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The Microbreweries of Mendocino

Did you know that Mendocino County, which has a population of about 90,000 has four microbreweries. The Mendocino Brewing Company, was founded in 1983 as the Hopland Brewery in Hopland, California, and its brewery is now currently located 20 minutes north in Ukiah. The formation of the Mendocino Brewing Company in March 1983 marked the entry of one of the first competitors in the modern craft industry. When the brewpub opened in August 1983, it represented the first new brewpub in California and the second such business to open since the repeal of Probition. The companys pioneering stat, occuring before any substantial numbers of consumers had developed the taste for or the knowledge of handcrafted, traditional-style ales, made its early success that much more remarkable. Mendocino Brewing Company, however, was founded and operated with far more zeal than capital, a common characteristic of the craft brewers that would follow in the company’s wake. Craft brewers, particularly during the latter part of the 1990′s, were committed to expansion but lacked the financial resources to support the expansion necessary for survival. Despite its financial weakness, the company enjoyed rousing success during its formative years. The problems occurred later, when the popularity of craft brewing reached unprecedented proportions. At first, Mendocino Brewing Company restricted its activities to the confines of Hopland. A signal moment in the company’s development occurred in December 1983, when it bottled its first beer at a production facility with a capacity of 400 barrels per year. Red Tail Ale, an  amber ale, became the company’s flagship brand, contributing substantially to the company’s financial health for years to come. For many craft brewers, the 1990′s offered challenges that stemmed from the industrys own success. The idea of making specialty beers had become widely popular to many entrepreneurs, giving Mendocino Brewing Company a horde of new competition. When it was formed, Mendocino Brewing Company had existed virtually alone in the industry, but the number of craft brewers later proliferated. By 1997, there were nearly 800 brewpubs in operation throughout the country and more than 1,200 microbreweries. Mendocino Brewing Company found itself facing its own financial problems during the decade, as its need to expand outstripped its access to new capital and precititated profound change at the Hopland based company. Please visit there website for all of there great beers they offer. Mendocino Brewing Company   The North Coast Brewing Company is a pioneer in the craft beer movement, opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of brew master Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more the 70 awards in national and international competitions.  The North Coast Brewing Company has received from the World Beer Championships “One of the ten best breweries in the world” from the Beverage Tasting Institute. These exceptional beers are available in 36 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim.   The North Coast Brewing Company occupies both the east and west side of Main Street, Fort Bragg. On the west side is the brewing and bottling operation. They offer free tours of the brewing facilities on Saturdays at noon. No reservations are required. There is also a gift shop located on the breweries facilities. The Tap Room & Grill located on the east side of Main Street, Fort Bragg, across the brewing facilities is a local favorite. It is open every day starting at noon. Check out there website The North Coast Brewing Company    Anderson Valley Now Brewing Solar Powered Beer. (February 6, 2006 – Boonville CA) After a final inspection by PG&E, we were at last able to put the finishing touch on our $860,000 state-of-the-art photovoltaic project  -  Throwing the switch and making our own juice (the electric kind). Yep! We’re finally up and running, and those 768 beautiful solar panels (almost 12,160 square feet of them) are creating enough juice to cut the brewery’s entire electrical bill almost in half! Now whenever you savor a Boonville Beer, you can savor the fact that you’re drinking a solar powered beer and helping protect the environment. The system includes state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels, with a life expectancy of forty to fifty years, paired with new-generation inverters, in a self-contained system. The $860,000 project will include two arrays; a 175′ by 53′ array on the roof of the brewery’s cellar and packaging facility, and an auxiliary 120′ by 24′ ground-based freestanding array. When completed in June of this year, the combined array will contain seven hundred-sixty eight 40″ by 57″ panels, each generating 187 watts per panel, for a combined output of 125,000 watts per hour at 480 volts AC, during the day’s five peak solar hours. Located in Boonville, California, in scenic, Mendocino County, Anderson Valley Brewing Company (AVBC) opened the doors to its brew pub in late 1987. Since then, we’ve grown a bit, built a new facility, and now brew our world-class ales in copper vessels salvaged from two defunct German brewereries. We carefully craft our world-class ales using only the finest ingredients; premium malted and roasted grains, hops, yeast, and pristine Boonville water straight from our own unique aquifer, and we never heat pasteurize or sterile filter our beers. Our tradition of carefully crafting inspired, flavorful, ales of the highest caliber has earned numerous awards, a loyal following, and our two-time placement among the World Beer Championships® Top Ten Breweries of the Year. Check out there website Anderson Valley Brewing Company       First Certified Organic Brewpub in the Country. Owned and operated bt the Cooperrider family since 1999, The Ukiah Brewing Company & Restaurant is the nations’s first all-organic brewpub and restaurant. At the brewpub, all ingredients used in the restaurant and brewery must be grown and produced on certified organic farms without the use of artificial or toxic chemicals. A long list of pesticides, food additives and artificial preservatives is prohibited.   Ukiah Brewing & Restaurant officially released Pilsner Ukiah in cans January 21, 2006 at the restaurant. Pilsner Ukiah is an organic lager and will be packaged in six-packs of 12 ounce cans. ”It makes sense to put our beer in the world’s most popular, portable, environmentally friendly package, ” says brewmaster Bret Cooperrider. “also unlike bottles, cans eliminate light damage and oxidation to our beer.” Pilsner Ukiah is an unfiltered, deep gold lager with bold malt and hop flavor packing a 5.4 percent alcohol content by volume. Check out there website at Ukiah Brewing Company.
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