Bakersfield Beer Company opens for business, Local Craft Beer throws a party for Tehachapi Mountain Fest this weekend, Lengthwise Coffee Stout on Nitro and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Tuesday 8/15 – 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. Local home brewer Sean Vansickel will be speaking about mixed fermentation, sour beers, fruit fermenting, and more. The meeting is from 6 – 8 PM. FREE
Wednesday 8/16 – Wednesday is Flights and Bites night at Moo Creamery. The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. Watch Moo’s social media for the announced line up. $32
Wednesday 8/16 – Head up to Tehachapi on Wednesday for the Barrel House Brewing tap take over at TK Pizza & Pasta. Tap list includes Juicy NE IPA, Big Sur DIPA, Snake Bite Stout, Shady Daze Lager, and Sunny Daze Blonde Ale. The event starts at 1 PM. $POUR
A science teacher and an electrician walk into a bar… That’s how one of my favorite jokes starts but this isn’t a joke and instead of just walking in they built it. Tim and Tara Douhan have spent months turning a nondescript industrial warehouse suite two doors down from Dionysus Brewing Company into Bakersfield’s newest craft tap room and bottle shop. Bakersfield Beer Company brings taps, bottles, and cans to the local scene that, for the most part, you probably won’t find anywhere else in town. They opened soft on Thursday and are gearing up to provide exciting new options to local beer lovers.
The Bakersfield craft/independent beer market which has seen demand grow exponentially the last five years is a perfect fit for this business model. The Douhan’s focus for BBC will be on out of distribution beers, one offs, and special releases. Though the shelves were relatively bare the day I visited (the day before their official soft opening) they plan to continue to build their inventory via weekly trips out of town to breweries that don’t have representation on local store shelves. Phantom Carriage Brewery, Topa Topa Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing, and Captain Fatty’s Brewery were some of the breweries represented when I visited.
Location, Location, Location
At face value, their location (6201 Schirra Ct #11 Bakersfield, CA 93313) leaves much to be desired. Take into account the fact that they are two doors down from Dionysus Brewing and the low overhead associated with off the beaten path real estate and it starts to make more sense. You know you’ve reached your destination as soon as you pull up or walk up (if the two allotted parking spots are full there’s lots of available shaded parking on Schirra Ct.) as you are greeted with a window full of hops and the satisfyingly simple logo that represents the business beautifully. Once inside you’ll notice a soothing two tone gray color scheme on the walls and cabinets with a deep red concrete flooring. The wood bar contrasts nicely with the rest of the color palette and becomes the focal point. There are framed posters on the walls featuring bands like Phish and Pink Floyd and plenty of space for a painted mural or two that are a possibility in the future. Some tables and chairs, a giant door to the industrial walk in refrigerator, three glass doors for bottles, cans, and home brew supplies, eight taps, and three flat screens (one that will eventually display the tap list) rounds out the interior.
What’s in a Name
The name just made sense to Tim and Tara. Simple and to the point, you know what they’re about right away. The couple spent many years traveling and experiencing great tap rooms and bottle shops around the state wondering why they can’t bring a similar business to Bakersfield to fill that gap in the local community. With lots of great connections (Tim helped in one way or another with the construction of all four Lengthwise locations, Dionysus, KRBC, and Temblor) and the help of friends, and family they created Bakersfield Beer Company. The logo is the brainchild of Tara and Kyle Pittser, co-owner and brewer of Dionysus, and as I said above shines in its inherent simplicity.
Hydrometers, Tap Take Overs and Food Trucks
Local homebrewers will be happy to know that BBC plans to stock some of the essential ingredients and tools required to brew their favorite beer styles. Hydrometers, yeast, gaskets, hops, and grain are some of the homebrew supplies they plan to stock. Since there currently isn’t any place in town carrying stuff like this it’s certainly a welcome development for our growing homebrew community. Events are a craft beer venue staple. Tap takeovers, steal the glass, tastings, homebrew club meetings, and other like events are all game here. They are also open to hosting bottle shares and live podcasts. Since BBC is so close to Dionysus they will start off by sharing food trucks parked in front of the brewery. It’s a short stroll south to fuel up on food from mobile vendors such as Milan’s Market, Ms. Pat’s Mobile Kitchen, and Rudy’s Brazilian Hot Dogs.
Bakersfield Beer Company is poised to become a valued member of the local craft beer community. With a constantly rotating tap list and unique offerings on the shelves, any rational beer drinker with discerning tastes should add BBC to their list of local better beer spots.
Tuesday 4 – 8 PM
Wednesday – Friday 4 – 10 PM
Saturday 10 – 10 PM
Sunday 10 – 6 PM
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
New on tap at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi this week is Blue Oak Coffee Stout (new recipe) and The Wall Mexican Lager. The brewery will be busy this weekend for Tehachapi Mountain Fest. All weekend long there will be a parking lot party with a food truck. Live podcast featuring IPA Today and friends on Friday and a live band and two bottle releases on Sunday. The public release is All Haze On ME NE DIPA Beer Zombies collaboration. For LCB bottle members, the third release will be Blue Oak Coffee Stout aged 1 year in Jack Daniels barrels with coffee beans in the barrel. Next up in fermentation is Cheeky Puppy dry Hopped Cherry Gose and The Nelson is Real West Coast DIPA.
Coffee Stout is on tap now at all three Lengthwise Brewing Company locations on Nitro and we should see it at other locations around town since it went to distribution. Expected on tap next weeks is a Czech Pilsner brewed by Kyle Smith. It’s described by co-owner/brewer Darin Schwicker as “crisp with some Saaz hop character”. Grapefruit Zeus is just about gone and they plan to brew a new batch soon with a 50% increase in grapefruit purée.
Think It Ain’t Belgian Tripel is available in 22 oz. bottles at Temblor Brewing Company. This Thursday there will be a Brick Founder & Mug Club Quarterly Release Party featuring Temblorfest Marzen. Temblor’s anniversary party, Temblorfest II is scheduled for September 27.
This Saturday Dionysus Brewing Company is releasing Berlinersfield with Apricots Berliner Weissbier for the public and next Saturday Super Funkadelic Gose with Blueberries, vanilla, cinnamon, and Sea Salt is scheduled for public release.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
“The Party of the Year”, Village Fest is September 9th from 6 – 10 pm. Bakersfield’s biggest beer, wine, food, and music festival features 5 stages with 15 bands, 7 themed areas, over 60 breweries, over 25 central coast wineries, and 30 of Bakersfield most popular restaurants. The event benefits The Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment (CARE) which is a non-profit organization/foundation that raises money for Kern County children’s charities. Blonde Faith, Members Only, Mento Buru, Truxton Mile, and a bunch of other great local bands will be performing. Tickets are available at Eventbrite at different prices depending on when you purchase. $70 (8/1-8/31), $75 (9/1-9/8) and $78 day of the event
Downtown Visalia's 2nd Annual Brew Fest is Saturday, September 9th from 4-8 pm. Your purchase includes a souvenir beer tasting glass, bottomless craft beer tastings, live music, live art, brew games, and local food vendors. $10DD/$30GA
The First Annual Rockin River Beer and Music Festival is October 21st in Kernville at Rivernook Campground. Benefiting local non-profit, 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/$55GA/$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 21 is an intimate after brew day discussion with John and Kenny from IPA Today.
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 51 is an intimate after brew day discussion with Kenny and John from Mash Time.
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 212 is the most recent titled MacLeod Ale Takeover.
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: Three Offering From Bravery Brewing Co.
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. Recent recommendation from L.A Ramos: Tired Hands Brewing Company Lemon Meringue Milkshake IPA.
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.