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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Rock for River’ benefit in Petaluma

What goes together better than good beer and rock ‘n’ roll? And if it’s all for a good cause, so much the better. The Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma will present the third annual “Rock For River” concert from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Featured bands include the Pulsators, Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band, Hillside Fire and Jeff Mattison and the Wayward Angels. A donation of $10 will requested at the door.… Read More »

Beer, bluegrass bash at Flamingo

The Sonoma County Museum stages “BOB3,” its third annual Big Oktoberfest Bash, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Flamingo Resort Hotel and Conference Center 277 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Taste locally made brews from Lagunitas, Moonlight, Russian River, Third Street Aleworks and others, as well as Ace Cider’s best.  The party also features barbecue, beer-making demonstrations and live bluegrass music by Old Jawbone. Tickets cost $40 at the door, and that price includes all tastings and… Read More »

Ugly Dog Stout for St. Pat’s

Sat. Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17, and the word is already out about doings at various local pubs, but let’s not overlook Dempsey’s in Petaluma. For its 19th annual St. Pat’s celebration, the restaurant and brewery will feature its award-winning Ugly Dog Stout (one of my personal favorites) and Irish Ale. Always striving to reach a bit beyond normal pub grub fare, Dempsey’s will serve — yes, corned beef and cabbage, but also wood-roasted salmon and mussels steamed in… Read More »

Pliny the Younger returns

Fans eagerly await the triumphant return of Pliny the Younger to Santa Rosa on Friday, Feb. 5. For those of you who don’t recognize the name … no, Pliny the Younger is not the latest hot rock band. It’s a beer, but it’s a special beer, made only once a year by the Russian River Brewing Company. And if you don’t think beer is a fit subject for an arts blog, you haven’t tasted this stuff. Vinnie Cilurzo, brewer and… Read More »