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 […]

Drake’s at GABF 2012

We are closing in on our deadline of August 31st to get our brews on the wagon headed toward the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for the festing and the judging. To meet this deadline we needed to have all of our GABF entry beers brewed and ready to go by the end of this […]

Teamwork Wins the Game

If we had to name the common ground that every single person on the crew shares, there’s no doubt that it would be an intense fascination with the process of making craft beer, tasting it, and sharing it with others. Today, we got members of the whole crew involved round the brewery in various tasks. […]

Good Eatin’ in Napa

When the opportunity to host a Beer Dinner with acclaimed chef Todd Humphries arose, it probably took us all of 10 seconds to jump onboard. At his restaurant The Kitchen Door in Napa’s Oxbow Public Market, Humphries has started a monthly series of beer dinners with Mutineer Magazine pairing local, seasonal comfort foods with local […]

Wood-aging: Step One

Wood-aging can be a fickle friend. From our experiments with oak barrels, we know that the subtle play of oak tones ranging from sweet vanilla or caramel notes to mild spiciness of clove or cinnamon to woody aromas and flavors can add dimension and complexity to our ales in a pretty satisfying way. Still, the […]

It’s Official- Drake’s is Good Food

The Second Annual Good Food Awards was held this past weekend, and we are very happy to announce that our Drakonic Imperial Stout took top Craft Beer honors alongside just a handful of other beers. Our malty beast held it’s own against hundreds of other craft beer entries from around the country, and now it […]