Brewery Day Travel: Canine-friendly taprooms in Brentwood, Cohesion and Lafayette

I’ve been circling the bay those final months, sampling beer at breweries from Santa Cruz to Sunnyvale and Martinez. This week took me out to Cohesion, Lafayette and Brentwood, the place a reader steered I’d to find a few of his favourite dog-friendly breweries.

4 Legs Brewing

As the title suggests, four-legged buddies — in addition to households — are welcome at this Brentwood brewpub, which provides indoor seating and tables with umbrellas at the patio. Homebrewer Erik Bacher and his spouse Michelle, a former accountant, opened the brewery in April 2021, with head brewer Kyle McGarry overseeing the 15-bbl direct fireplace brewhouse.

A number of the dozen or so beers on faucet, you’ll discover a rice lager, referred to as merely Beer. It’s gentle and refreshing with a excellent trace of bitterness. Strolling Canine is a delectable West Coast light ale — and a collaboration with Epidemic Ales, my subsequent prevent in this specific brewery day travel. Pacing Pils” and Cuatro Patas, a Mexican lager, are each excellent heat climate beers. The road-up is rounded out through a number of hoppy and juicy IPAs and a nutty, chocolatey Imperial Stout referred to as Royal Hound.

Because the title suggests, Brentwood’s 4 Legs Brewing is a dog-friendly taproom.(Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

Snatch a chunk from some of the meals vans parked within sight, and make certain to take a look at the corn hollow tournaments, Bingo Thursdays and different common occasions at the 4 Legs web page.

Main points: The brewery opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and midday on Saturday-Sunday at 2010 Elkins Method in Brentwood; fourlegsbrewing.com. In case you are living in Antioch, you’re in success: 4 Legs will probably be opening a taproom there at 1 I St. q4.

Epidemic Ales

When Holly Brown, Erin Shally and Brian Wang opened their Cohesion brewery in 2016, the taproom title used to be a playful connection with the explosion of craft brewery openings around the area. As of late, the cozy, dog-friendly digs are full of amusements for Fido homeowners, from beer faucets to pinball and pool. There’s a protracted bar and tables within and out, and you need to certainly lose your self for a couple of hours right here.

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You’ll to find as much as 20 beers in a variety of types on faucet. Their hottest beers are the cushy, refreshing Lager on the Global’s Finish and its fruited sister, Limelight, a beer that makes use of the similar base beer however provides lime and salt — an excellent quaff when there’s a taco truck parked there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Zombrew, a West Coast IPA, may be fashionable; it has a nice nostril that’s effectively sour, a forged instance of the way that appears to be creating a comeback.

Concord's Epidemic Ales staff includes, from the top, head brewer Shawn Hammer, co-founder and co-owner Holly Brown, cellarman Nick Wogofski and assistant brewer Mitchell Maisler. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks)
Cohesion’s Epidemic Ales workforce comprises, from the highest, head brewer Shawn Hammer, co-founder and co-owner Holly Brown, cellarman Nick Wogofski and assistant brewer Mitchell Maisler. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

Different stand-outs come with Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Hazy Faded Ale, whose nostril smells precisely like what its title suggests, which isn’t any imply feat, and the newest within the Tartastrophe collection, a Tartastrophe Strawberry Kettle Bitter that has nice berry fruit notes however is best evenly bitter.

There’s a slushie system serving up stylish beer cocktails, to-go beer through the four-pack, crowlers and growlers. Meals vans prevent through day by day, and particular occasions — trivialities evening, paint evening and categories on the entirety from tie dye to spent-grain canine treats — abound.

Main points: Epidemic’s taproom opens at 3 p.m. weekdays and midday weekends at 150 Mason Circle in Cohesion. Epidemic beer may be to be had at seven farmers markets, together with Orinda, Livermore and Marin. To find the whole checklist at epidemicales.com.

Headlands Brewing, Lafayette

Based in 2013 through two Marin homebrewers, the brewery used to be bought a couple of years in the past through Austin Sharp, who opened a Headlands Brewing taproom final yr on Lafayette’s busy Mt. Diablo Side road. The interior is also small, however out of doors is every other topic, with a number of spacious, dog-friendly spaces the place you’ll calm down and experience a lager, together with a entrance deck, a green-turfed beer lawn at the facet and a big again lawn with umbrellas, Adirondack chairs and bench seating.

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LAFAYETTE, CA - JUNE 5: View of the patio area of the Headlands Brewing Company in Lafayette, Calif., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
The dog-friendly beer lawn at Lafayette’s Headlands Brewing provides chilly brews, relaxed seating and fireplace pits for cold evenings. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Space Information Staff) 

On-site there’s a small 3.5-bbl brewery the place head brewer Ryan Frank makesbeer solely for the brewpub. On faucet, you’ll to find a pleasant vary of half-a-dozen or so area beers, plus visitor beers, ciders and kombucha. 4 beers are canned off-site, together with 3 year-round beers and a rotating IPA collection referred to as the Trailblazer.

Their hottest beer is the Pt. Bonita Pilsner, a Nice American Beer Competition medalist that’s blank and highly spiced with some excellent bittering that makes you wish to have every other. They make various IPAs, hazy, juicy and doubles, however my favourite used to be the effectively sour West Coast IPA Superior-O. There’s additionally a delectable, original Bavarian-style hefeweizen and a dry Irish stout redolent of espresso that’s strangely refreshing.

And Headlands Brewing’s meals menu comprises sausages, snacks and specials, corresponding to grilled burgers on weekends, Cheesesteak Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays and such.

Main points: The Headlands taproom opens at midday Tuesday-Sunday at 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette; headlandsbrewing.com. Headlands beer may be to be had at area of expertise markets around the Bay Space. The brewery just lately purchased E.J. Phair, the place it is going to start brewing all its beer for packaging q4, so be expecting to look extra Headlands beer close to you quickly.

Know a neighborhood brewery or brewpub that’s knocking it out of the park, however isn’t getting the popularity they deserve? Drop me a line at [email protected] and inform me why you’re keen on them.