Formed in 2002, RateBeer Best
has expanded from a homegrown beer-ranking blog into an international and industry-influencing awards program. This year marks the first time the online RateBeer Best Award announcement is a live event, and it takes place in Santa Rosa on Saturday night. The next day, 40 of the world’s best brewers celebrate with a Beer Festival inside a hangar at the Sonoma County Airport. RateBeer Best Awards goes live on Jan. 30 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa. 5pm. The Beer Festival flies high on Jan. 31 at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, 2290 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. 2pm. $75. ratebeerbest.com.