Our Beer & Tap Room Blog

Temescal Brewing Release Party Friday October 21st 2 – 10 pm We will be tapping 3 beers from this astounding new brewery in Oakland. Hi Nelson IPA Basic Batches Mosaic Pale Summer Sweater Scotch... read more

Jester King’s take on Green Bench and the “grisette”

Jester King wrote up a great article below on the grisette and how they have created one with Green Bench Brewing. You have to go to Austin to get this beer below, but we have many similar beers in stock. When our tasting room opens this Friday, June 24th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing Beachtimez Sportzketball — our Grisette refermented with Texas loquats brewed in collaboration with Green Bench Brewing Co. in Saint Petersburg, Florida! Green Bench, in my opinion, is one of the best makers in the world of Grisette-inspired beer. According to Phil Markowski’s Farmhouse Ales, Grisette was a low alcohol, dry, and refreshing style of beer that originated in the late 1,800’s along the modern day Franco-Belgian border to serve a growing population of stone and coal miners. I first tasted Green Bench’s Grisette last summer, and instantly became a huge fan of their interpretation of the style. We sought to achieve the wonderful, starchy, grainy malt complexity of their Grisette, along with its quenching, lactic sourness. Beachtimez Sportzketball can be considered as an ode to Green Bench Les Grisettes, but with the local touch of Texas loquats. Loquats, by the way, hang from the branches of a lot of trees around town during the spring in Austin. We considered a nighttime guerilla raid to get them, but fortunately some local friends and Jester King employees helped us out! The artwork for Beachtimez Sportzketball, created by our in-house artist Josh Cockrell, was inspired by spending an afternoon at the beach in Saint Petersburg, Florida with Khris, Dan, and Kristin of Green Bench playing frisbee andtackle touch football. The photography above is by Tyler Malone... read more

Job Posting Beertender

The Tap Room is looking for a beertender to work a few shifts a week with the possibility of changing hours, or increasing to full-time. We are a small team that enjoys working together and serving our great group of loyal customers and all the folks who come to the Tap Room. We value our customers above all else and want them leaving with only good memories of their visit. We’re looking for someone interested in craft beer, and with knowledge – or willing to learn – of beer styles, flavor profiles and information on all the incredible beer that we serve by the glass and sell in bottles. Having excellent customer service, great attention to detail, a serious work ethic, honorable and honest and dedicated to working together are all essential to the position. Now the nitty-gritty: Job requirements include, but are not limited to: Greet and serve guests (oh, yeah, we know many by name!) Answer questions and educate guests about craft beer Speak intelligently and with knowledge about craft beer in general Follow all laws as they relate to the serving of alcohol Maintain a safe and clean work environment Keep bottle shop shelves and refrigerators clean, neat and fully stocked Bus and clean tables, bars, chairs and stools, keep restrooms clean and stocked Sweep and mop floors as needed Wash and restock glassware Be social media savvy on all major platforms Be available to work mornings, afternoons, nights, and weekends Minimum Physical Requirements: Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in tight/confined spaces. Must be able to walk, sit, stand, and crouch... read more

Beer Club Pick-up Day! Sat. October 17 2 – 9 pm

Stop in and pick up your Beer Club beers for October! Members who pick up Saturday, October 17 will get their first tap beer for $2 off – enjoy! Here’s the line-up for this month: Jolly Pumpkin – La Parcela: Ok, so the joke was that Jolly Pumpkin doesn’t brew a pumpkin beer. Well, now they do. Just this one. Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice, and a gentle kiss of cocoa to liven the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Guess now folks will have to find something else to joke about… Thiriez Extra Farmhouse Ale: Extra is an interesting joint effort with English brewer John Davidson, founder of Swale Brewery, who now lives in France as the proprietor of the microbrewery Bièrs23 in Creuse. The French and the English, willfully working together? Behold the unifying power of craft beer. In the UK and in France, this beer is called “Les Frères de la Bière,” meaning “Brothers of the Beer,” reflecting the collaboration effort. It uses one hop varietal, a rather unusual hop grown in Kent, UK, called ‘Bramling Cross.’ The malt is from 2-row spring barley grown in France. The result has certain characteristics of an English bitter: not too strong, very dry, and eminently drinkable. In other words, a daftly flavorful beer at a low alcohol by volume. With the tremendous hops dosing, however, you might expect this to approach English IPA. But French brewer Daniel Thiriez is ‘Belgian-oriented’ by his own admission, and uses a Belgian yeast that he obtained from the Belgian brewing school where he studied. Accordingly, the... read more

Sonoma Humane Society Benefit Fri. June 26!

Help the animals at the Sonoma Humane Society and have a great time, too. For every drink sold on Friday, June 26, RV Tap Room will donate $1 to the SHS! Carmen’s fantastic tamales will be available, and we’ll be raffling off great prizes as well, only $1 a ticket to win: A gift basket from Pawsarotti, a locally-owned Rincon Valley Pet Shop $50 gift certificate from Everything Cycles Two tickets to “Ready, Set, Growl” a beer fest following the Santa Rosa Marathon, August 24 Two tasting flights at Faction Brewing in Alameda Flying Goat Coffee beans Gift baskets from Almanac Brewing, Lagunitas and Highwater Brewing... read more

Talking with Ken Anthony of Device Brewing

We went to Device Brewing in Sacramento on April 6th and met Ken Anthony, the owner and brewer there, and picked up some of his great beer for the Tap Room, not yet distributed in Sonoma County. It was nice to finally put a face to the name as Ken, aside from the almost requisite beard and brewery cap, was a true brewer – that is thin enough to climb into tanks for cleaning. Like many excellent new brewers, Ken spent time in San Diego where he got his engineering degree. Ken met Peter Zien at AleSmith and found him to be so down to earth and unassuming that it inspired Ken. He figured if a successful lawyer like Peter could start a brewery, why not him? Device is located in an industrial park in south Sacramento where they have a brewery and tasting room. Ken used savings to start the brewery and its organic growth has allowed him to slowly increase the business. He had just uncrated several new tanks and seemed quite proud of his new equipment. Device is now expanding to a space across the parking lot from the original location, adding 3500 square feet to dramatically increase capacity. They are moving the lab and storage to the new space, as well as adding a barrel program, allowing experimentation with wild yeasts. They are also expanding the tasting room by removing a wall between it and the old brewing space. On the day we were there, they moved full 600 lb. tanks with a pallet jack to make room for his new larger tank. Ken is... read more

Wed. Flight Night 4/8, 5 – 8 pm

We took a trip to Sacramento on Monday and brought back a few super-fresh beers to share with you tonight – five 5 oz. pours for $12.99; $9.75 for Beer Club members: Device Nosegrind Pale Ale: A tribute to Granite Park Skatepark next to the brewery. Crisp, bright and clean-finishing. Device Anguish IPA: A big Imperial IPA full of spicy hop bitterness balanced by a strong malt backbone and heavily dry hopped for a delightful aroma. Device Integral IPA: A west coast India pale ale. Full-bodied and bursting with hoppy goodness. Bike Dog Mosaic Pale Ale: An American pale ale. Pours blonde with a thick off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a medium-bodied pale malt flavor with a hoppy finish. Berryessa Brewing Propaganda Pils: Pour a nice bright yellow with a crisp bitter finish. A touch of malt sweetness rounds out the huge noble type hop aroma – a true hop head... read more

Wed. Flight Night April 1, 5 – 8 pm

In honor of Archer’s 3rd birthday today, tonight’s line up includes three great beers from Saint Archer, a great San Diego brewery now available in Sonoma County. Plus, two from our favorite new San Leandro brewery Cleophus Quealy. $12.99 for the flight, or $9.75 for Beer Club members: Saint Archer IPA: Hop-forward, yet civilized. Bitter but balanced. Citrus/tropical notes from Amarillo and Simcoe hops backed up by a chorus of Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Citra Hops. 7.0% ABV, 66 IBU’s. Saint Archer DIPA: Hop-forward, yet civilized. Bitter but balanced. Citrus/tropical notes from Amarillo and Simcoe hops backed up by a chorus of Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Citra Hops. 8.3% ABV, 90 IBU’s. Saint Archer Pale Ale: Balanced toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, this straight-forward “California-style” pale is eminently sessionable. Crystal and Munich malts showcase the bright, citrus, piney notes of Cascade, Citra, Chinook and Simcoe hops. 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU’s  Cleophus Quealy Blonde: Crisp and immensely drinkable with citrusy dry hop flavor, and a rocky white head. Cleophus Quealy Coffee Milk Stout: Collaboration with Bicycle Coffee. Smooth and rich with chocolate aromas and roasted coffee flavors. Made with lactose, fermented with American yeast and blended with cold pressed espresso in secondary fermentation.... read more

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