Sonoma County is a haven for craft beer fanatics. The region is populated by passionate brewers making incredible beers within unassuming yet well-stocked pubs to top-ranked breweries known for their world-class brews.
While many beer enthusiasts gravitate towards cities like Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, and Petaluma, these two towns right in between these famous wine country destinations are definitely worth a visit.
Here are some amazing beer venues to check out in Rohnert Park and Cotati:
BeerCraft is stocked with an extensive assortment of popular and rare beers, making it the perfect place to find your personal “white whale” brew. Members of their beer club get the opportunity to build customized six packs from their fridges and sample exclusive beers on the tenth of each month.
Be sure to follow BeerCraft’s Facebook page, so you can get updates on new beers available in their store and taproom.
Located in a shopping center along Highway 116, Grav South offers fresh beers crafted by owner Greg Rasmussen, who has won numerous awards throughout his 18-year career as a home brewer. Rasmussen has also collaborated with several prominent breweries including Bear Republic Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to create unique, top-quality beers.
Grav South also features pozole Thursdays, live music on weekends, and family-friendly activities. Some of their brews are seasonal, while core beers are regularly available on tap.
Bear Republic is run by the very same Healdsburg family behind the famous “Racer 5” IPA. This Rohnert Park brewpub features two bars, plenty of tables, a kids’ play area, and a deck surrounded by serene views of Robert’s Lake.
All of the core beers from the Healdsburg brewery are available at Bear Republic, along with brews exclusive to their Rohnert Park location. Some of their best beers available include Pacu Pale, The Juicy (Northeast-style IPA), and Hope Shoval (IPA).
Flagship Taproom offers local and California brews from over 20 taps, alongside mouthwatering dishes like hummus plates, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, and chicken tenders.
Their rotating taps feature sought-after beers from other breweries including Berryessa in Winters, Temescal in Oakland, and HenHouse in Santa Rosa. Some of the best beers to try in Flagship are Altbier (Benoit Casper Allen Amber), Hoppy Wheat Ale (Fort Point Park), and Current Sour (Almanac Dogpatch).
Jaded Toad serves 36 beers on tap, offering a wealth of options that can satisfy even the most discerning beer enthusiast. The restaurant has a laidback atmosphere that’s perfect for sipping on some brews paired with delicious comfort food like burgers, baby back ribs, coleslaw, beans, and cornbread.
Taps at Jaded Toad rotate frequently but feature recurring appearances from several highly rated breweries in the Bay Area.
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