Petaluma Drinks gives a sip of all of the great beer, wine, spirits, and cider

by Marie Rodriguez

Whether you decide upon beer, wine or whiskey, Petaluma Drinks is a weekend tasting extravaganza, celebrating all of the tremendous craft alcohol manufacturers in town. Set for the weekend of June 15-16, this occasion gives a rare hazard to flavor all of the first-rate Petaluma has to provide, plus visit tasting rooms, several of which aren’t normally open to the general public.

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The petalumadrinks.Com website is well installation, both for purchasing tickets as well as for navigating via the full weekend of activities. The early bird tickets have sold out, however at $65, the ordinary tickets are nonetheless a deal that includes a tasting visit at every and every participant, plus a voucher for one free meals item from the centrally located The Block – Petaluma, our downtown food truck park. Additionally, the various hosts may have unique discounts to be had for those that need to purchase a fave bottle to take domestic.

The listing of individuals covers pretty much each drink manufacturer in Petaluma. Some you can have visited earlier than, along with our breweries (HenHouse, 101 North, Lagunitas and Dempsey’s), while others are commonly most effective to be had through the bottle. The event offers a fantastic manner to attempt a number of our neighborhood specialties without committing to a complete buy. And even as a few can be serving straight out in their production facility, many may be pouring together in shared places.

It changed into via events such as this one which I became partial to cider makers Acre and Spade and Ethic Ciders as well as spirit manufacturers Sonoma Coast Spirits, Stillwater Spirits, and Griffo Distillery. You will also be capable of going to downtown’s first spirit tasting room, Barber Lee Spirits, proper across the alley from sister Barber Cellars. Other Petaluma Gap winemakers will encompass Keller Estate, Adobe Road, Azari, Black Knight, Fogline, Karah, Kastania, Leghorn, McEvoy, Sonoma Coast Vineyards and the super one-of-a-kind Model Farm. Sonoma Portworks, Sonoma Aperitif, Bitter Girl Bitters and Monarch Bitters may also be sampling their wares.

For those looking to add something unique to their weekend, this year’s event has two add-on events, which are one-of-a-kind and now not available to the majority. The first is “Wet Your Whistle with the Whisper Sisters” cocktail birthday party on Friday, June 14, beginning at 5 p.M. At Petaluma’s latest Kentucky Street cocktail bar. Guests can be dealt with to a tasting flight of cocktails, all made with nearby spirits from Griffo, Stillwater, and Barber Lee Spirits, which could be paired with a number of the house’s nice small bites. There can also be a stay song and visitors can be able to test it and get their wristbands for the weekend before everyone else. This occasion is an extra $ forty-five.

On Saturday night time (June 15), Stockholm gives a multi-path paired dinner, handiest to be had to Petaluma Drinks ticket holders. As a visitor at several of Stockholm’s beyond paired dinners, I can attest to the truth that Chef Robert Sundell puts a whole lot of idea into how he pairs his food with drink, making the $88 rate profitable in my thoughts. Plus, that is an in particular special dinner as it isn’t just paired with any antique liquids, it’s miles paired with Petaluma’s best.

The meal starts offevolved with an amuse-bouche of HenHouse IPA and residence-smoked king salmon along with side stone fruit, chili, and coriander. The first path is mache summer season lettuce salad, with sour apple, hazelnuts, summertime blossoms and herb granita paired with Ethic Cider’s Gratitude cider. Next up is Muscovy duck breast with confit leg, barley porridge, Wrangeback cheese, and tarragon duck jus, paired with a pinot noir from Leghorn. And for dessert, Chef Robert is pairing Sonoma Portworks’ Aris Norton port along with almond financier (a French almond cake), made with brown butter, huckleberries and easy whipped cream. If you haven’t tasted Sonoma Portworks’ Norton, it’s miles not like some other port I have tasted, which at this point, numbers inside the several hundred varieties. It is simply precise and is certainly one of my favorites. As success would have it, it’s produced right here in Petaluma from America’s first grape varietal, which is thought to had been first cultivated by way of Dr. Daniel Norton inside the early 1800s and might pass on to win the gold medal at the 1873 Vienna World Exposition. (For an exciting examine on this, test out “The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine” via Todd Kliman).

Petaluma Drinks’ website also has links for local motels, lots of that are offering unique discounts for the event, as well as various transportation alternatives. Additionally, there may be a map and a cellphone app to be had at the website online to help you navigate through the weekend of tasting.

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