Brewer, racer, artist, Renaissance man Rich “Ricardo” Norgrove with one of his sleek race cars. When Rich isn’t designing artwork for his crisp Racer 5 pale ale and other delicious Bear Republic craft beers, you might find him at home welding a roll bar for one of his Nissans. At the brewer’s Healdsburg , California pub, I tasted a flight of 10 beers from an extensive menu of ales, lagers, seasonals, and other specialities. Although it’s hard to pick a favorite, the Peter Brown Tribute Ale was pretty damn good! Named after Norgrove’s longtime friend and Bear Republic Brewing super salesman, the late Peter Brown, this malty American Brown Ale is brewed with molasses and brown sugar, rich flavors balanced with Cascade and Centennial hops. I’ll talk more about Peter, the beer, and how it came to be in the book. Meanwhile, a long stop at Bear Republic’s Healdsburg brewery/pub is well worth the drive to Northern California’s Wine… make that Beer Country.
This post was written by Kirk Richardson.