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After more than 30 years as strictly a winery, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars has finally dipped its toes into the brewery scene, and they’re off to a promising start. Square Wheel Brewing Company, named after the historic red tractor at the Cliff House Estate, is owned and operated by Arbor Crest’s Mielke family at their wine production facility. The beer became available at the winery earlier this month. John Mielke, a self-taught brewmaster, is spearheading the effort, and he says the beer has received positive feedback so far. For now, the beer will only be available at the weekly evening concerts (Thursdays and Sundays), but Mielke says they plan to work their way up to a full-fledged tasting room that’ll serve beer whenever the winery is open.


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