Wine & Beer

Drink up, SLO County: The best in wine and beer in 2017

From Tin City to beer gardens, here’s a look back at the top wine and beer stories of 2017.

(1) A taster’s guide to Paso Robles’ Tin City

Here’s your guide to the offerings at Paso Robles’ hippest industrial park, including breweries, wineries and distilleries. A Negranti Creamery scoop shop specializing in sheep’s milk ice cream joined the flock in November.

Winemakers at Tin City at La Fond du Sac, Levo and ONX talk about their work and why they located in an industrial park in southern Paso Robles.

(2) Paso Robles has 11 distinct wine regions. Here’s what makes each one different

If you don’t know Adelaida from Willow Creek, don’t worry. This user-friendly guide will teach you everything you need to know about Paso Robles’ diverse wine country.

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A truck load of recently harvested wine grapes makes its way to Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. Joe Johnston The Tribune

(3) 5 unbeatable beer gardens in SLO County

From Barrelhouse Brewing Co. in Paso Robles to Tap It in San Luis Obispo, there’s a local beer garden to suit your style.

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Jason Hilford, Jon King and Ben Erchul enjoy beers at Bang the Drum Brewery in San Luis Obispo. David Middlecamp

(4) At age 8, he was smuggled into the U.S. Now, he is Paso’s first Mexican-American winemaker

Edgar Torres, owner and winemaker of Bodega de Edgar and Hug Cellars in Paso Robles, says he’s sharing his story as a way of paying respect to his parents.

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Edgar Torres is the owner and winemaker of Bodega de Edgar and Hug Cellars in Paso Robles. Owen Main Courtesy of Bodega de Edgar

(5) SLO County has just one female head brewer — and she’s shaking things up

“The grain bags weigh as much as you do.” Here’s how a petite, pink-haired 20-something became the head brewer at Bang the Drum Brewery in San Luis Obispo.

Kelly Edward, the brewer behind the creative beers at Bang the Drum Brewery in San Luis Obispo, talks about all the different aspects of her job and why she loves brewing on a small scale. She's the only female head brewer in SLO County.

Wine tasting can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look for. Jenna Congdon — a certified sommelier and wine director at The Station and Granada Hotel and Bistro in San Luis Obispo — takes us through the 5 S's of wine tasting.