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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 1B Anderson Valley Boonville Anhauser Busch Craft Beers Bear Republic Healdsburg B.J.'s Reno, Nev. Boulder Beer Colorado Buckbean Sparks, Nev. Caldera Brewing Ashland, Ore. Deschutes Bend, Ore. Eel River Fortuna Feather River Brewery Magalia The Mountain Harvest Festival this Saturday at the Plumes-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy offers a beautiful location, a wonderful community, joy- inspiring music, familyfun, crafts and food booths --- and some really great microbrew beers. Come dance, taste and revel in a Sierra fall day among a great group of folks. " More than 30 microbrewers will provide plenty of different beers to sample. Wine connoisseurs can sample wines from a collection of organic and domestic wines hosted by Quincy Natural Foods while their friends taste beers. "Our beer guy, Keith Linford, is excited about beer," said Plumas Arts Executive Director Roxanne Valladao. "He has been the inspiration for this event and has been our primary beer curator since we started some seven years ago. His joy drives the beer tast- ing. I think it is just that spirit -- of joy and celebration-- that makes this one of the best events that Plumas Arts produces." Linford proudly features "local" breweries from not too far from home at the Mountain Harvest Fest. The event also pays homage to the dedicated craftspeople who create artisan micro- brews. Great Basin Brewing Company, established in 1993, is Nevada's oldest brewery with numerous medals from the great American Beer Festival, considered the most prestigious com- petition for microbrew beers in the Western United States. And it is here, in the West, that microbrews have become a sensation. Western Pacific Brewery halls from Oroville. Feather River Brewing is produced in Magalia. Linford refers to Roger of Feather River Brewing as "the ultimate one-man show." His hands are on the production of his brews from cleaning the kegs to pouring a glass and sharing the fruits of his labor. "Many of these breweries have been with us from the beginning of our e/4ent," added Valladao, "Keith has cultivated a friendly relationship with these brewers. They love coming to Quincy. "The folks from Stone call this one of their favorite brew tasting events. Rubicon has always been with us, occasionally passing up larger events in their hometown of Sacramento to attend. Sierra Nevada, also with the brew fest since the inaugural years, is the granddaddy of the microbrew industry, and had now evolved to a 95 percent green business that has become an international model. "The breweries have been so generous and open hearted; Plumes Arts owes every one an extraordinary debt of gratitude. It is a privilege to bring those wonderful folks together and host them here in Quincy. "They enjoy each other's company as well as this local crowd, this afternoon, in- cludes all the folks who travel miles and fill our motels, because at this event feels like several generations have come home for a reunion. "In fact, many of the 20- and 30-something generation use the Mountain Harvest for just that. There will be a lot of serious beer talkin' going on and tons of fun." Plumas Arts invites you to come and have fun; drink re- sponsibly and make sure your collection of friends has a designated driver. Let event know if you would like to get a ride or offer a ride, so organizers can arrange carpooling. The event goes on rain or shine. If the weather does not allow the event to set up outdoors, it moves indoors at the fairgrounds. Firestone Walker Paso Robles Blue Moo Brewing Colorado Grand Teton Wyoming Great Basin Reno, Nev. Mammoth Brewing Mammoth Moylans Novato Lagunitas Petaluma Lost Coast Fortuna Mendocino Brewery Hopland New Belgium Fort Collins, Colo. Nikasi (Organic) Eugene, Ore. Redhook Seattle, Wash. Rubicon Sacramento Rogue Brewery Oregon Sierra Nevada Chico Stone San Diego Western Pacific Oroville Widmer Portland, Calif. Enjoy a beautiful day Microbrew beer tasting Performances Saturday, Oct. 9, at the More than 30 microbrew 1 - 2:30 p.m., The Devilles fairgrounds as the grand pubs from Alaska, south to bring you vintage funk and granite Sierra shows off San Diego, from old-school soul. fantastic fall colors amidNevada to 3 - 5 p.m., SambaD6 plays majestic pines. Colorado and me of the finest and Support local arts beyond liveliest Brazilian programs, provide made in the U.S., Practice some social net- at least a fabulous rhythm working the old-fashioned 50 beers section and a repertory that way: face-to-face, to sample, includes samba, capoeira, Feel what it is to be poPUlar Brazilian music, part of one of the best Organic & domestic wine funk, rock, reggae and communities on the planet,tasting electronic& Since the band Find out why hundreds of Enjoy a collection of hails from Santa Cruz, a people consider this one offine organically bit Of surf music is thrown their favorite events of the irown, sustainable in for good measure. year. nd domestic wines Gates close at 5:30 p.m. by Quincy Schedule of events Foods. This event is the primary Gates open at noc fund-raiser for Plumas Arts, General admission at the Tasting passes the region's most active gate, $10; children under 12, An advance sale tasting community cultural $3; Plumas Arts members pass, $35 per person, in- programming agency and (must show member ID), $5 cludes a souvenir glass and largest membership Art fun for kids: 1 - 5 p.m. event admission, organization. Crafts and food booths: Advance sale tickets noon - 5:30 p.m. are available until 5 p.m. For information Silent auction: noon - Friday, Oct. 8; call 283-3402 Plun~as Arts 5 p.m.; tables close ) 28343402 at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Admission at the Beer and wine is $40; must be 21 tasting: 1 - 5 over and be p.m.: tasting )ared to MoUntain Harvest Festival pass required. ;how ID. mhfl0.html Stephen Hill Special to Feather Publishing Drinking a full-bodied stout on a 100-degree day is much like eating ice cream in a blizzard, it just ain't right. Summer days need a re- freshing light ale or pilsner, something that springs out of the glass at you and assails your nose as much as your palate. A good hefeweizen, chilled, but not so cold it's like a dose of Novocain, is the nectar of the gods, Forget those high- powered pllsners with the alcohol content of wine (unless you're in Belgium or are an insomniac). If you're sitting out a cold day in a warm cozy pub, well one or two good stouts or winter ales can go a long way to warming the cockles of your heart. Anyone can consume a six-pack of Bud from a can at speed if your goal is to get merry very quickly. For me, good beer drinking is about pace and flavor and, above all, company. Beer festivals manage to provide all three. Most beer festivals (and I've been to a fair few) pro- vide you with a very modest glass for your sipping pleasure. Usually engraved with the 20th annual festival this or that, this modest glass requires frequent refills from the vast array of beers on offer and provides an oppor- tunity to chat with your fellow sippers and brewers. Flavor can be very sub- jective. Look for-- dare I say -- a pleasant bouquet, some- thing that tickles your nose and doesn't assail it. Avoid beers that have a hint of something sour. Color is a good guide to how earthy a beer may be. Darker beers tend to have more bite but are not neces- sarily stronger, just different in taste. A good beer goes down smoothly, leaves no unusual aftertaste in your mouth other than a light bitter, hoppy flavor and should be consistent in experience to the end of the glass. Here are a few tips I follow at beer festivals Have a modest meal before starting or you'll be on your back in no time. Tour all the stands first rather than jumping on the first beer stand across the threshold. I look for contented punters huddled around stands as a sign there's a good beer afoot.