Local Beer Observations: October


Founders Brewing Company is now being distributed locally.  Bottles are showing up around town at bottle shops such as Savemart, Imbibe and Sully’s to name a few.  Moo Creamery has a full line up on tap and has tasters available.  Breakfast Stout, Blushing Monk, Dirty Bastard, Imperial Stout, Centennial IPA and KBS have been found.  Winemeup! is having a tasting Thursday the 15th to highlight a few of these and some others.  Check out the events page for more on that.


Alpine Beer Company has been spotted locally as well.  Unfortunately I don’t think they have distribution here, just some diligent bottle shop curators that go out of their way to bring the goods to town.  At one point Nelson and Hoppy Birthday were available at Moo Creamery and Savemart.  I don’t think they are still available but if you happen to be at either location, don’t hesitate to ask for it.  Maybe you’ll get lucky.


Imbibe tapped Fraction Brewing Company’s Pale Ale last Thursday.  This is such a great beer.  Generously hopped with tons of Simcoe, CTZ and Mosaic hops this pale ale packs in the flavor and at 5.2%, 45 IBUs is still an easy drinking session beer.  Please go try it now before it’s gone.  These guys are not distributed locally so it’s another example of good beer stewardship from our local bottle shops.


Stone Brewing Company’s latest release of Enjoy By IPA is the 10.31.15 version and is available at bottle shops and on tap locally now.  This double IPA weighs in at 9.4% and is a wonderful example of how good this beer can be.  Get some before Halloween for optimal flavor.  Also available now is Enjoy After 10.31.16 which is a Brett IPA that is best stored for at least a year before enjoying.


Kern River Brewing Company is currently brewing their next batch of Citra which means it’s Citra lottery time again.  Other than on tap at the brewery once released, the only way to get bottles is to win the Citra lottery.  Contact KRBC to find out how to participate.


Lengthwise and Temblor both have their Oktoberfest’s on tap.  The lengthwise version which is available at all three locations and tastes of malty, toasted bread crust, nutty toffee and is 6.5% ABV.  Temblor’s Oktoberfest is also 6.5% ABV and has a medium malt body with mild bitterness and hop flavor.  Go support our local breweries and enjoy these seasonal brews.