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 CooperageBrewing.com.

707-293-9787