Dionysus Brewing and Local Craft Beer Tehachapi expand to meet demand, Bootleggers has Founders mugs for their Steal the Glass, Temblor puts The Facilitator in 16 oz. cans, Dio and Lengthwise collaborate, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
A Growing Beer Scene
The future is bright, so are the tanks (that was bad…).
Dionysus Brewing Company is in the process of procuring and permitting another suite in the complex they are currently in to expand their brewing footprint. To meet the growing demand for their beer they will be upgrading from the current 3bbl brewhouse to a 10bbl system. They will have a 10bbl and a 20bbl fermenter and hope to start canning some of their products by mid-2018.
Also in the process of expansion to meet demand is Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. They recently obtained a 2000 sq. ft. warehouse that is stocked with 10,000 cans and 40,000 bombers ready for packaging. They’ve added a 300 sq. ft. cold room to expand their cellar ability. They expect to hit 900bbls this year and with that much production, Tyson and Katie are getting pulled in every direction. To help facilitate their growth they’ve hired Mike S from Full Circle Brewing Company in Fresno as an assistant brewer. Tyson and Katie will continue to develop recipes with Mike doing the cooking and given “sandbox” opportunities to play and brew his own beers.
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
New on tap at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is an updated batch of All Haze on Me NE IPA (Beer Zombies collaboration) described by Tyson as “dryer, super yellow, and delicious”. On Monday 11/20, their Red Ale will be back on tap. Also on tap Monday, billed as the world’s first New England style Hazy Red Ale, a collaboration with Bakersfield Musician Riddy K is described as “fresh squeezed orange juice on a hazelnut”. Snobs IPA is back in bottles with a fresh update, a “Citra explosion that tastes like a sip of sunshine”. Blue Oak Coffee Stout is up next for bottling. Done Sayin’ I’m Done Playin’ NE IPA cans are almost gone. As of this writing, they had less than 200 left of the 3000 lot. Next to go in cans is That Girl is a Real Crowd Pleaser WC DIPA a dank bomb full of Mosaic and El Dorado hops done by Dry Hop Queen (Owner/Assistant Brewer, Katie). Currently fermenting is a Nitro, low gravity Coffee Stout, and next up, a cryo hop NE IPA with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Ekuanot hops. This is a test batch to determine if LCB will do any future cryo hop creations. Save the date: December 9th. This will be LCB’s second-anniversary party with Whisky Galore and lots of other cool stuff. Read about that here and in my next blog post.
Temblor Brewing Company recently released Bourbon Barrel Aged Diamond Dogs on draft and in bombers. The Facilitator Doppelbock is in fermentation now, expected to release mid-December. This will be Temblor’s first 16 oz. can 4 pack format release. Next up in 16 oz. cans will be Hollow Body Pale Ale.
Milkshake Dreams NE IPA will be back in bottles and on tap as well this time at Dionysus Brewing Company on December 2nd. Dio and Lengthwise Brewing Company did a three variant collaboration that should be out near the end of the year or early next. The 30bbl base beer is a French Saison aged for over a year in neutral wine barrels. Dionysus added their mixed culture to barrels aging at their place and over at Lengthwise. In addition to the base beer, they will be fruiting some of the barrels with Guava and some with Passionfruit. Expect this to become a tradition with Dionysus and Lengthwise doing an annual collaboration showcasing something new each year. Currently in fermentation at Dionysus is Berlinersfield Berliner Weisse with Blackberries and Red Raspberries. This should be release mid-December and see heavy distribution locally in bottles and on draft at the brewery and around town. Dionysus will be pouring a holiday variant Super Funkadelic with cinnamon, vanilla beans, nutmeg, and ginger at this year’s Caskmas at The Libertine Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo. Read more about that below.
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.
Caskmas is a rare beer event hosted by The Libertine Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo on December 2nd from 6 – 11 PM. The event features rare beers from a bunch of amazing breweries including our own Dionysus, food, and live music. Be sure to dress in your ugliest Christmas sweater and bring a bunch of canned food for the Canned Food Drive. For each item you bring you get a raffle ticket to win cool stuff. Get your tickets on Brown Paper Tickets. Here’s a list of breweries attending: Sante Adarius, Alvarado Street, Figueroa Mountain, Central Coast Brewing, Topa Topa, Green Flash, Casa Agria, Mikkeler SD, Brasserie Dunham, Silva Brewing, Faction, Dionysus, The Bruery, Modern Times, Firestone Walker, and more! $60
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
Amestoy’s on the Hill brings East Bakersfield its first beer festival! Brews On The Hill is scheduled for January 27th at Amestoy’s from 1 pm – 5 pm. The event will feature live music, vendors, and beer. Participating breweries will be announced on December 1st. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. VIP tickets get you early entry, a souvenir glass, a meal, private tasting, a seat, lanyard, and special gift. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite. GA/$20 VIP/$50
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 66 features local homebrewer Sean Vansickel and Kenny’s wife Wendy.
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. 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 226 is their most recent edition that asks the age-old question “Will Boston Beer Company ever be cool?”.
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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