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May the best brewer grin: The California Mid-State Fair and the Central Coast Brewer's Guild announced that Brendan Gough, head brewer of Central Coast Brewing in SLO, has been named Brewmaster of the Year at the first-ever Craft Beer Tasting Night and Awards. The inaugural event celebrated the ever-pioneering Central Coast craft beer industry that continues to help shape the future of craft beer in the U.S. and beyond. The event included a walk-around tasting of dozens of beers from nine craft breweries throughout the region, including Central Coast Brewing, BarrelHouse Brewing Co., Earth & Fire Brewing, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Libertine Brewing, 7 Sisters Brewing, Silva Brewing, and SLO Brew ... Hop On Beer Tours in SLO hosts educational walking tours bound to quench your thirst. Grab some friends and stroll through downtown SLO, where you can enjoy a slew of award-winning beers at multiple stops. You'll also learn about the history, brewing process, and highlights of each destination (includes pizza and tasters of beer; learn more at Δ

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