When heading to the Sonoma Coast, we always drive through my old stopping grounds of Petaluma. With pit stops like Lagunitas’s Beer Sanctuary, 101 North Brewing Company, and Taps, it’s hard not to stop and kick-off our Sonoma Coast getaway properly. We now have a new fabulous spot in Petaluma… Brewster’s Beer Garden.
Brewster’s Beer Garden co-owners Mike Goebel and Chris Beerman went big! They purchased the Mahoney Building on Water Street just off Petaluma Boulevard North. The interior boast dramatic metal I-beams and artisan wood tables throughout thanks to Heritage Salvage of Petaluma who supplied the wood that was taken from old Army barracks in Oakland California.
The beer garden looks out over the Petaluma River and invites patrons in to sit in one of their multiple seating areas, listen to live music on the beer garden stage, play bocce ball, or watch the kids play in their very own kids play area. For you doggy people, Brewster’s is also very dog friendly with cozy places to tie up and lap up a cool bowl of water.
It’s our new favorite spot to sip one of the local beers on tap. There is also a full bar if a cocktail is what your are wishing for.
Now, let’s talk food! Brewster’s is barbecue-focused with menu items like pit roasted Stemple Creek Spring lamb, smoked Korean short ribs, smoked wings, and a lovely pork belly BLT. They also offer tasty dishes ranging from small plates of roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, Burrata, salads, and a tomato soup with mini grilled cheese sandos. We loved the Ahi Tuna Crudo and the Carolina fried chicken with warm buttermilk biscuit, mushroom gravy, escarole and sage honey. Being California proud, we were pleased to learn that Brewster’s ingredients are sourced from local farms such as Live Oak Farms, Feed Sonoma Farmer’s Exchange, Marin Sun Farms, and Stemple Creek Ranch. Just another reason to love Brewster’s Beer Garden!
As we get ready for our New Year’s trip to the coast, you can bet we’ll be stopping in. If you see us sipping a local brew with our Boxer Sophie, come say hello!