Cooperage Brewing Company

One Beer At A Time

Let’s hop on the 101 and head north to an industrial park district off Pliner Road. Because it’s entirely possible that finding your beer bliss requires getting lost in the depth of your obsession, and this Bermuda Triangle of craft breweries is a great place to do it. From our first stop, we can walk to two more breweries so, if you’re traveling without a DD, this may be the ideal time to abandon the auto.

Cooperage Brewing Company embodies the quality before quantity approach to beer making so prevalent here in Santa Rosa. Tyler Smith makes one beer at a time, and never technically makes the same beer twice. The taproom is all wide-open spaces, high ceilings and colorful artwork with room enough for fun and games like darts and even a corn hole court (if a court is what it’s called). Along with brewer and owner in his title, Tyler is also beertender, host and official explainer of what’s on tap. But he manages to tear away from the bar long enough to show us around the brewery. Tyler takes a slow and steady approach to beermaking. He brews one batch at a time, always something distinctive, and only sells what he pours out of the taproom. So, after giving us a quick tour, we’re back at the bar before a flight of beers you can’t get anywhere else. Which is fine, because it’s a great place to hang around.

Personal opinion here, Cooperage beers are incredible. Each one a really well thought out delight to the palette. The great thing about quaffing at Cooperage is that it’s never the same brewpub twice. At the time of our visit there were ten beers on tap. As you’re reading this, there are probably ten entirely new ones.

There’s no kitchen at Cooperage, but there are some tasty snacks available, including our favorite Bloody Mary Popcorn from neighborhood poppers Comet Corn.
After a sampling of Cooperage brews, we can feel the spirits starting to move us towards our intended epiphany, so it’s time to move on. But we’ll be back, no doubt to see what’s on tap next.
Cooperage Brewing Company is open from 3 PM to 11 PM Monday, closed Tuesday, 3 PM to Midnight Wednesday > Friday, Saturday Noon to Midnight and Sunday Noon to 11 PM. Dogs are welcome.
Stop by at 981 Airway Court, Suite G or visit


Old Possum Brewing Company

A Great Place To Hang

At Old Possum the vibe is laid back. That is, until you get Sandro the Brewer talking about beer. A jack of all culinary trades, Sandro’s enthusiasm comes through in everything there is to taste here. The beer is diverse and delicious, from a Poppin’ Pils to a Zorro Chocolate Espresso Stout and everything pale and hazy in between. The food? Well, the food is probably the most surprising part. This is no quick-kitchen, pure filler pub grub. Sandro’s local cuisine connections come through in small and big bites that pack plenty of flavor and lots of locally-sourced ingredients. Where else can you find Rillettes and Ratatouille on a brewery menu? Or how about West County Schnitzel, Chicken Pie or Stuffed Squash?

We’d suggest you check their social calendars for upcoming events. They host some super-fun stuff like weekly trivia nights, Pints & Paintings, comedy, music and more. That’s where you really notice the neighborhood bar feel at Old Possum. It’s a great place to hang by your tail and just chill. Or, if you’re up for something more energetic, ask Sandro about his full circle approach to making beer.


The Brewery, Kitchen and Taproom is open Wednesday > Sunday Noon to 8 PM but stay open on Saturday until 9 PM.
Stop by for a beer and a bite at 357 Sutton Place or online at


True Hoppiness

For a little city, Santa Rosa is a big beer town. So, if you, like us, are on some form of a never-ending quest for the perfect pint, you’ll eventually find yourself here. And when you do, we hope this online guide to our cool little enclave of hot little breweries sufficiently enlightens you.

While we’d love to cover them all, the number of truly micro and garage-style operations to list here.
Now, suck in your beer gut and let’s go.

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SR Gift Guide 2019

Seeking a few fresh ideas for holiday gifting? You don’t have to go far. Here’s a curated collection of SR gifts to check everyone off your list.


The Links

1.  Santa Rosa Postcard, by J. Hill Design: Available at Made Local Marketplace

2. Miracle Plum Rolling Pin, etched in Santa Rosa: $17 – Available at Miracle Plum

3. Henhouse IPA’s: Available at Miracle Plum

4. Baldwin & Canon Leather Works: Available at Made Local Marketplace or on Etsy

5. Raman Gajin Noodles: Available only at Miracle Plum (prices vary)

6. Emily Lynch Candles: Available at Made Local Marketplace or on Etsy

7. Phyllis Haig Ceramicist:  mortar and pestle and other pieces available at Miracle Plum

8. Hendley Hardgoods, assorted boards: Available at Miracle Plum

9. Miracle Plum Herbal Tea Collection, including Pause Tonic, Rose Tea, Sip and Chill: $11 – $13 – Available at Miracle Plum

10. Raft Wines: $23 – Available at Miracle Plum or online

11. Little Frances Chenin Blanc: $21 – Available at Miracle Plum or online

12. Dog Collar from Amber Lens Leather: Available at Made Local Marketplace

13. Comet Corn:  $5.49 Available at Miracle Plum or Made Local Marketplace

14 Cloverleaf Ranch BBQ Sauce: Available at Made Local Marketplace

15. Pottery by John Oblad: Available at Made Local Marketplace

16. The Goat Farm Soaps: $10.50 – Available at Made Local Marketplace or online 

17. Child’s Knit Cap from Oh My Stars: Available at Made Local Marketplace or on Etsy

18. Dogwood Botanicals Calendula Rose Face + Body Cream: $55 – $88 Available at Made Local Marketplace or online 

19. Hard Times Bail Out Basting Sauce: Available at Made Local Marketplace 

20. Soaps From Three Sisters Apothecary: Available at Made Local Marketplace or online

21. Man Cave Room Spray by Satya Essential Oils: Available at Made Local Marketplace or online

22. Southpaw Seasonings: $12 – Available at Made Local Marketplace or online

23. Bohemian Roots Tea Towels and Linens:  $12 – Available at Miracle Plum

24. Miracle Plum Jams: $16 – Available at Miracle Plum

25. Local SR Music: Wide selection available at Made Local Marketplace