Our story is really the combination of several stories that all come together 1st in Oakland, CA and then finally in a small town called Hopland, CA (pop 817).
In 1933, the Hopland Brewery was established in Hopland, CA and became the 1st brewpub in California (2nd in the US) after prohibition (repeal of 18th Amendment). The Hopland Brewery became a destination and landmark on Highway 101.
By the 1920’s farming hops had become the main business in the town of Hopland and all of the Russian River Valley. It’s hard to imagine but all those beautiful vineyards and pear orchards you see along Highway 101 were once row after row of beer hops that supplied the major US Breweries.
The original Valley Oaks Ranch, now called Campovida, is located just over the Russian River from downtown Hopland and once the summer home and headquarters of John Haas and the John Haas Inc. hop empire. The John Haas, Inc. Hops Company was worldwide and for a short period controlled the entire US and World markets for beer hops. At this time the US was full of unique beer producers making some amazing beers.
The craft beer business and the California hops business eventually faded away in 1960’s. The craft breweries that used all if these hops disappeared.
In 2010 Gary and his wife Anna and two daughters moved from Oakland to Hopland to re-claim their lives and the old Haas Hops Ranch, formerly the Fetzer Valley Oaks Ranch and now Campovida. Soon after, Mendocino Brewing Company shut the historic Hopland Ale House and moved it closer to their brewery in Ukiah. Hopland the once proud town had no beer, brewery or hops.
Gary began to dream and ask “What if we were to bring hops and beer back to Hopland?” Having the Taverna is about bringing beer and hops and community back to Hopland.
Through the journey and in the future, we hope that we will always remember, learn and honor all the Hopland pioneers before us. We hope you will enjoy our carefully selected beautiful hand crafted beers. We hope that we inspire you to dream and DO.