Village Fest is this Saturday, KRBC beer dinner next Tuesday (the 12th), Grapefruit Zeus and Temborfest Marzen are back, On Tap Bakersfield finally has stickers, and more On Tap This Week.
On Tap This Week
A look at the future, one week at a time.
Wednesday 9/6 – 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
Saturday 9/9 – “The Party of the Year”, Village Fest is this Saturday from 6 – 10 pm at the Kern County Museum. Bakersfield’s biggest beer, wine, food, and music festival features 5 stages with 15 bands, 7 themed areas, over 60 breweries, over 25 central coast wineries, and 30 of Bakersfield’s most popular restaurants. The event benefits The Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment (CARE) which is a non-profit organization/foundation that raises money for Kern County children’s charities. Blonde Faith, Members Only, Mento Buru, Truxton Mile, and a bunch of other great local bands will be performing. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. $75 (9/1-9/8) and $78 day of the event
Saturday 9/9 – Downtown Visalia's 2nd Annual Brew Fest is also this Saturday from 4-8pm if you’re headed north. Your purchase includes a souvenir beer tasting glass, bottomless craft beer tastings, live music, live art, brew games, and local food vendors. $10DD/$30GA
Drink like a Local
Catching up with our local breweries.
Kern River Brewing Company has fresh cans of River Buddy Pale Ale on shelves now and is expected to have Isabella Blonde in cans on local shelves sometime this week. New on draft at the brewery are: California Lounge Chair West Coast Pale Ale brewed with Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe coming in at 6.7%, Brown Claw Brown Ale, a small batch brew made up of roasted specialty malts & toasted grain to give a nutty, balanced chocolate taste at 5% ABV, and Fishin’ in the Dark Imperial Coffee Porter made with San Diego’s Bird Rock Coffee Roaster’s 75% Columbian & 25% Organic Sumatra coffee bean blend, cocoa nibs, molasses, and toasty malts with a big 9.5% ABV. KRBC’s next beer pairing dinner is coming up on Tuesday, September 12th at 6 PM. These dinners are always great and well worth the drive up the canyon. Seating is limited so reserve your seats today by calling 760-376-2337 ext. 104 or email email@example.com.
Fresh bottles of The Cloud Juice is Real AF NE DIPA should start showing up around town this week from Local Craft Beer Tehachapi. Sofa King Hoppy West Coast Triple IPA is scheduled for bottling on 9/12 and Imagination is an Understatement NE IPA will be bottled on 9/22. Currently in fermentation are Cheeky Puppy Tart Cherry Gose and The Nelson Is Real West Coast DIPA. LCB is ramping up packaging to three times a month with plans to including beers you can cellar. In October, expect to see Effin Birthday Cake and Blue Oak Coffee Stout. Also, Snobs IPA returns.
Batch two of Grapefruit Zeus Imperial Ale from Lengthwise Brewing Company should hit taps this week. This batch contains 50% more grapefruit puree and rings in at 10.5% ABV. A wet hop version of Hiccup Pale Ale is next to be brewed with fresh Simcoe and Mosaic hops that just arrived at the brewery. Another upcoming project being discussed at Lengthwise is a Blueberry Wheat.
Temblor Brewing Company Temblorfest Marzen is currently on tap and on shelves around town. A Rye Barrel Aged Temblorfest will be releasing on 9/16 to coincide with the start of Oktoberfest in Germany. Anniversary DIPA is expected to be released at Temblorfest II (Temblor’s anniversary party) on 9/23.
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.
Check out Craft Tap House’s current tap list on Untappd.
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi/Dionysus Brewing Company – The Cloud Juice is Real AF NE IPA
Founders Brewing Company – Doom BA IPA
Founders Brewing Company – Green Zebra Gose
Cascade Brewing Company – Bourbonic Plague Sour
Three Weavers Brewing Company – Old Shag Barleywine
Barrelhouse Brewing Company – Juicy IPA
Modern Times Beer – Ice Pilsner
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Barrelworks Sloambic Wild Ale Sour
Melvin Brewing Company – Melvin 2x4 IPA
Hangar 24 Brewing/Eureka Burger – C.R.E.A.M. BBA Stout
Dionysus Brewing Company – Superfunkadelic Gose
Sierra Nevada Brewing/Tree House Brewing – East Meets West IPA
Alesmith Brewing Company – Barrel Aged Nut Brown Ale
Belching Beaver Brewing Company – Peanut Butter Milk Stout on Nitro
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company – Eureka Smash IPA
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company – Mt. Whitney XPA DDH with Citra
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – 2017 Helldorado Barleywine
Mikkeller Brewing Company SD – Haze Cadet NE IPA
Modern Times Beer – Tetra City DIPA
Stone Brewing Company – Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 2017
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Bretta Weisse Berliner Weissbier
Founders Brewing Company – Backwoods Bastard Wee Heavy 2017
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company – Jungle Juice IPA
Local Craft Beer Tehachapi/Dionysus Brewing Company – The Cloud Juice is Real AF NE IPA
Belching Beaver Brewing Company – Phantom Bride IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company – Red Velvet Oatmeal Stout on Nitro
Modern Times Beer – Rowing Needles Berliner Weissbier
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company – Autumn Rush Imperial Stout
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company – Half Dome California Wheat Witbier
Kinetic Brewing Company – Conundrum Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Drink all the beers, four ounces at a time.
The First Annual Rockin River Beer and Music Festival is Saturday, October 21st in Kernville at Rivernook Campground. Benefiting local non-profit, 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. Tickets go on sale August 1st on Eventbrite. $25DD/$55GA/$75VIP
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. 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. $50 (8/13-9/10), $55 (9/11-10/22), $60 (10/23-11/10), and $70 day of the event
Beer For Your Ears
Podcasts are the future of entertainment (said someone in 2004).
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. Episode 21 is an intimate after brew day discussion with John and Kenny from IPA Today.
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 55 features powerlifter and electrician Steve drinking with the guys.
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 22 is a recorded live broadcast with IPA Today at Local Craft Beer Tehachapi! With Richie currently on tour with Beyoncé as a backup dancer and keyboardist, Joey steps in to co-host. Shawn, Kenny, and Joey are joined by me and some special guests from the brewery for a great time and a little bit of beer talk.
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 215 features special guest Evilcirkle as they explore what constitutes a “square” in the craft beer world.
Bakersfield Beer Blogging
An elite society, currently consisting of three.
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: Three Offering From Bravery Brewing Co.
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. Check out his one-year celebration giveaway post. Up for you to win are a bottle of Dionysus Brewing Berlinersfield with Guava, a can of Monkish Brewing Think About it Pilsner, and a pair of sunglasses from Cheers Sunglasses.
Short and Sweet (or Sour)
All the stuff I didn't include above.
Oktoberfest comes to Imbibe Wine and Spirits on September 16th! A three-week party celebrating this honored tradition devoted to beer will be filled with glassware giveaways, raffles, rotating draft deals, swag, brats and more. Starting off the celebration is a glassware giveaway featuring Spaten and Hofbrau House. More info to come next week.
A limited amount of first run On Tap Bakersfield stickers are here and free! I’ll be at Village Fest this Saturday with a pocket full of stickers so if you see me ask for one. Support your local beer blog by displaying your On Tap Bakersfield sticker proudly!
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.