.Feature: A Year in beer

Your guide to seasonal suds and fun

by Tom Gogola, Stett Holbrook and Charlie Swanson


Oct. 3 Cloverdale Oktoberfest. 707.328.2147.

Oct. 2–4 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. harvestfair.org.

Oct. 10 Cotati Oktoberfest. 707.795.5508.

Oct. 17 Biketoberfest in Fairfax. biketoberfestmarin.com.

Oct. 31 Russian River Brewing Co. Halloween Party. 745 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER (2337).


Nov. 27 Fairfax’s Iron Springs Pub and Brewery releases winter four packs (2015 Winterscotch, Chardonnay Barrel Aged 10 Years Strong, 2014 Quad, and the coffee-infused Mark Twain’s Summer Ale). 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.485.1005. Ironspringspub.com.

Henhouse Brewing Co. releases its Belgian Style Golden Ale. [email protected].


Dec. 14 Third Street AleWorks releases its 2014 Brass Parachute Barleywine. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.

Dec. 19 Baeltane Brewing’s Third Anniversary and Winter Solstice Party. 401-B Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.2040.

Dec. 31 Fogbelt Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Celebration. fogbeltbrewing.com


Jan. 22 Third Street AleWorks releases its Double Standard Double IPA. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.

Jan. 30–31 RateBeer Best Beer Festival. More than 40 breweries from around the world with be pouring their stuff. Ratebeerbest.com.

January Henhouse Brewing Co. releases its Big Chicken, a bold Double IPA. [email protected].


Feb. 5 Russian RiverBrewing Co.’s Pliny the Younger released. Get in line now. 745 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER (2337).

Feb. 13 Fogbelt Brewing Co. anniversary celebration and seasonal beer release. Fogbeltbrewing.com

Feb. 27 Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference. The event is full, but there is a wait list. Contact the Sonoma County Economic Development Board at 707.565.7170.


March 8 Third Street AleWorks 20-year anniversary party. 610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day at a pub near you. Duh.

Mid-March Fairfax Beer Festival. fairfaxbrewfest.com.

March 28 Battle of the Brews, Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Battleofthebrews.com.


April 1 North Bay breweries deliver cases of free beer to Bohemian and Pacific Sun offices.

April 30 Pagan party at Baeltane Brewing to mark the arrival of spring. And beer. 401-B Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 415.883.2040.

April Tentative opening of Henhouse Brewing Co’s new Santa Rosa Taproom. [email protected].


Late May Rohnert Park Craft Beer Festival, Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center. Rpcraftbeerfest.org.

Late May Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition, Petaluma. petalumadowntown.com/schbc.html.


Early June Beerfest, the Good One, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa. beerfestthegoodone.com.

June 18 California Beer Festival, Stafford Park, Novato. californiabeerfestival.com/marin.


Early July The Breastfest Beer Festival, Marin Center, San Rafael. Fundraiser featuring beer from over 40 of the best California breweries to support the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a state-licensed nonprofit offering alternative medical treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer. thebreastfest.org.


Mid-August Ales for ALS. Top North Bay brewers join forces and craft distinct beers that all share the same hop profile, specifically for this event, which raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. alesforals.com.

Mid-August Lagunitas Beer Circus, Petaluma Fairgrounds, Petaluma. lagunitas.com/beercircus.


Mid-September Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival. Over a dozen North Bay brewers set up shop on the riverfront walkway, with live music and more. petalumarivercraftbeerfest.org.

Mid-September Napa Valley BBQ & Beer Battle, Napa Valley Marriott, Napa. nvef.org/events/napa-valley-bbq-beer.

Mid-September Beer in the Plaza, Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg. sihealdsburg.org/beerintheplaza.html.

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