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May Newsletter


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  • Iron Springs wins gold at the World Beer Cup!
    • Plus 2 awards from Battle Of The Brews 
    • Plus voted Best Microbrew in the Pacific Sun 2016
  • More bike parking for all!
  • May events
  • Brewery news
    • Hip Hoppy single hop beer series
  • Music for May
  • Give Back Tuesdays® in May
    • Annual White Hill Jazz Night
  • News from the kitchen


World Beer Cup 2014

We are thrilled to announce that the Epiphany Ale won a gold medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup this month for best American-Style Amber/Red ale out of 96 entries in the category!  Congratulations to our entire brewing team and especially head brewer Christian Kazakoff.  It’s nice to see the hard work pay off!

But that’s not all.  We won two awards in April at the Battle of the brews in Santa Rosa: Sless Stout won in the stout/porter category and Casey Jones Imperial Ale won in the double IPA category.  We also won the Best Use of Ingredient Award at the Hop Chef Brew Fest in Oakland for our basil infused beer.  And there’s more!   Marin County’s Pacific Sun Magazine named us “Best Microbrew” in 2016.  Thanks to everyone who voted for us!



In our efforts to promote environmental ways to get to the pub, we’ve worked with the Fairfax Town Council to convert one of our front parking spaces into a bike corral.   Bike on down and check it out!


New Beer Releases

Que Valor – a Vienna Lager with a clean toasty finish.  4.7% ABV

Hip Hoppy Beer Series
Welcome to the Iron Springs Hip Hoppy series of single-hopped session pale ales! All of these beers start as a simple base beer of Pilsner malt and Oats with a target of 4.9% ABV. They will all be lightly hopped for balanced bitterness and then dry-hopped aggressively in the post fermentation with the named single hop to showcase. These beers are inspired by our brewery department’s love of hip hop music.

Side A Track 1 of this new compilation album began with Mo’ Money, Mosaic! Mosaic hops have flavors of white peach and tiki drinks.
Track 2 features Simcoe hops. We named it Can It Be All So Simcoe in reference to the Wu Tang Clan’s track Can It Be All So Simple off of their 36 Chambers album. Simcoe hops have more of that dank fruit loops and pineapple flavor.  Available now on CO2 and Nitro.

Other Seasonals on Tap

  • Bridge Spanner’s Gose – a collaboration we did with Hoi Polloi – inoculated with a liberal amount of lactobacillus and kettle soured, 3.9% ABV
  • Boom Boom Blonde – a spicy light blonde ale, 4.5% ABV
  • Winterscotch – Malty, chewy and toasty, 8% ABV
  • Pomelo Pilsner – refreshingly grapefruit  4.5% ABV

Coming Soon

Kumquat Pilsner (Yet to be Named) – we’ve loved our Pumelo Pils so much we’re going to try a new flavor profile.  If you have a name idea email it to

HBC-366 Mafia – a single hopped session IPA using Equinox hops (hbc-366).

May Casks

Cask Thursday happens one Thursday a month.  Follow us on Facebook for exact cask tapping dates, times, & flavors, or go to our web calendar acask cardt  After 10 pints of cask ale, you will receive a commemorative cask glassware only available by having your cask card punched.

May Cask:

Thursday May 12th - TBD

May Brewery Events

Join our brewers at these fine events!

May 13th – Corks and Suds – this event pairs local breweries, a night of food and music with supporting local and international autism and special needs programs.   7 to 10 pm in Novato.

May 14th – Ales and Trails at Miwok Meadows, China Camp State Park from 8 am to 4 pm

•Unlimited beer tasting for the duration of the event from Lagunitas, Iron Springs, Baeltane, State Room, Stone and Heretic breweries. (please drink responsibly). Root Beer for the little ones.
•Ales And Trails commemorative pint glass and socks by DeFeet
•Complimentary bike demos! The latest models from Marin, Whyte, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek and Ghost bicycles will on hand.
•Catered, BBQ lunch provided by Chef Sven of Mauro’s Pizza and Pasta. Vegetarian options too!
•Live music by Arann Harris and The Farm Band!
•Group rides for all ages and abilities on the finest trails Marin County has to offer.
•Bike skills clinics presented by REI instructors plus a bike skills course, games, and a Shimano Kids Race (kids under 12 are free!)
•Bike Advocacy groups from all over the bay area. This will be the largest gathering of advocates in one place all year. Come learn about some new trails to ride!
Don’t forget, Ales and Trails is a fundraiser for A4B and IMBA, 2 organizations working hard for more single track to ride. Come have fun and support the cause!


Please send booking inquiries to  Music starts at 8pm.

Wednesday May 11th – Festival Speed

Festival Speed is a Marin County bluegrass combo, Joe Helm on guitar/bass, Bob Hoffman on guitar/bass, Josh Bernstein on banjo, Joe Osborne on fiddle, and Julie Steier on mandolin.

We seek to honor the towering progenitors of our genre by playing pure, 190 proof, soulstirrin’, traditional bluegrass. We started as a group of friends who met at local bluegrass jams.

Looking to move beyond the jam scene, we formed a band in the spring of 2014 to focus on a set of songs and perfect our sound. When we first started practicing together, our original banjo player (who ended up moving to Cleveland) would use the term “festival speed” to encourage us to play faster. Every song we practiced began with, “This one needs to be played at festival speed!”  We share a love of bluegrass music that’s easy to see when we perform. Tight harmonies, killer instrumentals, and our energy and exuberance will be sure to get the crowd tappin’ along!

Wednesday May 18th- Skillet Licorice

Skillet Licorice is the latest project from San Francisco Bay Area roots-music luminaries Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth. Whether they’re playing hot fiddle breakdowns, slinky blues, sparkling banjo breaks, ragtime or dreamy waltzes the duo displays an impressive command of styles and techniques that comes from deep study and loving dedication to America’s folk traditions. Joining them on bass will be Tom Drohan of The Shut Ins and Belle Monroe. Skillet Licorice is hot, sweet, and just a bit greasy!

Wednesday May 25th- Jose Najera & The Bernal Beat

Jose A. Najera is a local legendary saxophone & conga percussionist from Hobbs, New Mexico USA! He grew up playing music and baseball, and was scouted by the Cleveland Indians. However he went to War in Vietnam instead and did two tours in the Navy as a chef. After being stationed at Treasure Island in the late 1960’s through the 1970’s, he fell into the happening Latin Jazz scene in San Francisco. He played with Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Sara Vaughn, George Duke, Bill Cortial, Babatunde Lee, Azteca, Unzamba, Zero, Thunder Bolt, Chuchito Valdes from Cuba, and currently plays with Harvey Mandel from Chicago. He started his own band called “Jose Najera & The Bernal Beat” from San Francisco’s Bernal Heights in the 1980’s. Jose and his wife Doris B. Ruiz still live on Mullen Ave. in Bernal heights, a thriving musical neighborhood. His son Eloy Cipriano Najera also known as Cipre (see-pree), is the piano vocalist in the band. Together they rock the nation and give back to the community!


Each Tuesday we are thrilled to donate 10% to local groups working to support our community.   For more information, or to nominate a group, please contact

In May we will be supporting the YES Foundation, which provides support to the Ross Valley School District for programs like art, library, and music that otherwise wouldn’t have enough funding.  Find out more at  We also have two special YES nights in May:

Tuesday May 3rd:

It’s celebrity waiter’s night featuring teachers from Brookside Elementary School

Tuesday May 24th

Come join us for a very special concert with the White Hill Middle School Jazz Band


Iron Springs is pleased to announce the return of Chef Alex Klarkowski.  Alex is returning with some fun and fresh new ideas to share with our community.  We are sad to see Chef William go, but want to give a big warm welcome back to Chef Alex!

We’ll see you at the pub!

— The Iron Springs Team