Third Street Aleworks brewpub

Review: Third Street AleWorks brewpub

                                         10 Mar 1996
Keywords: Santa Rosa, brewpub, Third Street Aleworks, Grant Johnston
Summary: quick review of new brewpub in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

Dateline: Santa Rosa, California

In Sonoma County wine is king. Home to the great wine valleys named
Somoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and the Russian River
Valley, some of the world's best wine is made here. From high octane,
chewy Zinfandels to light and delicate Sauvignon Blancs and world class
sparkling wines there's no doubt that wine rules.

The new kid here on the block is beer -- microbreweries.  Brewpubs.
In the first two months of 1996 three new brewpubs have opened in
the county, whose aproximate population is just 320,000? spread out
from San Pablo Bay at the east end to the Pacific Ocean at the west end.

Third Street Aleworks brewpub is the newest, opening for business just
a few days ago on March 8.  The headbrewer is Grant Johnston, who moved
here to helm this brewpub located in Sonoma County's largest city Santa Rosa.
Grant used to be the headbrewer at Marin Brewing Co. of Larkspur which
is certainly evident when you taste the stout at Third Street, Stonefly Stout,
4.9%, which instantly reminds you of marin's Breakout Stout -- this is a good
thing, this is really tasty, roasty, full-bodied stout. ***

Third Street is located in a former Good Earth restaurant building that
has been gutted and revamped to hold a Pub System microbrewery.
Find them at 610 3rd St., Santa Rosa, Calif.  707-523-3060

I also tasted their Annadel Pale Ale. 4.8%, clean, crisp.  **->***
The American Dark Wheat was med. body, light brown, clean. **->***

Friendly bartenders included Rebecca & John. Part owner Chris was
pretty proud of his new facility which is two leveled with pool tables
and dart boards and some tasty looking pizza if you get hungry.

(Other new Sonoma County brewpubs are Bear Republic in Healdsburg
and Power Station in Sebastapol, which I'll review later.)
KJP, 3/13/96

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