Year in Beer Side Trip – Old School

Who are those young kids?When we were invited to attend the Beerfest in Santa Rosa this coming weekend, we jumped at the chance to road trip it to Northern California.

Besides attending the beer festival and seeing old friends, this was a perfect opportunity to add a couple of new breweries to the list. Since we were last in the area over a decade ago, it was also an opportunity to revisit some breweries.

But I guess the ultimate reason for giving a quick ‘yes’ to the invite was that it reminded us of back in the day when our beer travel was a spur of the moment, ‘want to head over to Marin/Sonoma for the day?’ endeavor.

Back then, we were living in Oakland and popping over to the other side of the Bay was no big deal. Today, it is a three hour drive.

The new breweries that we are visiting:

  • Iron Springs in Fairfax
  • Lagunitas in Petalum (Yes, we have never been to Lagunitas)
  • Firehouse in Sunnyvale

The breweries that we are revisiting:

  • Bear Republic
  • Third Street Aleworks
  • Russian River Brewing

We’re planning on making a One Pint at a Time episode out of this side trip, so be sure to look for it in the future.