Inaugural beer and wine stroll comes to San Juan Bautista

Event commemorates San Juan Bautista's 150th anniversary of incorporation as a city.

This article was contributed by Wanda Guibert, posting for Sip and Celebrate Beer & Wine Stroll Committee.

The inaugural San Juan Bautista Sip and Celebrate Beer & Wine Stroll in historic downtown San Juan Bautista takes place Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m. The event commemorates San Juan Bautista’s 150th anniversary of incorporation as a city.

Twenty participating businesses will be paired with a local winery or brewery, where attendees will be poured a 2 oz. taste of wine or a 2 oz. taste of beer crafted by local and regional beverage artisans. Each stop on the stroll will have not only a sip, but also an experience that will introduce you to the heart of our unique downtown small business community.

Attendees will receive a souvenir collectible 150th anniversary Sip and Celebrate Beer & Wine Stroll tasting glass, wristband, gift bag with coupons from selected restaurants and merchants, and a passport with a map featuring all downtown locations for one tasting at each site. The stroll also spotlights local nonprofit organizations who will raise money through the event and participate as pourers.

Participating draft breweries, wineries, and cideries include:

  • Aimee June Winery
  • Bargetto Winery
  • Brewery Twenty Five
  • Calera Winery
  • Carli Alicats Winery
  • Divum Wines
  • Dorcich Family Vineyards
  • Eden Rift Winery
  • Effigy Brewing
  • Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co.
  • Fortino Winery
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Kelly Brewing Company
  • Medeiros Family Wines
  • Morgan Winery
  • Mount Eden Vineyard
  • Pessagno Winery
  • Promised Land Brewing Company
  • Puma Road Winery
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Scrumpy Hard Cider

San Juan Bautista’s own local brewery, Brewery Twenty Five, will be releasing a special beer at the event in honor of the city’s 150th anniversary.

“I’m excited to be a member of a wide region of amazing artisans and to have the support of our local community in bringing beer, wine and cider lovers to my area,” said Fran Fitzharris, owner of Brewery Twenty Five.

Committee Chairperson Shawna Freels added, “Spotlighting 17 San Juan Bautista-serving nonprofits, 20 of our merchants and 20 regional beverage artisans in our historic downtown couldn’t be more fitting as we celebrate our 150th anniversary all weekend. I’m elated to be a part of the creation of this inaugural event.”

This event is sponsored through generous donations by the following businesses:

Diamond+ Level Sponsors:

  • A&G Pumping
  • Mission Village Voice

Diamond Level Sponsors:

  • Schipper Design
  • Ridge Wireless
  • Posada de San Juan Hotel

Gold Level Sponsors:

  • DBA Electric
  • Recology
  • True Leaf Farms
  • Williams LTD.
  • Mag One Media

Bronze Level Sponsors:

  • Vertigo Coffee Roasters
  • Cooper & Family
  • Foustman’s Artisanal
  • Graniterock
  • Windmill Market

Special guest sponsors:

  • B&R Farms
  • Margots’s Ice Cream Parlor
  • Lolla

Advance tickets are still available at an early bird price of $35. Prices at the door will be $45. Tickets and details about the event are available online at Eventbrite: Sip and Celebrate Beer & Wine Stroll|HistoricDowntown San Juan Bautista  Come sip and celebrate with us in historic downtown San Juan Bautista!

Wanda Guibert

"At San Juan Bautista there lingers more of the atmosphere of the olden time than is to be found in any other place in California." ~Helen Hunt Jackson, author of the book Ramona.