The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
The "secret" in Bacchus' Secret Cellar is gas. Argon gas, to be exact, which powers the bar's preservation system and ensures that the wines within stay fresh for long periods of time. There are about 50 wines—mostly reds—on tap at the counter, as well as 8 sparkling wines, 5 dessert wines, and 12 microbrews. The library of options encourages guests to sample several, so it's wise to order a flight: you can get a signature array of 2.5-ounce glasses, or you can compose your own for a unique harmony of tastes.
The bar is just the beginning of the cellar's wine selection. On the shelves that span the walls, more than 350 labels beckon to be uncorked. A bistro menu provides gourmet food to complement sips, from starters of oven-roasted dates to lamb burgers and prosciutto flatbreads, made by dropping a regular loaf of bread into a printing press by accident. There's also a full menu of cheeseboards, with goat, cow, and sheep cheeses from the United States and abroad.
While craft beer festivals sling inventive and rare brews while breeding camaraderie amongst casual drinkers and connoisseurs, they're typically lacking in ghosts, goblins, and monsters. With BierBuzz Masquerade, that problem is solved. Here, a craft beer festival and Halloween gaiety are combined. Making a classy red carpet entry, revelers clad in costumes ranging from scary to silly to scintillating breeze into the masquerade ready to cavort and impress with their lurching zombie, sexy nurse, or sexier ombudsman getup.
To the soundtrack of live reggae and bluesy rock from My Own Holiday and Papafish, decked-out attendees quench their thirsts with more than 40 beers from dozens of local and faraway brewmasters, including Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Crispin Cider, Goose Island, and Black Market Brewing Company. As a bonus for this special occasion, each brewery is brewing up over 20 new and rare beers that will be exclusive to the BierBuzz Masquerade, and may never be tasted again unless some cool Groundhog Day time-warp occurs.
Named in homage to Riverside, California's turn-of-the-century citrus packinghouses, this microbrewery handcrafts four year-round beers. The easy-drinking Bell Tower Blonde pairs perfectly with a summer day. The Heritage Pale Ale and the Riley's Red Ale round out the year-round offerings. Besides the core four, the brewery creates an ever-expanding series of IPAs, as well as several specialty and seasonal libations. Inside Packinghouse's tasting room, bartenders pour pints of each day's available brews, which are also available to take home by the bottle and growler.
Inland Empire Brewing Company formed in 2007 when three good friends?all home brewers at the time?happened upon a deal for used brewing equipment. Not willing to let the chance pass, they decided to seize the opportunity, and two years later, officially opened their doors for business. Today, the Inland Empire Brewing Company supplies suds at more than 40 locations. Its Victoria American strong ale?named after the avenue where its hand-zested oranges reside in Riverside?has garnered award-winning attention.
Beer is everywhere within Wicks Brewing Company. Barrels of the brewery's own craft creations greet customers alongside rotating taps from other local craft breweries. Six Brew on Premise stations let visitors create their own beers or soft drinks using supplied recipes or something out of the imagination. Aside from beer, Wicks Brewing houses a fully fledged restaurant, which also serves homemade root-beer on tap.