Sip Libations Crafted, Brewed and Served in Santa Cruz County
Summertime has us sipping on libations crafted, brewed, and served in Santa Cruz County… and we’re inspired to share with you some small group activity ideas that embrace local beverages!
Apples to Apples: South County
Get your ag history fix at Gizdich Ranch in the Pajaro Valley picking apples from the tree and seeing how a juice press works. Then, “Drink your apple a day” at the brand new Martinelli’s Company Store. Sample sparkling apple ciders from 100% juices at their tasting bar and peruse local edible goods. Then, at Annieglass, enjoy beautiful glass art and linger for the local bounty. The studio’s wine bar features Santa Cruz Mountain wines and the High Ground Organics Farmstand filled with organic produce just outside.
Downtown Delights: Santa Cruz
Host a private olive oil and balsamic pairing party at True Olive Connection and see who can create the best combination from 35 olive oils and 25 balsamic vinegars, infused with different flavors. Then saunter to the Hidden Peak Tea House and disconnect from your devices in this technology free zone. Enjoy teas and zen out to the trickling fountain in this downtown oasis. Come out of your pseudo-meditation and pop over to Pour Tap Room, which offers 70 types of beer, wine, and cider in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Pay by the ounce, not by the glass – a handy digital bracelet tracks your pours.
West Side Spirit: Santa Cruz
Visit The Picnic Basket for a casual local bite and some locally roasted Verve Coffee. Once your meal has settled, head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a ride on the Giant Dipper, followed by a sip of the namesake Giant DIPA – that’s double IPA – crafted by Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Then skip down West Cliff Drive to Venus Spirits for an artisan distilled spirits tasting and lesson on how these organic small-batch whiskey, gin, aquavit and blue agave spirits are crafted with organic and locally sourced ingredients.