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Third Street Aleworks

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3.64/5
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305 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
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610 3rd Street
Santa Rosa, California, 95404
United States
phone: (707) 523-3060

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Photo of drewbage
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Sixth stop on the great 2004 Sonoma County Beer Run (http://stoutguy.com/beer/trips/Sonoma/)

We setup shop at the Motel 6 (South Santa Rosa) and grabbed a cab to this relatively small brewpub in front of a movie theater. Now by the time we reached this place it was full on dark and the brewpub interior was dark to match. Evidently, this is also one of the places you go to hang in Santa Rosa.

Interior is slightly industrial with metal and concrete with a narrow bar area in front of a serving tank area. Rest of the establishmet is dominated by tables for the eating crowd.

Beer selection is varied and crossing back throughout the British and German spectrums. (The website for the pub lists 22 different beers of re-occuring nature.) Definately something for everyone.

Also, give props to Denise Jones, the brewster who has to brew everything at the brewery using sack malt.

I think if you're in the area (and truthfully, the GSCBR is a great way to run this part), 3rd Street is a great place to stop in before calling it a night at the motel.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Very typical brewhouse kind of setup. It's a good place to watch a game while you get dinner and some beers. The food and beers are both decent in quality, I've never had issues. Service is fairly average, no bad experiences and nothing that really stands out. The beer selection is pretty good, lots of different styles.

Photo of RyanK252
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Went late on a week night and it was still buzzing. Very friendly staff and tasty food. The sampler is the way to go. The night I was there it included 10 drafts and 2 cask ales. Beer isn't as good as their neighbors (Russian River) but still enjoyable.

Photo of MIrvine
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Decent, but not exceptional beer. Food is fine at best, service is constantly inconsistent. Go to one of the many other breweries or tap rooms in town instead.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

A great place for lunch or dinner. The location is nice and close to the rest of downtown Santa Rosa. I've been partial to their excellent burgers.

Their beer range is decent, and haven't been disappointed.

Third Street, like it's nearby neighbor (Russian River BC), is always busy. That said, the food and beer makes it worth it.

Photo of bray
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Went here after going to Russian River last weekend.
Much bigger than I was expecting with a great sitting area outside.
We went about noon and it wasn't crowded at all.
Porter was really good and the IPA was decent.
Really great atmosphere sitting outside, totally relaxing.

Photo of mastodonj
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here on a trip to Santa Rosa because Russian River was having their employees' Holiday Party so they were closed for the evening.

This place is pretty typical brewpub layout and atmosphere with sports bar ambiance.
There were 11(?) beers on tap and the two I tried were both very good but not outstanding.
One was a black porter that was a little unique.
The bartendress was excellent even though they were pretty busy. Very attentive and fast.

I had fish tacos that were also much better than expected.
The place is more of a restaurant/meeting place than a beer lovers' destination but you can
say that about 95% of the brewpubs out there.

Altogether, it's a very good place with a larger selection than many brewpubs.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very long bar with lots of home brews, backed by a number of other seats and tables. Place looks bigger than it is. Easy to find parking even in front of bar at 5 pm. A close walk from RR> Bartenders are busy, for a Monday this is very busy. Almost every city big enough for 2 bars has one more preferred by the drunks just to drink, this is it. Beer was fine, its not Russian River, but its a decent brewpub and you can get stouts and styles not on tap at that other place. WOrth going if you are there for more than a night.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

So, probably like many people, I got tired of the 1.5+ hour wait at Russian River, knew this place was a few blocks away, decided to take a walk and get a pint while waiting, waiting, waiting. . . always like the motif of a place where you can see the brewing equipment while you're at the place. Mixture of wood and steel in the place, high ceilings (like I said, two levels) not much here made for style, but instead functionality, and its an overall winner in that department. Lots of televisions, making this a decent place to knock out dinner, a game and some beers, without some artydouche saying "unless you're watching sports ironically, turn it off."

Go inside, its a large place, and sure enough, it smells like beer is being made. Nice. There are two levels to it, and there's lots of space. The beers seemed good, I liked the oatmeal stout, it appears to have won some awards, fwiw. A few of my first choices they were out of, hate when that happens, how do you let an ipa not be on the tapline for a weekend? I thought the variety was kind of average, I didn't see anything on cask, or barrels, just the usual lineup of wheat, ipa (out), stout, lager etc. . .

A decent place to check out if Russian River is too full.

Photo of tjensen3618
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

This was the last stop of my only night in Santa Rosa and admittedly, things were starting to get a bit fuzzy.

This place had the atmosphere of a crowded BJ's without the high cleanliness standards that large chains usually demand. It seemed a bit grungy to me. There were a lot of people in the bar area, but we were able to find a couple seats.

After having just eaten at Russian River, we did not get any food. I ordered the Oatmeal Stout, it came in a nonic pint glass and was pretty good. Service wasn't great but that was probably mostly because it was busy.

This was a one beer and done kind of place for me.

Photo of Seanibus
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not much to look at from the outside, but a pleasant, airy and tasty place on the inside. The menu is well thought out and tasty (good burger when I visited, though a trifle undercooked). The one downside is that sound carries well in the sleek, ultramodern decor, so it was quite loud even though it wasn't excessively busy at lunch. The lineup of beers is extensive and tasty too - there were a variety of pale ales and IPAs on the sampler tray and all were delicious (The "Apripeche" was an interesting twist, similar to Dogfish Head's Aprihop, but I found it more accessible and enjoyable). The stouts stood out as well, though it appears that two of the three on the sampler were special offerings, not regulars.

Photo of Beak01
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

If you are looking for an easy place to score some "decent" beers without the cramped/LOUD setting that you get from Russian River then 3rd St. is the way to go. I remember "back in the day" Russian River wasn't down town so 3rd St. was more or less the only real brewery in town. Over time the beer quality has slid a bit, but this is compensated by good service (and seriously....the beer isn't bad. Maybe not AS GOOD but still good). Here is the skinny...when I need food & beer I go to 3rd St. When I need the creme de la creme I go to Russian River.

Photo of t0rin0
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited 7/11/2009
8 house taps + 2 casks

Visited on Saturday of RBSG 2009. 2 blocks from Russian River. Nice cozy atmosphere, interesting tap lineup. Bartender was helpful and sympathetic.

Beer was alright, not great, not bad. lots of beers to choose from though. They do bottle some of their stuff, or at least they used to. Didnt spend a lot of time looking around but the place seemed nice enough. I just sat at the bar with flight in front of me and had a conversation with the bartender until it was time to go back indulge in the 9L Temptation that Vinnie was opening at the brew pub, conveniently about 2 blocks away.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2

When Denise was brewing here, this place could rival Russian River at times for beer quality. As it is, this place is crap. The service is excellent. Beer, though, now is crap, especially considering Flavor is a block away (Moonlight beers on tap) and Russian River is two blocks away (um, need I explain??). Denise is now at Moylan's plying her trade, and 3rd Street has suffered mightily for it. Food is hit or miss. Occasionally it is awesome, but in general it stinks. It used to be great all the time, and I even held my rehersal dinner here because of it. Now, it's a third-rate brewery at best and not worth passing up either flavor or RRB for.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice mix of indoor and outdoor seating - upstairs and downstairs, booths, tables, and bar seating. Music was kind of annoying the night I went, and there were a few obnoxious drunks of various ages at the bar.

Service was excellent (fast, friendly, fairly knowledgable), though the huge number of servers, mostly in uniform, reminds me of a chain sports bar - or even a TGI Friday's sort of establishment (it seems like the kind of place where the staff wears fake smiles and head-sets, even if they don't).

They have a good cross-section of their beers: a mix of those that are always available and a few of their seasonal or limited releases, and at least one cask offering. Guest handles were pretty boring though (cider, etc)...

Happy hour prices are very cheap and they do growler fills as well.

We had pizza and fish and chips - the former was OK but not really worth ordering again, but the fish was quite fresh with a tasty (and not too oily) thin batter - and the portions were very generous.

Photo of bbothen
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The "other" brewery in Santa Rosa. Probably not a fair term.

Have been in here a couple times in my trips out this way. Nice atmosphere with tanks & brewing equipment in full view. Seems to attract the younger, non beer advocate types.

Had a sampler that I shared with my wife. Most beers were quality, nothing fantastic. The barleywine was mice, sweet, malty, with a moderate hoppiness. I enjoyed the IPA as well, which had plenty of citrus & pine. The coffee stout was enjoyable as well. The rest were not as memorable.

The food was right in line with any brewpub. The burger & BBQ sandwich were tasty & affordable.

Service has been fina on my visits. No issues.

All in all a good place to stop into when in town. They're in the shadow of Russian River and seem to be doing just fine from my visits.

Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a good brewpub with a pretty big menu that has some good food, plus a good range of beers, some very good and most at lest decent.

The beers are mostly pretty standard, with a pretty typical range of styles and a fairly standard west-coast character emphasis. However, it always has a good range and number of selections on tap at any given time and almost always has at least one, and sometimes 2 or 3, cask-conditioned beers. The beers, altho9ugh largely fairly standard in overall character, are generally reliably good and tasty, most well above average for a brewpub. Some beers are really very good indeed, with plenty of character, making this place definitely on the higher scale for typical brewpubs.

The food is also very good overall. The menu is varied and the quality does vary from dish to dish, with certain ones being disappointing. However, some dishes are done very well and these are always very reliable, with dishes that are good pretty much always being good. It has a range of lighter and heavier fare, with good salads, very good sandwiches, excellent chili, etc. I particularly enjoy the BBQ sandwich, some other sandwiches, chili, and salad with home-made mustard-ale vinaigrette.

The place itself is nice and with an interesting layout (much of the basic layout and architecural style is leftover form its original incarnation as The Good Earth in the 70s and 80s). It has with a rotunda surrounded by windows, a nice patio area outside, and upstairs area with pool tables and windows. It also has a great location right downtown, only a couple blocks from other places like Russian River Brewing.

Service is normally very good, friendly and generally fast (it used to be very slow a number of years ago, but that has changed).

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made a brief late-night stop here while visiting Santa Rosa/Sonoma/SFO.

There's the usual pubgrub/Santa Rosa style with pizza, nachos and the tempting garlic fries. We went with nachos and garlic fries, but there's a lot more to try. Seemingly spacious place, cool seating area arcing around with large windows. Fairly lengthy bar.

Sort of a loud, happening joint, in contrast to some more casual and quiet beer places in Santa Rosa.

As for beers, we went with the sampler, which was fun. Cask offerings available. Nice variety of styles but nothing spectacular.

Photo of xhcadamx
5/5  rDev +28.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I cant get enough of this place!!! They always have plenty of beers and casked versions as well. The food is amazing. You get the most bang for your buck on tuesday nights as the pints/pitchers are cheap and they offer giant bratwursts dirt cheap. Service is very friendly and knowledgeable of beers. I try to get my wife to take me to this place as much as possible. Completely reccomended for both the beer and the food. My only complaint is that a few times I have been there they havent had any Oatmeal Stout which is a flagship ale...

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Energetic and lively place for a Wednesday evening. Spacious but dull interior with high ceilings, pale woods, and metal. Brew tanks are visible but the fairly high number of tables and people eating makes this more of a restaurant then a tavern feel, and a chain restaurant like Friday’s at that. This is also a sports bar with many, large and loud tvs. The place was just buzzing with crowds and noise.

Service was quite good. They dealt with the crowded situation very well by greeting us with eye contact immediately, apologizing for the wait when they could, and promptly taking our order and returning with beers once they were free to do so. They knew at least a little about the beer too.

We tasted a few beers that were all disappointing and then settled on a Barley Wine and an IPA. The Barley Wine was just loaded with fig and prune flavor but it was unfortunately too boozey to enjoy. The IPA was very light on hops for the style. I wasn’t very impressed with the quality but the variation of the selection was decent and the different types of growlers/bottles was neat. I didn’t really care for third street personally but I could see where beer drinking sports fans and college kids might have a nice time there.

Photo of carln26
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is likely my 5ht or 6th visit to Santa Rosa, but sadly my first trip to Third Street Aleworks. It’s easy to find, right on Third Street bordering the Court House Square. It’s a short walk from either Flavor Bistro or Russian River. Better yet, it was a short walk from my hotel. Modern, almost bank look on the outside. Inside they do the best they can with the space. Medium sized bar area, accompanied a dual level dining area. Just a few tables on an outside patio.

I had an Oktoberfest (OK, not great), and an IPA (nice beer). I had already tasted and a beer or 2, so I didn’t review either. They had a total of about 9 beers on tap. Good sized crowd when I arrived. After work/ Happy hour folks mixed with a few people getting ready for a World Series Game. Service was prompt, and efficient.

I had a BBQ sandwich, and some fries. The food was nicely done. Instead of a bland bun they had the sandwich on a sliced cibatta roll. Nice touch. Prices seemed in line with the food, and with the beer.

If you get to Santa Rosa, please don’t overlook this place. They do some nice work.

Photo of VegasBill
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped her a few times almost three years ago and everything was terrible, but as I like Santa Rosa so much I did not do a negative review.
I stopped again recently three times in two days and what a change. The service was very good and attentive, the food improved greatly and while the beer was not the main issue years ago it also has improved.
I drink two beers here that I normally stay away from, I don't like fruit beers but the One Ton Blackberry , to me, is outstanding. Also I don't drink wheat beer but the Drunken Weasel is also very good and I had this with the meal and the Blackberry after.
The atmosphere is more like a restaurant than a bar but still comfortable, and there is plenty of parking close by but remember watch the meter as the city has found a nice source of revenue from expired parking meters.

Photo of PuckLSHS
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Third Street is a great little college bar/local 20-something’s hang out. Sonoma State and Santa Rosa JC share this bar and you can always find someone you know when you go in. Their food is always good and the service is excellent. The beer is fantastic and is always changing. Their fruit beers are excellent and their American Hef is one of my favorite beers in the area. Rumor also has it that the owner or manager of the place was last seen on the Bachelor. This seems to be one of the more popular "facts" that you might hear upon entering.

I tend to prefer the following beers at Third Street
Bad Santa
Stonefly Moccochino Stout
Stonefly Oatmeal Stout
Drunken Weasal Dunkelweizen

and the crowd favorites are actually their fruit beers, especially the One Ton Blackberry.

I would definitely hit this bar up on any night of the week or any time during the weekend...and since Russian River is almost next door, this makes for a great dinner stop if you are not in the mood for Russian River Pizza or want to do a little beer hopping while in the area.

Photo of chelovek
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Plenty of friendly locals came and went as I waited by myself at the bar for the rest of my comrads to meet me. The atmosphere was pretty laid back with an upstairs that has a couple of pool tables and chessboard topped tables. Laid back that is until after 7pm. After that it had the feel of chilis, which is fine for a chain restaurant but not what I was looking for in a brewpub setting. The beers were decent, I had there oatmeal stout, the apricot and the IPA, the IPA was the bettter of the three and seemed to be what everyone else was drinking. Food was ok, I had the garlic fries that everyone raved about and had stinky breath for the rest of the evening.

The hostesses are pretty hot so I'll give the quality AND the service a boost. There was nothing to complain about in regards to this place but I was not bowled over by it. I think my review may be skewed because of the fact that I had gone to Russian River the night before which happened to treat me to an outstanding time. I find myelf in this area on a twice yearly basis to visit siblings so I will have to re-review this place next visit to nor-cal.

Photo of bruachan
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

neat atmosphere: tanks viewable from everywhere, fun decorations. my salmon was good. apparently the garlic fries are wicked garlicky. menu wasn't huge, which i tend to like. burgers, sammiches, some entrees

tried two beers...one was good (rye bitter), one was average (cask bitter)

ten or so on the tap list, plus two on cask as well. lineup looked like a nice changeup from the bear republic/russian river scene: bitters, browns, only one ipa

larger than the two places mentioned above. split level with an upstairs and a trendified barn motif (though not too trendy). lots of snowboards

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Third Street Aleworks in Santa Rosa, CA
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.