Four guest taps included a Sierra Nevada, Old Foghorn, a cider and a local Moonlight. The Moonlight Old Columbine was a hazy gold color, estery, fruity and balanced toward the sweet side. The house Golden Pale Ale was a clear dark golden color and offered a malty flavor, medium body, lots of carbonation and finished on a nice hoppy note. The Two Rock Amber was also dark gold, evenly balanced with a smooth malty flavor accompanied by subtle hops and a clean finish. The Black Sheep Porter, dark ruby in color, had a smoky aroma followed by a smooth mouthfeel but light body. The Brewmaster's Special at the time was the Amberweizen, a hazy dark amber, this medium-bodied brew has a dry malty flavor and a light hop presence.
The original brewmaster Tim has been joined by Frank and all of their brews were clean and smooth. The menu offered standard pub fare with a California accent. Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 PM Monday to Friday and offers $2 pints. Regular prices include $2 for 10oz, $2.75 / pt., $3.60 / schooner and $8.50 / pitcher. CO2 pushes all of the beers while wine NAs and Coors Light is also discreetly served. It's nice to see that Santa Rosa's first brewpub is still flourishing in this incarnation and that Santa Rosa Brewing Company offers a smoke-free, comfortable place to relax and enjoy English-style ales.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March, 1996
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