In a region known for internationally acclaimed wines, craft beers may not be the first beverage that comes to mind. But they should be, especially in Sonoma County. Take Petaluma, a sleepy farm town, recently reawakened by brew masters at Lagunitas Brewing Company. The company has gained a huge following (and multi-state distribution) in just a few years. You can taste why at the company’s in-town taproom where favorite brews include a classic IPA, plus Little Sumpin Sumpin and Hop Stoopid ales.
Further down the road is Russian River Brewing, serving 20 beers, including legendary Pliny the Elder double IPA, in its Santa Rosa taproom. You can expect a crowd; this brew has gained cult-like status. Guerneville’s Stumptown Brewery, identified by the big white fermentation tank out front, pours three of its own brews as well as guest beers, ales, and stouts from other parts of the state.
Conveniently, most breweries do not require tasting appointments, so you’re welcome to stop in and grab a pint at your leisure. When you book through A&W Transport, we’ll be glad to create a tentative schedule that includes wineries, breweries or a combination of both.