Eel River Brewing Company
1777 Alamar Way, Fortuna, CA 95540, USA
Photo courtesy of Eel River Brewing Company
Eel River Brewing CompanyFifteen minutes from Avenue of the Giants is the home of Eel River, America's first certified organic brewery. (Although Eel River moved its main brewing facility to nearby Scotia in 2007, the company continues to make small batches at its Fortuna brewpub.) Eel River's beers are well-known regionally and have won numerous awards. The brewpub also serves food, much of it crafted from local ingredients; its menu ranges from salads to barbecue to an Oreo truffle. The pub is actually on the site of the historic Clay Brown Redwood lumber mill, and much of the bar was fashioned from reclaimed wood. You can still see parts of the old mill as you sit in the beer garden.