Shady Oak Barrel House Concocting Unique Sour Beers

Steve Doty of Shady Oak Barrel House is one of the most highly regarded newcomers to the local craft beer scene. But it wouldn’t be right to call Doty a brewer. Pulling from his experience in the wine industry, he’s more of a blender, with a little bit of mad scientist thrown in. Since December, […]
A sample flight of bears at Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg in 2013.

Bear Republic to Open New Brewpub in Rohnert Park

Bear Republic Brewing Co. will expand in Sonoma County by opening a brewpub in Rohnert Park, at the site of the shuttered Latitude Island Grill. The new brewpub will be in addition to its original location in Healdsburg and its new production facility in Cloverdale. It is expected to open within a year. The deal […]

Drinking Stories: The Role of Yeast in Winemaking

Written by Bill Swindell for The Press Democrat. Bill Swindell’s new podcast, “Drinking Stories,” peels back the veneer of the wine, beer, spirits and cider industries. In the first episode, Bill speaks with Kevin Sea of Santa Rosa Junior College about yeast, the Jan Brady of the fermentation process, and the important role it plays […]
#1. The Inn Above Tide, Sausalito. Conde Nast Traveler readers chose their top 30 hotels in Northern California, and several Sonoma County locations made the list. View more information on each hotel at (Photo courtesy Conde Nast Traveler)

Five North Coast Hotels voted among best in Northern California

Mendocino’s Brewery Gulch Inn has been voted the third best hotel in Northern California among the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. More than 128,000 readers participated in the magazine’s annual readers’ choice awards, casting votes for 9,242 hotels. The winners and the listings appear in its November issue and online. The Brewery Gulch Inn is […]