Ridge Route Brewing and Great Change Brewing set to open in 2018, The Bacon and Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday, Dionysus is featured at Pita Kabob in Visalia, Flame Burger hosts their first Steal the Glass, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Wednesday 11/8 – 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 11/8 – The weekly Steal the Glass at Eureka Burger starts at 6 pm. The featured beer this week will be announced soon on Eureka’s social media. $POUR
Thursday 11/9 – Pita Kabob & Grill in downtown Visalia presents Dionysus Brewing Company Harvest Beer Night on Thursday. The event from 6 pm – 9 pm features a lineup from Dionysus and Pita Kabob’s amazing food. Here’s the tap list:
Belinersfield w/Strawberries Berliner Weisse 4.5%
Hazy Mazzy IPA 6.4%
In My Dreams IPA 6.1%
Morning Moka Oatmeal Stout 6.0%
Saturday 11/11 – The Fourth Annual Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival returns on this Saturday 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. Expect to see our local breweries including newcomers Ridge Route Brewing, as well as others from nearby such as Tioga-Sequoia, Firestone Walker, Kinetic, Bravery, Belching Beaver, Modern Times, Alesmith 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. There will be yard games to pass the time and new this year, a mechanical bull! Also new to the festival, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite bacon creation and favorite homebrew! Winners get a trophy and in the case of the homebrewers, the winner will get a chance to brew their winning beer at Lengthwise to be on tap at the brewery. This year’s event falls on Veterans Day so Veterans and current Military can get in for $20 at the door with Military ID/Paperwork. For everyone else, tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door. $60/$90VIP (10/23-11/10), and $70/$100VIP day of the event
A Growing Beer Scene
The future is bright, so are the tanks (that was bad…).
Coming in the summer of 2018 is Ridge Route Brewing a joint venture from Austin Powell (The Bacon and Craft Beer Festival) and TJ Barrie (local home brewer). They are currently in the process of locking down a location in North West Bakersfield. Ridge Route will start with a 7 bbl system and focus on clean beers and a barrel aging program with sours to come in the future. Right out the gate, they plan to do some canning in 16 oz. format. TJ will be doing the bulk of the brewing although they plan to add an assistant or two. A major feature of the facility will be shaded beer garden for games and outdoor socializing. The location will determine if they start with food service or food trucks. The name Ridge Route comes from a desire to pay tribute to the history of Kern County. The beer names will follow that theme and be named after parts of the old ridge route that connected Kern County to LA. Check them out this coming Saturday at the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival where they will be serving two beers, Jerome Wesley NE IPA 7%, and New Phone! WHO Dis? Pale Ale 6.4%.
Great Change Brewing, a partnership of Steve Belmont, Tim Belmont, and Kyle Smith recently announced their intent to open in South West Bakersfield sometime in the second half of 2018. Kyle is well known in Kern County as an award-winning brewer currently brewing for Lengthwise and previously of Kern River Brewing in Kernville.
For more on both of these upcoming breweries check out James Burger’s article for the Californian.
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
This Friday is the start of Citra Week (11/10 – 11/19) up at Kern River Brewing Company. If you haven’t gotten your Citra DIPA ticket yet, there’s still some available on Brown Paper Tickets. The pickup windows are 11/10 – 11/12, 11/13 – 11/16, and 11/17 – 11/19. While you’re in Kernville check out some of the other new beers on the menu. Citracito “little Citra” is a 5% ABV version of its big brother, Citra designed to be super crushable. Tule Fog NE IPA will be on tap as well as Sock ‘Em Dog Imperial Stout, the next beer in the Wild and Scenic Series weighing in at 11% ABV available on tap and in bombers. Rum Barrel Aged Igor Unchained sat in Dominican Rum Barrels for 8 months then rested on Cocoa Nibs for a few days before bottling. This 13.5% ABV beast will be available in bottles (limit 2 per person) and a super limited amount on draft. Also available in bottles (limit 2 per person) will be the original version of Igor Unchained Russian Imperial Stout for those that want to do a side by side comparison.
New on tap at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is Triple RyeDankulous, Katie’s Triple IPA that drinks like an 8% but comes in at 10.5% with Mosaic and El Dorado, the updated versions of Snobs IPA, and 93561-S. New bottles are 40’s the New 30 WC DIPA 9% ABV with Rye and Nelson, Meh NE IPA 7.5% ABV. In fermentation: Pineapple Dog Blond Ale (84 lbs. of pineapple), What the Hef Hefeweizen, Heffin Zesty Orange Zest Hefeweizen, and All Haze on Me NE IPA Beer Zombie Collaboration (test batch, preparing for canning in February). Speaking of canning, armed with a new canner, LCB is scheduled to can Done Sayin’ I’m Done Playin’ NE DIPA on November 6th. The beer releases with no limits and you can expect a pretty good size line on the 6th. Snobs IPA is expected to hit distribution in Bakersfield (22 oz. bombers) on November 14th. Save the date! December 9th is LCB’s 2-year anniversary party. They are combining Hogtoberfest, halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day, and the Anniversary to throw one giant party. Expect a whole hog being served, vegan food, desert, and other local vendors. The cost to attend is $2 which comes with a second-anniversary logo glass. Keep an eye out for more info to come as we get closer.
This Wednesday Temblor Brewing Company is releasing Bourbon Barrel Aged Diamond Dogs on draft and soon after in bombers. In a few weeks expect to see The Facilitator Doppelbock will be back on tap at the brewery. On the 22nd of this month, Temblor is hosting a Philanthropint Fundraiser for Sudden Heros, a local documentary that will focus on heroes from the Vegas attack. The event will feature bands (TBA), auction prizes, and for every Six Six One pint sold during the event, Temblor will donate $2 to Sudden Heros. Proceeds will be used to create the documentary and proceeds from sales of the documentary will be given to survivors of the attack. Keep an eye out for more info to come.
The Best Handles in Town
What’s on tap now at some of our local better beer bars.
Check out Bakersfield Beer Company’s current tap list on Untappd.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
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 to 12-14/$49 12-14 to 1-19
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. Episode 23 was just released today featuring homebrews Jared Wyatt and Sean Vansickel.
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 64 features Uncle Frank and Joey talking about homebrew and whether or not Frank washes his hands after he pees.
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 28 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 224 is their most recent edition.
Bakersfield Beer Blogging
An elite society.
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: A Milk Stout for 2017 Bacon and Craft Beer Festival
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 Evil Dead Red Ale by Alesmith Brewing, tastes like your ex-girlfriends muffins…
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 Birthday Weekend Adventures.
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, local tap menu boards, 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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