Temblor Brewing Company is gearing up for their soft opening on September 7th. This newest addition to Bakersfield’s craft beer scene is a big one. Temblor isn’t taking any short cuts and is shaping up to be a first class brewery. From the spacious, gorgeously furnished pub to the equally impressive bar, Temblor is set to become a must visit destination. Not to mention the state of the art brewing equipment. I had the opportunity to sit down with Don Bynum, CEO of Temblor Brewing Company, to discuss the upcoming opening and what we can expect from Temblor.
The tap list is set to start modestly with 5 to 6 of their flagship beers pouring for the soft opening. Once they get going the handle count will grow. In addition to the normal line up they plan to release 24 seasonal beers throughout the year and will have four rotating handles pouring year round. If you’re following Temblor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve already seen the announcement of the first two flagship beers. I like that they are going with some local influence in the naming (our area code). The other theme they have adopted in naming their beers is paying homage to musical influences (U2’s 1983 live album title “Under a Blood Red Sky”). Keep an eye on their social media outlets for the names of the remaining flagship beers.
Under A Blood Orange Sky Belgian Style Wit 5.5%
Six Six One Golden Kolsch Style Ale 5.5%
Belgian Pale Ale 5.5%
Session IPA 5%
The double IPA may not be available right off the bat, but is planned to be released as soon as possible. Temblor will also be releasing sours, traditional Belgian beers and they are planning to start barrel aging soon. One of their first seasonal brews will be an Oktoberfest released sometime mid-September, around the 19th, which is the start of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
There are a few different ways to enjoy Temblor’s beers. You can opt for a pint, Belgian tulip or a stange (depending on what’s being poured) or you can try a flight of 5, which is a great option for your first time. Want to take a beer home? No problem. Temblor has that covered too. Offering a non-traditional 64 ounce stainless steel growler, 32 ounce stainless steel howler and a 32 ounce aluminum Crowler. It’s interesting to me that they are opting to go with a stainless steel, vacuum-insulated vessel by MiiR as an alternative to the glass growler that is commonly used. In my opinion, these are better than their glass counter part for a couple of reasons. The first being that light won’t affect your beer adversely. The second is that these containers will keep your beer cold for up to 24 hours. That is extremely helpful if you are taking your brew to the beach, hiking or other outdoor activity. The last option, the 32 ounce Crowler, is my favorite because it’s so freakin’ cool! The Crowler is a onetime use, aluminum can that is filled and sealed right at the bar for you to take home and enjoy. This cheaper alternative comes with the same benefits as the growler and the howler.
Starting this Wednesday, Temblor will be at a couple of local restaurants. First, is the Steal The Glass event at Eureka Burger which should feature Six Six One Kolsch Ale, Under a Blood Orange Sky Wit, Belgian Pale Ale and possibly one more. Also, Moo Creamery will have Temblor on tap at some point this week. The date and beers have yet to be confirmed by Moo.
Future tap distribution is slated for 9 to 10 local restaurants and bars. In addition to the two already mentioned, you can expect to find Temblor at Imbibe, Pizzaville, Boss Cocktail Lounge (Temblor’s closest neighbor, next to Zingo’s) and possibly The Padre and Sandrini’s, to name a few.
With an experienced master brewer in Mike Lahti and a 1500 barrel per year capacity (with the ability to increase to 3500 due to the use of a centrifuge) Temblor is set for expanded distribution. There isn’t a set timeframe yet, but Don assured me they do plan to can their beers in the future and have aspirations of becoming a regional beer brand.
For a onetime fee of $500 you can become a Brick Founder. I must say the benefits to this exclusive club are pretty enticing. Brick Founders get their name or message prominently displayed on a backlit, stainless steel plaque placed around the Temblor brick logo in the center of the brewery (which is made of bricks from the original Bakersfield Brewery built in 1912). Other benefits include: exclusive merchandise, entry into the “Brew with the Brewmaster Drawing”, a year’s membership to the mug club (mug club info not yet available), an invite to the Inaugural Exclusive Soft Opening Party this Saturday the 5th and future invites to the anniversary party held around the same time each year.
In addition to beer, Temblor will have a full kitchen serving pub food such as burgers, salads and flatbreads.
They plan to give brewery tours on Saturday’s when brewing is not in process.
Hours of operation will be:
Monday – Wednesday 11-9
Friday – Saturday 11-11
Temblor is entering Bakersfield’s growing craft beer market at just the right time. With the surge in interest the industry is enjoying right now, another brewery is a perfect fit for our community. What is most encouraging is the passion and attention to detail Don and the rest of the Temblor team has. Temblor is set to become a destination not only for craft beer lovers but for anybody who wants to have a first class experience and an all-around good time.