Sonoma is known for its sprawling vineyards full of grapes just waiting to be turned into delicious wine, and even though the men in our lives probably enjoy the wine, we're willing to bet, they'd enjoy a day touring the area's breweries (and of course, tasting along the way).
Kelly and I set out on an adventure with one goal in mind: beer tasting. Neither of us are big fans of beer, but we took one for the team ;)... Here's a recap of our adventure, and spoiler alert, we had a lot of fun, and even enjoyed the beer we tasted!
First stop: Sonoma Springs Brewing
Head to Sonoma Springs Brewery where they brew all of their own beer. With 20 beers on tap, we suggest getting a flight to try a few! When we visited, we tried everything from their sourest to their hoppiest. Like I mentioned, neither of us are big fans of beer, but in my case, I can’t tell you if I’ve ever even had a beer. That’s how much I ‘don’t like beer’. The bartender suggested I try a sour, which has very little hops in it, and I loved it! Finally a beer I could enjoy!
The new location on Riverside was designed to reflect a German style beer hall, and with lots of room for grabbing a seat and staying awhile, this is the perfect first stop on the list. We loved their 'Brews 4 Buds' program - where you can buy a buddy a beer for them to enjoy the next time they come in. If you have time, head on in before Father's Day and buy your dad a beer so that when you walk in, he already feels loved!
When visiting Sonoma Springs Brewery, you can expect to find handcrafted California ales, German style beers, and barrel aged brews, all in the heart of wine country.
Second Stop: Burgers & Vine
Head to the square for a bite to eat at Burgers & vine. While you're there, grab a cold one on tap featuring local beers, and whiskey. You can't not get a burger here. I don't care what kind of diet you are on - consider this your cheat meal. It'll be worth every bite. Order the garlic fries, and add bacon & caramelized onions to your burger (you're welcome).
Last Stop: Carneros Brewing Company
The microbrewery was founded by four Ceja brothers (we love their wine!), and is family run. We had the pleasure of being served by one of the wives, who had a passion for the cervezas she was serving. We discovered that the brewmaster, Jesus Ceja, spent over 20 years working for Anheuser-Busch Inc, and after leaving the company, he approached his brothers with an amassed knowledge of beer, and an idea: start their own microbrewery.
One of only a handful of Latino-owned breweries, the Carneros Brewing Company has a deep understanding of beer, and family; from the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed and loved. With five specialty beers on tap, and a handful of seasonal brews, we suggest ordering a few to taste. If you find something you love, or better yet, if your dad finds something he loves, grab a growler to go!
Whether you're celebrating with your dad, husband, brother, friend, or in-memory, we wish you a happy Father's Day!