Local Craft Beer Tehachapi celebrates 2 years, Great Change Brewing releases their site plan, more of the three letter acronym beers this week, Tioga takes over taps at Eureka, Imbibe has an app, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Wednesday 12/6 – The weekly Steal the Glass at Eureka Burger starts at 6 pm. This week features four beers from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company and raffles for a 10th Anniversary Tap Takeover! 10-year Anniversary Ale, Vindicators NE DIPA, Religious Habit Mexican Chocolate Stout, and All The Mornings Maple Breakfast Stout will be on tap for this event. $POUR
Wednesday 12/6 – Flights and Bites is back this Wednesday at Moo Creamery! The pairing starts at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. In addition to Flights and Bites, Founders Brewing Company KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) and CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) will both be on tap. CBS will be one of the featured Flights and Bites pairings. For the full line up of pairings watch Moo’s social media. $32
Wednesday 12/6 – Geeks Who Drink! trivia night is a weekly event up the hill at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. Form a team or join a team and answer questions right to win. The event goes from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Last week they had pub snacks provided by Taylor’s Provisions. $POUR/$FOOD
Friday 12/8 – Temblor Brewing Company is doing a Philanthropint event at the brewery on Friday featuring music by The Akoustiks, an ugly sweater contest, and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. The event starts at 7 pm. FREE ENTRY
Saturday 12/9 – Local Craft Beer Tehachapi turns 2 this Saturday! Come celebrate at the brewery with Whiskey Galore performing at 6 pm, dinner by The Butcher Shop (a hog raised on LCB spent grain), vendors, DJ Dynomit3 from noon to 6 pm, a live IPA Today podcast, and lots of good beer and friends. Entry is free. $POUR/$PLATE
Sunday 12/10 – Kern River Brewing Company’s Beer Pairing Breakfast is this Sunday at 10 am. There are only a few seats left as of this writing. Four courses will be paired with KRBC beers, Sequoia Red, Rum Barrel Aged Igor Unchained Russian Imperial Stout, Winter Double IPA, and Piute Pale. Call now to reserve your seat, 760-376-2337.
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Great Change Brewing Company is currently in the permitting process prior to starting construction. If all goes well, construction should be starting by the end of January. In the meantime check out their site plan.
Lengthwise Brewing Company currently has Peach Cranberry Cobbler Ale with lots of fruit purée and 10% abv, Tomahawk Imperial IPA, Ruptured Duck Lager, and a Barrel Aged Saison on tap at all three locations.
Fresh bottles and draft of Kern River Brewing Company Just Outstanding hit on 11/27, River Buddy Pale Ale draft and cans on 11/30, Long Swim DIPA draft and bottles will hit tomorrow 12/4, more Winter DIPA draft and bottles will make it to distro on 12/7, and fresh cans of JO are expected on 12/11. New beers to be tapped this week at the brewery are Another Dam DIPA with Ekuanot and Idaho 7 hops and Piute Pale with Simcoe, Cascade, and Centennial hops.
Temblor Brewing Company just tapped a fresh batch of Streets of Bakersfield IPA. A new Facilitator Doppelbock releases in about a week with cans following near the beginning of the year. New One Hit Wonder just tapped is assistant brewer Justin Hill’s (also winner of the homebrew competition at the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival) IPA with Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops. Near the end of the month expect to see head brewer Mike Lahti’s Nut Brown Ale. Also, check out their newly revamped menu board.
Currently fermenting at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi is Powdered Juice cryo Hop hazy IPA, Nitro Coffee Stout 7%, and 93561 Blonde. Coming soon to cans: The Cloud Juice is Real AF NE DIPA 9%. Tomorrow is the bottle release of Blue Oak Imperial Coffee Stout. Only available at the brewery now is That Girl is a Real Crowd Pleaser in cans. Also still available at the brewer, limited amounts of Meh NE IPA, 40’s the New 30 DIPA, and fresh Snobs IPA.
The Best Handles in Town
What’s on tap now at some of our local better beer bars.
Imbibe Wine and Spirits recently released an app. Download it to your device for updated info on events, freshly tapped beers, and new spirits placed in their Rocks Bar. Available for download on iTunes or Google Play.
Check out Bakersfield Beer Company’s current tap list on Untappd.
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
The Fourth Annual Rush Day at Tioga Sequoia’s Beer Garden is December 16th from 11 am – 11 pm. Rush Day celebrates artisan coffee and coffee infused beer. Morning Rush Barrel Aged Imperial Maple Breakfast Stout will be this year’s headliner. Last year they had three variants of Rush Hour Breakfast Stout featuring local coffee bean roasters. There’s usually a couple other special releases and of course as with all beer releases, a line. We should learn more about this year’s event in the coming week. Keep an eye on Tioga’s social media for all the details.
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 68 is part one of an outdoor cast at Uncle Frank’s for a brew day.
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 29 features Shawn talking with Kevin and Jeff about beer, Fruit Loops, Stranger Things, and more.
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 228 is their most recent edition they talk ciders, downtown Fresno beer, and more.
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: Stone Spices. Just add some Xocoveza Charred
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 Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing paired with a loaf of bread.
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.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
All the stuff I didn't include above.
I’ve been assured by powerful people in high places that there will be more Founders Brewing Company CBS bottles around town Monday. I’ll post on social media tomorrow as soon as I know where.
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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