Deck the halls! A sleek, stylish can of Tin City Cider Co. makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the cider lover this holiday season. However, if you’re looking for more volume to share with family and friends, stop by their Paso Robles cidery and pick up a few swinging top bottles filled to the brim with bone dry brilliance. Cut the fat and instantly brighten your table with Tin City Cider Co.’s Main Squeeze, made with California apples sourced from the Sierra Foothills, aged four months in French oak and dry hopped with lemondrop hops and lime leaves. Bottle conditioned with lemonade, this citrusy limited release paired with a cheese plate beats out milk and cookies any day of the week! Santa totally agrees.
• Tin City Cider Co.’s Main Squeeze—Price upon request; 3005-A Limestone Way, Paso Robles.
This rare wild ale is low in alcohol (4 percent), and anything but low key in flavor. A true table saison named after the gorgeous Edna Valley wine region just a stone’s throw from Libertine’s SLO brewery and taproom, this ethereal offering is golden as a sun dappled afternoon and—thanks to tons of varying hops—floral as a trip to the SLO Botanical Garden. With hints of oak, lemon, fresh cut grass, pepper, and melon, the Libertine folks recommend enjoying the brew in between sips of Edna Valley’s renowned pinots and chardonnays. Heading for a wine tasting excursion? Pack this bad boy along with your shades. Ah, winter on the Central Coast! It should be illegal, right?
• Libertine Brewing Co.’s Edna Table Saison—$12; 1234 Broad St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas Cain is having an illegal amount of fun taste testing the area’s best booze selections. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.