Chef announced for new Santa Rosa Brewery

Ryan "Seamus" McCarthy has been named opening chef for 2 Tread Brewing Co., set to open in Santa Rosa in De.c 2016

Chef Ryan Seamus McCarthy will be the opening chef for 2 Tread Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa. Photo: St. Helena Farmer’s Market

When 2 Tread Brewing Company opens at the Santa Rosa Plaza next month, expect more than just good beer.

Owners have just announced that Chef Ryan “Seamus” McCarthy will be heading the kitchen. McCarthy is a veteran of several Bay Area restaurants including the three-Michelin starred Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena’s Farmer and the Fox, Sausalito’s Murray Circle and SF’s Outerlands.

Brewery co-owners Bill Drury, Tracy Heydorn and Christian August have been building out the 10,000 square foot indoor-outdoor space at the Plaza for months. The finished brewery and pub will feature on-site brewed beers, a casual chef-driven menu, live music and a full bar at the former Fresh Choice restaurant (which closed in 2012).

“A friendly place for beer, bikes and music is something I know I want,” said Drury, “and I think we’re filling that niche.”

Two Tread Brewing architectural plans for a brewery and pub in downtown Santa Rosa

Drury said that Christian August, formerly Head Brewer at Firestone-Walker, plans to brew about 1200 barrels in their first year, selling primarily onsite.

The buildout will begin in the next few weeks, with an anticipated opening in fall 2016.

“We want to create a community gathering place where people can relax with friends or family and enjoy some great beverages with some really interesting food,” said Drury. The brewery name references the treads of hiking boots, bicycles and the outdoors he and his co-owners love.

2 Tread joins other downtown Santa Rosa brewery businesses Russian River Brewing Co. and Third Street Ale Works. Sonoma County now has more than 20 craft brewers.

(Featured photo courtesy of St. Helena Farmer’s market)