No Clue Craft Brewery celebrating second anniversary on Saturday

no-clue-craft-brewery-second-anniversaryIt’s entirely fitting that Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery’s anniversary is in the midst of Oktoberfest season.

The brewery will celebrate its second anniversary ALToberfest from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday (October 1).

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Fall Brew Fest at Off the Grid Brewing Co. in Apple Valley today

off-the-grid-brewing-fall-brew-fest-2016Apple Valley’s Off the Grid Brewing Co. is hosting its first Fall Brew Fest today (September 24), with several other breweries in attendance pouring 25-plus beers.

The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the brewery, 13615 John Glenn Road, Suite A.

General admission tickets are $40 and V.I.P. tickets (if still available) are $60, and grant one hour early admission at 11 a.m. Tickets include a commemorative glass and unlimited pours.

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[Last Name] Brewing hosting Oktober Fiesta today

last-name-brewing-oktober-fiesta-2016Upland’s Last Name Brewing — formerly Dale Bros. Brewery — is hosting its annual Oktober Fiesta event from noon to 10 p.m. today (September 24) at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way.

Advance tickets were $12, but sales have stopped. However, tickets will be available at the door, but at a higher price.

Tickets include entry, a boot-shaped glass and one pour.

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Inland Empire Beer Week kicks off Saturday with Summer Send Off beer festival

ie-craft-beer-weekThe inaugural Inland Empire Beer Week begins kicks off Saturday (September 17) with the Inland Empire Brewers Guild Summer Send Off beer festival.

The event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Municipal Airport, 6741 Gemende Drive. About 20 Inland Empire breweries are expected to pour at the event, along with more than a dozen breweries and cideries from beyond the region.

Tickets — available now online — are $35 (plus a $2.52 service fee) for general admission and $45 (plus a $3.07 fee) for VIP, which grants admission at noon. Tickets include a keepsake glass, unlimited beer tasting, live music and access to food trucks. However, you might be able to score $5 off those prices with the promo code IEBG2016. Designated drivers get in for $20 (plus $1.69 service fee).

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Mob-themed Rubens Distilling and Brewing in El Segundo makes craft beer drinkers an offer they can’t refuse

jaxHead brewer Mike Hancock, right, owner Rob Bubens and his year-old Doberman Jax will mark the grand opening this weekend in El Segundo of the first combination craft brewery and distillery in Los Angeles County. Photo by Staff Photographer Ed Crisostomo).

A combo-brewery-distillery is a lot more complex to open than your average craft brewery, Rubens said.

“We carry eight licenses, two from the feds, three from the state and three from the city,” he said. “We placed our order for (the German-made still) in December 2014 and we received it in early February this year. So it took 14 months from the day we placed the order to the day it showed up in a truck. Then it was another four months until it was operational.”

Although Rubens has quietly had a soft opening for several weeks, this weekend is the first that cocktails will be available.

Read more about Rubens Distilling & Brewing here.

4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff set for Saturday at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach


While the event itself begins at noon, tasting begins at 4 p.m. at Select Beer Store, 1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway.

From the press release:

Brewers and owners from local breweries will serve their own special batch of chili, while guests will sample each one and vote for their favorite.

This year’s participating breweries: King Harbor Brewing Co., of Redondo Beach, Brouwerji West of San Pedro, Phantom Carriage Brewery of Carson, Arts District Brewing of Los Angeles, Three Weavers Brewing of Inglewood, El Segundo Brewing Co., and Torrance’s HopSaint Brewing Co., Strand Brewing and Smog City.

Beers from each of the represented breweries will be served on draft and the area behind the fenced off to set up a “beer/chili garden” for the anticipated overflow crowd.

All proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance.

I’m not exactly a chili expert, but HopSaint’s chili is incredible, so the competition had better bring their game.