Hop in the Sac

Sacramento Beer Week starts TODAY and our NorCal Market Manager Eben, and his kick ass team, have set up some awesome events! Tag along with us as we wage war at the Beer Battle, be on the look out for stampeding Horsemen of the Hopocalypse, bend the ear of one of our brewers while tasting some […]

Surviving the Hopocalypse

The dust has settled, the port-o-potties are gone, and the forklifts are milling about like any other day. The Hopocalypse occurred, and you survived it. Because you, sir or madam, are a winner.  You looked it square in the eye, and it blinked.  And then you took a swig of the biggest, baddest IPA the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aroma Coma wins People’s Choice for 2nd year in a Row

This past weekend our beloved aromatic IPA, Aroma Coma took the People’s Choice award at the Bistro’s Annual IPA Fest for the 2nd year running. Amongst an intimidating (and delicious) field of over 60 competitors, the people voted for Aroma Coma, and that’s pretty exciting on our end. Thanks to everyone that came to enjoy […]

Endless Hot Water = Endless Beer

Beer is 90+% water by weight. Brewery cleaning and sanitation is essential to consistently great craft beer and also requires a healthy amount of clean, hot water. With these two facts in mind, the brewery upgrade we installed yesterday, while not as flashy as big, shiny, new 80 bbl tanks or a larger boil kettle, is […]

Farewell Brian Thorson

It’s a sad day today, here at the brewery. With each passing minute we come just a little closer to the end of our time with our Head Brewer Brian Thorson. Seems a little unreal that after today we won’t see him around: climbing atop barrels, stroking his wizard beard for inspiration, or willingly giving […]

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 […]

A Girl and Her Beer: Pink Boots Society Scholarship Brewing at Drake’s

Earlier this month we hosted a brewing day that was pretty unique, even for us. Our brewer Alex Nowell, generally the sole source of estrogen round the brewery invited the Northern California Chapter of the Pink Boots Society to brew the very first Pink Boots Scholarship Beer. What’s that, you ask? Let’s go back to […]

Our Duo Aroma Coma Bottle Releases brought the Hops to the Masses

This Friday, after much anticipation, we finally managed to bottle the hop-madness that is the Aroma Coma IPA. Now, you can fill your homes with the smell of hops, but by the looks of things at City Beer Store and Beer Revolution, you better grab your supply soon. Fans of the hops have been stocking […]