Mendocino County loves beer, do you? If so, there's plenty to choose from – from the first organic brewpub in the nation, to some of the early pioneers of the microbrew movement, to fantastic pubs and pizzerias with world-class beer lists. Drink up!
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
For the bahlest* brews in town, head to the Tap Room at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. The Tap Room has beers you won’t find outside of the brewery and, if you listen closely, you just might hear some locals harpin’ Boontling.
* That's “best” to you Brightlighters!
North Coast Brewing Company
A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860s.
Mendocino Brewing Company
The Hopland Brewery was the first brewpub opened in California (2nd in the US) after the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. It didn't take long for the Hopland Brewery to become a landmark, a point of pilgrimage on famed California Highway 101 (“take the Golden Gate Bridge out of town for 2 hours; the brewery is on the right”). The Mendocino Brewing Company is now located in Ukiah. Check out their seasonal Mendocino County line of beers!
Mendocino County is full of “firsts” —the Ukiah Brewing Company (now Ritual Restaurant) holds the distinction of being the very first certified organic brewpub and the second certified organic restaurant in the United States, The UBC Brew Crew focuses on creating hearty and robust organic Ales & Lagers, unfiltered and handcrafted in small batches.
Piazza de Campovida
Your first stop in Hopland is at Piazza de Campovida, which offers fresh small-batch brews handcrafted Oakland’s famed Linden Street Brewery in a convivial setting in the beautiful Upper Russian River Wine Country.
Hopland Tap House
Frequent travelers on California Hwy 101 will recognize the Hopland Tap House as the former Mendocino Brewing Company. The brick exterior hasn't changed much since the brewery's heyday but a new owner has now revitalized the interior and added an outdoor seating area with barbecue. Not tied to a particular brewery, the Tap House changes its brews on a regular basis.
Head for downtown Ukiah to experience brews with an attitude at Saucy. This lively restaurant serves an outstanding selection of beers and cider on tap that are on regular rotation in addition to wood-fired pizza and other food selections. Thursday nights are Pint Nights when a particular brewery is the featured pour and the brewmaster is on hand to answer questions.
With its wide selection of beers and ciders on tap, Shanachie Pub is the place to hang out, relax and enjoy the vibe where everyone counts as “local.” The pub features regular live music events and there's an outdoor seating area for warm summer nights.
Westside Renaissance Market
You've got your picnic supplies all ready but you're missing one vital ingredient… beer! Head to Ukiah's westside and choose from Ukiah's best beer selection at Westside Renaissance Market.