Beachwood Brewing makes its Bakersfield debut at Eureka, Boom or Bust will be flowing at Dionysus, Rush Day gives you a reason to go to Fresno, and more On Tap This Week.
Wednesday 12/14 – The weekly Steal the Glass event over at Eureka Burger starts at 6pm. This week they are featuring new to local distribution, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing. Beachwood, out of Long Beach, is bringing their Amalgamator IPA.
Wednesday 12/14 – Kern River Brewing Company is hosting a bottle share Wednesday night at 5pm. Bring a bottle to share and celebrate the holidays with KRBC.
Saturday 12/17 – Dionysus Brewing Company 2016 Olympus Barrel Society bottle release is this Saturday. Barrel Aged Boom or Bust is being released for Society members in 750ml bottles. There will be 6 variants on tap for the public to try, two of which will be available for growler fills! The event goes from noon to close.
Boom or Bust variants on tap:
Non-Barrel Aged with Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Cocoa Nibs
Non-Barrel Aged with Maple Syrup (Growler fills available)
Barrel Aged with Toasted Coconut (Growler fills available)
Barrel Aged with Vanilla and Cocoa Nibs (Growler fills available)
Barrel Aged with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs (also 750ml bottle for Society Members)
Barrel Aged with Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Cinnamon (also 750ml bottle for Society Members)
Saturday 12/17 – Take a trip up the 99 to Fresno for the Third Annual Rush Day at Tioga Sequoia. The event is held at the TS Beer Garden from 11AM – 11PM. In this celebration of artisan coffee and coffee infused beer, locally roasted coffee beans will be showcased as well as the release of the headliner: Rush Hour Breakfast Stout. Three variants of Rush Hour will make their debut in bottles and on draft with attendees choosing which will be mass produced in 2017. The three local roasters participating this year are Lanna Coffee Company (Fresno), Slow Train Coffee Roaster (Visalia), and Valparaiso Café & Roastery (Fresno). Also scheduled to be released are Cake Rush Coconut Imperial Breakfast Stout and All the Mornings Maple Breakfast Stout. Taste Kitchen, Pita Kabob & Grill, Dana’s Cookies and Rubia’s Churro Parties will be on hand to fill your bellies. This is one of those events that people tend to line up for in the morning so you probably want to get their early. This event’s all about good local coffee and good local beer so I suggest not showing up in line with a Starbucks… or a Guinness for that matter.
Sunday 12/18 – Victory at Sea Day is upon us. Moo Creamery will be hosting this year’s event featuring varieties of Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter on Sunday until they close at 3pm. There will be flights, individual pours and logo glassware. The line-up has not been finalized yet but as soon as I know I’ll post it.
For Your Ears
Mash Time – A Brewing Podcast – A local station for discussing home brewing and craft beer. Hosted by Stuart Hoetker and John Agee out of Bakersfield CA. Most recent release: Cellar File 2 with 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. Most recent release: Episode 19 - Swapcast with I’m not Kevin
Bakersfield Craft Beer Blogging
Things to Click
Click the links; you know you want to…
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
Imbibe Wine and Spirits has new bottles for days. The shelves are stocked with lots of new and fresh beer offerings. Currently available: El Segundo (Day 1) 5LB Sledge Hammer DIPA, El Segundo The Pine Tar Incident Black IPA, Ballast Point Victory at Sea Peppermint Imperial Porter, Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coconut Imperial Porter, Toolbox Sangria Berliner Weisse, Toolbox Cherry Lime-aid Gose, Toolbox Bière Du Nord Saison and the Eclipse Series Imperial Stout by Fifty Fifty Brewing Company.
Walter Craft Beer Salt has released four new salts: Winnebago Blend (a blend of all the salts they have done), IPA Porter ( a blend of the two), Local Craft Beer Plum Blond Ale and Local Craft Beer Snobs IPA. Check out their website to order and get cooking ideas. Their salts are also available locally at Wine Me Up! and Café Med.
The current tap list over at Moo Creamery includes a few notables such as: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Nectarine Sour Ale, Tioga Sequoia Fulton Street IPA, Tioga Sequoia Double Dry Hopped General Sherman IPA on Nitro, Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout with Red and Black Currants, and KRBC Hop Nookie Triple IPA.
Speaking of Kern River Brewing Company, the award-winning brewery up the canyon recently added a few new staff members to the payroll. Joining the KRBC team is Dan Ocampo in sales (formerly of WA Thompson), Jillian Buccola in marketing and events (formerly of Mother Earth Brewing) and brewer Shaun Morgan (formerly of Pizza Port Brewing, Bressi Ranch). In other KRBC news: Citra DIPA is still available on tap at the brewery and Gravity Check IPA and Shuttle Bunny DIPA just got bottled so you can expect to see fresh bottles around town very soon. Just in time for Christmas, KRBC has release logo dog collars and leashes made from recycled bike tires by Cycle Dog. These are only available at the brewery and of course, they have bottle openers on the buckles.
Temblor Brewing Company will be hosting free brewery tours on Saturdays at 1PM and 3PM. Check out the brewing operation and get a taste of what’s next right off the fermenter. New one barrel batches on tap now at the brewery: Single Hop Amarillo IPA and Kazbek Mango Agave Kolsch. Also still available for a limited time: Bourbon Barrel Aged Beggars Banquet Robust Porter.
Dave and Lizzy Brew America
Dave Salter and Lizzy Coggins are a couple of brewers from the Sacramento area. In a quest for knowledge and experiences, they’ve embarked on an adventure across America to visit and brew with as many breweries as they can. With Dave’s 7 years of brewing experience (New Helvetia Brewing, Knee Deep, Rubicon, Lagunitas) and Lizzy’s 2 years of brewing experience (Yolo Brewing Company) and 8 years in the food and wine industry in Napa, they hope to share their knowledge with the breweries they visit as well research trends and styles with the hopes of eventually opening their own brewery. On November 26th they loaded up their 1975 A-Frame trailer and headed towards their first destination: Temblor Brewing. Their journey will take them all over the US; you can check out a map of their destinations here. Along the way, they will be doing collaboration brews with some of the breweries such as Coronado Brewing in Coronado (San Diego) and Lanikai Brewing in Hawaii. They will be at Temblor for the next month or two so stop by and say hi. Head to their website to read more about their journey and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
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.