Beer Observations: June

I’m lazy and work is hard so in addition to this post being a lot later in the month than usual there will be no features just some random stuff. Let’s get to it.

Short and Sweet (or Sour)

Everybody’s favorite bottle shop, Imbibe has introduced a Happy Hour Shootout from 12-6pm featuring two beers on tap for happy hour prices. The winning beer gains enormous amounts of street cred. Also at imbibe on July 8th a meet and greet dubbed Malts vs. Hops featuring Firestone Walker from 5-8pm. In addition to the old guard of DBA and Union Jack on tap, expect these other delicious offerings: DBA on Nitro, Bretta Weisse and Revolution 002 of Luponic Distortion.  

A new locally owned pizza place in town is fighting the good beer fight and offering a decent tap list with some rotating handles to go with its sometimes odd (The Chester hot Cheetos and chorizo pizza I’m looking at you), inventive and very tasty pies. Bakersfield Pizza Company on Ming Avenue looks amazing inside with its old timey décor and uber hipster bartenders serving up cool looking cocktails and some respectable craft beer options.

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Temblor recently started canning some of its core line up (also canning Golden 99 Ale for Tioga Sequoia). Available now at the brewery and in select local stores (Sully’s for one) you can get six packs of Six Six One, El Cerrito and Under a Blood Orange Sky. Newish to Temblor’s line up is Welcome to the Terrordome (finally a beer with a Public Enemy reference) German Alt beer that won a gold medal in the amber hybrid category at the Best of California Commercial Craft Beer Competition in Sacramento.

Craft Tap House, with the prefect set up for tap takeover events, continues to roll them out. They have two on the docket for July so far. On the 14th Pizza Port is taking over and on July 26th expect to see Stone’s logo with a healthy presence on the Tap Hunter video screens.

Luponic Distortion rev 002 by Firestone Walker is out as of today and we should start seeing it locally as early as this weekend. If you’ve made it over to Firestone in Paso recently I’m sure you’ve seen the construction going on at the brewery. Due to the construction, the visitors center is closed and tour availability during the summer months has been limited. Be sure to check out the Brewery Emporium located in a separate building near the Chevron on the west side of the road just after you turn on Ramada Drive for all your growler fills, bottle restock and merchandise purchases.

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And finally, LA Beer Week was last week with tons of events and festivals all over the LA area. With local breweries, bottle shops, pubs and other craft beer spots just about all having at least one event it’s a huge celebration of great beer that helps create buzz and drive the better beer industry. It’s my opinion that Bakersfield is ready for its own beer week. Of course it would be scaled down a bit from the LA and San Diego versions but I think we could pull off a pretty cool set of local events that help to further cultivate the local craft beer industry and enrich the culture of quality over quantity. Now we just need a group of likeminded individuals to organize and promote this endeavor.

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Wine me up! in the north west is really stepping up its craft beer game (I may have said that before, if so, consider this a friendly reminder).They seem to be hosting a beer tasting at least once a month, always have a nice selection of bottles on hand and a couple good beers on tap too. Take some time to stop by this wine bar and see for yourself. On July 21st Wine me up! is hosting a beer tasting featuring the beers of Honey Wagon from 6-8pm. The tap list hasn’t been finalized yet but I’m pretty sure they’ll be bringing a nice variety of beers and probably a surprise or two.

Tiki-Ko, Bakersfield’s only Tiki bar is “a shady place for sunny people” or so goes their tag line. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been yet but from the photos I’ve seen, the place looks amazing. Obviously the focus here is on tropical drinks and a healthy selection of rum. The good news for good beer drinkers is they have a selection of craft bottles (El Segundo and Smog City for example) available as well. The next time I’m downtown, I will definitely be taking my sunshine to this shady place.

 

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Just released by Stone is their latest Enjoy By, 07.25.16 tangerine IPA and 2016 Ruinten triple IPA weighing in at 10.8%.

Modern Times releases Protocosmos IPA next month in 22 oz. bottles. The Dankness Dojo, the future home Modern Times’ L.A. pilot brewery, restaurant, & café is currently under construction in downtown LA. It’s great to see these guys move a little closer to us less southern, southern Californians.  

It was sad to drink my last beer at the Schirra Ct. Lengthwise brewery location but when one door closes another one opens, literally in this case. The new brewery location is open to the public at 7700 District Blvd. and looks great. They are still working out some of the kinks and will have an official grand opening sometime in the coming weeks.  In addition to their normal line up of beers they have a few guest beers on tap. Current guest tap list at press time is: KRBC Citra DIPA, Dionysus Super Funkadelic Gose, Temblor Welcome to the Terrordome German Alt and Honey Wagon Cheeky Puppy Sour Ale. The brewery is still in the transition stage and hasn’t started brewing just yet but don’t worry, they still have plenty of beer from the final batches over at the old location.

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