Three Favorites, Santa Rosa & Sebastopol
I wager that the richest beverage race in Sonoma County lies along a certain backstretch of track between Santa Rosa Avenue and Highway 116. The starting line begins at HenHouse Brewing Co., on Bellevue Avenue—the perfect place to put blinders on and indulge in handles of Oyster Stout, followed by grips of Gorilla Coop. At this point, the odds are in our favor; the handicap is manageable.
But should we stumble, a 10-minute Lyft ride across the board to Crooked Goat Brewing, in Sebastopol’s Barlow District, will allow our liquid marathon to safely continue with pints of Bee Beard honey ale for good luck and Mountain Goat IPAs to set our inhibitions free. Feeling our oats now, we intrepid racers can hoof the final furlong over to Third Pig Bar on South Main Street, where all bets are off as we jockey for the daily double: pitchers of Fluffy Puppy porter and a round of chilled New Year, New Pigs.
It’s not even midnight and the finish line has been crossed. The race is over: We’re in the money now.
HenHouse Brewing Co., 322 Bellevue Ave., Santa Rosa. Brewery and tasting room hours: Mon–Thu 4–9pm, Fri 2–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am to 9pm.
Crooked Goat Brewing, 120 Morris St., #120, Sebastopol. Hours: Sun–Wed 11:30am to 9pm, Thu 11:30am to 10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am to 11pm. 707.827.3893. www.crookedgoatbrewing.com/sebastopol
Third Pig Bar, 116 S Main St., Sebastopol. Hours: Wed–Sat 4pm to midnight, Sun noon to 6pm,
closed Mon & Tue. www.thirdpigbar.com — M.F.