Fogbelt Brewing, the latest addition to Sonoma County’s booming brewing scene, is planning a grand opening party at its taproom on Saturday, Feb. 15, from noon to 8 p.m., owner Paul Hawley said. The taproom is at 1305 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Hawley promises five or six beers on tap and some “Special Pairings” to go with the brew. Fogbelt opened informally for San Francisco Beer Week, but this is the kickoff for routine business. Plans are to be open Thursdays 2-8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays noon to 8 p.m.
Speaking of new taprooms, the news isn’t so positive for fans of Santa Rosa’s Moonlight Brewing. Owner Brian Hunt tells me that the planned taproom at his new brewery in Santa Rosa is functional but not really ready for routine operations. He opened briefly for New Year’s Eve, but other projects have kept him from getting it open regularly. He hopes to get that done sometime this year, but he declined to set yet another specific time frame for fear of disappointing fans again. In any event, he said, “it won’t be a taproom in the sense so much of hanging out and drinking beer, but a place for people to fill growlers.”
Better news, however, over at The Barlow in Sebastopol. Warped Brewing, owned by Noah Bolmer, owner of Occidental’s Barley and Hops Tavern, opened on Jan. 16. No food, Noah says, but there is an outside patio and guests are free to bring in food from elsewhere.
Down in Rohnert Park, meanwhile, the guys at BeerCraft have opened their long-awaited tap room to accompany their interesting selection of bottled beers from around the state and region. It opened Monday, coowner JT Fenn said, “and we’ve been pretty busy ever since.” Check out the ever-changing tap list – and some details on the SF Beer Week events they are hosting, on their website.
– Sean Scully