Since moving to Santa Rosa last year I have been constantly amazed by this city’s love affair with craft beer.

IMG_1174Like a lot of people who didn’t grow up here in Sonoma County I always just assumed that the drink of choice would be wine. How wrong I was. From the 12 hour lines to sip Pliney the Younger once a year to the explosive growth of Lagunitas, it is safe to say that Sonoma County is in the midst of a beer revolution, and Santa Rosa is in the center of it all.

IMG_1293Case in point, Santa Rosa’s 19th Annual Battle of the Brews took place on March 28th to an absolutely packed house at Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavillion. Over 70 professional brewers, homebrewers, cideries and dozens of restaurants showed up to donate their time and wares to do some fundraising for the Active 2030 Club of Santa Rosa #50.

IMG_1078According to Brian Sosnochi, Battle of the brews Director, “I was overwhelmingly impressed with this year’s turnout, and I am convinced that Saturday’s event will be the most successful Battle of the Brews in our 19 year history. Five years ago, we had a vision to completely overhaul the event. Today, we have breweries and guests that come from Santa Rosa, the Bay Area, San Diego, and out of state.”

IMG_1218Craft Cup Commercial Beer Competition Winners:

  • Best European/American Light – Ninkasi Brewing, Lux
  • Best American Ale – Fall River Brewing Company, Pacific Crest Ale
  • Best European/British Ale – Fall River Brewing Company, Kilty Pleasure
  • Best Stout – 101 North Brewing Company , Naughtyaud
  • Best American IPA – 101 North Brewing Company, Heroine
  • Best Imperial IPA – Fall River Brewing Company, Widowmaker
  • Best Standard Cider – Angry Orchard , Crisp Apple
  • Best Specialty Cider – FoxCraft Hard Cider , Pear Cider
  • Best Specialty Ale – Ironfire Brewing Company , Collateral Damage
  • Best of Show, Ciders – FoxCraft Hard Cider, Pear Cider
  • Best of Show, Craft Beer – 101 North Brewing Co, Naughtyaud

IMG_1074‘Wich Hunt Gourmet Sandwich Competition Winners:

  • Best Hot Sandwich – La Rosa Tequileria & Grille
  • Best Cold Sandwich – Fogbelt Brewing Company
  • Most Creative – Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co.
  • Most MeatTastic – Fig & Vine Catering
  • Best of Show, Runner Up – Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co.
  • Best of Show – La Rosa Tequileria & Grille

IMG_1063People’s Choice Winners:

  • Craft Cup, People’s Choice, Food – Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co.
  • Craft Cup, People’s Choice, Beer – Dempsey’s Restaurant and Brewery
  • Main Event, People’s Choice, Food – La Rosa Tequileria & Grille
  • Main Event, People’s Choice, Beer – Crooked Goat Brewing

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