About John Plessel

John Plessel is Systems Editor for The Sun and has been blogging for the Los Angeles News Group since 2008.

“For What Ales Ya” ticket sales end Sunday

For What Ales YaTickets are available now for this year’s “For What Ales Ya” event, set for 6 p.m. to midnight August 30 at Maniac Mike’s Café at Cable Airport in Upland.

The 21-and-older event features local beer on tap and rare bottle shares.

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will be participating as a guest brewer.

Admission is $32 and includes a taster glass, food and beer.

Proceeds benefit the Cable Airport Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors scholarships for aviation training and education.

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Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is Saturday

Lake Arrowhead Brew FestThe fifth annual Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (August 9) in the Blue Jay Village parking lot, 27264 Highway 189.

Local participating brewers include Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Ritual Brewing Co., Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Brew Rebellion, Skyland Ale Works, Strand Brewing Co., La Quinta Brewing Co., and the Mountain, Bear Valley and Maltose Falcons brew clubs.

Stone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Company will also be represented at the event.

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“Drafts 4 Desi” fundraiser today at La Quinta Brewing Co.

Drafts for DesiLa Quinta Brewing Co. is hosting fundraiser today (August 6) for “Believing for Desi,” an organization raising funds for five-year-old cancer patient Desirae Cechin.

Desi was diagnosed earlier this year with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, and has been undergoing chemo treatments at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The money raised by the organization will help support her family and to help her get treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The hospital specializes in neuroblastoma and has a the highest neuroblastoma survival rate in the U.S.

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Inland Empire brewery summer update: Rök House, Hamilton open; Escape, Skyland and No Clue coming soon

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on Inland Empire breweries, so, let’s catch up, shall we?

Two new, long-anticipated breweries opened last month: Upland’s Rök House Brewing Company and Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery.

Rök House has become the third point of what we’re calling the “Beermuda Triangle,” with its proximity to both Claremont Craft Ales and Dale Bros. Brewery.

The brewery is celebrating its grand opening “Röxtravaganza” from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday (August 2), with seven beers on tap and food available from the Viking Truck (naturally!), Pappas Artisanal and Buttercup Catering.

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Claremont Craft Ales to celebrate second anniversary on Saturday

Claremont Craft Ales second anniversaryCongratulations to Claremont Craft Ales on its second anniversary! The brewery is celebrating Saturday (July 26) in two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

On tap will be 20 beers, including several new varieties and several barrel-aged brews.

Food will be available from Buttercup Cateringthe Corner Butcher ShopMy Delight Cupcakery and Pappas Artisanal.

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Taps Fish House Craft Brew Festival happening today in Corona

Taps Craft Brew FestivalLooking for a brew fest?

Head to Corona! That’s where you’ll find the TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Brew Festival from noon to 3 p.m. today (July 19).

Tickets for the festival are $50 and include 15 drink tickets and unlimited food sampling from eight regionally-themed food stations.

Proceeds will benefit the Corona/Norco YMCA.

A number of breweries from across Southern California are scheduled to participate.

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Inaugural National Orange Show Brew Fest is Saturday

NOS Brew FestThe National Orange Show and K-FROG are putting on the first-ever National Orange Show Brew Fest this Saturday (July 12).

Over 25 local (and not-so-local) craft breweries are scheduled to participate, bringing over 50 brews to the event.

Musical entertainment will include Kelleigh Bannen, Southbound, Front Porch Rodeo and Psycho Punx!

It’s a family-friendly event, and kids can enjoy free samples of Batch Craft Soda and draw on the Chalkmobile.

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