Having a beer is man's inalienable right -- whether he's laying in a hammock, on a couch, or under his office desk. Now even in wine country you're covered, with Hopmonk, just opened in Sonoma.
From the Biersch behind Gordon Biersch, Hopmonk's an indoor/outdoor sudsy wonderland, set in a 105-year-old tavern w/ an expansive tiger wood bar, Douglas-fir-planked floors, and overstuffed booth seating, which opens into a tree-lined biergarten flanked by a fountain whose prosaic trickle'll inspire you to regularly relinquish your bier.
Wine and spirits can be had, but the lifeblood's 75+ microbrew bottles (Sudwerk, Russian River, McEwan's, Rogue…), 16 taps (1 brewed onsite), and two casks of non-pasteurized brews so rich, they could covertly finance a Budweiser regicide.
The menu's appropriately hearty, a la beer-braised sausage, roast pork adobo, and the corned beef Reuben with sauerkraut, gruyere, and remoulade -- if that's not traditional enough for you, stick it in your rye.
Monk also includes a state-of-the-art, 200-capacity music venue (the Abbey) that'll soon open its doors to raucous bands -- because whether cruising around the wine country, or drinking beer under your desk, your other inalienable right is rock.
Holler at a Monk.