By DOUGLAS W. MOTLEY
Crestline’s annual series of Corks & Hops craft beer and wine walk events ended its six-month run on a high note on Saturday, Oct. 7 as hundreds of craft beer and wine fanciers traversed the Lake Drive business district and Crest Forest Drive in Top Town, sampling as many as 10 pours of beer and/or wine.
It was a festive atmosphere at the Lake Drive staging area with a band playing onstage, several pour stations and vendors booths featuring an assortment of clothing and breads and pastries, as well as carnival games for kids. After participants got their drinking cups and wristbands, they headed out to Lake Drive, where they encountered more pour stations nearby at the Crestline Café, The Stockade Restaurant and Ace Garden Center, where another band was playing and Sycamore Ranch Vineyard and Winery was offering tastes of its award-winning wines and ciders.
Samantha Horak was encountered at the Sycamore Ranch pour station, enjoying a sample of their award-winning Primativo wine. “The Primativo is dry and has just the right amount of sweetness,” said Samantha, who with her husband, Jarred, was visiting their cabin in Green Valley Lake. When asked how she learned about Corks & Hops, Samantha replied, “This is the second time we’ve been here. We heard about this from a friend.”
Meanwhile, at The Crestline Café pour station there was an outdoor tent where one vendor was serving a Cabernet wine from Monterey from Escape in Redlands, while Shepard Rickshaw was offering a taste of Quarktoberfest, a Hazy IPA from Bottle Logic Brewery in Anaheim.
Other pour stations were located at Molly’s Art Gallery, Bizzyland, Trinket Trader and Encompass, all on Lake Drive, and at Hearth and Sage and Steve’s Mobile Trailer in Top Town.