I’m back. Even mediocre beer bloggers need a week off sometimes.
Whiskey Galore will be standing on table tops at LCB Tehachapi, Johnny Garlic’s lets Firestone Walker take over, Moo Creamery and Wine Me Up! have Modern Times, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Wednesday 3/15 – The weekly Steal the Glass event over at Eureka Burger starts at 6 pm. No word yet on the featured beer. Watch for an announcement on social media.
Wednesday 3/15 – Wednesday is Flights and Bites night at Moo Creamery. The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. Modern Times is the featured beer this week. Expect to see a Fruitlands Gose variant, Booming Rollers IPA, Dymaxion IPA, and a Barrel Aged Devil’s Teeth American Strong Ale. The pairing is $32 and well worth it.
Wednesday 3/15 – Black Angus Steakhouse is hosting its first beer dinner. Their first local Brew Master: Craft Beer Dinner features Ballast Point beers paired with four courses. The four beers to be paired with are Barmy Ale, Piper Down Scottish Ale, California Amber and Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. The event goes from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $40 and seating is limited. Make your reservation by calling 661-324-0814.
Thursday 3/16 – Firestone Walker invades Johnny Garlic’s on Thursday for a tap takeover and steal the glass event. From the revolving hop series Luponic Distortion Rev. 005, from the new Leo v. Ursus series Fortem Unfiltered Imperial IPA, and Barrel Aged Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout will all be on tap. They start pouring at 6 pm.
Friday 3/17 – Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a party featuring local Celtic band Whiskey Galore! Drinking songs, kilts, bagpipes, standing on tables, and general rowdiness ensues at a Whiskey show. It’s always a good time. For this event, the parking lot will be fenced off and outfitted with plenty of space heaters. There will be food, catered by a local butcher shop and delicious beer provided by LCB. The party starts at noon with the opening act going on at 7 pm.
Friday 3/17 – If you’re staying in town for St. Patrick’s Day, head over to Wine Me Up! for their Modern Times Beer tasting. They will be serving corned beef and cabbage and you get a logo glass while supplies last. Beers for the tasting are Dymaxion IPA, Booming Rollers IPA, Orderville IPA, Blackhouse Oatmeal Stout, and Fruitlands Guava Passion Fruit Gose. They are pouring from 6 – 8 pm.
Drink Like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
On March 16th, Temblor Brewing is releasing Perkins’ Pale, a Belgian Pale Ale collaboration with Absolution Brewing and Jane’s Addiction drummer, Stephen Perkins. This will be available in 22 oz. bottles and on tap. KISS DIPA is the newest One Hit Wonder on tap at the brewery and Streets of Bakersfield IPA bombers should be showing up on shelves around town this week.
Hazzy Mazzy NE inspired IPA, Dank Street IPA, and Mango Street IPA are all back on tap at Dionysus Brewing. They also have cold brewed coffee, Barrel Aged Super Funkadelic, and Berlinersfield Passion Fruit as well as others on tap.
Lengthwise hosted an amazing event last Saturday called Meet Your Brewer. All of our local breweries were their pouring beer and chatting with guests. The crowd filled the brewery area of the new Lengthwise location and everyone was having a great time. The event was put on by the Active 2030 club and was billed as a pre-party for this year’s Country and Craft Beer Festival. The organizers hinted at another Meet Your Brewer event sometime in the fall and you won’t want to miss it. I’ll post about it as soon as I have more info.
Igor Unchained Russian Imperial Stout, the first of Kern River Brewing Company’s Wild and Scenic Series was recently bottled and waxed. These bottles are only available at the brewery as of now. Two new beers are currently on tap at the brewery: Wave Train IPA and Bombogenesis IPA with pineapple, coconut, and apricot. Head to the KRBC (newly updated) website and check out their merchandise. A new slate of shirts, hats and more are available for purchase just in time for their next photo contest called “Apparel in Action”. Take a photo wearing their swag doing something active, post it to social media, and tag #KRBCoutside. The winner will be announced April 1st and KRBC will donate $100 to the charity of the winner’s choice. The top 5 runners-up will be featured on their website.
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi will be bottling a new version of The Haze is Real DIPA to release at the end of the month. The Juice is Real is in the fermenter for an upcoming draft selection. Also in the fermenter about to go into barrels is a crazy high ABV coffee stout collaboration with Eureka Burger. They are expecting this thing to ring in at 15 – 20%! The end result will be on tap exclusively at ten select Eureka Burger restaurants. I have a feeling ours will get one. Another beer coming up soon from LCB is “It’s Hyuge” NE TIPA.
For Your Ears
Podcasts are the future of entertainment (said someone in 2004).
Mash Time – A Brewing Podcast – A local station for discussing home brewing and craft beer, hosted by Stuart Hoetker and John Agee out of Bakersfield CA. Episode 14 with guest home brewer Tracy Burns-Lusich and some “super special guests” is their most recent release.
IPA Today Podcast – A local podcast critiquing beers and wasting time. Hosted by Kenny and Richie with frequent appearances by Uncle Frank and Joey. Episode 31 is a special Garage Talk with Mash Time (the extra content from the above episode 14 of Mash Time). Be sure to refresh the page to get the audio bar.
Bakersfield Beer Blogging
An elite society, currently consisting of two.
The Local Mash – A blog about the Author’s adventures in fermentation, beer brewing, and commercial beer reviews. Follow him on Facebook for updates. The most recent post is a review of Evil Twin Nomader Weisse.
Things to Click
Click the links; you know you want to…
The Fresno Bee recently reported on the soon to open Barrel House Brewing taproom in Visalia’s brewery district downtown. This 12000 square foot (6000 inside, 6000 outside) location will have twenty taps, two stages, games like Skee-Ball and shuffleboard, and room for food trucks. Check out the Bee’s article here.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
The 3rd Annual Country and Craft Beer Festival is approaching fast. This event will sell out. Get your tickets at all three Lengthwise locations (cash only) and online. The event will be held Saturday, April 1st from 1 pm – 5 pm (VIP get in at 12 pm) at Central Park at Mill Creek. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win tickets.
The 5th Annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 1 pm – 5 pm (VIP get in at 12 pm) this year at the CSUB Amphitheater. Early Bird tickets are now on sale for discounted rates online. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win tickets to this year’s event.
This year’s Tehachapi Mountain Beer and Wine Fest is scheduled for July 15th from 4 pm – 8 pm at Benz Visco Sports Park. Get your tickets for this event online and be sure to enter promo code “Local” for discounted general admission tickets or “VeryVIP” for discounted VIP tickets.
Do You Even Brew?
Stuff about home brewing.
March 21st is the next homebrew meeting at Temblor Brewing at 6 pm. All are welcome. Bring a bottle of your home brew to share and come ready to socialize and meet other local home brewers.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
All the stuff I didn't include above.
Orval Day is March 25th at Imbibe Wine and Spirits. Orval Belgian Pale Ale is a world renowned, highly rated beer brewed and bottle-conditioned at Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery that is considered “as close to brewing perfection as you can get”. In addition to its many accolades and high praise from beer geeks and brewers around the world, this beer’s origins go back pretty far. There’s a crazy story about a trout and a wedding ring you should check out. Go here to learn more about this beer or head to Imbibe and ask Kevin about the story. Between now and the 25th buy three bottles of Orval to get a really cool Orval Chalice and experience this storied brew at Imbibe.
Bakersfield Beer Company is shooting for a May opening. They’ve posted photos on Facebook of the paint going up and a really cool window sticker full of hops and their logo. Follow them on Facebook for up to date info.
Lots of fresh new local beers are showing up on the shelves of local bottle shops. Save Mart, Imbibe, G.M. Liquor, Oak Market & Liquor, Verdugo Market, Sully’s, and others have a glut of good stuff to choose from. Some of the beers are KRBC Long Swim, KRBC River Buddy, Tioga-Sequoia Valley Haze, Tioga-Sequoia Tecumseh, Lengthwise Rye IPA, Lengthwise Zeus and Citra-Simcoe in 12 oz. bottles, Local Craft Beer Snobs, Temblor Hollow Body, Temblor Diamond Dogs, Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 005, and Firestone Walker Fortem.