New: Warped Brewing Company in Sebastopol
Barley and Hops Tavern owners Noah and Mirjam Bolmer wanted to serve only the best beers at their Occidental restaurant. So they did what any enterprising couple would do: they built their own brewery.
Warped Brewing Company just debuted at The Barlow in Sebastopol, rolling out three inaugural beers including Crash of ’83 (Single IPA), Orbital Outrage (a Hoppy California Common) and Pixelated Porter (Molasses Porter).
Visitors can enter the roll-up garage doors, and inhale the rich, hoppy aromas of grains fermenting. They can taste the beers, and shoot the breeze with the brewmaster, who may share some secrets of the craft.
Then, they can head west for dinner at the Tavern, for dishes like chicken and dumplings, a crispy pancetta burger, or cider braised beef and sweet potato hash.
Barley and Hops serves other local beers, too, such as drafts from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma and Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. The list is constantly changing and evolving based on what’s available from the microbrewers and seasonal flavors.
There’s beer in some of the food, too, like the sweet and malty honey ale chicken wings, the warm cheddar beer biscuits slathered in herbed butter, and the slow simmered French onion soup stocked with Alaskan Amber caramelized onions and beef stock then baked in a crock with crostini, dry-aged jack, and Swiss.
The French dip beef is marinated in beer, smoked pulled pork sliders are doused in Carolina beer-BQ sauce, and the applewood bacon cheddar burger comes topped in the same sauce. Rock cod is beer battered for the fish–n-chips, while cottage pie swims with Guinness gravy.
There’s even beer in the mac-n-cheese, all rich and gooey in a cloud of béchamel spiked with beer, Gruyère, cheddar and parmesan, then baked in a ramekin and crowned with more cheese and bread crumbs.