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Brewing TV - Episode 32: A Day Around the Bay

Original Postdate: March 11, 2011


- Beer Obsessed / Jon Weber
- Marin Brewing Company
- Triple Rock Brewery
- Linden Street Brewing Company
- Dying Vines Brewing
- Time to Brew: Nathan Smith


With wind chills way into negative territory and a four-foot snowbank at home, Brewing TV hits the road for some fun in the sun. This episode finds Jake, Mike & Chip in the Bay Area of California on a whirlwind tour of some of their homie Jon Weber's favorite craft beer spots. Jon is the blogger/photographer behind Beer Obsessed and he knows his way around the Bay Area beer scene with stops in Marin County, Berkeley, and Oakland. After all that beer in one day, we kick back for a homebrew session with the always brewtal Nathan Smith as you drops mad hop bombs on his own North Oakland Double IPA and some dry-hopping projects. Get out your sunglasses and hit the road with Brewing TV!

Related Links

Beer Obsessed

Marin Brewing Company

Triple Rock Brewery 

Linden St. Brewing Company 

Dying Vines Brewing

Beer Revolution

Jay Brooks' Brookston Beer Bulletin 



North Oakland Double IPA 2010 & 2011 RECIPES

Tasting Notes on Nathan Smith's 2011 North Oakland DIPA & American Barleywine VIDEO

Brainoil (Nathan Smith's band.... music for BTV 32)



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Reader Comments (36)

You guys need to come up to Houghton, MI there is a good craft beer scene here!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Leiferman

I'll second a Michigan episode as someone who grew up there, not to mention the trend of more and more exceptional beer being made there.

But my main reason for commenting is to say the episodes keeping getting better and better! I'm looking forward to seeing you penetrate the Rat Pad.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBee

You seem to be attracting all the Michigan folk today. I'll second the second on that.

Great episode, as usual.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Awesome, awesome, awesome. This is my favorite episode! Triple Rock gettin' nutty! Looking forward to getting back out there and hitting up some of these spots! Metal and licking Medal!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarth

@Bee Pun intended?
Great work as always guys! Keep it up!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Silver Begani

Nate Smith=Brewing Rock Star

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbburen

@Brett Silver Begani

Yes, pun intended. I was hoping to spur the meltdown.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Good to see some Northern California recognition.

Best Episode to date.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Beautiful opening shot. Very nice.
I like what Jay Brooks says about the industry and how they react when one does something new and cool. That is kind of how I feel about it, but I'm not competing for business and dollars.
Marin, T ripple Rock, Beer Revolution, Linden St, all those places! good grief.
Fun brew session with Nathan.
New low: Chip licking dirty brewing medals. :) This was an episode to make all of us Midwesterners jealous. nicely done.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdon

Definitely the most polished episode. Love the slick pictures at the end. Nice work Chip!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.K

I'm moving. Rancid(the band) & great beer what more could you ask for. Another East Bay Night.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranderw

Great job dudes, as always! AFBBFA

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoeynix44

Nice to see you guys learned how to pronounce Marin during your stay. Another excellent effort; can't wait for Episode 33!

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCalifornia Pete

Amazing episode. Growing and living on the bay area myself this did a great job of showing not only some great beer sites. Toronado and so forth are amazing and are to be noted, but you guys really well by stay out out of SF and enjoying the greater bay area. Also! I haven't listened to Brainoil since high school when we were drinking 211 (how naive i was) in my friends backyard and try to see who could jump high enough to bang their head on the ceiling. Your best episode yet! a thousand thank you's!

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZACH

How does Nathan even any beer out of that pot with all the hops?!

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJC

@ California Pete -- you should've seen the torturous tutorial by Jon Weber to get us to say 'Marin' correctly. We were slaughtering it at first. Say it with me "Mahr-IN"

@ Garth -- As far as nuttiness at Triple Rock.... for full disclosure - I did have to get a tetanus shot after licking Rodger Davis' medal. Who knows where it's been?!

@ ZACH -- we did make it to the Toronado during our visit. It was awesome! As was Memphis Minnie's BBQ which, besides the great beer, was the highlight of the trip for me -- being a good ol' Southern kid and all. We also made it to 21st Amendment to interview Shaun O'Sullivan and head brewer Zambo, but we're sitting on that footage until we can do a second shoot here in Minnesota where all their nationally distributed beers are brewed and cans are packaged. Bookend the brewpub in SF with the large-scale operations in MN. As Jake says it's our "Looking California, Feeling Minnesota" episode (all hail Soundgarden!). I also hope both Nathan and Jon Weber get a kick out of your Brainoil comment.

@ All Y'all -- Thanks for the comments so far on BTV 32. Personally, this was one of my favorites episodes (obviously) to shoot... but also to edit. On par wih the Surly episode, which I think is still my personal self-crowning acheivement with Brewing TV. I like both episodes for the same reasons - nice narrative structure, great people (and characters - COBRA!), the pace keeps the ball rolling along, GREAT METAL makes for GREAT SEGUES. And of course in the case of a Day Around the Bay, ending the episode with a sick brew session is the icing on the cake.

The upcoming BTV 33 on the Brewing Network is going to be a good one, too!

Brew Tang!

March 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

Absolutely the best episode yet. Keep up the great work. You guys got any plans to tour the Seattle area? Love the series.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKhronis

Brainoil rules

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

Great Ep! Loved it and want to take a beer tour to the bay area now.
Did anyone else notice how different the wort in Nate's two carboys looked? One seemed a lot darker than the other, or maybe one was just cloudier but there's a lot more protien break material in one of those bad boys so I'm not sure the WLP vs. Wyeast side-by-side would be completely accurate given the different conditions. But I loved the Ep and I love that California beer scene. Rock on.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJakub76

"Did anyone else notice how different the wort in Nate's two carboys looked? One seemed a lot darker than the other, or maybe one was just cloudier"
That's due to the Oxygen blast, the lighter carboy had the Oxygen most recently.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeSinge

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