Show 26, April 27, 2013: Brewmaster Victor Novak of TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Downtown Brea

Victor Novak of Taps Fish House and Brewery in BreaOn Saturday, April 27th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. TAPS hosted their first Annual Craft Beer Festival benefit showcasing the brews of 34 of California’s finest craft breweries. The culinary team at TAPS created ample stations of international street food to pair with the beers.

Victor had over a decade of brewing experience before becoming part of the opening team at TAPS in 1999. He has recipes for some 50 to 55 European ales and lagers and annually TAPS brews up to 31 styles.

TAPS brews about 1,700 kegs annually and the craft beer is so popular that it’s served on tap at other fine restaurants in Southern California, too.

There is also a sister TAPS restaurant in Corona where on-site brewing is also on the menu.

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Show 26, April 27, 2013: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Wines in Sebastopol, CA

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam is very familiar to Southern Californians because Wahoo’s Fish Taco (which started in Costa Mesa) is currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2013. Wing is also recognizable as the star of his own, long-running Ford Motor Co. van commercial.

In recent years Wing has developed a fondness for fine wines and knows many prominent winemakers.

Kosta Browne Winery (recognized for outstanding Pinot Noir) just opened a showcase winery in Sebastopol in a new commercial development called the Barlow. It’s the site of a former Gravenstein apple pressing facility well-known to the locals. Incredible boutique food businesses, including one of the most prominent farm-to-table restaurants in the area, will be a part of the appealing complex as it’s completed. It will be a destination for foodies!

The majority of the limited production of Kosta Browne Wines is sold to their highly coveted member list. There is a two to three year wait to secure a place on the list. Twice a year members on The List are invited to The Winery to pick-up their allocation of the wines they are qualified to buy.

The rest of their production (and it’s a small part) is available at fine restaurants. Their website has a restaurant locator feature where you can find the fine establishment in your area that have Kosta Browne Wines in their cellar. It’s a great way to taste these premium California vintages.

Dan Kosta and Michael Browne (self-taught winemakers) met as employees at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa. They saved their tips to fund the start of the winery.

As a gesture of appreciation to the winemakers Wing and his crew were at Kosta Browne on April 20th for the release festivities from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. preparing fresh fish tacos and quesadillas for the invited guests of Kosta Browne.

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