Introducing Almanac Grand Cru

Written by Jessica Clare on October 12, 2015


In both beer and wine, “Grand Cru” designates something special, a selection of the very best a brewer or vintner can muster from the cellar.  For ours, we looked to wine country for inspiration, and left with more than a few handfuls of grapes. With the help of some very talented friends, we set out to create something truly special.

Part beer and part wine, our Grand Crus (750ml) have a foot in each world and we can’t wait to share the

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California Table Beers

Written by jesse on August 3, 2012

We’re proud to introduce our year-round, farm-to-bottle California Table Beer Series.

Our Honey Saison and Extra Pale Ale are the first Almanac brews available year-round in convenient 12oz. bottles. Perfectly balanced, these beers are brewed with California barley, hand-selected additions from local farms, citrusy hops and a touch of oak. Whether shared with friends over a celebratory dinner or afternoon picnic, we invite you to enjoy a new line of beers that could only come from California. Available in

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Heirloom Organic Gardens

Written by jesse on April 17, 2012

Heirloom Organic Gardens looks just like you want your organic farm to look—small fields of baby heirloom varietals, surrounded by rolling hills and filled with cool coastal breezes. Even Grant looks like the very embodiment of an organic farmer. His passion for sustainable agriculture is palpable and inspiring, and it comes through in the quality of everything he cultivates. Grant was a gracious host during our visit and gave us a great tour of his farm. He’s always thrilled to

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Hamada Farm | Kingsburg, CA | Dec. 28, 2011

Written by jesse on January 9, 2012

Hamada Farm is situated in Kingsburg, California, a quiet hamlet just south of Fresno. First established by Cliff’s great-grandfather Shotaro Hamada in 1921, this family run farm now produces a bountiful selection of year round fruits.

We visited the farm at the height of citrus season just before the new year to pick out the perfect blend of oranges for our brew. Cliff proudly displayed his wares as they came in from the field, and showed us around much of his

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Almanac Beer – The Movie!

Written by jesse on June 27, 2011

When Turnstyle News asked if they could bring a camera to film us at our early stages of launching Almanac Beer, we enthusiastically said yes.  What neither we nor Kai (the man behind the camera) could know was just how long of a trip it would be.  As our launch process dragged on, Kai was there, delay after delay, peering at us through his camera.   And when we finally were ready to launch, he was there too.

What Kai captured on

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Barrel Tasting

Written by jesse on January 4, 2011

As the bottling and release of our first beer gets closer, we’re taking the opportunity to taste the beer inside the barrels to see how the aging process is coming along.

Each barrel is carefully opened, and a sterilized glass whiskey thief is slipped in to retrieve a sample.

Name Change!

Written by jesse on December 15, 2010

So, a funny thing happened on the way to opening our brewery. We found out, very late in the process, that our name — Old Oak Beer Co.— wasn’t quite as available as we thought.  After a lot of hand wringing, beer drinking, and careful consideration over how much legal risk we could bear, we decided to err on the side of caution and preemptivly change the name of our brewery. So…

We’re excited to announce that from now on, we’ll be

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