Beer & Yarn Weekend…

This was mostly a brewery tour weekend, but we did pick off a few yarn stores in the process. The inspiration for the tour was our daughter’s 21st birthday. She lives in San Francisco and has been wanting to visit some breweries in Northern California as soon as she turned 21. We decided to make it a family trip. Our oldest daughter flew out from Wisconsin and my son, husband and I drove up from San Luis Obispo. After a slumber party in San Francisco we began our adventure.

First stop was Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Booneville for a tour of the brewery, some beer tasting and a picnic. Next stop was North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg. The visit with North Coast and our stay at the Beachcomber Motel were both awesome. We arrived in Fort Bragg early enough to visit the local yarn shop Navarro River Knits and, of course, walked away with a few skeins of yarn.

The next day was a trip to Lost Coast Brewing Company in Eureka. A long drive over very winding roads, but a great visit at Lost Coast that included a tour of their brewery. While in Eureka we stopped in at Boll Weaver Yarn Shop. Walking in the front door we were greeted with some beautiful spinning fiber and then worked our way around the shop to see all their yarns. Much fun and, of course, we had to take a few items home with us.

On the last day of our trip we stopped in Hopland to visit the Medocino Brewing Company‘s historic brewpub. Our final stop was in Santa Rosa for a visit to Russian River Brewing Company. The drive into San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge on a gorgeously clear and sunny day was the perfect way to wrap up our trip.

North Coast Brewing Company was our favorite brewery by unanimous vote of our family. Their Old Stock Ale is incredibly yummy. We also got to taste the same beer that had been barrel aged for almost two years in bourbon barrels and then one that had been aged in brandy barrels. Opinions were split on which barrel-aged beer was best, so I can’t give you a winner there.

After visiting yarn shops and then brewpubs it became clear that it’s time for someone to open a knit-pub, where both good beer and yarn are sold. That would make yarn shops more fun and hopefully more profitable (so more of them could stay in business).

We also visited several awesome bookstores, but that’s another story to be told at another time.

-Jenne Hiigel

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