Sip of Julian: Mountain Libations

Get to know the libations of the charmer of a mountain town on Saturday, Aug. 5.

APPLE, GRAPE, REFRESHMENT, FUN: Truly, even if it isn't the annual apple-themed time around Julian, which happens around late September each year, you can count on the shiny, stem-rocking fruit to make a cameo, regardless of the celebration. And so it shall flavorfully be at Sip of Julian, the yearly festival devoted to the beverages that hail from the delightful mountain burg. As you might expect, there's plenty of vino producers on the participant list, but cider, too, will make a fruit-forward cameo, as will craft beers. In other words? Whatever your libation pleasure, whether it hail from hops, grapes, or a tree-growing fruit, you're likely to find it at the August-lovely event. You'll want to head up into the hills on the first Saturday in August, so Aug. 5, and plan to get up on your local drinks from 11 in the morning through to 5 in the afternoon. First things first, you'll likely want to check out...

A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT, like the Julian Gold Rush Hotel Bed & Breakfast or Apple Tree Inn, so best examine all of your bed-down hospitality choices for the night before even procuring your Sip of Julian ticket. Step two? Get to know the octet of beverageries on the list. Julian CiderWorks, Julian Hard Cider, Menghini Winery, and Nickel Beer Company are all setting out the drinkware and meeting new fans on Aug. 5, so here's your chance to find a new mountain-based sip staple. (And, for sure, "small bites" will be served, too, during the course of the day). Step three? Purchase your $25 ticket. Finally, step fa, la, la four? Know that this all supports a holiday classic, Julian's Annual Country Christmas and Tree Lighting Celebration, which will happen in 2017 on Saturday, Nov. 25, just a couple of days after Thanksgiving. Find your designated-driving friend, book a hotel, and get to knowing what spirits, liquids, and sippables are being made up, up, up in Julian these days.

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