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Best of the West Coast 2011

IN MANY INDUSTRIES THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN MORE CHALLENGING than any in recent decades. But for the West Coast beer industry, the last few years may well be remembered as the greatest yet


Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Localism meets gastronomy at this San Diego eatery by Georgia Perry Photo by Amy Millard Max Bonacci is cool. The kind of cool that makes me feel like I’m back in middle school and one

State of Mind

Santa Barbara’s sunny State Street is loaded with craft beer by Tom Crehan Photo Caitlin Barringer “I’ve lived in a lot of different places,” says Anna Marie Byrne, The James Joyce’s worldly bartender, “and it’s

Coming of Age

Discover Northern California’s thriving whiskey culture by Rick Sellers Photo by Mitch Rice The San Francisco Bay Area has always been a leader in popular liquid luxuries. As most beer nuts could tell you, Fritz

Playing With Fire

This summer, pair beer with smokin’ hot meats and veggies from the grill by Lucy Burningham Photo by Amy Millard Drinking beer around the grill is a no-brainer. On a hot afternoon, bubbles from a

People’s Republic of Beer

How one man’s yeast research is propagating China’s craft beer culture by Emily Hutto Photo by Bjoern Walter “Beer in China is like water,” types Yan Gao. It’s 2 a.m. in Nanjing, a bustling city

Stand Out From The Crowd

Why good beer needs good marketing by Adrienne So Image courtesy of Oskar Blues Opening your own brewpub has turned into the current version of owning a coffee shop in the early 90s—a bohemian dream,

Better Than Vacation

A quest for adventure-and good beer-led one woman to Bend, Oregon by Uma Kleppinger Photo by Amanda L. Smith “My life is better than your vacation.” It’s a feisty declaration, seen on many a four-wheel-drive