Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at a local brewery, venue, or bottle shop! Support the people that work hard to bring Bakersfield good beer. Go gourmet with Temblor at the Padre, Party! Pizza Party! At Craft Tap House, Home Brewers unit, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
This week is American Craft Beer Week. In its 12th year, American Craft Beer Week celebrates small and independent craft brewers in the U.S. The Brewers Association invites craft beer lovers to enjoy and support the industry that brings us the good beer. Here are a few ways you can celebrate this week:
Tuesday 5/16 – The monthly home brewer’s meeting is this Tuesday at Temblor Brewing Company. Local homebrewers are encouraged to come discuss home brewing and bring a bottle of their own creation to share. The meeting is from 6 – 8 PM. Frank Miranda (a.k.a. Uncle Frank, a.k.a. @panchothemex) is running this week’s discussion topic on yeast. FREE
Wednesday 5/17 – The Padre Hotel is hosting its first Brews and Bites Beer Dinner of the season this Wednesday from 7 – 10 pm featuring the beers of Temblor Brewing Company. The four-course meal will be paired with these beers: Streets of Bakersfield IPA, Under a Blood Orange Sky Belgian Wit, Diamond Dogs Barleywine, and Pierce Road Oatmeal Stout. Seats are limited so get your tickets now at Eventbrite. $50
Wednesday 5/17 – Wednesday is Flights and Bites night at Moo Creamery. The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. This week’s version features the beers of Barrel House Brewing. Keep an eye on social media for the announced pairings. $32
Saturday 5/20 – Surf n’ Suds Beer Festival on the beach in Ventura is this Saturday from 11:30 am – 5 pm. The event features over 50 breweries, live music, vendors, outdoor games, and a bunch of food trucks. Benefiting The Young and Brave Foundation the event is rated top 10 by beeryeti.com and will sell out. Get your tickets here. $50/$65
Sunday 5/21 – The Pizza and Craft Beer Fest at Craft Tap House is this Sunday. 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. $10/$50
Drink Like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Kern River Brewing Company recently brewed a beer exclusively for Churchill’s Pub in San Marcos, CA. Chuuurch IPA ABV 7.6% is only available at Churchill’s Pub and KRBC. Darts Away DIPA 9.5% ABV is a collaboration beer with Tony’s Darts Away and Bluebird Brasserie that was brewed for Tony’s Darts Away’s 7th Anniversary with Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Ahtanum, CTZ, and one top secret super varietal - 7 hops for 7 years! Also on tap at the pub is Class V Nitro 8.5% ABV (not available at the Backyard). Summer hours are now in effect at the brewery and here they are:
Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 9:30 pm
Friday-Saturday 11 am – 10 pm
Monday-Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm
Friday-Sunday 11 am – 9 pm
In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Temblor Brewing is extending happy hour this Monday – Friday to 4 – 7 PM. They will also be selling bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Spirit Walker Russian Imperial Stout for $11.99 + tax/crv (originally $14.99). A new One Hit Wonder called Juicy IPA is scheduled to release on Monday.
Bottles are ready for pickup for members at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. This release is a Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout with Vanilla. The Juice is Real should be at your local bottle shop now. The next public bottle release will be The Hype is Real NE DIPA. This will be a mix of the best parts of the Haze and Juice recipes with a scheduled release of May 30th. Danky Nelson will be back on tap this week and is expected to be in town soon in limited quantities on tap possibly at a cow themed restaurant.
Lengthwise Brewing Company is expected to have their Session Ale back on tap by the end of the month. In package news, this week they will be bottling White IPA, Rye IPA and Coffee Stout in 12 oz. bottles for your enjoyment.
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 19 has Uncle Frank and myself co-hosting in John’s absence with guests Geoff and Sean experiencing extract homebrewing for the first time with a Mango Saison.
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 40 is up which is part two of last week’s Tri-cast with Mash Time and I’m Not Kevin.
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. Hopefully, some of you had the chance to try Craig’s IPA at the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival. Here’s his latest post with the recipe for that beer.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
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.
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.