Lengthwise Brewing Company, Bakersfield’s oldest operating brewery, is just weeks away from opening its spacious new brewery, restaurant and beer garden. They are shooting for a June 1st opening. The new location will increase its footprint and brewing operation leaving plenty of room for future expansion as the need arises. The 15,000 square foot facility stays true to the traditional Lengthwise look and feel with lots of metal, stained concrete, repurposed wood and of course vintage motorcycles. The high celings with skylights and the large windows overlooking the beer garden and parking lot give the dining room a welcome sense of openness that the previous iteration lacked. The 8800 square foot beer garden is the perfect setting for events with separate outside restrooms and what looks to be good late afternoon shade from the adjacent building.
Photo Courtesy of Mike Shue
The new brewery, at 7700 District Blvd. will have 24 taps with a portion of those devoted to guest beers. KRBC is confirmed to have a couple of those spots and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dionysus among the guest beers as well. The ordering format will not change, order your food at the bar and a food runner will bring it to your table. The Lengthwise food you know and love won’t be changing either. You will still be able to order Stinky Fries, Fish Tacos, Tri Tip Steak Sandwiches, The Starved (for attention) Burger (otherwise known as the 26 Ouncer - Pictured) and the super delicious Nasty Fries among all the other menu items they serve now.
At the north end of the dining room stands two giant glass doors giving patrons a great view of the brewing and bottling operation. In addition to the bottling line you can catch a view of the bright tanks and fermentation tanks as well as lots of room for future expansion. Just inside the brewing area is a massive walk in (and drive in) cooler that will house the kegs feeding the tap room and the finished product ready for distribution.
One thing that is noticeable about this new brewery location is the practicality of it all. When I met with Jeff Williams, co-owner of Lengthwise, he stressed the importance of being able to build from the ground up. Keeping in mind the flow of daily operations every part of the brewery and restaurant was setup to maximize efficiency. From the proximity of the loading dock to the cooler and the bottling line to the flow of the kitchen prep, storage and assembly area everything just makes sense.
Lengthwise is known for a steady, focused growth method that doesn’t overextend and seems to make the right moves at the right times. With that in mind, they are in the perfect position to experiment a little. We can expect to see a stepped up small batch and barrel aging program and more experimental brews on tap, the possibility of the old brewery location being turned into a tap room for a more intimate setting and if all goes well, the availability of Lengthwise beers in 12 ounce cans.
The new Lengthwise Brewery is shaping up to be a great addition to our craft beer community and I’m looking forward to experiencing it firsthand. Expect Lengthwise to continue to provide Bakersfield and Kern County with great local craft beer options for years to come.
Fortnight of the Monsters’
Monsters’ Park by Modern Times invades Moo Creamery on Tuesday May 24th from 6-10PM for Fortnight of the Monsters’. This ultra-exclusive event will only be at a few locations in CA and NV and Moo made the cut (thanks to Kim Jackson and James Hernandez). These tasty versions of Monsters’ Park will be available:
Bourbon Barrel Aged
Bourbon Barrel Aged with Coffee
Bourbon Barrel Aged with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs
Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vanilla
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
Also on May 24th, Craft Tap House will be hosting a tap takeover featuring Belching Beaver! The lineup hasn’t been released yet.
Super Funkadelic is back on tap at Dionysus and was just tapped at Lenghtwise the Pub on Calloway today.
Temblor has a couple new brews on tap including my favorite to date, an English Milk Stout on Nitro called Calling Elvis.
On May 21st Firestone will be bringing a killer line up to Eureka Burger for your tasting pleasure. Here’s what you can expect: Bretta Wiesse, Luponic Distortion 001, Union Jack, 2016 Parabola and 2016 Sucaba.
Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival is May 28th at CSUB featuring over 35 breweries and food trucks peddling their wares. Get your tickets here. Also, hit the official after part at Craft Tap House after the event.
The Padre Hotel is hosting its second Brews and Bites on Monday May 23rd at 7pm. The event features Mission Brewing Company beers paired with a five course meal on the Prairie Fire Patio. Get your tickets here.
If you enjoy a good hard cider head over to Wine Me Up! on Thursday May 19th for a hard cider tasting featuring Julian Hard Cider.
July 1st is the release date for Firestone Walker’s second revolution of Luponic Distortion (Rev. No. 002) which is their revolving hop series that experiments with a new hop profile with each release. According to Andy Pelle our local Firestone rep, this next version will be super dank, more so than the first.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp across America variety 12 packs are now available locally. These include six new beers that are collaborations with brewers across America. Each of the six beers was created by a team representing a region of the U.S.
Starting this week Stone IPA by Stone Brewing Company will now be available in 12 ounce cans everywhere Stone is sold.
One last note on Lengthwise, I’m a sucker for a good stout and I’m really enjoying the Irish Stout on tap at the three Lengthwise locations. It’s super smooth and has a wonderful finish. Go check it out and let me know what you think.
And finally, American Craft Beer Week is this week (May 16-22) so go out and celebrate at one of our local breweries, craft beer spots or bottle shops and enjoy your favorite craft beer or try something new!