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Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, Cloverdale

Melanie Wong | May 4, 200202:22 AM

Open since March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), I stopped in last weekend for a quick lunch to check out the place. In the kitchen is the team from the former Luther’s on the Boulevard (linked below). Some of the standards from Luther’s are on the menu – Potatoes O’Brien, Roast Leg o’ Lamb Sandwich, The Reuben – along with a variety of small plates and appetizers (e.g., jalapeno poppers, wings, pasties, fish & chips)suited to this more casual drinking environment. This time I didn’t have enough time to try the brews. Tasters of four ounces each are $1 and the initial selection included Caroline’s Blonde, Cloverdale Ale, Ruth’s Stout and Opening Day IPA.

The place was hopping on Saturday afternoon. The bar seats were all taken as well as most of the table seating.

I tried the fried calamari, $6.95, and a lemonade, $1.75. The calamari was tender and expertly cooked with a light and crisp batter. The Korean-inspired soy ginger sauce with some sesame accents and chilis provided a tasty dip. However, the squid didn’t show as well with just a squeeze of lemon as the unadorned calamari was lacking much sweetness or flavor of its own. It was good enough, but I found myself wishing I’d ordered the lamb sandwich that I’d liked so much at Luther’s and which the customer at the next table was praising. The lemonade wasn’t fresh squeezed and had an artificial taste.

Yet, I have faith in the kitchen crew and will be back to try more from the menu. I'm posting this somewhat prematurely before tasting more things here just in case anyone's looking for a place to eat on the way to and from Saturday's beer festival in Anderson Valley.

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub [Sonoma County]
131 East First St.
Serving lunch & dinner
11:30 to 9:00
Closed Tuesdays



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