Craft Breweries

photography by +Russ

 

What is Craft Beer?

Craft beers have a stunning variety of unique flavors and tastes. There are many different styles and types of craft beers, but the feature that unites them all is
their small scale of production. In the USA Craft Breweries must also be independent of large beverage corporations to maintain the title of Craft Brewery.

Given their small size Craft Brewers tend to focus on brewing beer that is unique and unlike traditional beers. Small batch sizes have allowed brewers to experiment and create new styles of beers.

Unlike wine which focuses on light and related flavors Craft Beers have a huge range of flavors from Chocolate Stouts, Rasberry Beers, Pear Ciders or the strong flavor of Double IPAs. These beers are sweeter and have strong flavors given to them by adding fruit during the brewing process. For example, in Northern California brewers in the past decade have tended towards “hoppy” beers and have pushed the boundary of how bitter and hopped up beers can become. This has mostly been done through making double and triple IPAs.

The picture below is an example of a sampler of different beers offered at Russian River Brewing Company.

What is Craft Beer?

What are Hops?

Hops are a plant grown and harvested for its flowers which give beer its unique flavor. Many beers contain very few hops but Microbrewers tend to increase the amount of hops in beers giving their beers much bolder flavors. Hops are not the only thing needed to brew beer, malt barley and other flavorings are also important.

What are Hops?

Facts and Figures

Craft Beer is a booming industry in Sonoma County, just check out the information below!

Facts and Figures

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The most famous Craft Brewery in Sonoma County is Russian River Brewing Company whose Pliny the Younger is often rated the #1 Craft Beer in the world and is only available for a few select weeks at their restaurant each year.

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Russian River Brewing Company

The most famous Craft Brewery in Sonoma County is Russian River Brewing Company whose Pliny the Younger is often rated the #1 Craft Beer in the world and is only available for a few select weeks at their restaurant each year.

Russian River Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas is one of the fastest growing Craft Breweries in America. They recently opened brewpub in Chicago to help serve the midwests thirst for their dark bitter beers.

Some of the complicated equipment used to brew Lagunitas Beers:

Lagunitas

Hopmonk Tavern

Stumptown Brewery

Bear Republic