Why we're here...

Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Today is International Beer Day and other Updates

Today is International Beer Day! What does that mean? We have no idea, we only heard about it recently. The website and Facebook page are well put together, but when you search for IBD events in California, the only one that pops up is at the Rancho Cordova Casino. Have you been there? We have. It's no place to celebrate beer.

Apparently it was created by a few guys in Santa Cruz and is now a worldwide phenomenon, despite the lack of events in its home state of California.

We here are North Cal Beer Blog are all for it, but we're sad at the lack of events and places celebrating it. If you're in the mood to celebrate - Pangaea Two Brews Cafe will be opening up their bottle shop tomorrow!

Rubicon will be celebrating IBD today and I suggest you check out their Rosebud Speciality Ale. Other than that...just go to your favorite bar or brewery and try something new. What will you try?

Maybe next year Sac wil have some real celebrations!

In other updates, we here are the Blog will be taking a first step many of you already have - home brewing. After a decade of brewing at Brew It Up we have decided to take the leap. Tim at Brew Ferment Distill (BFD) helped us out with the equipment. We've been reading How To Brew by John Palmer and have picked out an IPA recipe from Beer Tools.

We've chosen a standard IPA, that uses Cascade and Simcoe, but we're switching Simcoe for New Zealand Pacific Gem and Cascade for New Zealand Pacifica. They're available at BFD, have simimlar AAUs, but different fruit aromas and flavors. We're going all extract to keep it easy. We've been told sanitation is the most important part of brewing, so for our first go we'll focus on keeping it clean and sticking to a simple all-extract recipe.

We'll post about it tomorrow.

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