Discover Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Carey Sweet

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If you want to know the latest word on worts, mark your calendar for the 7th Annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, taking place on September 28, 2019. That’s when the Petaluma riverfront roars to life with nearly two dozen local microbreweries, delicious bites from Petaluma restaurants, and playful promenade strolls all included at one low ticket price.

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Wort, as every suds lover knows, is the backbone of all delicious brews. To make it (in ultra simple terms), brewers mash and separate the husks from malted barley or other grains, add water and hops, then heat it up. Then they add yeast to the wort, let the liquid ferment, and voila, beer!

Of course, craft beer makers use all kinds of tricks to make their brews distinctive, adding other natural ingredients like fruit, herbs, and even oysters for electric flavors. The best way to learn their secrets? Taste, taste, and taste some more.

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The non-profit event supports Petaluma River and North Bay craft artists, showcasing 23 local breweries this year, in a walk around tasting in the historic downtown area from 1 to 5 p.m. Just a few of the notable names include Henhouse, Lagunitas, Fogbelt, Dempsey's, Woodfour, Plow, and Sonoma Springs. Live music rocks from Eddie Davis and the Bundos, and hungry folks can enjoy beer-friendly noshes from vendors such as Brasil BBQ, Stockhome, Chef Gator’s Rustic Burger, and Quinua Peruvian.

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Admission includes a souvenir beer glass and tickets for beer and food tastings. General entry is $50, while designated drivers can enjoy food and drinks like coffee, tea, and lemonade for $20. The Theater District area also features two free parking structures, one at Keller Street between Western & Washington, and another on C Street between First and Second streets.