a few months ago so we went there afterward and they were just trying to have a friendly conversation about brewing and their beers - they couldn't have been more condescending - but I'll still go back cause it is good stuff!
    I kid. I can probably guess who you dealt with actually. I just cringe when people start complaining about "hipsters" which in my opinion is an empty buzzword that has no real meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    I kid. I can probably guess who you dealt with actually. I just cringe when people start complaining about "hipsters" which in my opinion is an empty buzzword that has no real meaning.
    Fair point - you're right that hipster doesn't really mean anything and my use was definitely supposed to be tongue in cheek - I've just lived in SF for so long that hipster has come to mean anybody under the age of 40 with facial hair who happens to be annoying me at that moment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    I've just lived in SF for so long that hipster has come to mean anybody under the age of 40 with facial hair who happens to be annoying me at that moment!
    One would think that a fairly large portion of the population in SF would fall into this category. A recent trip to Portland has me appreciating my home town hipsters a whole lot more.

    And since we're slighlty OT anyway, I must admit I didn't fully appreciate the genius of Portlandia until I visited Portland.

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    Right on. Open for 8 months and rave reviews. We must meetup.

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    I was just there on Friday. For such a small brewery, great beer and fantastic selection. The bad parts are that there's no food, limited seating, and they're only open Friday and Saturdays. I saw someone bring their own chairs to sit outside- great idea. Hopefully they can scale and grow.

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    Stopped by this place last night so adding it to the list:

    Southern Pacific Brewing (D+) - so disappointed I wanted to love this place; the space / decor are great, bartenders were really nice, they have 2 bars & lots of indoor / outdoor seating so it's easy to get a drink and a place to sit (esp. by SF Mission District standards), a generous taster flight of all the beers they brew is super cheap ($7 for a lot of beer!), and they have pretty good food as well, but unfortunately the beer absolutely blows - it is abysmally bad - the D+ is accounting for all of the good stuff; Hipster factor is even low for SF Mission, but that is probably b/c the beer sucks

    On a positive note, they do serve some half-decent guest beers so you could go there to eat and drink other beers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    I'd give Santa Cruz Mountain brewery a C+. Vibe and location is great (A) for after a Wilder ride… lots of outdoor hangout space, but their beer is inconsistent (C)
    Was just there today after a quick ride at Wilder. Completely spot on with the comment about the inconsistency of the beer. I generally only drink pale ales and IPAs, and usually try both wherever I go, and the one thing that struck me at SCMB today is how different the beers seem to taste every time I'm there. Today's pale was pretty well balanced, good bittering and a nice malty body. The IPA seemed thinner and I got nothing from it but a lot of IBUs. Last time I was there, a couple of months ago, it was the opposite. Really good IPA, pretty nondescript pale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigersFIMA View Post
    Was just there today after a quick ride at Wilder. Completely spot on with the comment about the inconsistency of the beer. I generally only drink pale ales and IPAs, and usually try both wherever I go, and the one thing that struck me at SCMB today is how different the beers seem to taste every time I'm there. Today's pale was pretty well balanced, good bittering and a nice malty body. The IPA seemed thinner and I got nothing from it but a lot of IBUs. Last time I was there, a couple of months ago, it was the opposite. Really good IPA, pretty nondescript pale.
    As much as I love the place, I have to agree with you; their beer is inconsistent. I was there last weekend, and the beer didn't seem as good as the last time I was there. I will still go there to sample the beer...someday they'll have to get it right.

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    I went to Discretion Brewing on March 29th, this place is pretty cool. Good vibe, good beer; I didn't try the food but, it looked tasty. The place is dog friendly, and on this particular day it was tattooed redhead friendly
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    Any thoughts on Half Moon Bay brewing company?

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    Stopped by the Sierra taphouse in Chico on the way back from absolutely perfect Downieville for lunch today. The food was good as always and since we were early no wait. After extensive testing I brought some of the Ballast Point collaboration home.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    My one trip to Knee Deep was awesome! Tons of beers on tap, pet friendly, and there was a pizza food truck. I luv pizza and beer
    They have food trucks pretty regularly...like maybe Tue thru Sat...from 4 to whenever they close. If you're unsure just call and ask. Our favorite is Cruzin Fuzion. When there's no truck, they're totally cool with you bringing in take out or ordering pizza to be delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    Any thoughts on Half Moon Bay brewing company?
    Beers are okay. Great outdoor seating on the water (good views, dog friendly and fire pits). My wife and I, along with our dogs always stop in when we're in the area.

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    Spent a week in Humboldt County last October and Redwood Curtain Brewing Company in Arcata was by far my favorite. Redwood Curtain Brewing Co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Sante Adairius (A+) - best beer around, but location kinda sucks & some of the folks who work & drink there can be a bit douche-y at times, w/ HCF B+
    lol, yeah last time I went to Sante, it was pretty high on the HCF. Lots of bearded guys & serious foodie types. Thought I stepped into a teleporter and ended up in Oregon. It is the best beer I've had by far in SC county, if not CA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    lol, yeah last time I went to Sante, it was pretty high on the HCF. Lots of bearded guys & serious foodie types. Thought I stepped into a teleporter and ended up in Oregon. It is the best beer I've had by far in SC county, if not CA.
    Yup. Big beards and even bigger bellies. Average weight in that place last time I was there had to be well North of 250.
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    oh the humanity

    My word. Did it give you the vapors?

    Yeah, that place sucks. You should stay away.

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    For me the best brewery by far in northern ca. is Redwood Curtain in Arcata. Small batch only, 10+ variety of all kinds. Constantly rotating selection. If in the area it is a must stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    lol, yeah last time I went to Sante, it was pretty high on the HCF. Lots of bearded guys & serious foodie types. Thought I stepped into a teleporter and ended up in Oregon. It is the best beer I've had by far in SC county, if not CA.
    Excuse my ignorance but, what is HCF???

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    Quote Originally Posted by prozach0215 View Post
    For me the best brewery by far in northern ca. is Redwood Curtain in Arcata. Small batch only, 10+ variety of all kinds. Constantly rotating selection. If in the area it is a must stop.
    Redwood Curtain is the best brewery in Humboldt no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Excuse my ignorance but, what is HCF???
    You have to read the rest of the thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    You have to read the rest of the thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BStrummin View Post
    Whole slew of breweries stretching from Roseville to Auburn now, all right along 80. You can hit these in this order all the way to Auburn:

    Dragas Brewing (Rocklin) A - Open just a few weeks. Very cool place with games and stuff, haven't had much of their beer yet but the Chili Stout was amazing. But hot. Very hot.

    Boneshaker Community Brewhouse (Rocklin) - I haven't been here but have heard lots of good things.

    Out of Bounds Brewing (Rocklin) A+ - Another really cool chill place and my first thought was somebody dumped some $$ into it. Great beer. Awesome Oak aged Stout.

    Loomis Basin - (Lincoln) - haven't been here either but I've had their beer and it was good.

    Knee Deep (Auburn) A++++ - Just go. I'm not going to bother telling you about it. Big IPA fans have to go here.

    Auburn Alehouse - mentioned by many previously.

    Check websites for hours. Most aren't open til later in the day during the week.
    Most of these are kid friendly too. From what I've heard Loomis is not.
    Boneshaker was ok. It's all guest beers, and it's out of my way

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    Yup. Big beards and even bigger bellies. Average weight in that place last time I was there had to be well North of 250.
    I was there two weeks ago, and yes there were some big boys there The place is nice, a bit out of the way, and not as welcoming as I like. I'll give them another shot next time I'm in SC.

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    ^^ Nice to see Lagunitas score so high (35th). It put me off with its hop level when I first tried it a few years ago. Now I have to pick up a case at Costco every 3 weeks! And cool to see San Ho's Hermitage Citra scoring high (18th).
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    I haven't been to too many in the area. I got burned by Lagunitas the day I drove into CA after driving for a week moving out here. They wouldn't fill my growler at 5min 'till close even after a sob story. Still haven't put the grudge away.

    Russian River (Santa Rosa). A+ beers. C atmosphere. D attitude. C food. I live in SR and never go.

    Woodfour (Sebastopol). B- beers. B+ atmosphere. C food. Mainly because the fru fru food doesn't belong in a brew pub. Any brewery needs a solid staple; Kolsh, Pilsener or something light, good IPA and something dark. They have none of that just some pretentious brews and that's too bad.

    Warped (Sebastopol). C beers. B+ atmosphere. D food (almost none). All adulterated brews. I guess I'm a purist. I don't mind a half pint of something with weird ingredients but not a whole one, much less a few. If you're an arcade nerd, you may stick around for a few games.

    Hop Monk (Sebastopol). B+ beers. A atmosphere. B food. Solid place to grab a few pints, either brewed by them or from another brewer. Food is pretty good, nothing to write home about, on the warm days their outdoor patio is hard to beat. Some my not know it's run by the original founders of Gordon Biersch (they've since sold their interest).

    Heritage House (Santa Rosa). B+ beers. B+ atmosphere. B+ food. They started brewing their own earlier this year and their brews are solid. Nothing exceptional but solid. Good place to watch a game if you're into that. They've got their food staples covered.

    Fog Belt (Santa Rosa). B+ beers. B atmosphere. C food. So so location, not very motivating to seek it out. Beers are not bad but not something one would seek out. It's a loud place, with loud TV blasting over everyone else. Good place to watch a game I guess.

    3rd Street Aleworks (Santa Rosa). B beers. B atmosphere. B- food. I'd love to enjoy the place as they have great deals going on but their beer is OK at best (maybe if you climb 5k vertical you'll enjoy it a few notches more). Food is uninspiring. Atmosphere is alright.

    Dempsey's (Petaluma). B beers. B+ atmosphere. B food. Another alright place. Weird thing is they're super pet friendly but we got attitude for having a kid. That's just on walk in, nothing with ours being a brat, didn't even get a chance to establish that one way or another.

    Bear Republic (Healdsburg). B+ beers. B atmosphere. B food. Staple beers are solid. Not crazy about their creative endeavors. Food is alright, atmosphere is alright.

    Shed (Headsburg). B+ beers. B atmosphere. A- food. Kind of a weird, pretentious place, grocery store, take out, eat in fusion concept with a brewery. Not the kinda place you'd go to all sweaty and tired but food is better than average. A little spendy, though.

    Any recommendations for a family friendly brewpub? We had lots of those in CO and I like what I experienced in Portland. So far, its drunks, attitude and too loud in most places I go to around here.

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