The Sonoma County Ale Trail: 10 Local Craft Breweries and Brewpubs You’ll Love
We know Sonoma County is renowned for its wine. But we’re also home to more than 30 craft breweries and brewpubs—with more seemingly opening up every day.
So, whether you’re looking for a few to take home with you or a place where you can sit down and experience beers you can’t buy in stores, you can find a local pint to satisfy every palate.
Here are ten of our favorites.
First and foremost, we had to start with Old Caz. Not only is their beer incredible, but, with the upcoming opening of their next taproom, they’re also going to be our newest local brewery here in SOMO Village. The brewery draws its name from Old Cazadero Road, a path in West Sonoma County that connects two former logging towns—Guerneville and Cazadero, which still retain much of their wild, pioneering spirit. It’s this spirit that Old Caz’s founders strive to channel through their unique selection of beers.
Must-try beer: You can’t go wrong with any of its selection of IPAs and rotating taps.
Amenities: Old Caz has a massive outdoor patio where you can sit down and enjoy a cold beer.
Address: 5625 State Farm Dr #17, Rohnert Park.
Arguably one of Sonoma County’s more well-known breweries, the Russian River Brewing Company was established in 1997 by Korbel Champagne Cellars among the majestic redwoods in West Sonoma County. After six years, Korbel decided to get out of the beer business and agreed to transfer the brand and all recipes to their head brewer, Vinnie Cilurzo. Today, it offers incredible pizzas and pub-style food alongside some unique and tasty California-style ales.
Must-try beer: Pliny the Younger ale (but beware, it’s only available for two weeks each February).
Amenities: Russian River is pet-friendly, offers public tours, and has a great patio for enjoying sunny day pints.
Address: 725 4th St, Santa Rosa.
If you’re looking for an energetic brewery with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as live music, Lagunitas won’t disappoint. Here, you’ll find a ton of classic beers alongside a ton of one-off options you can’t find anywhere else. It also offers a full menu of top-notch pub food to go with your pints.
Must-try beer: At Lagunitas, you can expect to find a delicious selection of hop-forward IPAs.
Amenities: Lagunitas is a pet-friendly venue offering live music and boasting a big patio.
Address: 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.
Want to picture what Sonoma Springs Brewing is all about? Envision a classic German beer hall with a Sonoma wine country twist. They brew a wide variety of beers, prioritizing the use of locally-sourced ingredients. But the experience doesn’t stop with the beer: their artistic and colorful cans are instantly recognizable so you can easily spot them in stores throughout NorCal.
Must-try beer: IPA-lovers should check out Pacific Coast Hopway, Juice in the Sky, or Simcoe Sunset.
Amenities: Sonoma Springs Brewery brings in a variety of local food trucks and stands throughout the week to pair with your beers.
Address: 19449 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Sonoma. They also just opened a second location on 300 Main Street, Vacaville.
Crooked Goat’s story is a true rags-to-riches one. More specifically, it’s a basement-to-brewery one. The founders are local to Sebastopol and originally brewed IPAs in their spare time. After winning the People’s Choice Award in the Santa Rosa Battle of the Brews in 2015, they’ve been unstoppable! Despite its growth, Crooked Goat kept its roots as a passion project and you’ll taste the love and care in each of their regular and rotating beers. Just as an FYI, Crooked Goat isn’t available in stores so, if you want to try it out, you’ll have to stop by the brewery for the full experience.
Must-try beer: You can’t go wrong with a classic, so try one of their eight core beers that have been on tap since the beginning.
Amenities: Crooked Goat loves to host fun events like Open Mic Night or Trivia Night. Their space is also available for private event rentals.
Address: 120 Morris Street, #120, Sebastopol and 110 Howard Street, Petaluma.
Cooperage’s Brewing Company’s head brewer, Tyler Smith, loves to experiment with different yeasts, hops, and barrels, a process that makes each beer unique and distinctive. They specialize in Belgium-inspired brews and you’ll always find delicious eats from local food trucks parked on-location.
Must-try beer: Cooperage Brewing Company doesn’t have a flagship, and that’s by design—they want you to try something new each time.
Amenities: Come out for Trivia Night every Tuesday evening.
Address: 981 Airway Court, Suite G, Santa Rosa
Moonlight’s brewing method is unique. They truly take it back to the fundamentals. There isn’t a computer in sight in their 20-barrel brewhouse—it’s all about the taste, smell, and sight. This results in some delicious lagers and ales year-round, with Saisons added in the summertime. Good news for gluten-sensitive beer-lovers out there: Moonlight’s brews are gluten-reduced thanks to a special enzyme added during the brewing process.
Must-try beer: Moonlight is all about the lagers and ales, so try a classic like Death & Taxes or Twist of Fate.
Amenities: Enjoy your beer on Moonlight’s outdoor patio or, better yet, stop by for Happy Hour on Sundays.
Address: 3350 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa.
Fogbelt is named after the “fog belt” ecosystem of the Northern Californian coast where the redwood trees grow. Founders Paul Hawley and Remy Martin grew up in Sonoma wine-making families, turning that experience and knowledge into a new path—creating great beer. Today, they’ve grown to two tasting rooms, a lineup of creative beers, and partnerships with local redwood stewardship organizations.
Must-try beer: Don’t miss Fogbelt’s limited release Key Lime Pie Pastry Sour.
Amenities: Fogbelt offers a dog-friendly patio, Trivia Nights every week and a great food menu.
Address: 1305 A Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, and 410 Hudson Street, Healdsburg (opening soon).
After being in business for nearly 30 years, Bear Republic is one of the most established breweries in Sonoma County. You can enjoy some beers with a view at their Lakeside Brewpub, complete with a full bar, kitchen, and epic lake views.
Must-try beer: You should test out Racer 5, one of the original West Coast IPAs that’s been brewing here for 20 years.
Amenities: Bear Republic has a dog-friendly patio and serves up housemade cocktails for your non-beer-loving friends to enjoy.
Address: 5000 Roberts Lake Road, Rohnert Park.
After HenHouse’s three brewers found their groove, they grew rapidly, going from 88 barrels of beer in 2013 to 12,000 just six years later. Today, you can visit them at one of their three locations in the area. HenHouse has a rotating tap of beers that you can enjoy with a bite to eat from on-site food trucks.
Must-try beer: There’s something for everyone here, from IPAs, stouts, lagers, barrel-aged, and Belgian-style beers.
Amenities: HenHouse has a podcast! Check out the Unruffled podcast for all-things beer talk.
Address: Three locations to choose from at 322 Bellevue Avenue, Santa Rosa; 1333 N. Mcdowell Boulevard, Petaluma; and 765 Center Boulevard, Fairfax.
Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or you just want to taste-test the very best beers that Sonoma County has to offer, there’s no shortage of incredible options to choose from.
And if you’d like to try the breweries on this list plus dozens of others, all in one place, we invite you to attend The Freshtival at SOMO Village on June 25. Hosted by HenHouse Brewing Company, this event offers the largest variety of brewery-fresh beer ever poured in one place.