Local businesses have been having to think out-of-the-box and find new ways to offer patrons goods and services. With more wiggle room in Yolo County guidelines, the Patio 29 Distillery is able to get back to the business of offering spirit tastings.
Less than a year after opening in Winters, the Patio 29 owners were forced to switch gears in March when coronavirus shelter in place guidelines, and the shutdown of drinking establishments came down from the California governor.
In April 2020, Patio 29 began crafting a recipe for the hand sanitizer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Over the summer they began making to-go Cocktail Kits available for pick up or local delivery alongside their spirits.
“While everything was closed, we wanted to find a way for people to enjoy the craft cocktail experience in the comfort of their own home, and from that came cocktail kits,” said Boone.
Each cocktail kit comes with a bottle of spirit, pre-made mixes, garnishes and recipe instructions. The most recent cocktail kit is based on their fan favorite Bee’s Knees cocktail crafted with lavender infused honey from local PURE honey from up the road.
“The Bee’s Knees is a simple prohibition-era cocktail that is made from gin, honey and lemon juice. Our Gin is made with 8 different botanicals, one of them being locally grown lavender,” said Boone. “We paired that with PURE’s lavender infused honey, and it really was a match made in heaven.”
Now that Yolo County is in the Red Tier, with Orange Tier numbers in site, they were able to open up their tasting room again, with some new features.
“We’ve had to make quite a few changes to our tasting room to meet the current COVID guidelines,” said Eric Boone, Patio 20 co-owner and Tasting Room Manager.
With limitations of operating at 25 percent capacity they had to remove tables in their tasting room to maintain social distancing requirements, install plexiglass shields, as well as furnish their patio space with tables and umbrellas. They also made the switch to disposable cups and utensils, including sanitation tasks between customers, and serving food to meet the requirement to re-open.
“We’re just thrilled to be back pouring tastings, making drinks, and sharing our passion of spirits with this community,” said Boone.
Patio 29 is currently offering indoor and outdoor seating available on Fridays and Saturdays. However, seating is limited due to COVID guidelines, and is first come first served. Patrons are required to wear masks when not seated at a table, asked to practice safe social distancing, and must be 21 year or older. Their patio is dog friendly.
Boone said fans can look forward to their upcoming Bourbon and Rye spirits on track to release by the end of the year.