Lisa Mattson- The New Storyteller

As the Communications Director at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Lisa Mattson’s position, in a sense, defines the expression “wears many hats.” Wine is her passion and the backbone of her work, and she uses digital and traditional marketing to move the brand forward. In an industry long viewed as more traditional than innovative, she has become known for her video story telling and social media savvy.

Before happily settling in at Jordan, Lisa was the director of communications at Napa Valley-based wine importer and marketer Wilson Daniels Ltd., event marketing manager at E & J Gallo Winery and news editor at “Wine Magazine” in South Florida. With 16 years experience in the wine industry, working in key positions related to marketing, PR, writing and digital media, Lisa has built a well-respected reputation throughout the industry.

In her new book, “The Exes in my Ipod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country,” you learn about a girl who struggles in love and works hard to get out on top. Lisa takes readers to a place where, while mostly fictional, they see a girl with possibilities. Working in marketing and sales in the wine industry myself, seeing Lisa’s success with Jordan and the communications world makes it ‘all’ seem a bit more attainable. Lisa inspired me – and during a time when more women are becoming power players in the wine industry, it was a real treat to interview her and share a little bit about her story.

Describe a normal day in your professional life. What goals are you working to achieve for Jordan Winery?
An average day in my life at Jordan is very diverse. I might come in and do some emails, and then Erin Malone (our digital media specialist) and I will set up for a photo shoot. The other day we set up a tablescape for California Home and Design’s website). Then I’ll run over to the technical tasting room and do a presentation about 2014 communications strategy, then go work on brainstorming for a new video. I will work on copy for an email blast, do some website updates, and send samples out to journalists. There is a little photography, a little marketing, PR, website, a little multimedia and social media – a little bit of everything so it never gets boring.

What was it like creating those two popular parody music videos: “Gangnam Style” and “Blurred Vines?” In other words, what was the process from conception to completion?
One of the great things about working at Jordan is that John Jordan (Jordan Winery CEO) sees that to keep your most talented, high-performing employees inspired, you’ve got to give them a lot of creative freedom and that keeps those people fulfilled and wanting to stay in their jobs. Both videos were collaborative. John and Erin both really wanted to do Gangnam Style. I tried to think about how we make it “Jordan” and have that angle that’s really important to me: it’s got to have some sort of story. You cannot just do something for the sake of copying someone else. That’s when I came up with the idea: it gets boring in Wine Country. Casually, Erin and I will watch footage and say, “Oh, yeah – this is what we can do in the winery for a parody. This will work, let’s try that.” Then Erin and I put together a plan, talk to everybody about it, and just do it.

John Jordan really wanted to do Blurred Vines. Lori Green, our marketing manager, came up with the idea for the storyline of the guy who is really geeky and into his wine list and he loses his girlfriend to the cool guy. From there I came up with the wording of how we would promote that as the “wine geek” versus the “wine dude.” It is an interesting and creative process; you’re testing the lighting, directing people, telling them to “do this, now move here, okay, now have fun.” It’s just a cool, fun thing to do at your job.

What’s your goal in creating those videos? Who are you trying to reach and is it working?
The goal is always about showing the winery and the wine world in a more fun, approachable way. I think those of us in the wine business forget how intimidating wine can be for people who don’t live it every day so we are always trying to demystify that snobbery. Part of the goal is when people come to visit, yes, they see the fancy chateau; but when they leave, they’re saying, “Wow! The staff was so friendly, we weren’t talked down to at all and we learned something about winemaking.” That is important to us in our hospitality, and it’s also important to us in those videos. We wanted to do something that was going to get people’s attention, something that will make people laugh and do something that will make people feel that wine is fun and makes them want to visit the winery or say, “I want to drink Jordan because they don’t always take themselves so seriously because every now and then (even though they’re serious about the winemaking), they like to cut loose and have fun.”

Getting the views and getting people talking about Jordan was part of the goal and while, sure, a couple hundred thousand views in the first few months would have been great rather than 30,000, we are new to this type of production. Hopefully, 2014 will be the year that we feel is more of a breakthrough for us as far as goals in hitting viewer numbers that we’d like to hit.

How do you stay on top of the “next big thing” to stay current and innovative for Jordan?
John Jordan’s philosophy is: if we are not getting better, we are getting worse. He asks the winemaking team: “How do we get better with each vintage?” It’s the same thing with communications. Just as Jordan is known for its consistency and the quality of the wines, we want to be known for that in the videos we do. We want to be able to evolve, be creative and not be pigeonholed into doing the same thing year after year. There are things that we will continue to do, like tasting-note videos, but we are just looking to raise the bar more because there are more wineries and people, in general, doing videos so there is a lot of content out there to compete with.

What helps you with your creative side when working on content or photography? Is there something particular that you do or perhaps refer to find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from a couple of different places. I spend a fair amount of time on YouTube and, of course, that doesn’t always happen during normal business hours. My husband watches a lot of YouTube, more than TV, so he will show me something and say, “Hey you gotta see this.” I’ll look at it and think ‘hmm … that’s really cool and interesting, and I think this is something that can be translated into another way in the wine world.’ That’s the way my brain works, that’s the journalism side of me: you have to think, how can my winery fit into that? You are always trying to adapt the story into your own so that it fits into a certain space. I do that a lot with videos.

We got inspiration for a video that we are going to do in 2014 about Rafael Robledo (Rafael was the first employee of Jordan. He has been there 40 years) when I watched this really cool video about these girls in Afghanistan about how they go to school to skateboard but while they’re there, they also learn. It was just how the video was shot and how inspirational it was that I thought that we could do a video shot this way, with inspirational music to it, and do it to tell Rafael’s story about the 40 years he has been with Jordan.

It was a completely different style of video but the way it was shot, the humanitarian side of it, is what people would watch and see in this guy and his family and how the Robledos and the Jordans have been together for so many generations.

The other side of things is the brainstorming, just the environment that we have at Jordan between Lori Green, our marketing manager, and I is very organic (we worked together at Gallo and she’s really bright and creative. I just really like her). Our offices are right next to each other and Erin’s desk is nearby, too. Yes, we have official brainstorming meetings, but every now and then one of us will stick our head into the hallway and say, “Hey, did you see this video? I really think we should do something like this.” And our eyes get big and ideas start flying from our lips. It will just snowball from there. That’s really where a lot of the inspiration comes from.

Is there someone in particular whom you admire in the industry or someone who simply inspires you (and why)?
I really admire Dina Mande who does the Paso Man videos. She does videos for the Paso Robles Wine Growers Alliance and does videos for the Wine Institute. She’s a very talented commercial-style filmmaker in wine. I would say she is definitely inspirational. There is also this guy, he calls himself Devin Supertramp on YouTube. It’s a lot of these guys that also shoot sports and videos that are not even related to the wine business. I think that that’s a great place for inspiration. A lot of my inspiration really comes from outside of the wine industry. Most of my creative research is done with businesses and videos that are completely outside of our world.

Do you have off days where you completely shut yourself out of the social channels? If so, how do you do it and why is it important?
Just because I’m not at work doesn’t mean I won’t answer an email if something comes in and I need to respond. I was just on Instagram after dinner because we hadn’t responded to some of the posts so I went on and did that. Mobile life is what it is, and you always have your phone with you and that allows you to do work even when you shouldn’t. Do what you love. It shouldn’t feel like work.

I see you’ve held signings and traveled for Jordan since your new book, “The Exes in my iPod,” has been published. What part does Jordan play, if any, in the release and marketing of the book, and how is this a win-win for both you and Jordan?
Jordan doesn’t really play a part in the marketing of my book. The first draft of my book was started a year and a half before I even came to work at Jordan. I did end up working Jordan into the book like I did with other wineries whose wines I have enjoyed over the years. I wanted to keep the book separate from my day job even though, like me, the book is about a small town girl who ran away to the big city to find herself and ended up dating an interesting string of guys along the way. I also didn’t want co-workers to think I was being favored or was leveraging Jordan for my own personal interests. This is also why I did my first signing at J Vineyards. My best friend is the brand manager there, there’s a big J bubbly in a break-up scene in my book, and Judy Jordan is a wonderful person. The team over there is very supportive of me. If I do any events where wine is poured I will pour Jordan, and Jordan donates the wines for those types of tastings. That would be the main promotional way that Jordan is involved.

Are there any challenges with juggling your day job at Jordan and marketing your book?
The biggest challenge is time. With my day job, I just don’t have the time to come home and do the same things for my book. I pitch publicists during the week and know how to promote but doing the marketing for my book is another full-time job. There really isn’t the time for that, and that is kind of a bummer but I didn’t write the book for the money. I did it because it was something I really wanted to do and a story I wanted to share. Hopefully, at some point I’ll have time to do the level of promotion that I should be doing.

Given that the book has a playlist related to your ex-boyfriends, does anything about this make things awkward between you and others who may not have seen you in that light?
Harley is based on me … there was a time many years ago when I started writing the book when it was a memoir. As the process went on, it became more apparent that turning it into fiction would be better for some of those relationships that maybe weren’t as exciting or didn’t have enough wine in them. It allowed me to sculpt the story and bend truths where I needed. There also were exes of mine who were not very happy about the book. It was just better and a little more freeing to turn it into fiction. Everything is a little different, not just the names but the nationalities and the relationships are different, too.

The playlist is in the beginning of the book. It really is my playlist. Everybody has their own playlist, songs transport people back to memories. There was a book that came out back in the early nineties called “Love is a Mixed Tape,” and it was a really sad book about a man’s wife dying young and I thought, someone needs to write something like this but more optimistic – embrace the beauty of the baggage. You shouldn’t turn the songs off because they remind you of your past, you should listen to them because they teach you how much you have grown.

What do you do to let loose and have fun?
One thing that I really like doing is having “hot tub think tank parties.” We put in a hot tub last year, and we have a couple of couples where one person is in the wine business and one is not (like my husband, he is not in the wine business). Those who want to talk wine can, and those who don’t aren’t forced to. We drink champagne and sit in the hot tub and try to brainstorm the next big thing. It’s still very entrepreneurial but it’s a lot of fun.

My husband and I love to take drives on the weekends, and we love to go wine tasting, too. Our latest thing is to go to one new winery a weekend in Sonoma County. We also love to go snorkeling. We spend time in Hawaii each year to snorkel. We try to do a little bit of something relaxing in our crazy lives. Today we worked but, after, we came home and went on a walk with our dog. We will probably hot tub later tonight.

Where do you envision yourself five years from now?
I see myself in the same place. I’m at the age now … I’ll be 40 soon. I’ve worked for big corporations, wine importers and wine distributors, had a lot of experiences in the wine world, and have been working in it since 1997. I feel like I have found a great place in Jordan. I do not have any aspirations to go and start my own company because at Jordan I have everything I could possibly want as far as creative freedom, the team, the support of the boss – and I make good money. I just hope we’re still leading the pack, still keeping people interested, keeping Jordan on the same path that we’re on in terms of the wines, which have never been better and what people are saying and thinking about us is all very positive. So, I hope it continues to go that route. Of course I hope my book sells more.

I bought my dream house two years ago here in Sonoma County so I am very content. I do hope that maybe by then I will have vacationed in Australia and Thailand, though. I am very lucky. Like what I say in the book: “Being unlucky in love doesn’t mean you’ll be unlucky in life.” I am the perfect example of someone who was the least-likely person you’d ever expect to end up in the wine industry joined up with an amazing career. That’s part of the reason I wanted to write the book. Hopefully it will be inspirational to others.

Just because you grew up in a town of 3,000 people, poor, and your dad’s an alcoholic, doesn’t mean your path is chosen or you just have to stay where you are and the cards you’ve been dealt is all you have. You can take control of your life and make a change. You have to take some risks like I did by moving to Florida with my pot-smoking college boyfriend when I was 20. I made a lot of mistakes in dating but I stayed optimistic and continued working hard and learning. I got into wine in Miami, and then one door opened, one closed, and another opened. My journey started in 1994 and here we are now 20 years later and I have everything I could ever want: an amazing husband, amazing life, great job. If I would have just accepted life as it was given to me, I’d probably be living in a trailer somewhere in Southeast Kansas but I didn’t want that for myself so I did something about it.

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Do you take “selfies”?! Come to Trione for Barrel Tasting and take your “selfies” with us!!

We see the “selfie” more and more these days and instead of hating, we decided we would embrace the “selfie”!! For The Wine Roads Barrel Tasting we want to see all of the “selfies” we can and we are giving something fun away!

Barrel Tasting is THIS weekend AND next weekend, over at Trione {My job}, I get to do all sorts of fun things! We love to play games with our guests and club members, we love to chat it up with everyone and show them a fabulous time.  For Barrel Tasting we are having a photo booth people can hang their memories on the fridge after the event and always remember us. And..we are making our own photo booth to encourage the dreaded “Selfie” that everyone cannot help but take! Triones INSTA-Booth, all photos shared on Instagram.

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Take a “selfie” {Or group shot} here at Trione, tag @TrioneWinery + @PelotonCatering with hastag #TRIONE on Instagram.  Each posted photo is a chance to win a VIP Lunch in the Vineyards prepared by Peloton, paired with Trione wines. Post your photos and tag us with a little blurb about why you like Trione and why you should win! Unlimited “Selfies” allowed. This is the time to come and bring out the photographer in you. Take shots of your friends being silly and goofy and possibly win an incredible private lunch in the vineyards.

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Team Trione + Peloton will make the decision for best photo 4pm on each Sunday. We will make contact with the winner on Instagram to give them their winnings!

We will have plenty of games to take you back to childhood to help set the mood: twister, SORRY, Checkers, Connect 4, and more. Enjoy some good old fashioned grilled cheese panini’s made by Peloton.

So friends, come out and see the Team and me and play!!

#WRBT2014

#Trione

#PTon

@TrioneWinery

@PelotonCatering

#Tweetups

Five years ago a group of “kids” {at heart} got together to meet Twitter friends in real life. The concept took off and before we knew it, we were having meet ups in Napa and Sonoma once per month. It was exciting meeting new people, and the groups continued to get larger and larger making networking fun and beneficial for many.

Among the group were Shana and I. We met at a wine event over five years ago. After our first meeting setup by an equally loved JMB, we realized that we probably should have met many times before that and with both of us being as social as we are, we were surprised we didn’t.

With the meet ups taking a break and it coming on a two year pause, Shana and I {good friends now} were reminiscing over a beer when we thought: let’s bring it back! We both know what it takes to throw a party and we both love parties…so why not?! We had our first Tweetup last week at my work, Trione Winery. My husband cooked up some solid food {Peloton Catering} and a bunch of old friends got together and had a blast! It was wonderful and nostalgic. We decided that we needed to keep this thing going and do some sort of “Traveling Tweetup” where we would go to businesses and promote them and have fun. What a concept?! Seems like a no brainer for sure.

If there is one thing that I have learned about the world of social media is we all just love hanging out with each other and having a good time. There are so many smart people who have a lot to offer and these events is where you’ll meet those people. I have met my marketing partners, web partners, and photographers at these events, all who I have a solid relationship with still.

One of my favorite things about these tweetups is the photos and the hashtags. They are all cool and anything goes. Photos have to be pretty and hashtags should be relevant and are always encouraged to be funny.

#TweetSonoma

#WineTweets

#TweetTweetBitches

#Tweet2EAT

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A New Neighborhood Brewery

My husband and I bought a house a little over a month ago and there was really very little that could possibly make things any better than they already are…except, around the corner one of our favorite breweries opened their taproom FINALLY! St. Florian’s, who we purchased a keg from for our wedding, kind of has a special spot in our hearts because, well, we love their IPA and we had it on our special day. So, when they had their grand opening and we realized how close we are to them, we were stoked.

The taproom is now open Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 12-8pm. They are in a little industrial area, will have food trucks and are family friendly. The best kind of brewery. They even have the cutest little’s running around with excitement, encouraging you to use your coasters! Sweet. So go ahead, stop by for a pint, post your photo on instagram too because Amy is a social media rock star and they like all of their fans photos.

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Cheers to heroes and great beer!

Beer Craft, quite possibly the greatest place on earth… at least in Sonoma County

Four years ago today my hubby and made it official {as official as you can be before marriage :)} and we celebrated our love by going to our favorite beer shop. Beer Craft officially opened their tap room today and had their “Grand Opening”.  Until today my husband and I {along with many others} have “unofficially” been drinking beers on tap but today, today they put up their “A” list of craft beers on the chalk board. These A-listers consisted of  Beachwood BBQ & Brewery’s Hop Jitsu IPA, Stone Brewing Grapefruit Slam DIPA, Monkey Paw DIPA, Speakeasy Getaway White IPA, Almanac Brandy Barrel aged Peche {AMAZING}, Dust Bowl Soul Crusher, Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout {it really is rich and tastes delicious, sort of like a milk shake. A must try!}, Firestone Walkers Seventeenth Anniversary Ale {Wow.}, Great Divide Yeti.. to name a few.

Great beers on tap is nothing out of the norm for these guys but this line up is by far the best yet {course they planned it that way}. Not that you should feel sorry for them but, JT has to drive miles and miles to pick up these tasty brews for us to enjoy, so a lot of work goes into this. But who wouldn’t want to drive from brewery to brewery for a living to pick out awesome beers to share with people who love coming into your shop to spend money, drink beer, and talk about beer?! I know I would! BUT since I don’t have a beer shop, we visit breweries and share bottles with them and hope that one day we can drink those beers on draft at their shop :). IMAGE_112.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They do have a fantastic beer club: a bag of four beers each month. They always have a phenomenal selection of craft beer in each bag and they limit the club because many of the beers they get are allocated and they want to be able to give the goods to all of the club. This month was my dream month: IPA’s and Brett + Saison. I don’t think I have been so happy when picking up a selection EVER. The beer club is a steal and just hearing the guys explanation of each beer, each month is enough for me to want to keep coming back.

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If you think about going to visit this week, Beer Craft is on the list for #SFBeerWeek so you can check into a beer there on Untappd and get your badge {must check into two locations}. I went twice and finally got my badge today, phew… I was worried that I was not going to get it. Must be good luck.

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Cheers to Beer Craft!

 

 

How Important is Your Reference?

Over the years I have worked with many people. Some I’d give a good reference for and others who I hoped wouldn’t ask. I never gave a bad reference But, I started thinking about what I say and how that could potentially affect this persons job. What if my honesty was the reason they didn’t get the gig of a lifetime? How much of is weighted on your actual reference and what you say to their potential new boss? Can you say too much? Is it possible to not say enough? How do you know?

I cannot help but wonder if my glowing reviews have been the reason for some of my friends to not get that one job they thought they wanted. When I honestly talked about how creative, reliable, responsible, and awesome someone is, is that too much? Could it be that the new potential boss thinks I am fibbing? Are they looking for reasons to disbelieve? I never have been able to tell. And still to this day, each time someone asks for a reference I get nervous on the phone! My voice cracks, my palms start to perspire, heart beats rapidly, and I go into the “scared little girl who has a fear of standing in front of the class” mode.

To remedy this the last time I was asked to give a reference {after being told that I was “the Buster Posey of the squad” }, I simply used social media to try to make myself calm down before returning the call. I looked up the person online and did a little research. I realized that by getting to know this person made the conversation feel a little more real and relaxed. I gave my same glowing review because this person who used to work with me is just that: awesome and deserving of glowing. And, totally unsurprisingly, he was offered the job.

The whole reference thing can be a bit scary, much like an interview or review with your current boss. Knowing more about who that person is can ease the pain and calm the nerves. So, if you find yourself in this situation,  I definitely recommend a little Facebook or google search to do a little digging first.

 

How about those business references?  Have you ever had a company that you enjoy working with and love their product? Of course, everyone has. Have those businesses asked you to give them a reference t a new potential client? It’s not too common but it is becoming less rare. I have a company that I work with and of course I agreed to speak with the new potential client about their product and business practices. What I am curious about is: how do these people know I am not being dishonest? Not that I would, not that someone would, but why do they trust the “reference” when they don’t know me from Adam? In a day in age when social media and word-of-mouth is the way to go, why is a reference from a stranger still as important as it was before there was call waiting? I suppose it is what we are used to and it’s “how it’s always been done” so it cannot be wrong.

I know when I am working on hiring a team person for my job or hiring a company to perform a task for our company, I rely on those I know. Just like I did when I needed my computer fixed, I went to the one person whom I trust, who knows computers and asked where he goes. It did not matter how far away this company was because I trusted my source. I would never rely on a stranger.

I wonder, how much longer will we rely on someones reference to make our decisions? With social media and the powerful tools we have at our fingertips, it seems like we wouldn’t need to look to a stranger for answers when we could type in a name and find out everything we would want to know about someone.

How Important are Your Birthday Wishes on Facebook?

 

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Every year on my birthday more and more people post a little note on my Facebook wall; some I know very well, some I only know through the digital world, and others I know from many years ago and the only way we speak are through quick posts and “likes” on photos.
Facebook has made it very easy to allow people to feel more loved and more popular.

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So how important are those posts really? I asked a few friends for their thoughts. While they all say, “not really important, it’s no big deal”, they are always excited when they see that little red notification box on their Facebook app. Many check their Facebook all throughout the day on their special day to find out who is posting to their timeline, what people still take the time from high school, who from their childhood still cares, what new friends are nice enough to say a little something.

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It’s funny how this little bit of noise on ones Facebook wall is sort of a validation of how important one is in the digital world. I know Facebook actually tells you when it’s someone’s birthday, most people rely on that now anyway. But it still feels nice.
Before Facebook I had the usual suspects who would call and wish me a happy day, some would text, and my group of buddies would take me out to dinner. Now, with everyone leading a busy, adult life, it is nice to have Facebook remind you when someone needs celebrating.

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I have a friend {both on Facebook + off} who said he had all of these Facebook wishes on his birthday. He wanted to have a party, so he created an event and sent it out to all of his Facebook friends and only three showed up. So… What does that tell you? Facebook makes it easy to take the time to post a little love on a friend or acquaintances timeline, without going out of your way or taking time out of your day, but, looking at an event takes time and actually going takes more… Is he not loved because nobody went? No, that’s not the case. Before Facebook, we planned our own get-togethers and sent out invites or made phone calls. Part of the world still does that and people still need that. Because it’s so easy to wish anyone a happy birthday regardless of how well you know them, doesn’t mean you want to go spend a few hours celebrating them.

I love reading the posts to my timeline once a year. Sometimes I even find myself bumming out because some people didn’t say anything. Ha! Well, maybe they didn’t use Facebook that day, so chill! It is fun to see those post from people who write thoughtful things and from those people who I knew when I was a little girl. For that Facebook, I thank you. I still go the old fashioned route and contact my close friends and give a personal invite to a little celebration. After all, it would not be fun to invite all of my Facebook friends and have them not show, that would make for a sad birthday girl.

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Brewery # 200!

I wanted to hit brewery number 200 for my birthday with our beer buddy, Erin. It seemed suiting to have this milestone be at a local brewery. Thankfully two new breweries opened up within the last couple of weeks. Warped Brewing in the Barlow was the lucky number 200.

A place owned by a couple who is obsessed with old video games. The room is decorated with 80′s + 90′s game art, has some pin ball, and the coasters are old hard disks with the labels still on them that they’ve attached cork to the back to prevent slipping. Brilliant. Everyone loves to reminisce about the times when we played that one game for hours or never could make it past that one level. I didn’t realize how much I really loved sega’s sonic the hedgehog back in the day. I also always loved super mario brothers. Sitting around, sipping on beers and talking video games is fun and feels so carefree.

The beers are good. They have three currently:  the crash of ’83, orbital outrage, and pixelated porter.

Nice people + cool decor + good beer.

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Faction Brewing

We finally made it to Faction Brewing, our 198th brewery! We had tasted the Faction Pale Ale a couple of months ago at Magnolia in the City and it was absolutely delicious! We were so looking forward to this place.

Way out in the cuts, it took quite a while to get to the brewery. It’s positioned right on the bay with the most spectacular view of the city and bay bridge. First impression: AWESOME.

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We were greeted by a nice lady who sounded like she was one of the owners. She happily poured us the taster and we sat at a barrel table and enjoyed. Every beer was made well and tasted fantastic. The pales were so smooth and floral, they were insanely easy to drink. The IPA is really great too but I think my favorite is the Faction Pale Ale still. I am absolutely CRAZY about this place!

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CRAZY about Faction!

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Faction Brewing

The tasting room is on one side of the brewery and to get to the ladies room I had to walk through it. It’s a cool spot but because they are small and the owners work in the brewery and in the tasting room, their hours are fairly limited.
Hours:
Wednesday—Saturday open 12-7PM
Sunday open 12-5PM
Monday and Tuesday – CLOSED

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Faction will definitely be on our regular rotation, especially now since we are members at a somewhat nearby brewery: The Rare Barrel.

Craft beer + Bowling = A Good New Home Celebration

With the painful process of searching and buying a home behind us, we are excited to be making our new home our very own! One of the greatest things about our new home is that after a long day of work, we can walk two minutes to the bowling alley for a pint of Racer 5 and a couple of games! Living in Windsor just got better.

Of course being the beer lovers we are, we had to christen the new home with some stellar craft beer. With the help of our buddy {sparklinglover} we opened some delicious brews from Fifty Fifty Brewing company. A great trio to toast the new pad!

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Windsor Bowl has $4 pints and the fun disco bowling happens every Saturday night. It’s not a terribly expensive hobby either: for a family of four playing two games, with shoes is $44.
They now have rock n’ glow on Monday nights where you can bowl for two hours for just $9! What a steal!

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