Mendocino County
Hopland

Hopland is a small community (756 people in the 2011 census) located on California State Highway 101 north of Santa Rosa and south of Ukiah. This is Russian River Country and the valley that the river flows through is known as Sanel Valley. The region was settled in the middle of the nineteenth century by farmers and ranchers. They called their town Sanel. Eventually Sanel Valley became famous for producing hops and the name of the community was changed to Hopland. The hops are gone now, an unfortunate victem of a persistent mildew.

There is an inn, a cafe and a few the commercial ventures, but the highlight of town for most tourists has long been the Hopland Brewpub. Although production of its line of brews moved to larger, more modern facilities in Ukiah long ago, the original home of Red Tail Hawk was a mecca for beer lovers. Started in 1982, it claimed to have been the first brewpub to operate legally in California since Prohibition. Unfortunately, it closed it's doors in 2010 with plans, as yet unfulfilled, to reopen in Ukiah.

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