Kern River Brewing Company gets the (well deserved) feature treatment, Founders brings their mugs to Eureka Burger and Temblor gets all salty with Walter. All this and more on tap for this week.
Monday 10/3 – Steal the Pint night is happening this week at Bootleggers Craft Pub. The featured brewery is Temblor and they are pouring three different beers for this event: Mas y Mas Pilsner, Hollow Body Pale Ale and Temblorfest Marzen. They start pouring at 6PM and there will be craft beer bingo.
Wednesday 10/5 – Moo Creamery brings us their weekly Flights and Bites event. The pairing starts at 2 and goes until 9pm. The lineup for this week’s version has not been finalized yet.
Friday 10/8 – Temblor Brewing Company is hosting Walter Craft Beer Salt for a craft beer infused salt tasting event. The salt for this tasting was infused with Temblor beers and will be featured in five food items. The tasting is free and goes from 12 – 2pm.
Kern River Brewing Company is looking a little different these days. In late May they opened the beautifully rustic Backyard. This new separate facility is behind the original restaurant and brewery (which is still open) and houses their new 20 barrel brewing system. The Backyard’s dining room and patio seamlessly connect to create a spacious and inviting atmosphere thanks to roll up windows, high ceilings and plenty of family style seating both inside and out. The natural edge bar that stretches the length of the restaurant and has a full size tree at the end is a solid stained piece of wood that matches the table tops and contrasts nicely with the industrial look of exposed duct work and an absolutely stunning copper back splash for the tap handles and giant metal, plasma cut KRBC logo.
A canning line is coming soon to KRBC. We should be seeing most of their core lineup of beers in cans in the near future. If all goes well the first will be Just Outstanding IPA which should start canning at the end of November. The old seven barrel brewing system will be used to do some small batch projects one of which will be a sour program. Expect to see some KRBC sours on tap later this year. One sour planned will be a collaboration with Mraz Brewing Company out of El Dorado Hills CA. They will be brewing a sour collaboration at KRBC and an IPA collaboration over at Mraz. Another future collaboration planned will be with Nickle Beer Company out of Julian CA, for San Diego Beer Week. Nickle Beer Co. was founded by Tom and Lindsey Nickel who also own O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego.
You really can’t have a KRBC article without at least mentioning Citra. The next batch of Citra is set to be released around November 10th. With the new larger brew system they are able to make more and will be able to avoid the lottery that has been used in the past for bottle purchases. For this release they will have three pick up windows, the first being November 10th, 11th and 12th. When the bottles go on sale on Brown Paper Tickets, you buy your ticket for an allotment of beer (one case per person for the entire release) and select which pick up window you want. The sale is first come first serve and goes until all tickets are sold.
The new 20 barrel system, which started production in June, recently put out its 80th batch. The most recent release by KRBC, Pumpkin Ale, is on tap now at the brewery and showing up in bottles on shelves locally. The push for fresh, consistent beer is a focal point for the craft beer industry and KRBC is certainly on board. With the new brewery, they have created a QC program and lab to ensure the beers that they produce meet a certain standard. This along with the implementation of bottle dating show the commitment KRBC has to producing a quality product and making sure the customer experiences their beer the way they intended.
KRBC’s new head brewer Adrian Barrera is settling into the new position and relatively new brewing system nicely. A couple of his beers, River Buddy Pale Ale and Night Hike Amber Ale, were featured at their recent beer pairing dinner. The River Buddy Pale Ale was hoppy and crisp, the perfect pairing for a kale salad with an apple basil vinaigrette. The second course they served which was one of the best beer and food pairings I think I’ve ever had was a butternut squash soup paired with Night Hike Amber Ale. Night Hike (Adrian wanted to call it Squirrel Master but that didn’t stick) is a west coast style, hop forward amber ale that was perfectly balanced and worked so well with that soup.
As I said earlier, I had a chance to attend the first KRBC beer pairing dinner of the season. Owners Eric and Rebecca Giddens plan to host these dinners once a month for the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. I can’t stress enough how good this dinner was. The pairings were just outstanding (pun intended). The food is first class, beautifully prepared and expertly paired with KRBC’s impeccable beers. Keep an eye out for the next beer dinner (possibly a breakfast!) to be hosted in October.
Things are happening up in Kernville. This sleepy little town along the Kern River has an award winning, exceptionally well executed brewery with a cult following and feverishly loyal local fan base. Even with the recent personnel changes, facility upgrades and drive to venture into new frontiers, Kern River Brewing Company is consistently putting out quality beers and staying true to their origins. Do yourself a favor and make the trip up the mountain to reacquaint yourself with this Kern County gem.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
Mash Time – A Brewer’s Podcast posted episode 6 yesterday. The featured guest is Tracy Burns-Lusich the award winning home brewer that won the Temblor HHHlkjdlkfhlkdkfdHome Brew Competition and recently took home best of show at the Kern County Fair. In this episode the guys get to try Tracy’s Pecan Bourbon Porter, Stuart mulls Trout’s as a viable home brew event location, John goes in-depth on smoked beers and of course there is an overabundance of home brew insider knowledge.
Speaking of podcasts, IPA Today, another great local beer podcast just released episode 10, part one which features Tyson, owner and brewer of Local Craft Beer (formally Honey Wagon) out of Tehachapi. Check it out and see if you can figure out what an APA is.
Lengthwise will soon have six packs of 12 ounce bottles of Citra Simcoe Centennial.
Enjoy by 10.31.16 DIPA by Stone Brewing Company is out now. This version has tangerine and is available in 12 ounce six packs and 22 ounce bottles. I will refrain from any Halloween references since they have all been taken by every other post regarding this release.
This week’s Short and Sweet section is shorter than normal. Next week I’ll step it up. Sorry, I’m fatigued.
I’m sure there is plenty more to talk about that I missed. Comment below or 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.