Sonoma County Makes List of Best Vacation Destinations for Beer Lovers

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Leading digital lifestyle site Thrillist (with over 16 million subscribers worldwide) has picked the top 10 U.S. destinations for an aficionado beer-cation. And Sonoma County made the cut.

Along with 9 other American destinations, Sonoma County was deemed the perfect spot to mix standard vacation activities, such as boating, hiking and sitting lazily in the sand, with some of the best beer in the country. Thrillist highlighted that Sonoma County is host to a series of world-class breweries, including Russian River Brewing Company, Third Street Aleworks, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, 101 North Brewing Company and Petaluma Hills.

“Oh, sure, it’s wine country. And Redwood country. And fancy-food country. But dammit, it’s beer country, too/…/and that’s nothing to say about the homey towns, cabins, roaring rivers, and mighty coastline” said the Thrillist motivation.

Cheers to that!

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Beer lovers from around the world stand in line for their chance to taste Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. (Photo by John Burgess)
A variety of 101 North Brewing Company beers. (Photo by Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)
A variety of 101 North Brewing Company beers. (Photo by Christopher Chung)
Third Street Aleworks bartender Jordan Thome writes the name of the beer before filling a quart can "Crowler" of their Ales for ALS IPA in Santa Rosa. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)
Third Street Aleworks bartender Jordan Thome writes the name of the beer before filling a quart can “Crowler” of their Ales for ALS IPA in Santa Rosa. (Photo by John Burgess)
PC: The Quacker, featuring maple leaf ground duck, seasonal chutney, swiss cheese and fried onion rings, is paired with Maibock beer at Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg. (Christopher / The Press Democrat)
The Quacker, featuring maple leaf ground duck, seasonal chutney, swiss cheese and fried onion rings, is paired with Maibock beer at Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg.
(Photo by Christopher Chung)
Petaluma Hills Line & Twine IPA (Photo by Jeremy Portje)
Petaluma Hills Line & Twine IPA (Photo by Jeremy Portje)

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