Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Van Houten Brewing Company at Nanobrewery Fest Recap

The Breweries of Tomorrow Nanobrewery Festival at Social Kitchen was nothing short of amazing. We wanted to post a few of our photos and share a bit about our experience. The line was insane - we heard from a few folks that had been at the Russian River Pliny the Younger release, that this line was way longer.

Johnny brought his California Common (6.8% ABV) as well as a Belgian Golden (4.5% ABV). There are some great strong brews out there, but we're also part of a movement for lower alcohol craft beers you can have more than one (or two) of. Johnny had a nice chat with Joe Tucker, of about session beers - which the Session Beer Project also blogged about.

Brian, of is at left, and Social Kitchen's brewer, Rich is behind the bar on the right. These two were the main organizers and did a steller job. Brian posted some fabulous photos and a nice article, Little Breweries Draw Big Crowd.

Here are a few of the fabulous folks from fellow breweries we met. Above is Antony and Caroline Field from Bosworth Brewing and Alan Altha from Beltane Brewing.

Above - bay area nanobrewers from Bosworth Brewing, Beltane Brewing, Pacific Brew Labs , Petaluma Hills Brewing and 510 Brewing gather before the event begins. Elizabeth Street Brewery and Local Brewing Co. were also in the house.

Brian of put together a nice collage of the logos of all the nanobreweries involved. He is awesome.

We were pretty thrilled to get the positive feedback at the event and just as satisfying was meeting a group of colleagues and peers to share ideas with. We all have a lot to learn from each other.

There are other good write-ups at and

Next step for the Van Houtens is the Craft Brewers Conference next month in San Francisco!

Thanks again to Brians of and and our friends at Social Kitchen & Brewery for their work!

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