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Libertine's Wild IPA and Wildhorse's 2013 Viognier 

So you’re a little freaked out by the “sour beer” thing and you’re afraid to admit it. I get it. Even if you’ve never been to Libertine Pub in Morro Bay, which serves up distinctive, barrel-aged sours, you can still switch up your brew routine and move from tired to tart. Stop by Libertine’s new sister location on Broad Street in downtown SLO and discover what your taste buds have been missing. The brewery and tasting room are a lot like the beer: unique, with the boldness of Iggy Pop (whose painted likeness just so happens to watch over the new brewery space). Belly up to the bar and ask for the brewery’s Wild IPA. Just a tad sour and hop heavy, it’s the perfect first step into Libertine’s wacky, wonderful world of wickedly wild ales!

Libertine’s Wild IPA—$3 for a 5-ounce taster; $15 for a 32-ounce growler fill; 1234 Broad St., SLO.

When your friend catches a ridiculous amount of tuna on a fishing trip and you are so lucky as to have a few vacuum-sealed packs sitting in the freezer, you’re pretty much required to make ceviche. And oh, I have been making lots of ceviche lately! I don’t care if it’s technically fall—this amazing catch calls for citrus, ginger, crisp peppers, and something cold. What to drink with this fine, fresh fishy meal? I say reach for the 2013 Wild Horse Viognier, which—like the fish’s marinade—calls to mind juicy, tangy lemon-lime goodness. Of course, I must toast to the fisherman before I dig in, and I always do! Thank you, Sir Stan Beebe. You sure know the way into this gal’s heart.

Wildhorse’s 2013 ViognierAbout $17 a bottle; 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct., Templeton.

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