Local Love – Brewsters Beer Garden

Wine Country has an amazing and diverse food scene.  From formal to casual and everything in-between, there are a host of incredible dining options throughout the region.  It’s rare to find a new venue which is truly unique to the area;  Brewsters Beer Garden is that rare find.

Located in the Historic District of Downtown Petaluma, Brewsters Beer Garden was built for people who want more than just a good meal when they eat, they want a dining experience which offers a laid back and kid-friendly environment.  This open-air dining restaurant, whose cuisine is focused on technique-driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina BBQ and a smattering of locally sourced and sustainably-raised Petaluma producers and ranchers, doesn’t disappoint and is truly a fun and memorable dining experience.  You can even bring Fido, as Brewsters is a dog-friendly restaurant.  It’s a great location for the new restaurant, as Petaluma is the center of the Craft Beer craze in Sonoma County.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Offering a seating capacity over 350, this new dining hotspot is the perfect balance of food and ambiance, as guests are treated to outdoor and covered seating in a historic setting, with the comforts of large heat lamps, fire pit, bocce court, children’s playground and live music stage. To complement this unique dining experience, they offer an array of over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails.

Menus changes daily but you can get an idea what they are serving up by perusing their menus here.  Here is a quick glimpse of some of their menu items.  From their Rotisserie and BBQ menu: 1/2 Smoked Chicken, Chopped Hog and Brisket.  Feeling hungry?  Try an item from their Large Plate menu; the King Salmon, with succotash and hollandaise or the Fried Chicken, with buttermilk biscuits, country gravy and swiss chard both sound delicious.  They also have small menu items, sandwiches, salads and a kid’s menu.  Brewsters is open T-FRI 5pm-close / S + S 11:00am-close.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Although Brewsters is relatively new to the Wine Country food scene, the reviews are coming in and people like what they are serving up in Petaluma.  Take a look at the following reviews from their Facebook Page:

This place is beautiful! Constructed perfectly with class! You are outdoors but it is comfortably heated complete with a gorgeous fire pit! Nice band and dance area. Fun play area for little ones and a Bocce court. The kitchen is open and quite large. I was amazed by the beauty and comfort. The owners are very sweet and proud as they should be! I wish you nothing but success. – Sue Beavers

Warm friendly staff, to go along with the surprisingly warm heaters made for a lovely December evening. Food was top notch, ribs were so very good, desserts were incredible. Goat cheesecake, and buttermilk pie were enjoyed by all. We are excited to have such an exceptional outdoor dining establishment in Petaluma and look forward to our next visit!! – Berkley Sturgeon

Awesome space with a comfortable industrial vibe; great fit for downtown Petaluma. Kids’ play area, bocce ball court; dog friendly – excellent food, great bar. Winner! – Cyn Cady

So next time you find yourself in Downtown Petaluma, stop by Brewsters Beer Garden for a great time and delicious meal too.

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Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Head to Healdsburg’s SHED

In search of one of the most unique shopping experiences in Wine Country?  Head north to nearby Healdsburg and experience all that SHED has to offer.

Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, café, and community gathering space. This modern grange, located at 25 North Street, reflects the best of the local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods.

SHED Café. The café brings together responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food in an open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven and house-made products. The à la carte and a prix-fixe menus change daily, inspired by what’s in season. Diners can expect a selection of à la carte savory dishes for sharing. The prix-fixe offering is “Let Us Cook,” a chef-led, four-course dinner experience.

Coffee Bar. Featuring espresso, blends, and single-origin coffees as well as a full range of house-made pastries, fresh natural juice options, breakfast tartines, daily sandwiches, and homemade ice cream in a full palette of seasonal flavors.

Fermentation Bar. Choose from house-made kombucha and kefir water or try one of the Shrubs. An old-fashioned refresher once common for slaking a farmer’s thirst, the SHED unique house made Shrubs are composed from vinegars, as well as fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. They also offer an innovative tap wine program, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas.

More than food.  SHED celebrates and nurtures the connection between good farming, good cooking, and good eating with a variety of culinary and lifestyle events throughout the year.  Here are a few upcoming events at SHED:

PomPom Party! on Dec 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

Sparkling Wine and Cheese with Janet Fletcher on Dec 3, 2016 from 1-3pm.

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Oyster Tasting with Chef Perry on Dec 4, 2016 from 3-4:30pm.

Making Merry on Dec 4, 2016 from 10am-5pm.

Fibershed Pop-Up at SHED on Dec 11, 2016 from 11am-5pm.

Taste of Place: Champagne! on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

Yelpers agree, SHED is a unique and captivating Wine Country experience not to be missed.

It’s really amazing when someone takes a chance on doing something unconventional like this. I am impressed by their courage in creating such a new concept. The multi-functional space is themed around anything and everything involving good food.  The end result of walking around inside the space is difficult to describe. It’s like you’re in a little open food village. Shop for food / kitchen supplies and gifts, get food that is already prepared and ready to eat, get groceries (best quality stuff!), have a coffee, have a glass of wine. Honestly, it blew my mind. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop running around checking out all the amazing, delicious, interesting sights. – Alex G.

I was passing through town and stopped at the Visitor’s Center, which turned out to be the local Chamber of Commerce. I asked for a recommendation on a good place for a vegan-friendly lunch. A nice lady recommended The SHED. I’m sure glad she did.  Turns out the SHED is a delight to all your senses! It’s a place where you can bite into some of nature’s treats, pick up some gardening supplies, find a new kitchen tool, stock up on some fresh gourmet food, and get a coffee to go . . . all in one trip.  I had a salad and tisane hibiscus tea. It was a divine lunch in a heavenly outdoor setting! It was an all-around rejuvenating experience. We need a “modern grange” like this in every town! I’m happy to help spread the good news about this place where you can eat, shop, gather and learn! – Lorraine H.

So head north to Healdsburg and experience the best of Wine Country; it’s a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends alike!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Credit: SHED Facebook Page