Off the Grid Brewing Company hosting grand opening today

Off the Grid Brewing Company grand openingOff the Grid Brewing Company, which has been in business for about five years — working mostly out of Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside — now has its own place to call home.

The new brewery opened a few weeks ago at 13615 John Glenn Road, Apple Valley.

The brewery will be hosting a grand opening celebration from noon to 9 p.m. today (February 6).

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Escape Craft Brewery celebrating first anniversary Saturday

Escape Craft Brewery anniversaryEscape Craft Brewery is celebrating its (slightly belated) first anniversary from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday (February 6).

The Redlands brewery opened January 24, 2015.

The brewery will celebrate with a pair of bands (Soul Shake and The Connie Roener Band) and food, which will be available from Fire: A Pizza Co. and Taco Shack.

Citrus Lane Films is providing a photo booth.

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Bulldog out, 8bit in in Murrieta

8bit Brewing CompanyIt appears that Murrieta’s Bulldog Brewery has gone out of business.

Several online reports indicate that a sign was posted mid-November noting a change of ownership, but the brewery’s equipment appears to be for sale.

The brewery’s website is still active, with no indication of the closure, and nothing has been posted on any of the brewery’s social media sites since late October.

Just around the corner however, 8bit Brewing Company has opened.

The “brewstro” — 26755 Jefferson Ave., Suite F — is open daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

8bit opened toward the end of December.

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Drive-by Brewery Review and New Brew: Mindcloud IPA at Mumford Brewing in downtown Los Angeles

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Mumford Brewing’s excellent pale ale dubbed Bleacher Beer at my Torrance local beckoned me to try their full range at their downtown LA brewery, open for about the last six months.

The day after Christmas with time on my hands and likely light freeway traffic seemed an apt time.

On this day street parking was plentiful in the neighborhood Mumford sits in near Skid Row, although it was a little strange to pay for parking when I’m guessing whoever was sleeping on the sidewalk in the tent across the street was likely not paying for the privilege.

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The sparse, simple one-room brewery and small bar were uncrowded and the custom four-beer tasting flight (above) excellent, showcasing the wide range of available ales (especially good was the Black Mamba).

The atmosphere was mellow with a couple of DJs spinning some relaxing ambient music at a pleasant volume that allowed a couple of gents at a nearby table to concentrate on their dominos game (below) with no problem.

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Lunch is available at a local pizza joint and a bar next door that appeared to have been there for decades (the name escapes me, but try the small grilled cheese sandwich with jalapenos and bacon), but also had an excellent local craft beer list of its own. Bonus: go order food next door and they deliver it to your seat in the brewery.

Mumford’s neighborhood may be sketchy, but it’s beers and vibe are certainly not.

The Boyd Street IPA was worth taking home in a crowler and I’m betting the Mindcloud would be, too (although I haven’t seen any description of it yet online).

Definitely worth getting acquainted with both the brewery and its beers.

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Hangar 24, other Inland Empire breweries raising funds for terror victims on Saturday

Beer for SBHangar 24 Craft Brewery, through Hangar 24 Charities, is spearheading a fundraising effort for victims of the December 2 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

The brewery’s health inspector, Tin Nguyen, was one of those killed in the attack.

On Saturday (December 26), the brewery will donate 100% of both beer and merchandise sales — as well as online sales profits — to the Arrowhead United Way’s San Bernardino United Relief Fund.

The #BeerForSB fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands.

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