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Enter the cave! 

Sounds a little sketchy, but I promise there's nothing too scary in this cave. Well, unless you find the idea of fruited IPAs absolutely terrifying (which some stuffy beer purists do). Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. says phooey to all that. Beer is good. Fruit is good. Why shouldn't the two throw on a couple of extra-teeny swimsuits and do a little tango? Inspired by the historic Chumash caves of Santa Barbara at Painted Cave State Historic Park, Fig's Painted Cave IPA carries hints of citrus and pine (your hops) balanced with tangy guava puree (your fruit). Truly, this marks the return of one of the family-owned brewery's most popular beers to date. That's right. It's time to let loose and live a little. Let down your beard and get tropical. Embrace the fruit!

Figueroa Mountain Painted Cave IPA is now available at the Arroyo Grande, Buellton, Los Olivos, and Westlake Village taprooms plus at select retailers. Find out more at figmtnbrew.com. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain embraces the fruit daily. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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