Spotlight on North Coast craft brewing

This is the Business Journal's inaugural spotlight on the leaders in the North Coast's rapidly growing craft beer industry.

According to the standard definition from the Brewers Association, a craft brewery is "small," producing less than 6 million barrels annually; "independent," at least three-quarters owned by craft brewers; and "traditional," in that at least half the volume is from all-malt beer or uses brewing adjuncts that don't "lighten" the flavor.

Breweries featured are listed in alphabetical order by company name and were selected from the Business Journal's 2013 list of largest North Coasts craft breweries. They are: 101 North Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, Healdsburg Beer Comapny, Lagunitas Brewing, Marin Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Moonlight Brewing, Napa Point, North Coast Brewing, Petaluma Hills Brewing, Russian River Brewing, St. Florian's Brewery and Third Street Aleworks.Joel Johnson101 North Brewing Co., 1304 Scott St., Petaluma 94954, 707-778-8384,

[caption id="attachment_87383" align="alignright" width="224"] Joel Johnson[/caption]

Joel Johnson is owner of and brewmaster at 101 North Brewing Co., started about three years ago in Petaluma but first reaching production in 2012.

Mr. Johnson said he brewed his first beer back in 1990 or 1991. He's been involved with brewing elsewhere around the North Bay, including a previous stint as head brewer at Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg and Cloverdale and Mount St. Helena Brewing Co. in Middletown. He also was a restaurant and bar manager in Chico and had myriad construction jobs before that.

He earned an associate's degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and was considering attending University of California, Davis. Instead, he opted to go straight into brewing, enrolling in the Craft Brewer's Apprenticeship Program by American Brewer's Guild in 1996.

His favorite beer: "This is always a tough question, but I'd have to say that the beer that started it all for me is Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale."Trey WhiteAnderson Valley Brewing Co., 17700 Highway 253, Boonville 95415, 707-895-2337,

Trey White is president and owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, located in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley community of Boonville. He's been in his current role for nearly four years. He came on as president at the craft brewery after longtime owner and founder Ken Allen sold the company to him in 2010.

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