There’s a lot to celebrate today: the brewery blows out 33 candles, it’s America Recycles Day and we’re honored to be the first business certified platinum by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC), underscoring our effort to divert as much of our solid waste as possible from landfills and incinerators—in 2012, we hit 99.8 percent!—... Read More

November 15, 2013 – 11:39am

A sea of hop popcorn, that’s what it looks like. A beer lover’s ball pit, perhaps.

For a place that’s oppressively hot, a hop-drying facility, or kiln, manages to be rather beautiful. Often football fields in length, the room brims with a beer ingredient we craft brewers cherish, and if there are skylights, majestic sunshine cascades in to make one big hop halo.

It’s a delicate beauty, though. A misstep in the kiln “is probably the easiest way to mess up a hop batch,” said Tom Nielsen, our in-house raw ingredients guru.

“Craft... Read More

November 13, 2013 – 12:17pm

We have 19 beers on tap at any given time at our taproom in Chico, California.

What? They have that many beers?

If that’s your reaction, we aren’t surprised. Unless folks visit our brewery or meet us at festivals, the rapid-fire pace at which we create new beers escapes many craft beer fans. Our new tasting room in Berkeley, California, called the Torpedo Room, is a chance to change that, at least in one vibrant food and drink hub. The Bay Area brims with craft beer culture. We’re excited... Read More

November 11, 2013 – 1:05pm