Soak up the Suds
By Bill Warner
No matter where you are on the Central Coast, there’s a killer craft brewery in your area. Here are some of our regional favorites: The state of California is arguably the cradle of the U.S. economy’s current craft beer phenomenon. That’s particularly true if you trace that phenomenon’s beginnings to 1965, the year in which Frederick Maytag bought and refurbished the faltering Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco. To be sure, the subsequent industry growth was slow for a couple of decades. Anchor’s example was followed by the Sonoma-based New Albion Brewery in 1977, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. which set up shop in Chico about three years later. By 1990, according to the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), fewer than 70 microbreweries were operating in the state.Read More
The Farmers’ Market Trail
So, you are driving down California Highway 101 from San Luis Obispo to Ventura and wondering what to do. How about spending an enjoyable hour outdoors at one of 29 different farmers’ markets? Although we can’t feature all of the markets in this article, here are our top suggestions:
San Luis Obispo County
The San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association is a mutual benefit not-for-profit organization that manages five of the 14 weekly farmers’ markets in the county. One — the San Luis Obispo Thursday Evening Certified Farmers’ Market — is open from 6 to 9 pm I think this is one of the most fun farmers’ markets in California.