Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Inland Empire

While Oktoberfest in Germany concluded this past weekend, the festivities are still going strong here in Southern California.

In fact, there are at least five Oktoberfest events this weekend in the Inland Empire. Let’s start with the granddaddy: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.

The community has been celebrating Oktoberfest since 1971, making it one of Southern California’s oldest such festivals. (Alpine Village in Torrance has been home to an Oktoberfest event only a few years longer — since 1968.)

Big Bear Lake’s event continues Saturdays and Sundays through October 31 at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

In addition, a special “Unpluggged” weekend begins Friday, October 16, with a five-course German pairing dinner.

Adult admission starts at $7 for Sunday and $18 for Saturday, which includes Sunday admission as well.

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Just across the mountain, Lake Arrowhead Village’s Oktoberfest continues Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25. The free event takes place at the village, 28200 State Highway 189.

Note that the event may be canceled due to inclement weather, as it was last Sunday.

Click here for updates and more information.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Oktoberfest celebrations seem to grow bigger each time. This year’s event will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday (October 10) at San Manuel Stadium, 280 S. E St., San Bernardino.

Hangar 24’s Oktoberfest incorporates a beerfest — with the anticipated participation of more than two dozen breweries and cideries from across the state and beyond — that will run until 7 p.m.

Inland Empire breweries scheduled to take part include Colton’s 3 Iron Brewing Co., Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery and No Clue Craft Brewery, Redlands’ Escape Craft Brewery, Ritual Brewing Co. and Wild Donkey Brewing Co., Temecula’s Black Market Brewing Co. and Wiens Brewing Company, Palm Desert’s La Quinta Brewing Co. and Thousand Palms’ Coachella Valley Brewing Company.

Food will be available from several vendors, including Jojo’s Grill-A-Dog, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Pappas Artisanal and Mill Creek Cattle Co.

Tickets are $40 for the brewfest, which includes Oktoberfest admission, plus a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited pours. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include Oktoberfest admission. Kids 6 and younger get in free.

Tickets are available at the Hangar 24 tasting room, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, and via Ticketmaster.

Proceeds will benefit Hangar 24 Charities.

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On the other side of San Bernardino County, Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery will hosting its annual Oktober Fiesta in two sessions on Saturday (October 10).

Session one will run from noon to 4 p.m. and session two will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets for each session ($10) include entry, an Oktober Fiesta beer stein and one pour of beer. Advance tickets are available here.

Food will be available from MESquite BBQ, MexiCalbi and Scoops on Tap.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Upland Community Partnership for Youth Development.

Dale Bros. is at 2120 Porterfield Way.

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Pomona Fairplex’s Oktoberfest continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 24. Admission is $5 for this 21-and-older event.

Attendees can also purchase a commemorative stein for $20, which includes the first fill, but does not include admission..

Discounts on the stein and admission can be found if you know where to look.

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“Downtown” James Brown gets OK for Port Town Brewing location in historic 1920s-era San Pedro building

porttownlogoPort Town Brewing, an off-shoot of the successful San Pedro Brewing Co., is aiming to open a new tasting room about a year from now at Seventh and Centre streets.

City officials signed off on the location Wednesday.

Port Town will offer German-style ales such as the Pilsner and hefeweizen it currently brews. Read more here.

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Three Weavers Brewery in Inglewood throws itself an Oct. 24 charity benefit birthday bash


Tickets are $25.

Here’s more from the press release:

There will be 24 taps flowing with 18 different brews for your imbibing pleasure – including all of your favorite cores, specialties, and several special one offs made just for the party.

VIP Hour from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. with extra special beers and small crowds ($40); general admission 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. ($25).

Ticket price includes a commemorative glass, five 5 oz. pours and live music from Curtsy & The Tin Man and Litaoa. Additional beer tickets will be available. Food available from Fill R Up Gastro Garage and Front Page Jamaican Grille.

Buy tickets here.

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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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