April and May are jam packed with local craft beer events. With two festivals (Country and Craft Beer Festival was last weekend), beer pairing dinners and plenty of tastings there seems to be at least one event every week. I’m not even taking into account our always great weekly events put on by Moo Creamery, Eureka Burger and Bootleggers. Our local craft beer community is seriously stepping it up, from the distributors adding new brands to our local beer sellers and restaurants embracing and expanding their craft beer options and creating awesome events to our local breweries continuing to put out delicious local beers we have ourselves a thriving local craft beer community. Check out the events page for up to date information on all the local craft beer events. You can also add any of the events to your calendar via ical or google calendar.
Bakersfield has tons of great locally owned restaurants serving all types of cuisines. When it comes to Italian food, it’s hard to imagine anyone better than Frugatti’s. There are so many amazing options on their menu; my favorite is the Papo Pasta and my wife’s favorite the Gorgonzola Cream Penne. They also have some really nice lighter dishes on their fitness menu. Another plus is that they teach the proper pronunciation of bruschetta (bru-sketta) on the menu. Since this isn’t a food blog, I’ll stop talking about food (it’s making me hungry anyway). The reason I bring up Frugatti’s is they have revamped their beer menu and are now featuring four permanent taps, two rotating handles and lots of bottles/cans (Pizza Port Swamis IPA, Tioga Sequoia Sugar Pine Porter, Chimay Grand Reserve Blue and Abita Purple Haze among others). It’s great to see local restaurants embrace craft beer and recognize that there are better choices out there. Follow them on Instagram here.
Check out their current tap list.
The Local Mash
Bakersfield’s newest beer blog is The Local Mash. Blogger Craig Zubris, who is a recognized BJCP beer judge, is a home brewer who plans to share some of his brewing experiences along with reviewing and rating commercial beers. One of his recent posts on making a home nitro draft system was extremely interesting and a great read. Head over to The Local Mash and check out this cool new blog.
New To Town
Local distributors, like Pipeline Craft Beverage Company have been adding a bunch of new brands to their distribution lists. Look for these brands around town on tap and in bottles and cans. Also keep an eye out for events featuring some of these new guys.
Dust Bowl Brewing Company out of Turlock, CA recently complete their state of the art 17,000 barrels per year brewery. Beers: Hops of Wrath IPA, Therapist Imperial IPA, Black Blizzard Russian Imperial Stout.
Out of Bounds Brewing Company out of Rocklin, CA has two master brewers that are graduates of the UC Davis master brewers program. Beers: Juiced Grapefruit Double IPA, The Prophet Oak Aged Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Porter.
Telegraph Brewing Company out of Santa Barbara, CA utilizes a traditional copper brewing set up and has won a bunch of prestigious awards. Beer: California Ale, Telegraph IPA, Los Padres Saison.
Revision Brewing out of Sacramento, CA is a new brewery by former Knee Deep co-owner, Jeremy Warren. They are just getting started and are expected to open this summer in West Sacramento. Expect to see Revision in town soon.
Mother Earth Brewing Company out of Vista, CA features a brew supply store at their downtown Vista location. Beers: Boo Koo IPA, Cali’ Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale, Sin Tax Imperial PB Stout.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
Savemart has three packs of Sierra Nevada Ovila on the shelf which includes the Brown Ale (mandarins and cocoa), Quad (cherries) and Saison (sage). Available in limited supply at Savemart are bottles of Founders KBS, limit one per customer, ask at the counter. Also available at Savemart; Goose Island Lolita, Elysian Brewing Dragonstooth Imperial Stout, Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo red ale and Modern Times Apricot Fruitlands and Iron Sunrise IPL.
Sully’s Chevron on Coffee has a limited supply of Founders KBS and Firestone Walker Parabola.
Bevmo just loaded up on a whole bunch of cans of fresh, super session-able Jibe IPA by Green Flash.
Head over to Imbibe for some tasty summer treats by Boulevard. Local beer sage, Kevin has brought a couple interesting oddballs that should pair nicely with 110 degree weather. In can delivery form, a ginger lemon flavored brew called Radler and it’s bottled friend a Habiscus Gose.
Get your sour fix on Sunday’s when Dionysus is offering to fill growlers with whatever sours (Super Funkadelic Gose is back) they currently have a surplus of on tap. Also, in unsour Dionysus news, new to their tap list are Dank Street IPA, Juice Box Cider and Midnight Shift Coffee Porter.
The Country and Craft Beer Festival was a great time! Not only was there some great beer on tap for festival attendees but lots of really good food, all for free. One food vendor in particular, Dia De Los Tacos, was serving up killer tacos. Seek them out, their tacos are amazing! Follow them on Instagram here.
Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy By 05.04.16 is the newest version of the Enjoy By Black IPA series. Don’t forget to drink this before May the Forth. “The force is strong with this one." – Darth Vader