5 Small Breweries with Taprooms You’ll Love in Sonoma County
Being home to some of the best craft beers in the country, Sonoma County has continued to become more focused on small breweries with unique drafts and taprooms you’ll fall in love with.
From a hoppy triple IPA to a light summer ale, you’re bound to find a new favorite at a well-known Sonoma brewery or microbrewery. Here are five small breweries with taprooms you’ll love in Sonoma County, in alphabetical order:
Cooperage in Santa Rosa is a local’s favorite and has a great warehouse brewery atmosphere. Only being open for barely a year and a half, they always have a fun crowd enjoying their fresh hoppy pales and IPAs, Belgian styles, stouts and porters. You can also grab some brewery swag behind the counter when ordering your drink including shirts, hats and zip ups. With dart boards, Jenga and tons of board game favorites to play, you could easily spend a few hours here (which you should, because happy hour is 3-6pm on weekdays). Cooperage is also dog friendly and always has some furry pals enjoying the "hoppy" vibes together. On occasion they also have a food truck parked out front to satisfy your taco needs, but check ahead of time on their social media to see as they do not serve food from the bar (only snacks). Also a supporter of the local art scene, Cooperage constantly has art events for all types of artists to have their artwork hung for showcasing and sale on various days. It’s basically a win, win, win. Go Coop!
Details: 981 Airway Court, Suite G, Santa Rosa. Dog Friendly. Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-midnight, Weekends noon-midnight. Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. Weekdays, all day Sunday)
Big thanks to @cooperagebrewing for hosting our NorCal beer tour group on Thurs. Getting a lot of attention for their West Coast IPAs & Pales. They brew off-site now but hope to have a new 30-bbl brewhouse in-house by this time next year. Sours readying for release next year, too. #cooperagebrewing #cooperagebrewingcompany #santarosa #visitsantarosa #barrelprogram #brewery #craftbrewery #cooperage
With the catchy slogan “Let’s Get Crooked”, Crooked Goat Brewing in Sebastopol is the newest of our list, having just opened in August. Crooked Goat is found in The Barlow in Sebastopol, surround by great shopping, restaurants, and on many days, live music. With an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in downtown Portland, their taproom is gorgeous and features around 15 taps of constantly changing styles of IPA’s, Dark Lagers, Stouts, Wheat Ales, Seasonal IPAs and more. Crooked also has a taproom bar menu of yummy finds, and also has the advantage of being surrounded by great restaurants in The Barlow. They’re also dog friendly too, so you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home while you enjoy your evening!
Details: 120 Morris Street, Suite 120, Sebastopol. Sunday-Thursday noon-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-11 p.m.
With its name inspired by the way the fog lingers between the redwoods and vineyards in Sonoma County, Fogbelt Brewing Company in Santa Rosa is home to a variety of season and rotating experimental craft beers. At Fogbelt you’ll not only enjoy some great stouts, IPAs, pales, and saisons, but you can also catch one of the many events they put on each month: Monday Night Football, Tuesday Night Trivia, Comedy Night, Fogbelt “Festivals,” and more. And a fun fact: Fogbelt farms their own estate hops, as well as works with other small farmers to bring hop farming back to the forefront of Sonoma County. That’s about as local as it gets! Their taproom food menu is great, too. Be sure to check out their social media accounts to see if there is any scheduled food and beer pairings when you visit.
Details: 1305 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa. Monday-Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11-8 p.m. Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Having also recently opening its tasting room within the last year, Henhouse Brewing Company in Santa Rosa is another locally loved brewery with a beautiful tasting room and great beer to match. Founded in 2011 and now having 10 barrels produced at a time, this brewery has got a great team with an eye for success (and a love for the Giants). Come in for a glass or even a growler of Saison, Stout, Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, Double IPA or a Hoppy Lager. Looking for something unique? Try the Oyster Stout, a craft beer brewed with oyster shells! And don’t worry, you can get your pizza fix courtesy of Red Horse Pizza available at the taproom Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Feel free to bring your dog to the outside patio, too!
Details: 322 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa. Monday-Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cheers to Pilsner! Nicky and Bob are here all day to fill glasses, growlers and dreams with Pilsner and eight other delicious beers. We've got glasses for you, we've got kegs available for your kegarator, we've got pizza till 9! On a more personal note, the new brewery is what we've been working towards for seven years and this Pilsner is the first thing we brewed here. We're super grateful to everyone who helped us get this far and we couldn't be more proud of this first beer out of our new home. So think of this Pilsner as our liquid thank you to you for keeping us making more and more beer! Cheers!
Very intimate in size, Plow Brewing Company in Santa Rosa is a rustic brewery with a taproom focused on simplicity and of course, the brew. With its newest release of the Hay Baler Belgian Pale made with notes of clove, citrus and a mellow hop, Plow features some of the more unique tastes by refusing the use of extracts and natural flavorings. Plow Brewing is as authentic as it comes, with its brewmaster and owner Kevin being involved in his "Meet the Brewer" nights, taking place every first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., where you can ask Kevin questions and hear about the story behind Plow Brewing.
Details: 3334 Industrial Road, Santa Rosa. Monday-Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 2-8 p.m., Sunday 2-7 p.m.
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