So Janis Joplin, Dick Dale, and Keith Richards walk into a tap room. There is no punchline. This is simply the reality of Avila Beach's newest hangout, brought to you by the friendly, funky folks at Libertine Brewing Company.Read More
Behind every so-called “tourist” town, there lies a real, thriving life force. This is something Avila Beach residents know well. Beneath the façade of this perfect little beach getaway, you’ll find a quirky place where artists, surfers, winemakers (and yes, retirees) mingle.Read More
Silva Brewing Company isn’t “easy” to find, and that’s not a bad thing.
In a corporate world that, more and more, aims to dumb down and homogenize our food and beverage choices, California’s craft beer scene continues to experience a defiant and jubilant renaissance. Will this craft beer explosion ever end? Not if legendary brewer Chuck Silva and his spunky wife, Mary Jo, have anything to do with it.Read More
A wiry and wild-eyed acrylic painting of Iggy Pop overlooks the fermentation room nestled in the corner of Libertine Brewing Company’s newly expanded Broad Street location. The combination tasting room-restaurant-taproom-coffee shop is cavernous—coming in at a little less than 10,000-square-feet—but this is really “where the magic happens.”Read More
Like most mixologists worth their pink Himalayan sea salt, Dominique Gonzales faced a recurring internal struggle whenever hosting parties at her place. It didn’t matter if there were five or 50 people. At some moment during the night, she’d pause and ponder. Should she refresh her friend’s drink—muddle the mint, zest the citrus, shake the ice—or keep mingling, dancing, enjoying herself?Read More
Every wine industry person knows the feeling. You’d rather spark up a deep conversation with a rabid telemarketer than drink another glass of room temperature cabernet sauvignon. You need something crisp, clean, bubbly, zesty, and—most importantly—not wine. Enter hard cider, the ultimate palate cleanser.Read More
Zenaida Cellars owners Eric and Jill Ogorsolka know something about the famous Templeton Gap that a lot of newer winery owners don’t.
Just ask Jill why Theatre Drive in Templeton is actually called Theatre Drive.
“We’d go down to the old drive-in all the time,” Jill reminisced during a recent tour of the couple’s now 20-year-old winery. “That’s before they even added in a traffic light.”Read More
Before Roxanne Lapuyade became known for her fresh-pressed juices, kitchen sink salads, or “Ro boats,” (romaine lettuce leaves filled with persimmon, avocado, mixed veggies, and cashew tamarind spread), she was a lot like the average American kid. Along with the rest of us, she snuck the odd candy bar before Halloween or yearned for the chemical warmth of a Happy Meal.Read More
As it turns out, Central Coast Brewing Company isn’t a bad place to conduct an interview—especially when you’re chatting with a handful of passionate local brewers who live and breathe craft beer. It’s a lot like photographing a band of wild hyenas in their natural environment. I’m getting good stuff.Read More
...Marketing Director Beaton is wearing a furry bear suit, a la the California state flag (and that’s not just the booze talking). Beaton—who, like his partners, graduated from Cal Poly in the not too distant past—is actually wearing a full-on bear suit complete with claws and cute little ears.Read More
Maybe it’s the striking, steam punk look of all the bells and whistles, like an old train chugging through wilderness. Maybe it’s the storied history of booze-making in America, peppered with bootleggers and gun-slinging drifters. It could be the other-worldly patina, which glows like a newly minted penny. Whatever it is, Lola and Steve Glossner have come to find that a simple copper still has a way of stirring the soul and igniting the imagination.Read More
Roastmaster Reid Patterson doesn’t always sleep in his own bed. Perched high on a secluded mountain off a steep dirt road on the south side of town, the 61-year-old house his family purchased in January off of Bridge Street feels like sacred ground; a relic of the beatnik generation.Read More
How many stories can a single oak tree hold? When you slice into its core and count the rings, do you unleash its essence? Once crafted into a barrel and loaded with whiskey or gin, does that story transfer to the bottle?Read More
You know when Robin Kirk Wolf is casting spells again. She’ll be in the kitchen, consulting glittering glass jars filled with magic potions. A pinch of this, a sniff of that; she huffs from each jar as she works her mysterious magic.Read More
A female honeybee lands on a wild flower, its stamen full of seductive, powdery pollen. With the help of a dab of honey brought from the hive, she moistens and scrapes this delicious dust with her legs, securing it to her thickly bristled undercarriage.Read More
Make your way down Chorro Street toward the creek, and you can’t miss it: an old fashioned white-and-teal barber chair sitting alongside a spinning antique barber pole. The sign above the storefront reads “BarrelHouse Brewing Company,” but the space smacks more of beard trim than beer.Read More
Libertine Pub Brewer/Owner Tyler Clark approached our Monday morning interview in much the same way he approaches brewing his fiercely-beloved sour beers: With a free-flowing game plan, a lot of laughing, and a dash of blind confidence.Read More
Before Firestone Walker Brewing Company earned household name status, before brewmaster Matt Brynildson’s own name became synonymous with the bearded wizard Merlin, and certainly before earning top honors at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival(for the third time) last October, Brynildson was not unlike the bulk of young students at Michigan’s Kalamazoo College: Passionate, determined and preoccupied with beer.Read More
Owning and operating a small business is inevitably hectic. Luckily for the guys at Reef Points Hard Cider, a daily surf break is usually in order. When it comes to catching sweet waves, owners Patrick Martinez and Dane Jacobs are serious indeed: They hit the Cayucos water immediately after our seaside interview. Because when the surf’s good, you go for it.Read More