“Vinyl music, rad beers, and good food” are what folks can expect at The Libertine Brewing Company, Downtown’s newest 10,000 square foot brewery and tap room located at 1234 Broad Street. With 76 taps, including twenty of their own, owners Tyler & Shannon Clark and Eric & Rodessa Newton have built a terroir-driven style brewery that’s as unique to the Central Coast as it is to Downtown. Co-owner Tyler Clark explains: “The type of beer we make is unique to us and to our region, so the idea was to create a beer that showcases this region and shows off what we’re doing here on the coast.” In that spirit, Libertine uses open-top cool ships to ferment their brews, which allows ambient air to aid the fermentation process and “flavors” it with local yeasts from the surrounding environment. They also use local fruits in the brewing process and even ocean water in select beers. Additionally, their food menu features the brews incorporated in the cuisine, like elk sausage marinated in Wild IPA or brownies made with Imperial Stout. Clark says they source locally when possible and support a closed-loop system: “The cheese is from Stepladder Ranch, and we feed all their cows and pigs our spent grain from our brewing process.” The space in Downtown SLO is the brewery’s second, after the flagship location in Morro Bay and a tasting room in Buellton, which will open next year. The Libertine Brewing Company opened on February 15, 2017 and is open 11am-10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am-11pm Thursday through Saturday. The adjacent coffee shop is open from 6am-6pm every day and features barrel-age cold brew coffee and kombucha. They also serve espresso and hot coffee.