Blink and you’ll miss it: another craft-beer taproom opening in Sonoma County. In 2016 alone, seven new beer parlors tapped their kegs. Chances are, there’s one near you.
HEALDSBURG EMPORIUM CIGARS & BEVERAGES
The store one long block from the plaza opened in 2013, and added a compact beer bar in the back this year. Twelve brews are on tap, the majority of them local and limited in production. Sample everything from hoppy IPAs to refreshing sours.
210 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707-433-2500, visit on Facebook
HENHOUSE BREWING CO.
The chickens flew their Petaluma coop for production and taproom space in an industrial part of Santa Rosa in 2016. Ten HenHouse beers are on draft, including the popular saison and lesser-known Conceptual Nightmare imperial chocolate stout. On weekends, the Red Horse Pizza food truck is parked outside.
322 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa, facebook.com/henhousebrewing
New to downtown Santa Rosa, Local Barrel offers 21 beers on tap, including English session ales, sours and IPAs, seemingly catering to those in the know. In a July “Tap Takeover,” it hosted Arizona Wilderness Brewery for its first California appearance. The space is large enough for groups, and delivery service from nearby restaurants is on the way.
490 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-890 5433, facebook.com/TheLocalBarrel
101 NORTH BREWING CO.
Head to the industrial stretch of North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma to get your Heroine (IPA) fix. The farmhouse-style taproom doesn’t serve food, but you can bring your own.
1304 Scott St., Petaluma, 707-778-8384, 101northbeer.com
WILIBEES WINES & SPIRITS
The in-store taproom pours 12 rotating brews, from local favorites to far-flung discoveries. There’s a small menu of flatbreads, salads and other nibbles, and the staff will open any large-format beer for tasting for a $2 fee.
700 Third St., Santa Rosa, 707-978-3779, wilibees.com
SONOMA SPRINGS BREWING CO.
This friendly taproom has the look of a German beer hall and offers an array of California- and German-style brews, including its own. Munch peanuts or order delivery from the cafe next door.
9449 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Sonoma, 707-938-7422, sonomaspringsbrewing.com
TAVERN OFF THE GREEN
The Oliver’s Markets chain installed a tavern in its new Windsor store, where shoppers and beer buffs rub elbows while sipping the 12 brews on draft. Order food from the menu or grab something from the store and pull up a chair.
9230 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, 707-687-2050, oliversmarket.com
5 thoughts on “New Brews on the Block: 7 Local Taprooms to Check Out”
Woefully inadequate list. And there is no such thing as a two dollar 16 oz pour at Olivers.
How was Beercraft missed on this list? Consistently the best tap list in the county…
Crooked Goat Brewing in The Barlow in Sebastopol opened as well in 2016. Guess there were more than seven. https://www.facebook.com/crookedgoatbrewing/
Has craft beer reached saturation yet?