Tripping The California Wine Country – Home To The Alluring Winery Laden Valleys

Leave your car keys at home. A festival is coming this weekend that is only for the boldest beer drinkers. I’m talking about the annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival.

Then, what could be better than fireworks on the Auto Camp Drina? Be at the Monte Rio Public Beach at dusk to watch decorated boats glide down the river, fireworks explode in the sky and lights projected against a sheet of water. It’s not exactly balmy today, so bring a sweater.

Just looking for a pleasant way to enjoy your dinner while visiting the wine country? You couldn’t do better than to visit Graffiti Restaurant in Petaluma, for their “Jazz On The River.” Graffiti is located on a bend of he Petaluma river and offers riverside dining and live jazz, every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during the summer.

But there is one impression that defeats them all. The wine makers from the Champagne wine region took an interest in California. They liked the climate and geography so much that they established a Champagne house. I want to emphasize this: Champagne, not sparkling wine.

The sound system is superb. Those enjoying a picnic on the lawn experience the same high quality as those inside the concert hall and there is a huge video screen offering outside guests a quality visual experience as well.

This Pinot Noir had a relatively large production run, with 50,000 cases produced. Don’t let the number fool you, as the wine is definitely hand-crafted as if the run was much smaller.

Eddyline brew pub is also scheduled for a major expansion in the late summer of 2011. A fifteen barrel brew house is in order with a fully automated canning line. Tap house will be connected for draft and growlers but it’s the canning line that will change the face of craft beer. While most craft beer today is served in bottles (12oz to 1.5 liter bottles) Eddyline is taking a different approach; one that not only fits with their theme but with Colorado’s average beer drinker. This brew pub will be canning their craft beer versus bottling it. Cans you say? Aren’t all those macro breweries such as Coors, Miller, and Anheuser Busch canning their lite lagers as well? They are. But there is a reason Eddyline is using cans over bottles.

So those of you who drink only light lagers beware – this festival will knock your socks off. This is not for the wimpy beer drinker! Go prepared to test yourself and taste some of the best strong ale in the land. Better pace yourself, these beers will sneak up on you fast. Don’t forget to drink responsibly and don’t drive afterwards.

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