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Golden State, golden brews: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. expanded its distribution to California’s Central Valley, allowing more of the state to enjoy iconic brews like Hoppy Poppy IPA, Danish Red, and Paradise Pilsner! … Craft cocktails for all: SLO Bitter Co. started a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the business plan to fruition (search for them on kickstarter.com, show your support, and be rewarded with bottles of lovingly made bitters) … Earth Day is delicious! Take part in all of the festivities at Castoro Cellars in Templeton at 1 p.m. this April 23 (featuring dozens of creative edible delights), then stop by Windrose Farm in Paso Robles on April 24 for an earthy dinner in the field hosted by FARMstead ED and Thomas Hill Organics (for dinner tickets, go to thomashillorganics.com).

Rollin’ with the munchies

Cubano crazy: There’s a new food truck in town, and it’s bringing a whole new, hip-shaking flavor to the Central Coast! Cubanissimo is grilling up zesty Cuban sandwiches, ropas, black beans with tostones, and more all across Northern Santa Barbara and SLO counties, so keep your eyes peeled for their colorful wheels chugging around town (follow the truck on Instagram @cubanissimofoodtruck to find out where they’re stopping next) … Cheese please! Make your inner-12-year-old extra happy with an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich from the Grilled Cheese Incident food truck, which will be parked at The Station SLO this April 10 (try the one with bacon and hash browns on it for a hangover cure you won’t even believe; thestationslo.com).

Light and fresh

Fancy yourself a riesling ranger? Well, then you probably already love Claiborne and Churchill in Edna Valley and you will double-love the new book, Riesling Rediscovered, recently written by wine expert John Winthrop. Pick up a copy at the Claiborne and Churchill tasting room and sip through some crisp, dry rieslings perfect for all of your cheery spring parties! … Small but mighty: Madonna Inn is unveiling a new bar menu chock-full of feisty small plates like beef sliders, avocado toast, and portabella mushroom fries. All of the new treats have been crafted by Chef Rob Osborne, whose great uncle was actually Alex Madonna himself (madonnainn.com). I, for one, am all for eating less food while consuming more flavors! 

Hayley Thomas’ eyes are always bigger than her tummy. Send her news to nibble on at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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