7 Sonoma County Beer Events Not to Miss this Weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? These Sonoma County breweries have a lot of fun on tap.

Fraser Ross pours a beer for the Friday crowd at Fogbelt Brewing Company. (Conner Jay)

SFBeer Week is in full swing and Sonoma County breweries have a lot of fun on tap to celebrate this hopped-up beer fest in its final weekend. Here are 7 local events not to miss between now and Sunday. 

Fraser Ross pours a beer for the Friday crowd at Fogbelt Brewing Company. (Conner Jay)
Fraser Ross pours a beer for the Friday crowd at Fogbelt Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. (Conner Jay)

FRIDAY, Feb 17 – SUNDAY, Feb 19

HenHouse Brewing Co, Petaluma & Santa Rosa – Big Chicken Release
Petaluma’s HenHouse Brewing Co. are releasing their heavy-hopped Big Chicken Double IPA, only available once per year and until it runs out (usually within two days). A limited amount of cans will be packaged and sold at HenHouse’s Santa Rosa taproom, starting today. Pre-sold kegs will be shipped out to Bay Area bars and brewpubs. This beer is dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It is brewed in three fermenters; HenHouse pulls off a small amount from each fermenter before blending so that, in the taproom, visitors can taste the single hop version alongside the final blend. More info here

Fogbelt Brewing, Santa Rosa – Bacon and Beer Pairing
What could be better than bacon and beer? Enjoy four pairings at the Santa Rosa taproom, no reservations required. Here’s the menu:

Godwood Giant Triple IPA paired with Sriracha bacon dusted with Ghost Pepper salt.
Dyerville Giants Imperial Red Ale paired with caramel apple candy.
Federation Giants Irish Coffee Stout paired with Oreo coffee crusted bacon.
Immortal Barley Wine paired with almond vermouth glaze bacon.

Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa – Bottle Release
In celebration of SF Beer Week, Third Street Aleworks are releasing their Cossack Imperial Stout, available now in 22 ounce bottles. This big, dark beer is 10.2 % ABV and 80 IBU. It’s rich with a huge mouthfeel of flavors of dark chocolate and a dominating bitter nugget. Enjoy this beer in 8 ounce pours at the brewery and take a bottle or two home, while they last.

Grav South Brewing, Cotati – New Beers on Tap
In honor of SFBeer Week, Grav South Brewing have tapped their Classic American Pale Ale and now are serving eight house beers on tap (that’s a tap record for this recently opened brewpub). They also serve up a Porter paired with Chocolate Porter Cupcakes made by Your Sweet Expectations in Cotati – a sweet way to spend a rainy day.

Crooked Goat Brewing – Tap Takeover at La Vera Pizza, Santa Rosa
Find all of your favorite Crooked Goat brews at La Vera Pizza in Santa Rosa all weekend, until the end of beer week on Sunday.

SATURDAY, February 18

St. Florian’s Brewery, Windsor – Promoting Petaluma Fire Department’s 160th Anniversary
St. Florian’s has a strong commitment to supporting the local community and fire departments. On Saturday, between 12 and 4pm, the Windsor brewery will serve up brews, live music by The Sticky Notes and food by Starting from Scratch. The Petaluma Fire Department will be there selling tickets to their popular Fireman’s Ball in October (a sellout event!).   


Bacon and eggs from Fogbelt Brewing's 2016 beer and brunch. (Photo courtesy of Fogbelt Brewing)
Bacon and eggs from Fogbelt Brewing’s 2016 beer and brunch. (Photo courtesy of Fogbelt Brewing)

SUNDAY, February 19

Fogbelt Brewing, Santa Rosa – End of Beer Week Brunch
SFBeer Week just wouldn’t be complete without a grand finale (and a cure to a 10 day hangover). Back by popular demand, FogBelt Brewing is hosting a beer brunch, beginning at 10am on Sunday. Reservations are not required, brunch will be served until 2pm. Here’s the brunch menu:

Parfait – yogurt, chia and granola with mixed berries
All American Spread – two eggs, bacon, sausage, country potatoes, and toast
Huevos Rancheros – crispy tostada topped with refried beans, two fried eggs, pico de gallo, cotija, cilantro and roasted tomatillo crema
Breakfast Salad – Mixed greens, oven roasted tomatoes, brussels sprouts, crispy pancetta, goat cheese, tossed in lemon-pancetta vinaigrette and topped with a poached egg.
Croque Madame – Thick cut ciabatta, bechamel sauce, ham, and crispy Gruyere cheese, topped with two fried eggs and a small side salad
Ultimate Benedict Sandwich – Two fried eggs, ham, bacon, green onion, roasted garlic- Tabasco aioli, with tart and butter hollandaise on a ciabatta roll, served with country potatoes.