Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.
When Bison Brewery decided to grow hops in Oakland they didn’t expect to end up with plants all over the city, 40 kegs of specially-brewer beer and a festival this weekend. But, that’s what they harvested.
A Texas man walked into the emergency room, complaining of dizziness after a meal. A Breathalyzer test indicated that he was definitely drunk. But there was one hitch: He hadn’t touched alcohol all day.
Few African Americans make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian Americans are also scarce among the nation’s more than 2,600 breweries. How did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?
Skipping the playa this year? Now that it finally feels like summer, kick back and chill out with our easy Labor Day weekend cocktails.
Phil Cutti, Patrick Horn and Inna Volynskaya — all from other well-known breweries in the Bay Area — launched Headlands Brewing Company in July. They’re making five signature beers right now, attracting fans and gearing up for the Great American Festival. The only problem? They don’t actually have a brewery.
Russians have been drinking kvas, a barely alcoholic fermented grain drink, for centuries. But the kvas sold commercially in the U.S.? It’s largely just a wimpy, watered-down, sugary version, say aficionados. Now some new kvas makers are hoping Americans will embrace traditional, hard core versions of the drink and its tangy, sour goodness.
This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!
The author of True Brews shares her homebrewing habit with BAB’s Sarah Henry. Watermelon-Mint Soda anyone?
A beer-cocktail combo popular in 19th century England is seeing a global revival. Shandies are tasty, fruity and practically scream summertime. They’re also lower in alcohol than a regular beer, which makes them more appealing as governments tighten rules on drinking and driving.
Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.
Brewmaster Dave McLean dishes about his new Dogpatch brewery, set to open soon. McLean is the owner of the Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery and Alembic hotspots and shares about the state of craft beer (hint: we’re in such a sweet spot for suds lovers).
The Alabama legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had occupied a legal gray area. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as he is expected to do, homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states.