Word on the street: Toro Creek Brewing Company will be opening up a tasting room in Paso Robles! This ultra boutique craft brewery is known for growing its own hops and brewing clean, fresh flavors. Can't wait to see what they come up with next (torocreekbrewingcompany.com)! Figueroa Brewing Co. is mixing up some cool beer cocktails this summer, including a really refreshing concoction that features FMB 101 Blonde and ginger beer (figmtnbrew.com) ... Do you work in the local wine/beer/hospitality industry? Do you like to play outdoor games that allow you to drink while participating? Of course you do! You might want to check out BarrelHouse Brewing Co.'s Cornhole Industry League that's heating up this summer.
Pretty picnic: Grab some fine cheeses and a big crusty baguette from Fromagerie Sophie or a mighty meatball sub from Lincoln Deli and set off for a picnic under the stars with The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. Not only is the location, Filipponi Ranch, beautiful, but you will also be privy to delicious Filipponi Ranch wine while you watch! Upcoming dates are July 14 and July 21 (centralcoastshakespeare.org) ... Day trip to Solvang, anyone? On Aug. 3, Santa Ynez Valley-based non-profit Veggie Rescue will pair with Chef Pink and Courtney Rae DeLongpré of Solvang haunt Bacon & Brine (baconandbrine.com) to host an open air pop-up charity dinner that will help the nonprofit glean local produce from farms, farmers markets, home gardens, and orchards and deliver to charitable organizations and school lunch programs in Santa Barbara County.
Health inside, outside
One cool earth: Paso-based Riboli Family Wine Estates, whose founding winery, San Antonio Winery, was established in 1917, has announced the opening of its new green production facility in Paso Robles. The winery is using sustainable techniques that conserve energy and water while reducing waste, and that is an awesome trend I hope will spread across the region ... Have you tried GingerBear yet? The weather is hot and the healthy, icy brews are fresh for summer (flavors include cherry, blueberry, turmeric-ginger, mint, banana, and chai kombucha). Like the biz on Facebook for the latest offerings and see how this SLO-grown, crowd-sourced operation is expanding with the help of likeminded friends.
Hayley Thomas is a cornhole champion in her own mind. Send her juicy bites by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.