It all started during the Great Recession, when I was buying land in Napa. After purchasing a view lot on Atlas Peak, I ended up re-visiting Santa Barbara, in the Sta. Rita Hills — the best AVA for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay! (I know: you’ve never heard of the Sta. Rita Hills. It’s OK– we’ll change that together.) I was looking at vineyard land, and realized that the geography, soils and weather were all fantastic for producing world class wine. What was confusing was why it wasn’t more crowded. And such little traffic. Then came the “lightning bolt” moment: On the corner of Rt. 246 and Drum Canyon Road, in Lompoc, down the road from Seasmoke, the Pacific breezes were bouncing off the 67 acre site which I was standing on. And about to purchase. Beautiful, majestic views of vineyards, rolling hills, big, open skies. There, in the middle of the Sta. Rita Hills, I was looking at Napa 30 years ago. I bought. And, got hooked. But, it was my softball buddies who obsessed over craft beer, and who described it like I had described wine. Back through my college days at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Pi Kappa Alpha), I had never been a “beer guy.” But my buddies were. We toured local breweries, and I learned that you only need four ingredients to make great tasting craft beer in a matter of days or months: faster and less expensive than a vineyard. Now, I thought to myself.………. if I could only merge my new found love of craft beer with amazing wine. That’s how the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault came to 332 Evernia Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Welcome. And enjoy. Please let us know what we can improve on, and what you’d like to see. Thank you for your patronage.