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Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Central Coast Craft Beer Week

A few of Bang the Drum Brewery's invigorating creations. 
San Luis Obispo County might boast over 300 wineries, but beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world.

The California Central Coast is home to several craft breweries, and over a dozen of them have proudly banded together to form the Central Coast Brewers Consortium. Today this community of brewers kicked off Central Coast Craft Beer Week, an eight-day celebration of local suds.

From northern San Luis Obispo County all the way down to Buellton in Santa Barbara County, this week beer geeks can swig and swill at events like tap takeovers and beer dinners. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

In celebration of SLO County's locally-brewed beers, this afternoon I visited the ever-popular Bang the Drum Brewery for a taste of some of their fermented creations. I found this watering hole comfortable and relaxed, the customer service friendly and knowledgeable, and the selection of beers spirited and tasty.

Celebrate the innovative!

Bang the Drum Brewery is located at 950 Orcutt Road in San Luis Obispo

Open every day except Tuesday, follow them on facebook for live music and special event updates throughout the week. 

 Sip inside or outside; it's all good!

When you visit Bang the Drum Brewery, consider choosing four samplers of their recently-brewed beers. My selection included the French-style Saison (I didn't catch the alcohol content but can report that the nuances were light and citrusy), the El Dorado Pale Ale (5.2% with light hops and a grapefruit finish), the White Stout (7.3% with a deceptive light appearance yet bold coffee nose and taste), and the Draca—a chipotle smoked porter (5.6% that reminisced of chewy cacao nibs and a smoky finish).

See you on the local beer trail!

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