The Coshocton County Beacon July 1, 2021 - Page 5

July 1 , 2021 The Beacon • 5

Cork & Tap Excursions adds its services to Coshocton ’ s wine trail

By Josie Sellers
Kiwanis of Coshocton meetings often include a special guest speaker . One of the recent ones to attend was Coshocton High School alumnus Mike Garbrandt who recently opened Cork and Tap Excursions .
“ I run a brewery and winery charter service for a six-county region ,” said Garbrandt . “ You call me and tell me where you want to go , and I will take you there and confirm the reservations .”
Garbrandt currently lives in Lancaster , but does trips on the Three Rivers Wine Trail and other trails throughout Ohio .
“ I have a passion for travel and love to be in the car and seeing new things ,” he said .
Garbrandt credits his childhood friend and current Coshocton Mayor Mark Mills for encouraging him to start his business .
“ Mark and I used to travel a lot ,” Garbrandt said . “ I ’ ve known about
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Kiwanis of Coshocton meetings often include a special guest speaker . One of the recent ones to attend was Coshocton High School alumnus Mike Garbrandt who recently opened Cork and Tap Excursions . his dream of being mayor for 10 years and we ’ ve talked about me doing this too . I got laid off in October and when I was looking for a job Mark encouraged me to do this . I hit the ground running .”
Guests can typically visit six to seven wineries or breweries in a trip .
“ If you spend a half hour at each stop you can come close to finishing a trail ,” Garbrandt said . “ If we get within a half hour to 45 minutes , we can finish it .”
He can take up to 11 people on a trip and picks everyone up at a designated location .
“ The trip starts when you hit your first winery or brewery ,” Garbrandt said .
He also is flexible with the schedule .
“ Say you get to the Wooly Pig , and you just want to stay there , we can do that ,” Garbrandt said . “ We don ’ t have to stick hard to the schedule . We can make changes to that .”
For contact and scheduling information , visit www . corkandtapohio . com or their Facebook page .
In 2018 , tourism was a half-billion-dollar industry in Ohio and Garbrandt is happy to help celebrate the winery and brewery portion of that .
“ It ’ s all about getting you from point A to point B so you can taste what each has to offer ,” he said . “ What ’ s nice about wineries and breweries is that when one succeeds , they all succeed . It ’ s a really good environment to be in after being a part of the corporate world .”

Herb Society gathers for its meetings

The Coshocton County Herb Society met June 16 at the new home of Jodi Shrimplin and was co-hosted by Carol Haendiges . There were 12 members in attendance including the newest member Robyn Morrison .
The meeting was started with roll call on the herb , chamomile . A brief discussion was held on the upcoming herb displays for this year ’ s Coshocton County Fair , and plans have begun on the 2022 bi-annual Herb Fair to be held next year .
A motion was carried to purchase a sign to mark the kitchen herb garden that is maintained by the Herb Society at Clary Gardens . A short program was given by Julia Brown on making homemade potpourri .
The next meeting will be held Wednesday , July 21 at 7 p . m . It will be an herbal picnic and covered dished to be held at one of the shelters at the Lake Park Complex .
The Coshocton County Herb Society is open to new members . If interested in growing , using and learning more about herbs , call Lori Regula at 740-545-9921 to come join the group for a meeting .
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