Heading to the Redlands Optimist Oktoberfest today? Click here first

If you’re heading to the Redlands Optimist Oktoberfest this afternoon (October 3), you’ll want to visit the event’s website first.

That’s where you’ll find a two-for-one coupon for admission to the event.

This year’s event runs until 5 p.m. at Sylvan Park at University Street and Colton Avenue in Redlands. Admission is $5.

In addition to traditional Oktoberfest beer from Munich-based brewer Spaten, a trio of Redlands breweries — Escape Craft Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Ritual Brewing Co. — are scheduled to pour.

Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit the service club’s youth-related programs.

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No Clue Craft Brewery hosting first anniversary celebration tomorrow

No Clue ALToberfestRancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery will be celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow (October 3).

The brewery is dubbing the event its ALToberfest party.

No Clue is releasing an ALToberfest Anniversary Ale and several other special release beers for the occasion, including the following:

  • Mexican Mocha Stout: Milk Stout with Stell coffee, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. (8.5% ABV)
  • Third St. Belgian Tripel (9% ABV)
  • Vanilla Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10.3% ABV)

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Great American Beer Fest 2015: Local breweries take home 24 medals

Ritual Brewing GABFGreater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.

They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.

The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.

A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.

Head over the jump to see the list.

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SoCal Great American Beer Festival 2015 Winners: Smog City in Torrance and Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach


Both breweries won silver medals at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver with Smog picking up an honor for its Kumquat Saison in the Belgian-style Fruit Beer category and Beachwood for its Mocha Machine, a 9.2 percent ABV Porter.

The GABF medal was old hat for Beachwood BBQ, which has won 10 medals since 2012, but this was only Smog’s second in its young existence.

Incidentally, you can taste the saison for yourself Saturday when Smog releases it in limited bottles and on draft at its Del Amo Boulevard tasting room.

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Final weekend at Telo Avenue location before Strand Brewing moves to Old Torrance

stranddorMoving on: The Telo Avenue location for pioneering Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will closde its doors this weekend.

After six years in a cozy, but cramped Telo Avenue industrial space, original Torrance production brewery Strand Brewing will shut down Sunday and move to larger quarters in Old Torrance.

A soft opening should come next week with a grand opening set for next month in what is a huge space — there’s room for two rows of 10 picnic tables — that will accommodate a canning line, special events and the like.

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Falling Leaf Barrel Roll series beer available at Hangar 24 on Saturday, but with a twist

Falling Leaf 2015Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will release its latest Barrel Roll series beer, Falling Leaf, at its tasting room on Saturday (September 26).

Falling Leaf — a bourbon barrel-aged version of the brewery’s pumpkin-and-spice infused Gourdgeous imperial porter — was first released last year. Hangar is also releasing a Falling Leaf variant made with added cacao nibs, vanilla, chipotle and arbol chiles: The Mexican Cacao Edition.

That’s not the only twist, however.

For this release, the brewery is requiring customers to purchase the limited-edition brews online beforehand. On Saturday — and only on Saturday — the beers can be picked up at the tasting room.

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San Bernardino gets a brewery

Last summer, we learned that Yucaipa’s Brew Rebellion had leased a spot at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino and would use it as a second production facility and tasting room.

At the time, brewery co-founder Ed Parker noted that he had hoped to open the tasting room in about a year.

Well, he wasn’t that far off.

The tasting room is set to open today (September 25).

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Celebration fit for a (Pomona) Queen at Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery today

Pomona QueenLong live the (Pomona) Queen!

Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is celebrating the beginning of the 500th batch of its award-winning, flagship lager, Pomona Queen, with an all-day (noon to 9 p.m.) celebration today (September 15).

The celebration will include food (Corazon Azul will serve three-cheese quesadillas and Pomona Queen-marinated steak tacos starting at 5 p.m.), dessert (the Suite 106 Cupcakery truck arrives at 5 p.m.) a performance by Claremont Voodoo Society (whose song gave the beer its name) at 6 p.m., and special keepsake glasses.

Congratulations to Curt, Andy and the rest of the black sheep!

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