It’s not on the menu, but it really should be. When you need a jolt of caffeine, but it’s way after 2 p.m., head to Bello Mundo and ask for a mix of powerful black tea and a good dash of their caffeine-free pear tea. The flavor is rich and reviving—not sweet in the least—and you won’t be gnashing your teeth come nightfall. Perf!
• Bello Mundo’s Half-Caff Iced Tea—$3 for a small; Bello Mundo; 980 Monterey St., SLO.
It’s alive ... alive! A new beer has been born into this crazy world, but it won’t be around forever. To commemorate the 2016 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest, Russian River Brewing Company owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, and Firestone Walker’s Brewmaster Matt Brynildson have created STiVO Keller Pils—a mashup of Russian River’s STS pilsner and Firestone Walker’s Pivo pilsner. With a mix of both refined and bold hops, the beer is Old World meets new.
• Firestone Brewing Co.’s STiVO Pilsner—Price varies; Firestone Brewing Co.; 1649 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles.
Hayley Thomas is staying cool. Send refreshing sippers to firstname.lastname@example.org.