Bootleggers hosts Ballast Point Pint Night, two events in Tehachapi on the same night, new beers on tap at KRBC, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Tuesday 1/9 – The monthly home brewer’s meeting returns to Temblor Brewing Company this week. Local home brewers are encouraged to come discuss home brewing and bring a bottle of their own creation to share. The meeting is from 6 – 8 PM. FREE
Wednesday 1/10 – Geeks Who Drink trivia night is a weekly event up the hill at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. Form a team or join a team and answer questions right to win. Event goes from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Last week they had pub snacks provided by Taylor’s Provisions. $POUR/$FOOD
Thursday 1/11 – Bootleggers Craft Pub will be pouring four Ballast Point beers this Thursday for Ballast Point Pint Night! Scheduled to pour are: Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Longfin Lager, and Watermelon Dorado DIPA. The first 48 customers will receive a free logo glass and swag. The event goes from 5 – 8 PM. $ POUR
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Lengthwise Brewing Company has Barrel Aged Imperial Stout aged in red wine barrels for 15 months on tap and available in bottles. Also back, are Cyber Bully DIPA and Widthwise DIPA. Their barrel aged Saison aged in red wine barrels for a year is bottling next week so expect to see that available soon.
Fresh bottles and draft of Kern River Brewing Company Just Outstanding hit on 1/2, Class V Stout on draft and bottles and Class V Stout Nitro on draft released 1/4. CHUUURCH! IPA at 7.6% with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo hops becomes a new year-round release and will be on draft tomorrow, 1/8. On 1/11 fresh Hop Nookie DIPA bottles and draft will be released. New at KRBC: Piute Pale Ale 5.4%, Another Dam Double IPA 8.8%, and Rass Hat Milk Stout with Raspberries 7%. KRBC is hosting a Beer Pairing Dinner on January 28th. Watch for an announcement of the pairings on their social media. The dinner starts at 5:30 PM and costs $45.
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is releasing The Juice is Real NE IPA in cans on Monday 1/8. Currently fermenting is a new super hoppy, light lager called Dynamit3. Also, new brewer Mike has his first LCB recipe Cryo-Dome fermenting for bottling.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
All the stuff I didn't include above.
Check out The ‘Definitive’ Guide to the ‘Best’ Beer of 2017 by Bryan Roth on his This is Why I’m Drunk blog. It’s full of information with requisite graphs and charts and a modicum of objectivity. I like how he builds the list as a consensus of lists. Surprise, surprise the NE DIPA is represented well here.
Barrel House Brewing Company has just release their Juicy IPA in six packs of bottles. Look for it at local retailers in the coming days.
Here’s the Modern Times 2018 release schedule:
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
Pizza and Beer Festival is scheduled for January 20th from 1 – 4 pm at the Kern County Museum. Expect unlimited pizza tastings from local restaurants and food trucks and unlimited craft beer tastings from local breweries. There will also be music, vendors, and games. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Check out their website here. $49
Amestoy’s on the Hill brings East Bakersfield its first beer festival! Brews On The Hill is scheduled for January 27th at Amestoy’s from 1 pm – 5 pm. The event will feature live music, vendors, and beer. Still no word on participating breweries with the exception of one of the event sponsors, Santa Maria Brewing Company. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. VIP tickets get you early entry, a souvenir glass, a meal, private tasting, a seat, lanyard, and special gift. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite. GA/$20 VIP/$50
Save the Date – The Country and Craft Beer Festival is tentatively scheduled for April 7th this year. No official announcement yet though so stay tuned. Last year’s Meet Your Brewer event held at the Lengthwise brewery location as a warm up for CCBF was a huge hit and a lot of fun with live music, food, and our local breweries pouring tasters. This year they have a tentative date of March 24th. Be sure to get your tickets early for this event as it will most likely sell out.
Beer For Your Ears
Podcasts are the future of entertainment (said someone in 2004).
Mash Time – A Brewing Podcast – A local station for discussing homebrewing and craft beer, hosted by Stuart Hoetker and John Agee out of Bakersfield CA. Episode 23 was just released today featuring homebrews Jared Wyatt and Sean Vansickel.
IPA Today Podcast – A local podcast critiquing beers and wasting time. Hosted by Kenny and Richie with frequent appearances by Uncle Frank and Joey. The conversation centers on beer but tends to drift at times. It’s always entertaining but not for kids. Episodes 72 and 73 are two parts of their year-end review. Kenny waits on Richie with Uncle Frank and Joey so they can discuss their favorite episodes and beers of the year as well as unsavory content such as butt surgery, a special needs barber, rub and tugs and more…
I’m Not Kevin Podcast – A podcast with a focus on stories and random talk with friends and family hosted by Shawn, an average guy from California. They usually drink beer and occasionally talk about beer. Check them out and give a listen. Episodes 31 and 32 were recorded at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi before their two year anniversary party with guest appearances by Tyson and Katie of LCB, Chris from Beer Zombies, Riddy K, and DJ Dynomit3. This was a split cast with IPA Today.
The Perfect Pour Podcast – Check out this Fresno based craft beer podcast. Hosted by Nick, Matt, and Mikey with bumper music by Sunburns, their content certainly has a Fresno focus but there’s lots of relevant beer talk, beer tasting, beer news, listener voicemails, and the occasional beer celebrity guest. It’s a well-executed, organized podcast that is entertaining and informative. Episode 232 is their awards show where they decide what the best beer of 2017 was.
Bakersfield Beer Blogging
An elite society.
The Local Mash – A blog about the Author’s adventures in fermentation, beer brewing and commercial beer reviews. Follow him on Facebook for updates. Check out The Local Mash on Instagram and the new Suggested Links section. Check out his most recent post: El Segundo’s Bursting with Nelson Sauvin.
L.A. Ramos – Follow this local beer drinker on Instagram. His recommendation vids are short, entertaining, and informative. His enthusiasm for the beer he’s drinking is infectious and makes you want to run out and grab one. A good portion of the beers he’s reviewed are available locally so it’s certainly a good resource. Check out L.A. Ramos and his nice wood fence. His most recent post features Destruct Sequence NE IPA by Cerebral Brewing paired with a loaf of bread.
Ellen’s Beer & Things Blog – I just recently discovered this local beer blog with the tag line: Just a girl that loves beer and writing about it. Ellen has been blogging since the spring, writing fun and entertaining easy reads. Her posts are concise and well written with topics ranging from choosing Beer or Ice Cream to a touching story of saying goodbye to her K9 drinking buddy Pepper. Check out her most recent post 13 Year Old Me is Happy.
How to Read My Blog
There’s only one way.
Some of you may know by now that I “usually” post to my blog (what you just finished reading) on Sunday afternoon/evening and link it to my social media accounts. That post may include: what events are going on around town the following week (steal the glass, tap takeover, bottle releases, etc.), local brewery updates, local podcast and blog updates, upcoming festivals, some of the packaged beers available around town, local tap menu boards, and other general local and occasional national/regional beer stuff (depending on how long I can devote to researching and writing). I also usually post on social media on the day of each event as a reminder. I’ve started to include a cost identifier at the end of each event post. Here’s how to read that: $25 = cost of the event, $PINT or $POUR = cost of a pint or pour for steal the glass or similar event, $50/$100 = cost of the event with different ticket options. This is how it works for now. Expect change though, it’s inevitable… Thanks for reading.
I’m sure there is plenty more to talk about that I missed. Send me a message if you have something that needs to be included next week or have a beer related event you want to promote.
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