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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Free Show: Nicki Bluhm Live at Lagunitas

Not many people know but the fine folks over at Lagunitas have built a killer outdoor venue nestled next to their Beer Sanctuary called the Laguminiamphitheaterette. Yes, that just rolls off the tongue. They’re doing a series of FREE(!) shows through the summer with some serious names lined up. Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan kick things off last Monday. This Monday Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers are playing with Petaluma‘s favorite farm band, Arann Harris and The Farm Dogs. The place only holds a few hundred people, so you don’t wanna sleep on this.

For FREE tickets, get to the Lagunitas Schwag Shop first thing Wednesday before all the tickets are gone.

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This Sunday: The 4th Annual Lagunitas Beer Circus

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2012 flyer

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This year there’s 20 breweries (including the new Petaluma brewery HenHouse), four bands (including The Ferocious Few), and tons of circus carnage. It’s all this Sunday at Lagunitas in Petaluma. There’s even a Designated Driver discount.


If five hours of beer, circus and music isn’t enough for you, Sunday is also going to be an Annular Eclipse. So you know things are gonna get trippy. Get tix now at www.LAGUNITAS.com.


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Art Opening: Nest Egg at Heebe Jeebe 4.21, Benefit for COTS

This Saturday, 4.21 7–9 p.m., come by Heebe Jeebe Petaluma to see works by David Best, Jack Haye, Beau Bouverat, and more.

Beer donated generously by LAGUNITAS and art-auction proceeds supporting COTS Homeless of Petaluma. Here’s more info on NEST EGG:

It’s only fitting that the egg capital of California host an exhibit exploring the beautiful, intricate structures that protect those delicate, little objects. NEST EGG is inspired by Petaluma’s heritage and brought to life by Petaluma’s artisans who are each given a hand carved wooden egg as their muse. Come down to HeebeJeebe to experience unexpected interpretations of the strength, whimsy, and ingenuity of the simple nest.

It’s all put on by the creative, community-minded folks at PROJECT HERE. Peep a few examples here… See the rest »

Lucky 13: Hoppy Friday the 13th

“Do you prefer a Veronica or a Betty?”

Lagunitas‘ seasonal Lucky 13, which went from an Imperial Red to a Blonde, is still a couple weeks away but it’s my virtual drink of choice for this Friday the 13th. The watering hole of choice being See the rest »

RIP: Yoda, World’s Ugliest Dog Champion

Our condolences to Terry Schumaker, whose beloved Yoda passed away last week at 15. Just last June, the 1.8 lb Chihuahua / Chinese Crested Mix won first place in Petaluma‘s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Even before that she was well-loved by her owner, Terry, who had found her abandoned behind an apartment building and took her in. Glad there’s big-hearted people like that to love the not-so-conventionally-cute creatures of the world.

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Launch Party: HenHouse Brewing Night at Petaluma TAPS 2/25

Come welcome HenHouse Brewing to
the Petaluma brewing brood

Petaluma, home to Lagunitas Brewing Company, Dempsey’s, Petaluma Hills and Divine Brewing, was once known as the Egg Basket of the World. It’s latest notable addition, HenHouse Brewing Company, is paying homage to the town’s history and aesthetic with small-batch craft beers and eggcentric branding.

Check out what the taps are made from…

The taps are carved from See the rest »