Author Archive: Brandilyn Mitchell

Bring on the rain, and a bottle of Wonky & Wry's Honey Braggot Ale.
Loves to roast marshmallows over a fire.
Enjoys the mix of cigars and whiskey.

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Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market: Mixers & Mocktails

Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market: Mixers & Mocktails

BrewView: Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market: Mixers & MocktailsBy Brandilyn Mitchell How do you host a holiday party with yummy drinks for everyone: those who partake as well as your beloved teetotalers and all the kiddos? Do you like mixing cocktails but have a toddler who wants to partake from your glass all the time? We […]

By November 3, 2022 Read More →
Recap: The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!

Recap: The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!

Recap: The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!By Brandilyn Mitchell  Calaveras County is a 90-ish minute drive northeast of Modesto, and boasts some spectacular things to do and see, including being the home of the little gold-rush town of Murphys. You’ll notice as you walk around enjoying the sights and sounds […]

By October 24, 2022 Read More →
The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!

The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!

The Murphys 6th Annual Witch Walk: Eat, Drink & Be Wicked!By Brandilyn Mitchell  Calaveras County is a 90-ish minute drive northeast of Modesto and boasts some spectacular things to do and see, including being the home of the little gold-rush town of Murphys. You’ll notice as you walk around enjoying the sights and sounds that […]

By October 3, 2022 Read More →
BrewView Cold Brews and Drinks Volume 2

BrewView Cold Brews and Drinks Volume 2

BrewView Cold Brews and Drinks Volume 2By Brandilyn & Christopher Mitchell We heard you loud and clear with all the great feedback after July’s issue. We’ve found even more amazing drinks for you to try, while you are kept nice and cold in this 100+F degree heatwave. Set your home A/C for 88F and then […]

By September 2, 2022 Read More →
A Day in Columbia, Gold Mining Town 

A Day in Columbia, Gold Mining Town 

A Day in Columbia, Gold Mining Town  By Brandilyn Brown   A short trip up the hill on Highway 49, near Sonora and Jamestown, you’ll find the historical town of Columbia. You can get immersed in California’s Gold Rush history in Columbia State Historic Park this summer and learn while having fun! In this family-friendly […]

FamilyView: Pageo Lavender Farm Photo Ops

FamilyView: Pageo Lavender Farm Photo Ops

FamilyView: Pageo Lavender Farm Photo OpsBy Brandilyn Mitchell Pageo Lavender Farm, owned and operated by George & Patty Kapor, has a romantic back story. The Kapors bought the property in 1998, with an inkling that they wanted to have a herb farm. They had visited a herb farm-restaurant combo in Connecticut called Capriland, and wondered […]

FamilyView: VanderHelm Farms You-Pick Blueberries and Tractor Rides

FamilyView: VanderHelm Farms You-Pick Blueberries and Tractor Rides

FamilyView: VanderHelm Farms You-Pick Blueberries and Tractor Rides By Brandilyn Mitchell VanderHelm Farms is open for the season! Just in time for summer break. An afternoon at VanderHelm is a great way to have fun, teach your kids about our local agriculture and eat healthy, too. The farm has blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apriums and zucchini. […]

BrewView: Pageo Lavender Farm Lavender Margaritas

BrewView: Pageo Lavender Farm Lavender Margaritas

BrewView: Pageo Lavender Farm Lavender Margaritas By Brandilynn and Christopher Mitchell   In 2015, #BrewView attended the first annual VinoFest, and it was held at the magical Pageo Lavender Farm. It was such a quaint and small event-only 15 wine makers or so-and as you walked around to sample wines you got to chat with […]

Five Eye Brewing Collabs with Homebrew Club the Brewins

Five Eye Brewing Collabs with Homebrew Club the Brewins

“Five Eye Brewing collabs with Homebrew Club The Brewins for May Release”  By Christopher and Brandilyn Mitchell   Five Eye Brewing in Ceres, CA and the Brewins homebrew club will collaborate on new beer to be released in May.    The two brewers of Five Eye, Alan Atkins and Steve Verner, are both Valley natives […]

By March 20, 2022 Read More →
DateView: Your Slice of Heaven Awaits at Dragonfly Tea Room

DateView: Your Slice of Heaven Awaits at Dragonfly Tea Room

DateView: Your Slice of Heaven Awaits at Dragonfly Tea Room By Brandilyn Mitchell If you are looking for something out of the box (er, from another era?) for Valentine’s this year, I have found the perfect date for you! Whether you want to take your partner, your best friend, your mom or your kids, Dragonfly […]

By February 22, 2022 Read More →
BrewView: “Five Eye Brewing; A Thirst for Quality and A Desire to Understand Beer”

BrewView: “Five Eye Brewing; A Thirst for Quality and A Desire to Understand Beer”

BrewView: “Five Eye Brewing; A Thirst for Quality and A Desire to Understand Beer”By Christopher & Brandilyn Mitchell This month we got to meet the brewers at Five Eye Brewing and, man, were we impressed with this operation! Founded by three partners (with five eyes between them-hence their name), they have a surplus of ingenuity […]

By February 1, 2022 Read More →
Culture Coffee Bar: A Mobile Community

Culture Coffee Bar: A Mobile Community

Culture Coffee Bar: A Mobile Community By Brandilyn Brown Ah November, a month we love to focus on community….ModShop, Small Business Saturday, being thankful, paying it forward, and getting loved ones together over home-cooked meals. You are probably shopping at the Modesto Farmers Market frequently this month in preparation for all the cooking and eating, […]

By November 4, 2021 Read More →
BrewVeiw: Lumberyard Cellars, A Great Addition to the 120

BrewVeiw: Lumberyard Cellars, A Great Addition to the 120

BrewVeiw: Lumberyard Cellars, A Great Addition to the 120 By Brandilyn Brown & Christopher Mitchell   If your friend asks you “Wanna go to the Lumberyard?”, and you respond “No, I don’t really want to go to Home Depot today,” you are gravely misinformed! Lumberyard Cellars is a new wine bar in Escalon, and yes, you do […]

By October 3, 2021 Read More →
BrewView: Swing Into Squeeze In

BrewView: Swing Into Squeeze In

BrewView: Swing Into Squeeze InBy Brandilyn Brown and Christopher Mitchell We’ve had some great bloody marys in our day, so when a friend shared with us about how much they enjoyed the “Hail Mary” at Squeeze In on Roselle & Floyd, we had to check it out for ourselves. It is named after the football […]

By September 3, 2021 Read More →
BrewView: Hey There, Manmosa

BrewView: Hey There, Manmosa

BrewView Hey There, Manmosa By Brandilyn Brown and Christopher Mitchell Chef Tye Rhone Bauer is a household name, one of Modesto’s local celebrities. He opened Bauer’s 66 ½ in the back of McHenry Village in November 2009. If that sounds familiar to you, it should! It was featured on the popular show “Diners Drive-Ins and […]

By August 5, 2021 Read More →