Wednesday, September 17, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 7
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Weekly Poll
Should police be allowed to use surplus military equipment?

Cheap or free gear for local police? Sounds good to me.
No. Police are meant to serve the people, not to threaten them.
If they use it properly I don’t see any reason why not, but I don’t feel comfortable seeing cops with assault rifles.
Nothing says democracy like a bayonet to the butt.

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Beer, take me away


A new brew for you: SLO Brew recently released its new Fresh Hop IPA, using locally sourced Cascade hops from Arroyo Grande, so hop down to the eatery and venue for a cold, frothy first taste … Speaking of IPAs, you’ve got to try Bang the Drum Brewery’s King Mate English style IPA, perfectly balanced with hints of Yerba Mate flavor (their cool, bongo-bangin’ hangout is open for biz at 950 Orcutt Rd., SLO) … Join Firestone Walker Brewing Co. for a special, after-hours pre-release of the brewery’s second bottled offering of their popular Velvet Merkin Vintage: 002 on Sept. 12 (tickets include two bottles of the brew, a snifter glass, a dozen-beer sampler, brewery tour, and Q&A with a real-life, hot-blooded brewer). That’s my kind of beer education.






Growing greatness: It’s time again for the Ag Harvest Festival in Arroyo Grande, featuring a grape stomp, fruit and veggie growing contests, agricultural displays, ice cream, whiskerino competition, parade, and so much more than can be listed here on Sept. 26 to 27 in downtown AG, so bring the whole family … Walk the bamboo carpet: Don’t miss the Second Annual Cork Couture event, sponsored by San Luis Obispo Collection on Sept. 13. The community event benefiting Big Brothers, Big Sisters of SLO County promises a plethora of wine, brews, and edible experiences starting at 6 p.m. at the Court Street Terrance (visit for details) … Achtung! New restaurant GrillHaus has opened its doors at 851 Higuera St. in SLO, specializing in German fare like schnitzel, authentic potato salad, and bratwurst. Time to bring those lederhosen out of retirement!

Wine time


Howl at the moon: The Mighty Croon Dogs will kick out the jams at Poalillo Vineyards in Paso Robles on Sept. 20, so don’t ditch your sunscreen just yet … Ever wonder how wine is successfully blended? Demystify the magical process yourself with First Crush Cellars’ Art of Blending Workshop Sept. 20 at the Paso Robles winery (call 434-2772 for details) … Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc will throw a Sideways 10th Anniversary shindig on Sept. 20, ringing in the film’s milestone birthday (try their “star” sauvignon blanc, featured in the movie, and don’t forget to get an autograph) … Calling all brainiacs who love a good glass of vino with their favorite tomes: Attend Phantom Rivers Winery’s Book Exchange party, sip on a glass, and pick up a few borrowed books for your fall reading list (5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the cozy tasting room in the village at 211 E. Branch St.).