Ringing in spring at Lupulo with rhubarb celebration

(Jessica M. Pasko / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Downtown’s Lupulo Craft Beer House will be the setting May 13 for rhubarb-focused food and drink, with special beverages pouring, a pie-making contest and more.

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While best known as a partner of strawberry, rhubarb gets solo billing at Lupulo Craft Beer House later this month. The Rhubarb World Tour will feature pours of different rhubarb beverages from around the world, along with rhubarb-centric kitchen specials and a pie-making contest, according to manager Tom Bentley.

Among the beers and wines the crew will be pouring are:

  • Cantillon Nath, a Belgium lambic with rhubarb
  • Cold Hand Rheum, a rhubarb wine from Denmark
  • Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb, a gose from Germany
  • Fair Isle Rachelle, a gin-barrel-aged saison with rhubarb from Seattle

Festivities kick off Saturday, May 13, at 4 p.m., but pies can be dropped off earlier that day at Lupulo, located at 233 Cathcart St. in downtown Santa Cruz.