Within the past few months, a myriad of new restaurants, cafes, tap rooms, and tasting rooms have opened in Sonoma County. From Bodega Bay to Petaluma, here’s a look at what’s new.
PROHIBITION SPIRITS ADDS CORNERSTONE SONOMA TASTING ROOM
In November, Prohibition Spirits Distillery, a.k.a. HelloCello, opened its first craft distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, a marketplace at the southern end of the Sonoma Valley. Cornerstone Sonoma features boutique shops, tasting rooms, gardens, and Sunset magazine’s Outdoor Kitchen and Test Gardens.
SONOMA SPRINGS BREWING RELEASES 22-OUNCE BOTTLES
Two brews from Sonoma Springs Brewing Company are now available for retail sales in 22-ounce size; Sonoma Springs Kolsch, and Subliminal Gold IPA. The company also intends to expand to the Los Angeles and San Diego markets in the near future.
STARTING FROM SCRATCH IN A NEW CAFÉ
Longtime Sonoma County caterers Greg and Tammy Long are now serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays at their new Starting From Scratch Café in the Ag Credit complex near the Sonoma County Airport. It opened in October and the tiny eatery offers omelets, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, salads, soup of the day, burgers, lunch sandwiches, and wraps.
MOONLIGHT BREWING ADDS SANTA ROSA TAPROOM
Founded in 1992, Moonlight Brewing Co. has opened a tap room at its brewing facility on Coffey Lane, in an industrial park in Santa Rosa. The tap room is open weekends.
GUERRERO FERNANDEZ WINERY ADDS TASTING ROOM
In 2004 Guerrero and Fernandez founded their own label, Guerrero Fernandez Winery, which specializes in handcrafted, small lots of red wines. The winery’s Windsor tasting room opened in December.
BARREL BROTHERS BREWING COMPANY
The Barrel Brothers Brewing Company, founded by brothers-in-law Wesley Deal and Daniel Weber with their father-in-law, Tom Sather, opened in Windsor. The brewery uses sustainable practices, including donating its spent grain to local farmers to feed their cows and pigs, and trapping all wastewater and trucking it to local farms to fertilize their mulch piles.
BREWSTERS BEER GARDEN
With 32 beers on tap, the open-aired canopy restaurant and patio garden opened in Petaluma in November. The facility includes artwork by Bay Area sculptor Bryan Tedrick, a bocce ball court, a dedicated children’s play area, and live music all centered around a central fire pit. The menu by executive chef Chris Beerman blends traditional Southern Carolina barbeque cuisine with a Northern California style. All ingredients are locally sourced.
SUSTAINABLE BURGERS, SANDWICHES AT SLAMBURGER
Locally sourced beef, lamb, bison, and vegetarian patties are just a few of the choices for organic burgers and sandwiches at the new Slamburger in Petaluma which opened in October.
GRIFFO DISTILLERY OPENS TASTING BAR
Tours of the grain-to-glass production facility and guided spirit tastings in the new tasting room are available at the small-batch Griffo Distillery in Petaluma. The contemporary cocktail bar is located in the 6000-square-foot distillery.
GRAV SOUTH BREW CO. POURING IN COTATI
With 16 taps, Grav South Brew Co. opened in October. It pours eight of its own brews, plus eight guest beers from local Sonoma County craft beer start-ups, and the beer lineup will change seasonally. It is owned by Greg Rasmussen and Corinne Barclay, whose grandfathers were Gravenstein apple farmers and the brewery is located on the southern part of the Gravenstein Hwy.