I flipped out when I saw this at Total Wine tonight and bought a 12-pack. It’s one of the two beers I drank religiously when I lived in California and I never see it out this way, even though there’s a second brewery in NY to handle East Coast distribution and, to my surprise, it is available in PA, although I’ve never seen it in a bar. I just read a little of the history of Mendocino Brewing Company and it claims to have been the first brewpub in Cali since Prohibition and the second in the country. The first person who can tell me what was the first gets to come over and crack a bottle with me.
The brewery started in 1983 in a town called Hopland, which is probably no coincidence, and in 1996 was voted one of the ten best beers in the world by “Wine Enthusiast.” 1996 was the exact year that I was drinking it. I must have had good taste as a blossoming craft beer drinker(!) and I have absolutely found great fortune in 2010 by stumbling on a supply just five minutes from my house.