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  Billionaire Vijay Mallya Under Siege


Mendocino Brewing Company’s flamboyant billionaire owner, Vijay Mallya, is in the eye of a financial hurricane that has encumbered his ability to keep his historic Mendocino Brewing Company in Ukiah, California, funded. The company that started in 1983 as California’s first brewpub got into financial difficulties in the mid-nineties after an ambitious but underfunded expansion by the original founders and was “rescued” by Mallya with an investment and a bridge loan holding the brewery as collateral. Mallya took control of the brewery in 1997.

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December 2016 / January 2017
 
UPCOMING BEER EVENTS

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December 9–10

Vancouver Winter Brewfest
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vancouverwinterbrewfest.com

December 10

Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival at the Phoenix Club
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ocbrewhoho.com

December 17

SLO Holiday Beer Festival
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santasbeer.com

December 17

Denver Beer Festivus at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
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twoparts.com



2017


January 5–7

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival
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bigbeersfestival.com

January 7

San Diego Brew Fest
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sandiegobeerfest.com

January 13–22

Alaska Beer Week, featuring over 60 events
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akbeerweek.com

January 20–21

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival
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auroraproductions.net

February 10

San Francisco Beer Week Gala
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sfbeerweek.org

February 10–19

San Francisco Beer Week
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sfbw.org

February 11

17th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival
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arizonabeerweek.com

February 11

Double IPA Festival at The Bistro
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the-bistro.com

February 18

Celebrator’s 29th Anniversary Party at Trumer Brauerei
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celebrator.com

February 18

8th Annual Meet the Brewers Craft Beer Festival at Hermitage Brewing
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hermitagebrewing.com

February 18

Fort George Festival of Dark Arts stout fest
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festivalofdarkarts.com

March 11

Kona Brewers Festival
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konabrewersFestival.com
 
CURRENT ONLINE ISSUE » EDITORIAL

CELEBRATE THE INDEPENDENCE FROM BIG BEER


When the California Celebrator began its serendipitous coverage of the nascent microbrewing scene in 1988, the mission was to cover all 20 of the existing small breweries in the state. There were a few bars that offered exotic beers, along with some retail stores and homebrew shops that helped fuel the interest in and development of better brewing techniques, the use of higher quality ingredients and the desire to explore the diverse world of quality beer styles for the very few who appreciated such things. The beer scene was evolving, but.…

» READ ENTIRE DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017 EDITORIAL HERE
CURRENT CBN FEATURES

TRAPPIST TOUR OF BELGIUM 2016




Join Celebrator writer "Big Mike" Moore on this brilliant tour of the beer paradise of Belgium, featuring Bruges, Brussels, Mechelen and 8 Trappist abbeys that brew beer: Westvleteren, Chimay, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval, Achel, La Trappe and Zundert. We'll also visit Cantillon, Achouffe, Het Anker and de Halve Maan breweries. Includes hotels, most meals, most beers, brewery/taproom visits, ground transportation and more. Led by Belgian Beer Me! Tours Founder Stu Stuart.

» CLICK HERE FOR MORE BELGIAN BEER TOUR INFO
CBN's 28th ANNIVERSARY BASH




The Celebrator Beer News celebrated its 28th anniversary on Saturday, January 30, 2016, with a brewers’ showcase and party at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California. Over 35 breweries poured favorite brews and brought special beers to share with the large and enthusiastic crowd. Celebrator readers and beer fans alike mingled with Celebrator writers and beer industry luminaries, including pioneer figures in the craft beer movement. Much fun was had, we hope you didn't miss it, but if you did…

» CHECK OUT OUR ANNIVERSARY BASH 2016 FEATURE HERE
HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL 2016




Portland, Oregon is a great beer city! This we know. And among its many beery blessings is the annual Holiday Ale Festival, bringing seasonal suds to Pioneer Square in the downtown city center. The 20th annual event was held December 2–6, 2015, with generous hours that ran from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Public transit via the MAX and other forms of light rail and buses assured responsible enjoyment of the multitude of inspired specialty beers on offer.

» CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL 2016 FEATURE HERE
8th ANNUAL MUSHROOM/BEER DINNER




The 8th Annual Mushroom and Beer Dinner was held Friday, November 6, at the historic Little River Inn near Mendocino, California. This is becoming the signature event for the Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival, which ran from November 6 to 15, 2015. The prix fixe dinner was $95 per person and proved to be an exceptional value. With more than 3,000 mushroom varieties located in Mendocino County, it doesn't look like this event will be going away anytime soon!

» CHECK OUT OUR MUSHROOM DINNER REVIEW HERE
BREWS CRUISE TO ALASKA 2015




41 craft beer enthusiasts joined Celebrator Beer News Editor/Publisher Tom Dalldorf on the most recent Brews Cruise to Alaska which sailed from August 28th thru September 4th. The voyage began at the port of Seattle, Washington and sailed up along the coast to Alaska’s Inside Passage where this year’s group discovered Alaska’s beauty, breweries and enjoyed the local beer scene. The tour ended with a pub crawl in Victoria B.C. A link to our exclusive coverage with photos is here!

» CHECK OUT OUR 2015 BREWS CRUISE FEATURE HERE
BELGIAN BEER TOUR 2015




Several beer lovers joined Celebrator Editor/Publisher Tom Dalldorf on this tour of the beer paradise of Belgium, which featured Bruges, Ghent, the Trappist Westvleteren taproom, brewery tours of Duvel, Halve Maan and Contreras, and the famous Zythos Beer Festival with more than 250 beers brewed by more than 60 of the finest Breweries in Belgium.

» CHECK OUT OUR EXCLUSIVE BELGIAN BEER TOUR COVERAGE HERE
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL 2015




The 20th annual Kona Brewers Festival was held March 14 on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel on Kailua Bay — an amazingly beautiful location for this now-famous festival that attracts beer lovers from the islands, the mainland and indeed the world.

» READ MORE ON KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL HERE
 

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