Local Craft Beer Tehachapi’s Effin’ Birthday Cake bottle release, tickets go on sale for Firestone Walker’s XXI Anniversary Party, Bakersfield Beer Company has the right stuff and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Monday 10/2 – Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is releasing 2017 Effin’ Birthday Cake Imperial Chocolate Maple Strawberry Porter in 22oz. bombers to the public. This 11% beast is loaded with Chocolate Malt, 100% Pure Cocoa, 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, and Strawberry Purée. Also available on draft in limited quantities on Monday are the 2016 version of Effin’ Birthday Cake and 2016 Blue Oak Coffee Stout both aged over a year. These will be 5oz. draft pours only. The event goes from 4 – 10 PM. $BOTTLE/$POUR
Monday 10/2 – Tickets for Firestone Walker’s XXI Anniversary Party go on sale Monday at 10 AM. The event scheduled for November 4th is the annual release party for Firestone’s Anniversary Ale. Tickets include entry, six or twelve 12oz. bottles of XXI Anniversary Ale, a souvenir tasting glass, a lineup of FW beers to taste, lunch provided by Old San Luis BBQ, live music, and access to purchase a limited quantity of Scotch Parabola (limit of 6 bottles). Tickets will be available on Eventbrite at 10 AM Monday.
Wednesday 10/4 – 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 lineup. $32
Wednesday 10/4 – The weekly Steal the Glass at Eureka Burger starts at 6 pm. Watch Eureka’s social media for the featured beer this week. $POUR
Saturday 10/7 – Santa Maria Beerfest is this Saturday at Elks Field in Santa Maria. In its 2nd year, the Santa Maria Beerfest showcases local and regional craft beers. Benefiting the Santa Maria Kiwanis Noontime Group, the outdoor festival features 30 breweries, food trucks, games, and live music with The Molly Ringwald Project headlining. General admission gets you in at 12:30, VIP at 11:30, both tickets include unlimited tastings until 3:30 PM and the event goes until 5 PM. Get your tickets and read more about the event here. $30G/$45VIP
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Lengthwise Brewing Company recently released a Wet/Fresh Hop version of their Hiccup Pale Ale with Simcoe and Mosaic hops that is now available at all three locations. Currently in the fermenter is another Wet/Fresh Hop beer that will feature Denali hops. The brewery location on District has $1 sample Mondays where you can get $1 5oz. sample pours all day.
Imagination is an Understatement NE IPA is out now in 22oz. bottles and draft from Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. Currently in the fermenters up the hill are: an updated “softer” version of Snobs IPA, and updated “happier” version of 93561-S Simcoe Pale Ale, an updated version of Its Going Brown for Real with more cocoa, and a new NE IPA for 22oz. bottles with an undisclosed name featuring Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Hallertau hops.
Kern River Brewing Company has Chuuurch! IPA with Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops back on tap. New on draft is Evel Kern Evel DIPA with Vic Secret and Mosaic hops featuring a bolt malt backbone, pineapple, and passion fruit notes at 9.3% ABV. As of this writing, Citra DIPA case tickets are still available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.
Pre-sale memberships for Dionysus Brewing Company’s 2018 Olympus Barrel Society are on sale now for existing members. Opportunity to renew your membership goes until the 13th of October. On October 14th at noon the public sale opens up and will go until sold out. The 2018 membership ($300) is good from January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018. Membership comes with a host of perks including 12 exclusive bottles from 6 releases throughout the year, exclusive member glassware, first dibs on public bottle releases, a 10% discount on bottles, cans, and merchandise, and more. The link to purchase on the 14th is here.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
The First Annual Rockin River Beer and Music Festival is Saturday, October 21st in Kernville at Rivernook Campground. Benefiting local nonprofit, Keepers of the Kern, the festival has a respectable initial lineup 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
The Fourth Annual Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival returns on Saturday, November 11th from 1 PM – 5 PM (VIP get in at noon) at The Park at Riverwalk. This locally ran festival that features two of life’s greatest pleasures, Bacon and Craft Beer, benefits local children’s charities such as The Bakersfield Police Activities League, Covenant Community Services, KT Riders, and a dozen others. Local vendors such as Moo Creamery, Lengthwise (usually a whole hog), Michaelangelo’s, Cold Stone Creamery, BJ’s Brewhouse, Locale Farm to Table Eatery, and many others will be offering up unlimited samples of their bacon creations. Over 40 breweries will be featured, each serving three different brews. The brewery list is still being updated but expect to see our local breweries, as well as others from nearby such as Tioga-Sequoia, Firestone Walker, Kinetic, Bravery, Belching Beaver, Modern Times, and many more. For the second year in a row, there will be a homebrew booth. This year they expect to have a much larger homebrew presence with the booth being at least twice the size. Watch for updates as we get closer to the event. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. Prices go up as we get closer to the event so the sooner you pull the trigger the better. $55 (9/11-10/22), $60 (10/23-11/10), and $70 day of the event
Beer For Your Ears
Podcasts are the future of entertainment (said someone in 2004).
Mash Time – A Brewing Podcast – A local station for discussing homebrewing and craft beer, hosted by Stuart Hoetker and John Agee out of Bakersfield CA. Cellar File 3 features Bacon, Pickles, and Ste-ouwts with special guest home brewer Jared Wyatt. I join up to talk about the upcoming Bacon and Craft Beer Festival.
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 59 is an in-depth discussion about Richie’s back door surgery…
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 26 is part one of a multipart cast I did with Shawn and Rob. We had some of Shawn’s homebrew, some great beers from Bakersfield Beer Company, and talk about the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival.
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 219 asks the question: Should Pliny The Elder be put in Cans?
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. His most recent post features Bravery Brewing Company’s Allegiance IPA from the back seat of a minivan.
Ellen’s Beer & Things Blog – I just recently discovered this local beer blog with the tagline: Just a girl that loves beer and writing about it. Ellen has been blogging since the spring, writing fun and entertaining easy reads. Her posts are concise and well written with topics ranging from choosing Beer or Ice Cream to a touching story of saying goodbye to her K9 drinking buddy Pepper. Check out her most recent post Oktoberfest and her experience at Temblorfest II.
Bottles and Cans (Just Clap Your Hands)
Pictures of packaged beers in their natural habitat from the last week.
Bakersfield Beer Company
Check out Bakersfield Beer Company’s current tap list on Untappd.
How to Read My Blog
There’s only one way.
Some of you may know by now that I “usually” post to my blog (what you just finished reading) on Sunday afternoon/evening and link it to my social media accounts. That post may include: what events are going on around town the following week (steal the glass, tap takeover, bottle releases, etc.), local brewery updates, local podcast and blog updates, upcoming festivals, some of the packaged beers available around town and other general local and occasional national/regional beer stuff (depending on how long I can devote to researching and writing). I also usually post on social media on the day of each event as a reminder. I’ve started to include a cost identifier at the end of each event post. Here’s how to read that: $25 = cost of the event, $PINT or $POUR = cost of a pint or pour for steal the glass or similar event, $50/$100 = cost of the event with different ticket options. This is how it works for now. Expect change though, it’s inevitable… Thanks for reading.
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.