If you are looking to enjoy the SLO life this weekend then you’ve come to the right place as SLO (San Luis Obispo) County, California distilleries prepare to roll out the red carpet for SLO County Distillery Trail Weekend. This year’s event takes place August 12-14, 2022 and includes an expanded group of 14 participating distilleries. The biggest challenge this year will be how to visit all 14 in just three days.
Event organizers say there will be plenty to toast over the weekend as each participating distillery will be showcasing their craft spirits with top shelf experiences, including distillery tours, mixology demonstrations, live music, and pairings with local food.
“Distillery Trail Weekend is the culmination of years of effort and dedication we put into making our high-quality genuine spirits,” says Aaron Bergh, who owns Calwise Spirits Co. in Paso Robles, California and currently serves as the President of the Distillers of SLO County.
New for this year the weekend will feature the release of a limited-edition collectable Copper Card (yes, a real copper card), laser engraved with the names of each distillery. The Copper Card is available for purchase at any member distillery. The VIP opportunity costs only $85 and provides tasting flights at each of the 14 distilleries. The Copper Card has no expiration date and can be used after Trail Weekend, year-round.
“Going distillery hopping is a lot of fun, though we encourage attendees to be safe and responsible,” says Lynette Sonne, the Executive Director of the Distillers of SLO County. “This year, we’re excited to announce our first-ever Distillery Trail Weekend transportation partner.”
Toast Tours, a boutique experience focused Paso Robles-based tour company is offering tour packages that will give Trail Weekend attendees the opportunity to travel to each distillery safely and in a fun, social tour vehicle. The cost of a full day tour package is only $185 and includes a Copper Card as well as pick up and drop off anywhere in the Paso Robles city limits.
“We’re putting San Luis Obispo County on the map as the premier region for high-quality craft spirits in California and the United States,” says Bergh. “The SLO County Distillery Trail is the only organized distillery trail in the state of California, and one of the few in the entire country. Our community of distillers is truly exceptional, and we look forward to welcoming the public into our distilleries.”
Visit 6 SLO Distilleries and Get a Free Flask
Who wants a lousy t-shirt when you can get a free flask? Spirits fans can pick up a complimentary distillery trail map at any member distillery. At each stop Distillery Trail Weekend attendees will receive a stamp from the participating distillery. Once they sip their way through the trail and collect at least six stamps, the maps can be traded for an exclusive SLO Distillers flask.
Tickets for ‘Distillery Trail Weekend’ can be purchased in advance at the Distillers of SLO County website or at any of the participating distilleries upon arrival.