Friday I gave into the Pliny the Younger fever and made my way to Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol to catch the 3pm tapping and meet up with some friends. A very mellow scene at that hour, and plenty of parking in the lot even, yet the keg would be emptied in less than four hours.
Pliny was $8 per glass or paired with a slider, $10. A couple of us sprang for the combo, including me, and were really impressed.
The sumptuous slider: 4 oz Angus beef, lemony aioli, white cheddar, tomato chutney. The thick and juicy patty, cooked medium-well, had great grilled flavor and deep beefiness. I loved the tomato chutney, spiked with spicy golden raisins, and the little bun was just perfect for the bundle. Normally two for $10.
I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I’ll certainly return to try more of the food.
FWIW, the Sonoma location will be tapping Pliny soon.
230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472
691 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476