Capitol Creek Brewery recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. When it opened in Willits in 2017, the proprietors had four beers to start. Today they have 12 beers on draft, some of which rotate based on the season. The beer is brewed on-site, with massive glass windows letting patrons in the restaurant and bar watch the work in progress. Capitol Creek Brewery produces 600 barrels a year. Locally owned and brewed, the water is also locally sourced and other ingredients come from Colorado — like Palisade peaches when the season is right.
“Every recipe has a certain style guideline, color, flavor profiles,” says Jerod Day, head brewer. “Sky’s the limit.” For instance, Green Drake, a Capitol Creek Brewery mainstay on tap, uses 475 pounds of grain, but each style has its own recipe. “As a brewpub we have the opportunity to make a lot of different styles. We can have a lot of fun with what we do and keep a good variety on draft,” adds Day. The final brew is only distributed locally.