Beer of the Month Clubs Gaining Popularity in San Francisco

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Remember when your uncle bought you that beer of the month club membership for Christmas a few years back? You eagerly waited for the first delivery and tore into the box when it arrived, only to find a bunch of random dusty bottles from unknown breweries. Beer of the month clubs don’t exactly have a stellar reputation. The selection can be boring and the cost of shipping is a hefty sum over several months. Four bottle shops in San Francisco offer an alternative to this mail order dice roll. Healthy Spirits and Plumpjack Wines have long established clubs, while Ales Unlimited and the Jug Shop just announced their club opportunities this month.

Each shop takes a slightly different approach and the cost can vary depending on the style and scarcity of the beer you want. None of them have membership fees and you can simply pick the beer up when it’s available. Of course the devil is in the details, which are outlined below for comparison.

Beer of the month clubs aren’t for everyone, but they can be useful for acquiring hard to find beer, convenience, and if you tend to get overwhelmed by unlimited choice or are new to craft beer, then this might be a good option for you. Before signing up for any club, visit the store, check out the selection and ask questions.

The club details below were culled from each store’s website and are subject to change without notice. Please visit them for more specifics and contact information.

If any readers have experience with the following clubs, please comment about your experience below.

Healthy Spirits

Neighborhood: Castro
2299 15th Street
(415) 255-0610
Website

  • 3 to 5 beers per month at a discount
  • In depth tasting notes
  • In store discount card
  • Special perks and access to limited releases
  • Cost of beer each month usually runs around $55

 

Plumpjack Wines

Neighborhood: Noe Valley
4011 24th Street
415-282-3841
Club details and prior selections

  • Approximately $25 per month
  • Two different selection of beers each month (number of bottles vary)
  • Detailed notes on brewery history, description of the brewing process for each beer, tasting notes, serving suggestions and food pairings
  • 10% discount on all non-allocated beers

 

Ales Unlimited

Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
2398 Webster
(415) 346-6849
Club details

  • Varying choices and price levels
  • Cost covers the actual beer prices
  • Month to month options and discounted upfront options available
  • Club members receive 10% discount on any beers and wines purchased in store that aren’t already discounted.

Level 1: Limited Releases and Exclusive Beers

10 memberships currently available due to limitation of the ales provided.
This membership provides access to the rarest and most exclusive ales we get each month. Barrel aged beers, limited production, and rare releases ales. You love rare? This is a must for you.

Members of this level will receive 2-3 12.7oz, 22oz and/or 25oz bottles.

$50 per month
$275 six (6) months
$525 twelve (12) months

Level 2: Sour Beer, Farmhouse, Saison and Wild Ales

This is the choice for lovers of funky and sour beers. This membership will contain at least one hard to find barrel aged sour beer and one brettanomyces based ale.

Members of this level will receive 2-3 12.7oz, 22oz and/or 25oz bottles.

$50 per month
$275 six (6) months
$525 twelve (12) months

Level 3: New Domestic Craft Beer releases

This level includes only ales from local microbrews and consists of 3-5 12oz, 22oz or 25oz bottles. We will only include craft beer from brewers located throughout the United States. This level will focus on new releases and seasonal offerings.

$30 per month
$175 six (6) months
$325 twelve (12) months

Level 4: New Import Craft Beers releases

This level is similar to level 3 however we only include ales from craft brewers outside the USA. Example countries would be Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

$45 per month
$250 six (6) months
$450 twelve (12) months

Level 5: Multi Mix Pack

We thought long and hard about this level. This level is for the adventurer in you. Can’t decide? Bored to always drink the same ales over and over. This is the level for you. You will receive between 6-10 ales during the month. We will mix from each level, as they are available. During your selected club length you will never receive an ale twice (unless you request it via e-mail and it is available e.g. limited releases)

$75 per month
$425 six (6) months

 

Jug Shop

Neighborhood: Russian Hill
1590 Pacific Avenue
(415) 885-2922
Club details

  • Varying choices and price levels
  • Offer shipping

Tier 1: Exclusive Beers

6 memberships initially available.
Provides access to the rarest and most exclusive beers each month. This is the program for fans of barrel-aged beers and those looking for the rarest of the rare. As the program grows and members are added, a choice between different sets will be made available.
Shipments will include 2-3 750ml bottles or 22oz bottles.

$40/Month
$220/6 Months
$440/12 Months

Tier 2: Sour Beer and Wild Ales

6 memberships initially available.
If you love funky and sour beer as much as we do, this is the beer of the month club for you. Each shipment will contain at least one hard to find barrel aged sour beer and one Brettanomyces spiked Saison or other wild ale.
As the program grows and members are added, a choice between different sets will be made available.
Shipments will include 2-3 750ml bottles or 22oz bottles.
$40/Month
$220/6 Months
$440/12 Month

Tier 3: New Domestic Craft Beers

Shipments will consist of 3-5 22oz bottles of craft beer from brewers located throughout the United States. This tier will focus on new releases and seasonal offerings.

$25/Month
$140/6 Months
$275/12 Months

Tier 4: New Import Craft Beers

Shipments will consist of 2-4 bottles of beer from craft brewers from around the world. This tier will focus on the amazing brewers of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, The Czech Republic and England.

$25/Month
$140/6 Months
$275/12 Months

Tier 5: American Craft Beer Case a Month

Shipments will consist of one 24 bottle mix case of American craft beer with at least 4 different selections and no repeats in the course of one year. This is a great option for people who would like to explore the world of craft beer and keep their beer fridge stocked at the same time.

$36/Month
$200/6 Months
$396/12 Months

 

Abbot’s Cellar Opening in San Francisco this Summer

Hype and anticipation has been building ever since the team over at Monk’s Kettle announced their intentions for Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco’s Mission District. It looks like it’s just a matter of time before the doors open. Co-Owners Christian Albertson and celebrated chef Adam Dulye have finished transforming a worn out garage space located at 742 Valencia Street, into what they hope will be a mecca for craft beer paired with fine dining. Judging by the details, they just might meet those expectations.

Here’s what they have planned:

  • 120 plus beer list
  • 20 beers on draft and two hand pumps
  • Daily seasonal à la carte menu with all dishes under $30
  • 3-course and 5-course Prix fixe tasting menus with specific beer pairings
  • Prior to dinner, each guest will receive an amuse bouche with beer pairing
  • Open kitchen and stone oven
  • Beer-by-the-glass program poured from 750 ml bottles
  • Beer and wine will be served at ideal temperatures
  • Two-story stone-encased beer cellar holding 500 cases of beer

According to Adam Dulye, “We want guests to come and explore pairings on their own, or let us guide them to the ideal beer and food pairing.” Dulye will be collaborating on these pairings with Albertson and Co-Beer Director Mike Reis. Dulye said, “Sometimes it will be me leading off with an ingredient I got at the market or from a rancher that’s about to come into season. Other times it will be us tasting through beers and determining what is ready to drink.”

The 3,000 square foot space with 20-foot ceilings and room for 100 guests was designed in partnership with Lundberg Design, whose other notable projects include The Moss Room and The Slanted Door. The overall theme of the space is geared towards an Old World Monastery. Details include reclaimed barn wood flooring, bulb pendants, custom walnut tables featuring a pull out shelf to store the beverage list, a concrete bar and several skylights. Head over to the Abbot’s Cellar website for pictures.

Dinner will be available from Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00am.

Stay tuned for a specific opening date.

 

Bay Area Breweries Collect Over One Hundred Fifty State Fair Awards

For some Californians, summer doesn’t truly arrive until the onset of the State Fair in Sacramento, where thousands of people flock to the Magical Midway, Livestock Pavilion, Giant Slide and drool over sugar laden elephant ears. While these visitors are getting an overdose of fatty food and carnival rides, some people are in the throws of serious competition. There are animals, art and technology exhibits, just to name a few, being judged and awarded.

Breweries from around the state also vie for awards and bragging rights during the commercial craft brew competition, which takes place before the Tilt-A-Whirl’s inaugural spin. Brewers send in their best samples to be judged in numerous categories according to the Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. The results were recently announced and Bay Area breweries collectively received 162 awards. That’s quite an accomplishment and some people might be surprised by the results.

It should be noted that some breweries don’t participate and the number of sample submissions varies greatly between brewers. As for specifics, unfortunately the number of submission and participating breweries isn’t available. A wine competition press release was issued, but not for beer (Grrrr…).

The following list is organized alphabetically by brewery. If you would like to see the results in their entirety, head over to the California State Fair website.

Congratulations to the winners!

 

21st Amendment Brewery

  • 2nd, Gold, Drunken Monk, Belgian Strong Light Color
  • Silver, Mr.Poom’s Thai’d House Ale, Spice Herb Vegetable/Winter Beer
  • Silver, Red Giant, Wood Aged Beer
  • Silver, Amber Waves, American Pale Ale
  • Silver, Gigantes IPA, American IPA
  • Bronze, Hendrick’s Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

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Bear Republic Brewing Company

  • Gold, Hop Rod Rye, Specialty Beers
  • 3rd, Silver, XP Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Silver, Red Rocket Ale, American Amber Ale
  • Silver, Peter Brown Tribute Ale, American Brown Ale
  • Silver, Racer 5 IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Racer X Double IPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Big Bear Black Stout, Stout – Dry, Sweet, Foreign & American

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Blue Frog Grog & Grill

  • Gold, Blonde, Blonde Ale
  • Silver, DIPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, IPA, American IPA

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Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company

  • Gold, Silicon Blonde Ale, Blonde Ale
  • Honorable Mention, Gold, Deadicated Amber Ale, American Amber Ale
  • 2nd, Silver, Full Boar Scotch Ale, Scottish Ales
  • Silver, California Sunshine Rye IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Lager Diabla, Light Lagers
  • Bronze, Kaleidoscope Black Ale, Specialty Beers

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Drake’s Brewing Company

  • Honorable Mention, Best of Show, Gold, Drakonic, Russian Imperial Stout
  • 1st, Gold, Drakonic, Russian Imperial Stout
  • 3rd, Gold, Denogginizer, Imperial IPA
  • Gold, Drake’s IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Drake’s 1500, American Pale Ale

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El Toro Brewing Company

  • 2nd, Gold, El Toro Yo Barleywine, Barleywine
  • 3rd, Silver, El Toro Poppy Jasper Amber Ale, English Brown Ale
  • Silver, El Toro India Pale Ale, American IPA
  • Silver, El Toro Deuce Imperial IPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, El Toro Oro Golden Ale, English Pale Ale
  • Bronze, El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout, Stout – Oatmeal

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Faultline Brewing Company

  • 1st, Gold, Stout, Stout – Oatmeal
  • 2nd, Silver, Kolsch, Kolsch & Cream Ale
  • 2nd, Silver, Hefeweizen, German Wheat & Rye
  • 2nd, Silver, Oktoberfest, Euro Amber Lager
  • 2nd, Silver, Doppelbock, Bock
  • 2nd, Silver, Belgian Blonde, Belgian Strong Light Color
  • Silver, Best Bitter, English Pale Ale
  • Silver, Dunkleweizen, German Wheat & Rye
  • Silver, Pale Ale, English Pale Ale
  • Silver, India Pale Ale, American IPA
  • Silver, Belgian Abbey, Belgian Strong Dark Color
  • Silver, Irish Red, Irish Red Ale
  • Bronze, Golden, Blonde Ale
  • Bronze, London Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • Bronze, Belgian Tripel, Belgian Strong Light Color

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Heretic Brewing Company

  • Honorable Mention, Best of Show, Gold, One Nut In The Grave, Specialty Beers
  • 1st, Gold, One Nut In The Grave, Specialty Beers
  • Gold, Evil Cousin, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Worry, Wood Aged Beer
  • Silver, Evil Twin, American Amber Ale
  • Silver, Shallow Grave, Porter – Robust/Baltic

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Hermitage Brewing Company

  • Gold, Citra Single Hop IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Maltopia, Scottish Ales
  • Silver, Hoptopia, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Ahtanum Single Hop IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Coastal Fog IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, One Door Sour Ale, Sour Beers
  • Bronze, Ale of the 2Tun, Russian Imperial Stout
  • Bronze, Ale of the Imp, Imperial IPA
  • Bronze, Coastal Fog Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Bronze, Coastal Fog Amber Ale, American Brown Ale
  • Bronze, Ale des Dieux, Belgian & French Ale

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Jack’s Brewing Company 

  • 2nd, Gold, Jack’s Double IPA, Imperial IPA
  • 2nd, Gold, Hardwood Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Gold, Jack’s IPA, American IPA
  • 3rd, Silver, Boys of Summer Wheat, Kolsch/Cream Ale
  • Silver, Jack’s Hefeweizen, German Wheat & Rye
  • Silver, Penalty Shot Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • Bronze, Grid Iron Amber, Amber Hybrids
  • Bronze, Anniversary Ale, Bock

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Magnolia Brewery

  • 1st, Gold, Blue Bell Bitter, English Pale Ale
  • 2nd, Silver, Sara’s Ruby Mild, English Brown Ale
  • Silver, Weekapaug Gruit, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer
  • Bronze, Prescription Pale, American IPA
  • Bronze, Big Cypress Brown, English Brown Ale

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Marin Brewing Company

  • Honorable Mention, Best of Show, Gold, Pt Reyes Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • 1st, Gold, Pt Reyes Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • 1st, Gold, Cuvee Roge’, Sour Beers
  • 2nd, Gold, Hoppy Holidaze, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer
  • 3rd, Gold, Quad, Belgian Strong Light Color
  • 3rd, Gold, Airporter Chocolate Porter, Specialty Beers
  • 2nd, Silver, Orange & Black, Fruit Beer
  • Silver, San Quentin’s Breakout Stout, Stout – Dry, Sweet,Foreign & American
  • Silver, White Knuckle Double IPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Old Dipsea Barleywine, Barleywine
  • Silver, Bourbon Barrel Old Dipsea Barleywine, Wood Aged Beer
  • Silver, Marin IPA, American IPA
  • Bronze, Marin Hefeweiss, American Wheat/Rye
  • Silver, Marin Abbey Special, Belgian Strong Dark Color
  • Bronze, Mt Tam Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Bronze, Tiburon Blonde, Belgian & French Ale
  • Bronze, Tripel Dipsea, Belgian Strong Light Color
  • Bronze, Saison De Revolution, Belgian & French Ale
  • Bronze, 21 Year Old Ale, Od Ale
  • Bronze, E.S.Chi, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer

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Moylan’s Brewing

  • 1st, Gold, Hell’s Export Lager, Light Lagers
  • 1st, Gold, Hopcrak XXXIPA, Imperial IPA
  • 3rd,Silver, Moylan’s Wheat Ale, American Wheat/Rye
  • 3rd, Gold, NDR CAL IPA, American IPA
  • Honorable Mention, Best of Show, Gold, Hopcrak XXXIPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Wet Hopsickle, Wood Aged Beer
  • Silver, Moylander XXIPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Hopgarten Pilsner, Pilsner
  • Silver, Chelsea Moylan’s Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • Silver, Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout
  • Silver, Moylan’s Chocolate Porter, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer
  • Silver, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout, Stout – Dry, Sweet,Foreign & American
  • Silver, Octoberfest Marzen, Euro Amber Lager
  • Silver, Hopsickle Imperial XXXIPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, White Christmas Winter Beer, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer
  • Silver, Orange & Black Congrats Ale, Fruit Beer
  • Silver, Moylan’s Special Bitter, English Pale Ale
  • Silver, Celts Golden Ale, Blonde Ale
  • Silver, Old Blaney Barleywine, Barleywine
  • Silver, Tipperary Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Bronze, Danny’s Irish Red Ale, Irish Red Ale
  • Bronze, Pommegranate Wheat Ale, Fruit Beer
  • Bronze, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Scottish Ales

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Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co.

  • Silver, Orgasmica Triple I.P.A., Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Orgasmica I.P.A., American IPA
  • Silver, Orgasmica Chocolate Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout
  • Silver, Orgasmica Kolsch, Kolsch & Cream Ale
  • Silver, Orgasmica Four Grain Hefeweizen, German Wheat & Rye
  • Silver, Orgasmica Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Bronze, Orgasmica Amber Ale, American Amber Ale
  • Bronze, Orgasmica Golden Ale, Blonde Ale
  • Bronze, Orgasmica Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • Bronze, Orgasmica Peach Pale Ale, Fruit Beer

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Pyramid Breweries

  • 1st, Gold, Pyramid Curveball Blonde Ale, Blonde Ale
  • Gold, Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Pyramid Hefeweizen, American Wheat/Rye
  • Silver, Pryamid Apricot, Fruit Beer

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Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub

  • Honorable Mention, Gold, Citrus Wheat Ale, Spice Herb Vegetable/winter Beer
  • 1st, Gold, Cloverdale Ale, American Amber Ale
  • 2nd, Gold, Monster Brown, American Brown Ale
  • Gold, Floyd IPA, American IPA
  • 3rd, Silver, McGown’s Dry Irish Stout, Stout – Dry, Sweet,Foreign & American
  • Bronze, Caroline’s Blonde, Blonde Ale

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Sonoma Springs Brewing Company

  • 1st, Gold, Uncle Jack’s Kolsch, Kolsch & Cream Ale
  • 3rd, Silver, New Bavaria Roggen, German Wheat & Rye
  • Silver, Daedalus, Wood Aged Beer
  • Bronze, Lil’ Chief, American Pale Ale

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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

  • Gold, Payback Porter, Porter – Robust/Baltic
  • 3rd, Silver, Scarface Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout
  • Silver, Big Daddy IPA, American IPA
  • Silver, Double Daddy, Imperial IPA
  • Silver, Prohibition Ale, American Amber Ale

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Strike Brewing Company

  • 1st, Gold, Strike Brown, American Brown Ale
  • Silver, Strike Blonde, Blonde Ale
  • Bronze, Strike Porter, Porter – Brown
  • Bronze, Strike Wit, Belgian & French Ale

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

  • Honorable Mention, Silver, Weizenbock, German Wheat & Rye
  • 3rd Silver, Broadsword, Scottish Ales
  • 3rd Silver, Cherry Stave, Sour Beers
  • Bronze, Winter Stave, Sour Beers

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Tied House Brewing

  • 1st, Gold, New World Wheat, American Wheat/Rye
  • Silver, Ironwood Dark, English Brown Ale
  • Silver, Alpine Gold, Blonde Ale
  • Bronze, Cascade Amber, American Amber Ale

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Trumer Brauerei

  • 3rd, Silver, Trumer Pils, Pilsner

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Cure for Low Voter Turnout Revealed at Half Moon Bay Brewing

Imagine this scenario on November 6th. You arrive at your polling place and head to the voting booth. Inside you find two beer bottles with Obama and Romney labels staring back at you. Your task is to pick one, open it and pour the beer in your commemorative “I Voted” glass. It’s that easy, at least in my dream.

You can find the closest thing to reality at Half Moon Bay Brewing. They’ve just released a limited edition brew called Pillar Point Pale Alection on draft and in bottles, which have Obama or Romney’s grinning headshot on the label. Faux ballots and two-sided coasters with the same image will also be available at the brewery so you can plant your glass and spill beer on either candidate.

The beer, which curiously fills both candidates bottles, is classic English Pale Ale, not an American version. It was made with Maris Otter Malt, East Kent Goldings hops and came in at 4.8% alcohol by volume. I have to assume this choice is a nod to America’s English roots? Didn’t we win the Revolutionary War?

Candidate themed beers would have been nice. Obama could have been a Socialist Lager for the masses who supports “big beer,” while Romney could have been a Venture Capital IPA, made with the least amount of ingredients and labor possible, that’s then sold at a high price. In the end, I guess Half Moon Bay believes both men are of similar substance.

You can cast your vote now at the brewery or wait till the twenty-two ounce bottles start arriving in stores throughout the Bay Area after June 22. The beer will be available until November.

By the way, Half Moon Bay Brewing is no stranger to mixing beer and politics. They regularly host an event on the first Thursday of every month called Brews & Views, which is a free public forum and moderated discussion that typically features a special guest who’s an expert in the chosen topic.

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Northern California Finally Has a Craft Beer Guidebook

In 2007, when I settled in the Bay Area, I couldn’t believe the region didn’t have a trusty guidebook for a Midwestern expat like me. Northern California is the cradle of the craft beer industry, which made the omission even more dumbfounding. I already knew about Russian River, Lagunitas and a handful of other breweries, but what about the rest, and most importantly, where could I find their beer? My frustration, in part, led to this very website.

Thankfully, Cameron + Company, based in Petaluma, has stepped up to the plate by publishing the Northern California Craft Beer Guide, which will hit store shelves around July 10. The book’s author is Ken Weaver, and his wife, Anneliese Schmidt, provided the photography. They apparently spent months traipsing through breweries, bars, bottle shops and restaurants to gather information that fills nearly three hundred pages. Strenuous work I’m sure.

Before I carry on about the book, in the interest of full disclosure, I need to divulge a few secrets. I consider Ken to be a good friend. Beer writers travel in a very small circle and he’s been a big supporter of my efforts here. In fact, he mentions this website in the book and I did receive a copy at no charge. So although I’m making every effort to be objective, these associations “could” leave me slightly biased.

The book begins with a foreword by Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing, and then proceeds to break the northern half of the state into five digestible regions stretching from Santa Cruz to the Lost Coast. In each section, Weaver identifies five beers to try, the existing breweries, noteworthy bars, bottle shops, restaurants and homebrew supply stores. He also provides a brief summary of each location and their vital statistics, such as location, directions, hours and web address. If it’s a brewery, the brewmaster is identified along with the founding date, if they ship only draft, bottles or both, and more.

Don’t expect detailed maps on par with Google. Although what’s included is quite elegant, they’re simply designed to illustrate general locations. You have a computer or smart phone right? If you’re disappointed, then maybe you’ll be happy with the book’s collection of symbols indicating whether a venue offers food, growlers, serves cask beer, sells bottles to go or even if the beer is organic. All of the above is the majority of the book’s content, but there’s more.

Littered among the seemingly endless listings, Weaver has crafted a number of short topical essays. Some are educational, like cooking and pairing with beer, while others identify important beer festivals. He also identifies 18 different beers throughout the region that “embody their style well.” For example, North Coast’s OId Rasputin is the featured Imperial Stout and Russian River’s Temptation epitomizes the Sour/Wild Ale.

Last but not least, Schmidt’s photos are a wonderful complement to the tome of information. They capture the overall character and spirit of the industry, the beautiful minutiae of the brewing process, a rainbow of brand advertising, cozy bars and the surrounding landscape.  Most importantly, they’ll inspire you to travel and search out great beer.

Like most guidebooks, the Northern California Craft Beer Guide is a snapshot in time, so don’t be surprised if the latest nanobrewery isn’t featured or some info is already outdated. Beers come and go, brewmasters change jobs and sadly breweries close. Despite this problem, the book is still a solid resource. You might discover a new brewery, bar or bottle shop, and at the very least, it can help you plan a great beercation. By the way, Weaver is happy to accept reader corrections at www.northerncaliforniacraftbeer.com, so future editions are accurate as possible.

If you would like to pre-order the book, learn more about its creators, or take a more thorough peek inside its pages, head over to Amazon.com. Weaver and Schmidt will also be hosting a variety of book signing events throughout the Bay Area in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on our calendar for more details.