The Most Fun We've Had All Year

Cam and Taylor holding down the fort, serving our Vienna Lager and barrel aged brown like the world was ending. Photo by Santa Cruz Waves

Cam and Taylor holding down the fort, serving our Vienna Lager and barrel aged brown like the world was ending. Photo by Santa Cruz Waves

Waiting on the government for approvals is as much fun as flossing a cat’s teeth. Good things come to those who wait and after waiting nine gut-wrenching months, we finally received all the necessary licenses to make and sell beer from our little Ben Lomond barn. Yay for progress! With an invitation to the Santa Cruz Beer Trail launch party this past Thursday, and in the company of Santa Cruz County's top breweries, we couldn’t have asked for a better setting to serve our beer for the first time.

The Beer Trail is looking to unite beer fans to breweries, brewers to other brewers, and tourists with "what's really good" in Santa Cruz. 

The Beer Trail is looking to unite beer fans to breweries, brewers to other brewers, and tourists with "what's really good" in Santa Cruz. 

Santa Cruz Beer Trail co-founders, Annie Pautsch and Bryce Root, built a business to connect the craft beer fans to the growing Santa Cruz craft beer community. Partnering up with Event Santa Cruz, a sold out, mini-beer festival was thrown in Santa Cruz’s Food Lounge. The 300+ connoisseurs and good ol' fashioned beer drinkers had the opportunity to sip on their favorite styles while exploring new flavors from existing and up-and-coming local breweries.

The event sold out and the line snaked through the building. We were slammed all night (and loving ever second of it!)

The event sold out and the line snaked through the building. We were slammed all night (and loving ever second of it!)

With our first opportunity to publicly showcase our craft, we selected three beers we felt would represent our range of brewing styles:

  • Playitaa refreshing interpretation of a craft Mexican lager
  • Vienna Voyagea rich and elegant version of a Vienna lager
  • Crusty Sea Doga barrel aged brown ale with subtle notes of cherries and yeasty funk

As the night marched on, the party continuously grew. Friends, family and assessors swung by to sip beer and exchange advice. Before long, our kegs had run dry and the night had come to a halt. We are so grateful for the invitation to such an impressive event. As our little business continues to grow, we look forward to participating in future celebrations that spotlight the growing craft movement. This was by far the most fun we’ve had all year.

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