The Central Valley Hop Shoot Out brings local breweries together to compete in the name of hops, Home Brewers unite at Temblor, Lengthwise adds some grapefruit to Zeus, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Monday 7/17 – Steal the Glass at Bootleggers Craft Pub is Monday night. They start pouring at 6 PM. $POUR
Tuesday 7/18 – The monthly home brewer’s meeting is this Tuesday at Temblor Brewing Company. 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 7/19 – Wednesday is Flights and Bites night at Moo Creamery. The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. $32
Thursday 7/20 – The Inaugural Central Valley Hop Shoot Out hosted by Imbibe Wine and Spirits is this Thursday! Each of the breweries is bringing one hop driven beer to compete. There are no categories for style or rules on ABV. Once you’ve tried them all you vote for your favorite. Winning brewery gets a trophy and their name on a plaque on Imbibe’s wall of Hop-Honor. The event takes place from 5 – 8 pm in the cellar at Imbibe so it will be nice and cool. $35
Breweries attending so far:
Kern River Brewing Company – Hop Nookie TIPA
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi – The Hype is Real DIPA
Temblor Brewing Company – Dry Hopped Streets of Bakersfield IPA
Dionysus Brewing Company – Perpetual Haze IPA
Full Circle Brewing Company – (beer not confirmed)
Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company – Jungle Juice IPA
Rocky Hill Brewing Company – (beer not confirmed)
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Darin Schwicker, co-owner/brewer of Lengthwise Brewing Company confirmed that they will probably be using the Brewers Association Independent Craft Brewer Seal in the future once they use up their current stock of labels. New at Lengthwise in the coming week is Grapefruit Zeus Imperial Ale.
New on tap up at Kern River Brewing Company is Paddle Right Dunkel Weiss coming in at 5.5%. Fresh draft and packaged offerings from KRBC around town this month are Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale (7/4), Just Outstanding IPA (7/7), Gravity Check Session IPA (7/12), and Hop Nookie DIPA (7/14).
Temblor Brewing Company announced the date of this year’s Temblorfest is 9/16. They will have food trucks, live music, games, and more. Watch for more info as we get closer. Hollow Body Pale Ale is now available in cans.
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi has new stuff in their fermenters. The People’s Champ NE DIPA is scheduled for bottles on 8/1, The Cloud Juice is Real AF NE DIPA goes in cans on 8/11, also fermenting: The Passion of The Blond Passion Fruit Blond, UBI oreZ zero IBU IPA, and Snobs IPA.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
The First Annual Rockin River Beer and Music Festival is October 21st in Kernville at Rivernook Campground. Benefiting local nonprofit, Keepers of the Kern, the festival has a respectable initial line up of breweries including all of our locals, some representation from the surrounding counties, and a few that aren’t common at our local festivals such as Arrow Lodge Brewing, Bitter Brothers Brewing, Three Weavers, and more. They are still announcing breweries so expect more surprises. The event is scheduled from 1 – 5 pm with VIP getting in an hour early and will have music from Lonely Avenue, Weedpatch Carnival, Stoneflys, and The Usual Haunts. Tickets go on sale August 1st on Eventbrite. $25DD/$55GENERAL/$75VIP
Beer 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 20 see’s the triumphant return of co-host John and special guest, Sean Vansickel a local home brewer, adept in the art of bottle conditioning for his second appearance on the show. Stuart juggles mic work and brewing duties as they attempt a stout with bananas in the mash.
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 48 is part two of talking with Joey and drinking his haul from Manrock Brewing in Grover Beach.
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. Episode 20 and Episode 21 are parts one and two of a joint podcast with IPA Today’s Kenny featuring Instagram Beer Sensation Lysander Ramos (L.A. Ramos).
Tune in for some beer talk and lots of inappropriate stuff.
The Perfect Pour Podcast – Check out this Fresno based craft beer podcast that recently hit 200 episodes. 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 208 with special guest Hops Cascade and Hamm’s Beer is their most recent offering.
Bakersfield Beer Blogging
An elite society, currently consisting of three.
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: Kolsch, The Right Beer For Summer.
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. The Recent recommendation from L.A Ramos: Rogue Ales Marionberry Braggot.
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.