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
Opening night. The curtain rises. The audience goes wild. It's a rare and unforgettable thrill. For Central Coast Brewing Brewmaster Brendan Gough, the brewery is his stage, the beers his players. After racking up a throng of Great American Beer Festival wins, you could say these beers are actually more like stars.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
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
There’s a raging intensity of hunger that sinks in after you’ve just rocked out to one of your favorite bands. A need to feed must be quenched. Right now!
Endorphins are high, friends are plentiful, and the beer is flowing. This is the moment that SLO Brew Executive Chef Thomas Fundaro lives for.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
Not all hops are created equal.
This statement was clearly evident as I surveyed the 13 lush, leafy green varieties growing tall at Toro Creek Brewing Company on a balmy August morning. The towering 20-foot high vertical rows overlook a truly impressive view: From where I stood—perched atop hilly Toro Creek Farms terrain located midway between Atascadero and Morro Bay—I could see six miles out to the lapping Pacific Ocean.Read More