In Fort Bragg or on the way between there and Santa Rosa:
Here are some in Santa Rosa, but I haven't been to any of them in person:
- North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg
- Overtime Brewing in Fort Bragg (small and new, I haven't been there myself)
- Anderson Valley Brewing Co in Booneville (on Hwy 128)
Heading south a bit:
- Henhouse Brewing Co in Santa Rosa
- Old Possum Brewing Co in Santa Rosa
- Fogbelt Brewing Co in Santa Rosa
- Moonlight Brewing Co in Santa Rosa
- Cooperage Brewing Co in Santa Rosa
Unfortunately, Mendocino Brewing went out of business in 2018
- Lagunitas in Petaluma
- Bear Republic Brewing Co in Rohnert Park
Reporting back after trip (albeit a bit late)North Coast
was fantastic! Their brewpub was very laid back, and I tried pretty much every beer they had on tap over multiple visits. Pity they don't to brewery tours any more - too busy. Still a family run operation. They have pretty big distribution, but the packaged product I've bought in stores is a far cry from what I had at the taproom. Standouts - Barrel aged Old Rasputin, Hand pumped (casked) Red Seal, and Old Stock. The local place where I get my CO2 tanks filled in SoCal (Tavern Service Co) can get me sixtels or half-barrel kegs from NorthCoast.Overtime
, also in Fort Bragg - nice people - beer OK. Takes some balls to open a small brewery in the shadow of North Coast.Anderson Valley
- not very impressed. Serving staff did not know a thing about the beer - very surprising at the very large flagship taproom. Seems like they have just gotten too big.Gyppo
- made it to this tiny brewery in Shelter Cove, on the remote Lost Coast (border of Mendocino and Humboldt Cos). Fantastic local place - owners are not beer people - they started it as a community restaurant/pub - but they hired a great brewmaster who put out some spectacular beer. Spoke with him for a while. Detailed log sheets on each fermenter, which are each named, and have a picture of a famous person - I remember Huey Lewis. This place is hard to get to - but they have a small airstrip right outside the brewpub (the wife was very accommodating, and abstained from drinking so she could fly us back).
Did the tour of the new Russian River
Windsor facility. This is really a class act. While touring the bottling line, they poured us Pliny that had a bottling time stamp of 12 min before the top was popped! Their Funk side was something else. Gt to taste the new Intiction. I could have stayed at the bar all day.
I also went to Bear Republic
in Healdsburg (loved the Racer Max) and Ukiah Brewery
(new owners - used to be Ritual), which though being known mostly as a good restaurant, had a decent small beer list.
Richard, thanks for the info.