Barrel-aged barleywines on tap in Redlands today

Wing OverFans of barrel-aged beers will want to head to Redlands on today (March 26) as two breweries will be releasing barrel-aged brews today.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will be pouring its Wing Over Barrel Roll series beer.

Previously known as Hammerhead, Wing Over is an American barleywine made with two English caramel malts and four American hops and aged for six months in charred oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Wing Over will be available in 750mL bottles for $20 each, with a 12-bottle limit.

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Scholb Premium Ales in Torrance has soft opening Sunday

hops (Photo courtesy Scholb Premium Ales)

Torrance’s newest brewery, Scholb Premium Ales, finally has a soft opening this weekend with an abbreviated three beer line-up.

The brewery will open its doors at 2 p.m. Sunday serving their SoCal Blonde, Roll With Brown and a 6.6 percent ABV Bat Ray Red IPA:

Big hop and malt contributions combine to create this aggressive Red IPA brewed with a spectacular new hop grown by Hopsteiner (Experimental #07270). This extremely resinous hop features tropical fruit, tangerine, apricot, and pronounced spice characteristics. A substantial malt backbone counters filled with caramel and brown sugar flavors.

The brewery is at 2964 Columbia St., making it a (very) close neighbor of Absolution Brewing.

More information here.

Chino Brew and Chew features range of California breweries

Chino Brew and Chew 2016Soroptimist International of the Chino Valley’s Brew and Chew is back for another round.

This year’s iteration — set for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 20) — features breweries from Coronado to Chico and points in-between.

Attendees can sample 15 4-ounce tastes from more than a dozen California breweries.

Food will be available from several food trucks, including Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster and Me So Hungry.

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Sanctum Brewing Co. celebrating second anniversary today

OK, so it’s been a bit more than two years since Sanctum Brewing Co. opened its doors, but there’s no time like the present, eh?

The Pomona brewery, 560 E. Commercial St., Unit 21, will celebrate its anniversary from noon to 9 p.m. today (March 12).

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Hangar 24 to open restaurant, taproom at Lake Havasu Airport

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Lake HavasuHangar 24 Craft Brewery, based across from the Redlands Airport, is opening a taproom at the Lake Havasu City Airport in Arizona.

The new taproom will have a full restaurant, small brewing system, and about 20 taps pouring beers from Hangar 24 and other craft breweries.

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New Brew: Brix Layer collaboration sour now available for pre-order at Smog City Brewery in Torrance


A wine barrel-aged sour blonde with fresh pressed Reisling grape must, Brix layer is a collaboration with J. Brix Wines in Escondido and is available for order through Smog City through March 18, a day ahead of the official release party:

Our Partners-in-Collaboration, Emily and Jody of J. Brix will be here March 19th for the Release Party offering pre-sales for their Riesling, Cobolorum, made using the same riesling grapes as was use in the making of Brix Layer.
Wine bottles will not be available for pick up at the brewery, all delivery and pick ups will be coordinated through J. Brix. All sales will be conducted through J. Brix.

In the works is a special “Friends of Smog” event at their facility in Escondido. Details to come!

Purchased bottles will be available at Smog City’s Tasting Room starting noon Saturday, March 19th at the official bottle release party and available through Sunday, April 17th, plus the beer will be available on draft beginning the day of the event. If we do not sell out online, bottle sales to the general public will begin March 20th.

Buy it here.

Absolution Brewing in Torrance celebrates expansion and second anniversary Saturday


Torrance breweries are growing so quickly they are gobbling up available space just to keep pace.

Strand Brewing moved into spacious new quarters earlier this year and on Wednesday will exploit that extra elbow room with the kick-off of a series of Wednesday night, um, cornholing tournaments (check it out beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a series of pick-up games start).

Smog City just punched a hole through an adjoining wall after a neighbor moved out giving it more elebow room to brew its popular range of experimental and innovative brews.

And now Absolution Brewing has increased its footprint four times over ahead of its second anniversary party this Sunday, which will boast a line-up of 22 beers.

Tickets, starting at $25, are available here.