Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s Bière de Ménage: In a wine country awash with breweries, you’d expect a beer-meets-wine offering every month in Santa Barbara, but this collaboration between Figueroa Mountain and Margerum Wine Company — whose facilities are adjacent to each other on Industrial Way in Buellton — is one of the few.

In this case, the beer is a dry, pale, French-style farmhouse ale (with grassy hops and a fruit-enhancing saison yeast) that was thrown into oak barrels with specially selected lots of Doug Margerum’s guava-inflected sauvignon blanc, and left to mingle for a few months.

The release parties for this project (the first of the brewery’s new second label, Liquamentum, which focuses on regional ingredients) and the Lizard’s Mouth IPA are at the Figueroa tap rooms on May 15 in Santa Barbara and May 16 in Buellton, and then it’s for sale to everyone via Whole Foods on Memorial Day Weekend.



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