Weekend Wanderings #2


Beer shed at Jaded Toad

There’s room for good beer in wine country

My little hometown of Windsor has changed so much since I left in 2002. Some would say it’s been in a continual state of change. Windsor has grown from a predominantly migrant worker community to the posh little place it is today, “gateway to wine country”. The town has definitely grown to be more diverse, but I’m glad to say old Westside Windsor is still recognizable and is enduring wave after wave of change. The same families occupy their same neighborhoods. Some businesses have kept their same long standing shops, Pohley’s Market and the Red Door Barbershop (my father and brothers have been getting cut by Clarence for years).

The latest addition to Westside Windsor seems more like my grandmas backyard than a pub, keeping true to the simple nature of this side of town. The Jaded Toad just opened a few months ago and the owners are still planning unique additions like a “secret garden” for private parties complete with pond and waterfall. The open beer garden with fire pits and handcrafted taps won me over immediately. Please add this to your next Sonoma County wine country tour. I will certainly stop by every time I visit my pops and the family (who conveniently live down the street in my childhood home).

Great atmosphere, great people, but I will critique that the Jaded Toad need to make room on their taps for a Moonlight “Death and Taxes” handle. This unique beer garden needs a unique beer experience to make it a true indieDarling.

Eat, drink, love my indieDarlings


Feels like grandma’s backyard


Worthy slogan



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