Trip to Nor Cal

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by cLin, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. cLin

    cLin Aficionado (185) California Jul 21, 2010

    My girlfriend is taking me on a beer trip for my birthday from So Cal to the Bay Area in a couple weeks. So far, we're hitting up Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, and Russian River. We're staying one night in Paso and two nights in Santa Rosa.

    Are there any bars, breweries, or stores that are a must-visit while we're up there? The only store we have scheduled is City Beer before we head back down to LA.
  2. Rinkor16

    Rinkor16 Savant (260) California Dec 12, 2011

    You could go a little farther north and visit Bear Republic. I'd also recommend checking out Flavor which is just down the street from the RR Brewery. They have excellent food and a good amount of beer on tap.
  3. Two nights in Santa Rosa should provide you with ample time to drive up to Bear Republic. You can atop into Armstrong Woods to hike the redwoods on way there or back and hit Stumptown for a beer. Great location, beers so so.
  4. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Savant (350) California Jan 12, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    A trip over the east bay to Beer Republic would be pretty good... just a little deviation from your trip northbound and it is worthwhile.
  5. east bay to beer republic? did you purchance mean beer revolution?
  6. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    I would suggest Taps in Petaluma and the Whole Foods Coddingtown in Santa Rosa. Both place have a great tap selection. You may want to stop by Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa as well. They have the best prices for beer in the county.

    And for good food and a nice selection of Moonlight, stop by Flavor, which is right down the street from Russian River.
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  7. SageO

    SageO Savant (455) California Jul 13, 2010 Verified

    Awesome, I'm doing almost exactly the same thing - going up to San Jose for the last week of the month, so I'll also be hitting up FW, Lagunitas, and RR. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!

    (San Jose seems to be a bit of a craft beer wasteland, unfortunately - everything's a bit of a drive.)
  8. cLin

    cLin Aficionado (185) California Jul 21, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions! More suggestions welcome!
  9. mjl21

    mjl21 Advocate (550) California Apr 3, 2008

    There is a brand new place in Santa Rosa that just opened that is a combo wine bar/beer bar called The Wineyard/The Hopyard. They currently have 4 taps and will be expanding to 12 taps soon. I haven't been yet but have heard it is a pretty good place.
  10. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Savant (350) California Jan 12, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    yea, beer rev, sorry.
  11. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Make sure you stop by Wine Affairs on the Alameda, it's the best spot in the south bay, followed by Good Karma Cafe and Harry's Hofbrau IMO.
  12. dmoser

    dmoser Aficionado (140) California Sep 11, 2009

    In Buellton there is Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company.

    In Paso Robles go to the Pour House after you hit up Firestone.

    About halfway between Paso Robles and the bay area(perfect time for lunch) in Hollister is this place. Relax Grillin and Chillin. The 8 minutes off the freeway are well worth it. Their website doesn't do their beer selection justice.

    Beyond that good luck because there are too many places to fit into just a few days. As mentioned Beer Revolution is great. Plus it's less hassle to park in Jack London Oakland than San Francisco.
  13. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    4 taps? They're advertising something like 24 in their newspaper adds. Weird.
  14. Drakes in San Leandro is a must if you are in the bay area. They still have the Hopocolypse Black and lots of barrel aged stuff.
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  15. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Agreed, they're quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries and their parties are a good time, I've brought along friends who aren't super into beer but the atmosphere makes it more inviting. Not to mention they make a lot of amazing tap-only specials. The chardonnay barrel aged DIPA (slightly sour) was interesting and tasty.
  16. I love Drakes, their Sir Francis IPA aged in Syrah barrels might be one of my favorite sours. Its funny how cool this place is even being behind the definition of commercialism (wal mart).
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  17. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (390) California Jul 31, 2010

    Definitely add Beer Revolution and Drake's. Also Toronado and City Beer in SF.
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  18. I would say Drakes and Russian River are a must. Sierra Nevadas brewery is also pretty fun. As for Sf and east bay I would say Toronado and beer revolution to grab great beers. Stores that will put you in debt are city beer and Healthy spirits. City beer is great because you can grab an amazing beer from the tap as you walk around looking at all the bottle beers you want to buy. Went there the other day and got a Hoptimum and a Bigfoot 11 while I did my window shopping.
  19. Haven't been here, but I'm planning a similar trip and I included North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg.