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Small Bites: Harvest, 2017

September 26, 2017
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New and notable this harvest season!

Dead Oak Brewing Company co-owners Jesse Kaltenberg (brewmaster) and Nikki Kaltenberg.


Another Central Coast brewery? Yes, please! Seasonal suds are the focus at the new Dead Oak Brewing Company (, opening in Atascadero this fall. “We will be brewing small-batch, allowing us to exhibit more beer varieties like barley wine on tap in fall and winter,” says Jesse Kaltenberg, a graduate of the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis Extension, who, along with his wife, Nikki, is working to launch the brew house by mid-September. —Allyson Oken


A self-identified workaholic, Mike Coulson started blending organic herbal teas to facilitate better sleep back in 2015. After creating several blends for speci c needs, Coulson and his partner, Miho Watanabe, launched Cambria-based Vana Tisanes (, a series of 20 teas including those designed to enhance brain function, respiration, digestion and even libido. “If I had it my way, there would be a blend for every part of the body,” says Coulson. “Herbal medicine is probably the most proven method because it has thousands of years of use across the world.” For more information or to purchase Vana Tisanes, visit —Jaime Lewis

From left to right: Joebella Coffee owner Joseph Gerardis, Niner Wine Estates owner Andy Niner and Joebella head roaster Terran Woolley


Niner Wine Estates ( and Joebella Coffee ( ee) geek out together with a collaboratively roasted barrel-conditioned co ee. Joebella owner Joseph Gerardis and head roaster Terran Woolley came up with the process when Andy Niner, a regular patron, suggested a partnership. Unroasted beans are aged (“conditioned”) in used wine barrels, absorbing wine and barrel notes before being roasted in small batches at the winery. The result is a complex roast that co ee drinkers have fallen for. To get your geeky beans, visit the Niner Wine Estates tasting room in Paso Robles, or Joebella Coffee in Atascadero. —Allyson Oken

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