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Craft beer is here


Cheers to life—cheers to beer! Madonna Inn will host more than six-dozen breweries during a California Festival of Beers grand tasting bubbling up this May 22 through 23. The grand tasting kicks off on May 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is set in the lush meadows surrounding the pink palace. Also enjoy an Arts and Drafts Connoisseur Tasting happening at the inn on May 22 with craft beer and local food offerings paired to perfection alongside Soundhouse, Relion, Dan Curcio, and visual arts galore (tickets available at; benefit for Hospice SLO) … word is out! Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. is slated to finally open its Arroyo Grande tasting room this June! Stay tuned for a splashy Flavor feature and remember to pace yourself on the Lizard’s Mouth.

News nibs

Did someone say free fish and chips? Giovanni’s Fish Market & Gallery in Morro Bay is stoked to give out free fish and chips this June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in celebration of more than 30 years in the biz! I suggest marking your calendar way in advance so you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chomp opp … A new restaurant has opened shop in Morro Bay as well! Gaviota Grill will serve as the coastal town’s only rooftop patio dining, serving up Mexican fusion cuisine (725 Embarcadero St.) … With their fresh baked bread and incredible lunch specials (veggie curry, pulled pork Banh mi sandos, and such), Breaking Bread Bakery has become my new mid-day obsession. Try the house made tuna salad on soft, chewy multigrain. So good! (1074 Higuera St.).

More drinky things

Trendy barrel-aged cocktails are being served up at La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant in Paso Robles, featuring mad scientist concoctions like tequila and kale (try ’em all at 835 12th St.) … Slurp up a new fancy cocktail at Sidecar in downtown SLO! Called The Eager Seas (named after the local band formerly known as Lakes), the mix of bourbon, vermouth, and orange peel has been designed to whack you in your pleasure center. It’s already become a local hit (1127 Broad St.) … Adding to my collection of pink wines, I’m excited to open a refreshing Hearst Ranch Rosé, the perfect porch sipper … The Chardonnay Symposium is quickly approaching this May 28 through 30. It’s an event awash in education, food pairing experiences, and the golden-hued varietal fit for spring (

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