As beer lovers themselves, the founders of Right Eye Brewing Company embraced the opportunity to create and share the kinds of craft beers that they enjoy drinking. As such, the setting they created is both friendly and unpretentious?a corrugated metal bar and stainless steel taps complement the rustic, vaguely industrial charm of the slate-blue tasting room. While chatting with the owners, visitors have the opportunity to sample any of Right Eye's currently available beers. The lineup has included established staples such as a copper-hued amber ale, a rich stout tinged with chocolate and coffee notes, and the brewery's flagship imperial IPA, which inundates palates with bold hop flavors and an equally bold ABV.
Solano Christian Academy was founded in 1977 as an alternative to the public school system in the Solano County area. Today, the academy continues to educate children in the core areas of reading, writing, and arithmetic, all while creating an environment that encourages academic, spiritual, and social growth. To ensure it never diverges from that path, SCA also operates under the direction of a private school board instead of leaving decisions to the fickle nature of a paper fortuneteller.
Wind tousles the broad leaves of vines above clusters of grapes the off-black blue of the dusk sky. Frank and Liz Vez?r, owners of Vez?r Family Vineyard, originally began growing the fruit to help fill the needs of wine producers including Ravenswood and Sin Zin. More than a decade ago, they also began producing their own wines. ?One could call it beginner?s luck,? says Touring and Tasting Magazine, ?but their award-winning streak has yet to be broken. Every single wine Vez?r has produced has won a top award or superior rating. Of most recent note, the 2007 Vez?r Cabernet Sauvignon won double gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and a whopping 97 points at a blind tasting at Napa?s Bay Leaf Restaurant.?
The winery adjoins the original Pony Express offices, and one can still almost hear the sound of plodding hooves and hooves frustratedly trying to apply stamps. On a copper-roofed cupola, an equine weathervane twists to face the winds above a sweeping swath of grass that fills with chatter during weddings and other events.
All About Scuba's team shares a bottomless fascination for the ocean and everything in it. In an effort to spread that love with the world, they lead guided dives, offer basic open-water courses, and help patrons get their NAUI, PADI, and SSI certification. They also teach a number of specialized classes including Search and Recovery, where divers learn how to locate and retrieve sunken treasure or one of Poseidon's lost frisbees by using focused search patterns, ropes, and compasses. As a full-service retailer, All About Scuba can suit up divers with gear from manufacturers such as Aqua Lung and Ocean Technology Systems, and their dive club, Rock N' Reef, gives patrons a chance to use that gear during aquatic excursions organized each month.
Each night, a familiar cast of characters descends on Dee Dee's Bar and Grill, eager to take part in what the hangout does best: delivering plates of spicy chicken wings alongside tall beers and cool mixed drinks. The family-owned establishment exudes familiarity and a neighborhood-spot vibe by doling out free shots for birthdays and driving local patrons home on Fridays and Saturdays with a complimentary shuttle service. In addition to drinks and eats, Dee Dee's also hosts weekly karaoke nights, DJs, and live bands that play whatever audience members have stuck in their heads.
The Original Pepperbelly's attracts nationally known comedians from film and television, slaying mature audiences with expertly sharpened wits. Home to the ghosts of famous comics such as Dana Carvey and Louie Anderson, Pepperbelly's maintains its reputation as a comedy hub by stuffing its schedule with standup veterans who extort more chuckles than gangsters armed with semiautomatic whoopee cushions. Upcoming showcases include 3 Blonde Moms, comprised of television comediennes Joanie Fagan, Kat Simmons, and former Miss California and Desperate Housewives guest star Donna Cherry, who riff on the foibles of modern matriarchy from August 26–28. From September 16–18, "World's Funniest Cop" Michael Mancini unleashes the law-upholding laughs that sent gallons of milk spewing down Jay Leno's chin, and from September 30 to October 2, Damon Williams struts the comic chops that commandeered Showtime at the Apollo and earned honorary knighthood from The Kings of Comedy.