Barrel-Aged goodness from Bravery Brewing at Imbibe, Home Brewers unite at Eureka Burger, Rockin’ River Beer and Music Festival is Saturday, Tioga-Sequoia turns 10, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Tuesday 10/17 – The monthly home brewer’s meeting is this Tuesday at Eureka Burger. Local homebrewers are encouraged to come discuss homebrewing and bring a bottle of their own creation to share. We will also be discussing this year’s Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival home brew booth. The meeting is from 6 – 8 PM. FREE
Wednesday 10/18 – 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
Friday 10/20 – This Friday, join Imbibe Wine and Spirits for a meet and greet featuring select beers from Bravery Brewing Company’s Bravura Collective Barrel Society. Taste five 5oz. pours, chat with brewer Brian Avery, and take home a great looking logo glass. $25
Canis Major Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale
El Gigante Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine with Cacao and Peruvian Coffee
Oeuvre Barrel-Aged Strong Ale Specialty Blend
The Gunny American Strong Ale
Friday 10/20 – Party in the Park is a fundraising event held at CSUB Alumni Park benefiting the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund. The event, this Friday from 6 – 9 pm, is put on by The CSUB Alumni Association and features craft beer, wine, entertainment, and food pairings. Tickets will be available at the door or you can save a little and get them ahead of time on Eventbrite. $40/$50
Saturday 10/21 – 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 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. Ticket sales ended 10/15 for this event.
Saturday 10/21 – Head up to Fresno to celebrate 10 years of Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company! The party starts at noon when they release two special beers and bring out some vintage stuff from the cellars. Their first special release is 10 Year Anniversary Ale “Blend of Barrel Aged Beers” 11.82% ABV, 3600 bottles produced. The second release is a revamped version of Fulton St. IPA dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo at 6.7% ABV in 16oz. cans (4pk). There will be music all day, limited release anniversary stemware and leather coasters and BBQ by Dog House Grill. At 4 pm the Fulton Street Grand Opening Party kicks off. FREE
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Lengthwise Brewing Company has three new versions of their Hiccup Pale Ale on tap, wet hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic, wet hopped with Denali and then dry hopped with Galaxy, and dry hopped with Zeus and Centennial. This past Wednesday Lengthwise did a collaboration brew with the veterans organization, The Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck. The vets joined with Lengthwise to brew a Pilsner.
New on tap at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi are updated versions of Snobs IPA and 93561-S Simcoe Pale Ale. Currently in fermenters, What the Hef?, Heffin’ Zesty, Pineapple Blonde, and an unnamed Rye Mosaic WC DIPA. Bottle releases – 10/17 unreleased name (I tried to get the scoop, no luck…) NE IPA with Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Hallertau hops, 10/23 40’s the new 30 Nelson Rye WC DIPA.
Kern River Brewing Company just canned River Buddy Pale Ale (10/10) and Just Outstanding IPA (10/13). New on draft are Think Tank #14 Experimental IPA 7% ABV with Mosaic and Huell Melon hops and Pro Tuber IPA, 7.5% ABV collaboration with Pizza Port Brewing. Coming soon from KRBC, Sock Em’ Dog Stout (new Wild and Scenic Series release) on draft and 22oz. bottles. As of this writing, Citra DIPA case tickets are still available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. There are still tickets available for the Beer Pairing Dinner on the 24th from 6 – 8 pm at the brewery. Expect the pairings to be announced this week. Call for reservations 760-376-2337. $45
Memberships for Dionysus Brewing Company’s 2018 Olympus Barrel Society are on sale now for the public. The sale 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 is here.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
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 much 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
Pizza and Beer Festival is scheduled for January 20th from 1 – 4 pm at the Kern County Museum. Expect unlimited pizza tastings from local restaurants and food trucks and unlimited craft beer tastings from local breweries. There will also be music, vendors, and games. Keep an eye out for more info as we get closer to the event. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Check out their website here. $39 (Now-12/14), and $49 (12/14-1/19)
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.
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