Fresh Brewed

Say, how 'bout a pint with that cuppa?

What does brew mean to you? At Brew in Santa Rosa, it means good coffee and good beer.

Brew is your quintessential, funky, local-art-on-the-wall place with a comfy couch and board games for rainy days. Instead of self-loathing baristas who also dislike you, here you get eye contact and even a smile.

The coffee comes from San Francisco’s excellent Ritual Coffee Roasters and is available any way you like it, including two styles of pour-over for those coffee nerds who enjoy such details: a standard cone-type dripper thing and a flat-bottomed Kalita Wave, a three-hole device that yields a slower extracted, more robust cup of coffee. And a stronger one, I’d say.

If caffeine isn’t your drug of choice, there’s alcohol from a rotating lineup of 10 taps featuring the likes of San Diego’s Alesmith and Green Flash, S.F.’s Almanac, Stillwater from Maryland, Colorado’s Oskar Blues and good stuff from Sonoma County like Third Street Aleworks and HenHouse Brewing Company There are bottled beers as well. Tuesday after 4pm gets you $2 off select brews.

What’s to eat? There are decent pressed sandwiches (I liked the turkey, cheese and jalapeño panini), quesadillas and salads. Pastries come from a who’s who of Sonoma County bakeries—Village Bakery, Criminal Baking Co. and the Grateful Bagel. What else do you want from a corner cafe?

Brew, 555 Healdsburg Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.303.7372.