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Mendocino Brewing — Hopland
(Closed)
13351 Highway 101
PO Box 400
Hopland CA 95449
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Notes

Visited: September 9, 1995

Opened: 1983

Closed: 2010

Annual Production: 18,000 bbl

Contributors: Arash Shahzadi, Pat Hagerman

This is the famous Hopland brewery, the first brewpub in California, and the second of nine stops on my 1992 Beer Odyssey. Don't miss it. They spent $12 million on a new brewery just up the road in Ukiah CA that will eventually have a 200,000 bbl annual capacity.

Directions: Easy. Highway 101 into Hopland, two hours or so north of San Francisco. The Mendocino Brewing Company is on the east side of the road. Anderson Valley and North Coast will be your next stops.

Updated: November 15, 2010

Beer List

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    Awards:
    • Date: September 15, 1997 (#2251)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Willow Glen Liquors, San Jose CA
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Big brown head on a black beer. Roasty aroma, some alcohol. Thick, black roasty. Real nice balance. Long burnt finish.
    • Date: September 9, 1995 (#1178)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black, OK head. Some coffee aroma, hint of chocolate. Big coffee and black malt flavor blast.
    • Date: February 6, 1995 (#759)
      Package: draught
      Place: The Depot, Concord CA
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Black, Long-lasting brown head. Roasty, hoppy, alcoholic aroma. Great body. Malty but not seriously black. Good hoppy finish.
    • Date: August 19, 1993 (#258)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black opaque. Reasonable head. Some black malt aroma, some background hops. Very nearly smooth, except for a black malt bite. Needs more black, but body is OK.
    • Date: August 15, 1992 (#1929)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      Good black thick roasty. A little sweeter than I like, but good enough for serious quaffing! 9th Anniversary today.

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    • Date: September 9, 1997 (#2230)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Willow Glen Liquors, San Jose CA
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden, moderate carbonation, good head. Fresh hop aroma, a little metallic. Good body, lots of carbonation. Slightly sticky bitterness follows the blast of hop flavor up front.
    • Date: September 9, 1995 (#1176)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Pale, shade darker than Peregrine (15-1175). Good head, low carbonation. Hop aroma slightly more pronounced than Peregrine. Bitter. OK, but bitterness lingers way too long.
    • Date: August 19, 1993 (#256)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Just a little darker than Peregrine, and a little hazy. Fruity nose. Smooth for a second, then a bitter BLAST! Fades pretty quick. All pale malt, Clusters for bittering and Cascades for finishing.
    • Date: August 15, 1992 (#1930)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      A little better. Slightly more body and flavor than Peregrine. No aroma.

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    Old Ale
    Awards:
    • Date: September 6, 1997 (#2227)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Willow Glen Liquors, San Jose CA
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber hazy, low carbonation, OK head. Caramelly aroma, hops in the background. Huge body, lots of big malt flavor. Hops late, some alcohol, but overall it's a big malty beer.
    • Date: August 15, 1992 (#1931)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      I need a pint of this to tell if I really like it. Yep, I really like it.

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    Old Ale
    • Date: December 27, 1997 (#2370)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Willow Glen Liquors, San Jose CA
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark red-brown opaque, thick tan head. Hint of fusels behind some woody, malty aromas. Good body, high carbonation, quite a bit of (Tasmanian?) hop flavor up front. Tastes like a redwood plank, which is not an entirely bad thing. I think this beer is way too young...I'd like to taste it in three years or so. Thanks to Chuck Farnham for the bottle!

  • American-Style Pale Ale

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    Red Tail Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Talon True Style Barley Wine Ale
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    10.50% abv.

  • Yuletide Porter
    Robust Porter