Fans like me of Gordon Biersch brewery and restaurant will be in a good mood upon hearing the news that Dean Biersch is nearing completion on his next beer-related venture in at the intersection of Highways 116 and 12 in Sebastopol. His anticipated Hopmonk Tavern (www.hopmonk.com) is scheduled to open in spring of this year, and usher in a new-era watering hole for Sonoma County beer aficionados. Biersch is the co-founder of the aforementioned brewery and restaurant, a concept that spread like wildfire via incarnations in various cities around the nation and which also helped bring the microbrew-pub trend in the United States to a froth.
For his new endeavor, Biersch plans to serve up an English-style tavern, complete with neighborly atmosphere and live regular live music. But the focus will be on beer and good food that goes well with beer. The plan is for Hopmonk to offer a regularly changing menu of small-batch beers from across the U.S. and Europe. The beers, personally selected by Biersch, will be offered alongside a simple menu of suds-friendly, locally sourced fare. Further completing the scene is Hopmonk's setting; built into a century-old structure with stone walls and a Douglas fir plank floor Designed by Shawn Hall, the 105-seat restaurant will feature restored Douglas fir floors. The restaurant is complemented by a 1,400-square-foot music venue that is sure to be a weekend hotspot. The outdoor beer garden will surely be popular no matter what day of the week. I, for one, am looking forward to hopping on over.