The Country and Craft Beer Festival is where you need to be this weekend, Sour Power Week leads up to an epic anniversary party to celebrate Dionysus turning one, Centro 18 pairs tacos with Temblor and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Monday 3/27 – Steal the Pint this week at Bootleggers Craft Pub starts at 6 pm. No word yet on the featured beer. Watch for an announcement on social media.
Tuesday 3/28 – Centro 18 Cuisine & Lounge is doing a Craft Beer & Taco Tasting for taco Tuesday featuring Temblor Brewing Company. The event is scheduled from 6 – 8 pm with a variety of tacos and hot sauces paired with Temblor’s beers. Samples are unlimited and there will be live entertainment. Tickets are available at Eventbrite for $25.
Wednesday 3/29 – Wednesday is Flights and Bites night at Moo Creamery. The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. This week features beers from our neighbors from Lancaster, Bravery Brewing. They will have seven beers on tap and will pair food with five of them. Here’s what we can expect to see:
Kobi Kolsch, Hammer Hef Hefeweizen, McMurphy’s Irish Red, Allegiance IPA, Bartto DIPA, King Korova Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and Centennial Barleywine
Thursday 3/30 – Beer, food and wine tasting for a cause! This Thursday is the 5th annual Wine & Craft Beer Tasting and Auction hosted by Team Bringing Home the Cure and The Bakersfield Association of Realtors at Motor City Lexus of Bakersfield to benefit Relay for Life and Campout Against Cancer. The event goes from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $60 or 4 tickets for $200. There will be a live and silent auction with gift baskets and trips. Get your tickets at Motor City, Bakersfield Association of Realtors, Imbibe Wine and Spirits or online at Eventbrite.
Saturday 4/1 – Dionysus Brewing Company turns one! Celebrate this Saturday at their Anniversary party and bottle release. The party starts at noon and goes all day at the brewery. Bottles of Peach On Through golden sour ale will be released to the public and will be on tap. Peach On Through was aged in a blend of American and French oak barrels with peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. The bottles will be limited to 2 per person.
Saturday 4/1 – The 3rd Annual Country and Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday! The event will sell out so go get your tickets today at any Lengthwise location (cash only) or online. General admission tickets get you in at 1 pm and VIP admission gets in at 12 pm. The event will go until 5 pm at Central Park at Mill Creek. Read more about this week’s event in the feature below.
The Country and Craft Beer Festival presented by Lengthwise Brewing is this Saturday and as I mentioned above it will sell out. This event combines a bunch of features to present one of the best local festivals that is an absolute blast. With national and local country music (JB & The Moonshine Band, Truxton Mile, Dale Sole, and more) setting the tone, even if you’re not a fan of the genre it makes for really good background music. There will be yard games like corn hole, giant Jenga, and ladder ball to keep you busy between beers and a giant Adirondack chair to take photos in. Combine these entertainment features with lots of amazing local food vendors serving unlimited samples and over 40 breweries pouring their creations and you have the makings of first a class event.
A Good Cause
100% of proceeds from this year’s event will go to local children’s charities such as M.A.R.E, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and the Police Activities League to name a few. The Active 20-30 Club puts on this festival and participates in many other local events in an effort to raise funds to benefit local youth.
What You Eat
The food isn’t just an afterthought. Lengthwise brings a whole pig for festival goers to feast on and all the vendors will be showcasing their kitchens with tasty bites to go with your beer. Some of the local restaurants participating this year are Boss Pizza, The Padre Hotel, Sandrini’s Public House, Jake’s Tex-Mex Café, Salt’s BBQ and Catering, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Johnny Garlic’s, and many more.
I recently reached out to Vance Elmore and Alex Balfour, members of the Active 20-30 Club who are organizing this year’s event, for info on what beers will be poured and they sent me a massive list of breweries and the beers they’ve committed to bringing. Most of the breweries will have representatives at the festival so you can talk about the beers with knowledgeable fellow craft beer lovers.
Here’s some of what to expect on tap:
Ballast Point Brewing
Manta Ray Double IPA
VAS Imp Porter
Here Comes Mango IPA
Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Viva La Beaver Mexican Chocolate Stout
Fresh As Helles
Angry Orchard Apple Crisp
Orange Ave Wit
Pacific Pear Cider
Fresh Squeezed IPA
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Dogfish Head Brewing
Beer To Drink Music To
90 Minute IPA
Beer for Breakfast
Dawn of the Red
Rakish Rye Barleywine
Passion Fruit Kicker Wheat
CitruSinensis Pale Ale
Little Sumpin Sumpin
Citra Simcoe Cent Ale
Zeus Imperial Ale
Mad River Brewing
Jamaica Red Ale
Steelhead Pale Ale
Mother Earth Brewing
Bookoo Mosaic IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery
Dales Pale Ale
7 Hop IPA
Back Woods Bastard
Lizard of Koz
Saint Archer Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Sidecar Orange Pale Ale
Collaboration Odell Marble Wheat IPA
Imperial Russian Stout
Tangerine Express IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing
Lips of Faith Le Terroir
Rhapsody in Red
Streets of Bakersfield
Think It Ain't
Under A Blood Orange Sky
Bourbon Barrel Spirit Walker
Country Oak - Oaktoberfest
General Sherman IPA
99 Golden Ale
Lizard's Mouth DIPA
The juice is real. Double ipa
It's going brown for real. Brown ale
Hazy Mazzy IPA
The VIP section will have its own beers, music, and food as well as air conditioned luxury bathrooms. Entry for VIP ticket holders is an hour earlier so they can have some alone time with the brewery representatives and get a head start on the partying. Serving up food exclusively for VIP attendees is award winning local BBQ experts PorkChop and Bubba’s BBQ. Some of the beers exclusive to the VIP area are: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Russian River Blind Pig, Moonraker Zulu Haze IPA, Moonraker Dojo DIPA, and a bunch of barrel aged stuff from Russian River, Local Craft Beer, Firestone Walker, Dionysus, and others.
Home Brewers Have Taken Over…
In the wake of the massively popular home brew tent at the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival, expect to see another showcase of local home brew talents at the Country and Craft Beer Festival. Slightly scaled down for logistic reasons the home brew tent will feature around 10 local home brewers and their crafts. Some of the confirmed home brewers are John Agee, Tracy Burns-Lusich, Uncle Frank Miranda, and Stuart Hoetker.
One thing is for sure, you really get a lot of value for your money with this event. If you are just mildly interested in anything above please do yourself a favor and attend this event. You will undoubtedly have a great time!
Drink Like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Sour Power Week starts tomorrow at Dionysus Brewing Company! To celebrate their one year anniversary Dio is releasing a couple of cases of some of last year’s barrel-aged sours and a stout for consumption on premises. Go to the brewery each day to experience a different flavor from their first year. Monday: Lil’ Miss Strawberry Wild Ale, Tuesday: Lil’ Miss Blackberry Wild Ale, Wednesday: Currently Noir with Vanilla Beans Wild Ale, Thursday: Boom or Bust with Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Cocoa Nibs Imperial, and Friday: Comfortably Plum.
Temblor Brewing has Streets of Bakersfield IPA available in bottles at the brewery and around town. Think It Ain’t Belgian Tripel is scheduled to release on April 1st. Perkins’ Pale Belgian IPA is available on tap and in bottles at the brewery. One Hit Wonder, British Steel British IPA is also on tap. Owner, Don Bynum recently brewed a Belgian IPA on the One Hit Wonder one barrel system that should be available in a couple weeks. Temblor’s Temblorfest Marzen was recently named National Champion in its class at the United States Beer Tasting Competition.
The Juice is Real New England style DIPA from Local Craft Beer Tehachapi will be on tap at the brewery and should start showing up on taps around town this week. The Haze is Real DIPA is being bottled and will be released to the public on the 29th available at the brewery and around town. A new batch of Gose the Bluebarrian is in the fermenter and like the previous version was made with craft beer infused salt by Walter Salt.
Kern River Brewing has Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale back in stock in bottles and on tap. New KRBC Hydroflasks are available at the brewery $35 for a 32 oz. and $55 for a 64 oz.
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 16 features local home brewers Jared Wyatt and Chase Shepherd talking about New England style IPAs and Justin Cross, founder of the Global Brew Coalition calling in from Arizona to talk about brewing.
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 33 finds the guys heading back up the mountain to Local Craft Beer Tehachapi to hang out with owner/brewer Tyson.
I’m Not Kevin Podcast – A podcast with a focus on stories and random talk with friends and family. They usually drink beer and occasionally talk about beer. Check them out and give a listen. Episode 14 features lots of beer talk and some phone calls. Some crazy dude named Kenny calls in.
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 Chocolate Wheat: Strait Outta Turlock by Dustbowl Brewing.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
Selma Craft Beer Fest is scheduled for April 8th from 2 – 6 pm at Selma’s Pioneer Village. In addition to craft breweries from the area, local home brew clubs the San Joaquin Warthogs and TCHOPS home brew club are scheduled to pour. Get pre-paid tickets here for $20 or at the door for $25.
On Saturday, April 22nd the Macaroni and Cheese Festival comes to the CSUB Amphitheater. Tickets are $50 and include: 20+ breweries and wineries pouring, a logo glass to take home and gourmet Mac and Cheese samples. The event goes from 2 – 6 pm and you can get your tickets on Eventbrite.
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, at Imbibe Wine and Spirits, Temblor Brewing, and Dionysus Brewing. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win tickets to this year’s event.
The Pizza and Craft Beer Fest at Craft Tap House is scheduled for May 21st. From 1 – 5 pm local pizza vendors will be selling slices, there will also be a pizza competition and 50 beers on tap for purchase. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP is $50. The VIP tickets come with early entry at 12 pm, a VIP shaded area with seating, a $10 drink card and pizza sampling. Tickets are available at Craft Tap House, Impact Streetwear, and True Standard Barbershop.
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.
Bottles and Can (Just Clap Your Hands)
Pictures of packaged beers in their natural habitat from the last week.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
All the stuff I didn't include above.
Modern Times Smoketastic Voyage Tie Dye Party is April 20th. Smoked beers and tie-dye at the Fermentorium. Get your tickets here.
In celebration of Central Coast Beer Week, Barrel House Brewing is hosting a Rare Sour and Wild Ale Library Release Event at the brewery in Paso Robles and the tasting room in San Luis Obispo. Go here for more info.