Alex’s Last Stand.

Last Friday, Lead Brewer Alexandra Nowell climbed the brewdeck with Arno Holschuh from Blue Bottle Coffee.  Alex has been a staunch aficionado (read: addict) of Blue Bottle coffee for some time, so for her last Drake’s brew, she wanted to bring her two favorite beverages together in an imperial stout. Yes, folks, you read that correctly. This […]

Drake’s Joins Strong Beer Month

Just in case SF Beer Week isn’t enough for you, our friends at 21st Amendment and Magnolia have declared every February for the past decade plus to be Strong Beer Month.  Not ones to miss a party, we sent lead brewer Alexandra Nowell westward to 2nd & De Boom to collaborate with 21A’s Shaun O’Sullivan […]

Stone Brewing and Drake’s Make a Beer

The bastards in the brewhouse are a little extra arrogant today. Stone Brewing’s Mitch Steele, Dave Hopwood, and Zippo Parzick are on the brewdeck with our own Alexandra Nowell to collaborate on a session ale for Celebrator Beer News’ 25th Anniversary. This beer will be featured at the closing event of SF Beer Week, so […]

Drake’s Goes to Yakima- Alex’s Hop Selection

*Post by Alexandra Nowell, Drake’s Lead Brewer* It’s one of my favorite times of the year to be a brewer.  The 2012 American harvest hops are beginning to arrive at Drake’s, and being the hop-forward brewery that we are, fresh hops and new varieties are exciting!  This year, I got to travel to Yakima Valley […]

West Coast Barrel Aged Festival Contenders 2012

Our lead brewer Alex kinda smells like wood, wine, booze, and beer. No, we’re not commenting on Ms. Nowell’s hygenic routines. Rather, for the past few weeks, Alex has regularly been found in the barrels- pulling tastes, climbing barrels, taking notes, creating blends. After all her efforts, we now have a list of beers currently […]