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

This year’s Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Pugafest set for Saturday

PugafestWinter is just around the corner, and it’s the time when beer lovers traditionally indulge in dark beers — porters and stouts.

One of the more indulgent dark beers out there is Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Part of the brewery’s Barrel Roll series, Pugachev’s Cobra is a Russian Imperial Stout aged eight months in bourbon barrels.

It’s full of flavor and plenty of alcohol (this year’s batch packs a whopping 18.9% alcohol by volume).

The past few years, the Hangar 24 has celebrated the beer’s release with an event it calls Pugafest. This year’s Pugafest is Saturday (December 6).

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Palm Springs’ Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival returns this afternoon

Palm Springs Props and Hops Craft Beer FestivalWhatcha got planned for this afternoon…nothin’?

You could do a lot worse than heading out to Palm Springs for the third annual Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival.

The brewfest takes place from noon to 6 p.m. today (November 22) at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail.

Tickets are $35 (plus $2.22 service fee if purchased online) and are available in advance by clicking here.

Twenty-three breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including the Coachella Valley trifecta of Babe’s Brewhouse, Coachella Valley Brewing Company and La Quinta Brewing Co.

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Ritual Brewing Co. celebrating second anniversary on Saturday

Ritual Brewing Year TwoOn Saturday (November 1), Ritual Brewing Co. in Redlands will be celebrating its second anniversary and has several special brews lined up for the event.

In addition to the release of 2014 Big Deluxe Imperial Oat Stout, the brewery will have several variations on hand.

Attendees will have the chance to sample 2013 Big Deluxe and several barrel-aged versions, along with Big Deluxe brewed with vanilla, Parliament Chocolate, Stell Coffee and other flavors.

Food will be available from Pappas Artisanal, Bacon Mania and à la minute.

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Packinghouse Brewing Company celebrating fourth anniversary tomorrow

Rhythm and BrewsRiverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company is celebrating its fourth anniversary tomorrow (October 18).

The ‘Rhythm and Brews’ event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 6421 Central Ave., Suite 101-A,
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The brewery is expecting to have 16 beers on tap, plus three live bands and five food vendors, including Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza, Brewcakes, Wild and Twisted Foods, 4Tino’s and Sonora Grill.

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Dale Bros. Brewery hosting Oktober Fiesta today

Oktober FiestaUpland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is hosting its annual Oktober Fiesta from noon to 10 p.m. today (October 11) at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way.

The event will feature food, music and special beer releases:

  • CRANGO: A blend of Sour Cran-Cherry Queen, Oktober Fiesta and Mango Shandy
  • Galleano Port Barrel Aged Beers
  • Habanero IPA

Tickets (available at the door) are $10 and include a Dale Bros. stein and your first fill. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Upland Community Partnership for Youth Development, an organization that provides educational and enriching after-school programs for at-risk kids.

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Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Club memberships available Saturday

Hangar 24 fall release partySaturday (October 4) is going to be a busy day at Redlands’ Hangar 24 Craft Brewery.

Not only is it the release day for its seasonal Local Fields beer, Gourdgeous, but the brewery is also releasing its newest Barrel Roll series beer, Falling Leaf ($20 for a 750ml bottle), which just happens to be Gourdgeous aged for a year in Bourbon barrels.

But perhaps the biggest news is the launch of the Barrel Roll Membership Club.

Purchase a membership, and you’ll be treated to a box of barrel-aged and special release beers every three months for a year. At least one beer per quarter will be produced strictly for club members.

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The Inland Southern California Brewer’s Guild Beerfest is Saturday

Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer FestThe Inland Empire has been exploding with new breweries the past couple of years and Saturday’s your chance to sample from most of them, all in one place.

That’s because the Inland Southern California Brewer’s Guild — a coalition of Inland Empire-based breweries — is hosting its first beerfest Saturday (September 27) at Riverside Municipal Airport.

The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Riverside Air Service, Inc. hangar at 6741 Gemende Dr.

More than 30 breweries are expected to participate, including 21 from the Inland Empire.

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No Clue Craft Brewery opens today in Rancho Cucamonga

We’ve been anticipating the opening of No Clue Craft Brewery for some time now, and it’s finally here.

The brewery, Rancho Cucamonga’s second, will open at 1 p.m. today (September 20).

Tasting room hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

No Clue Craft Brewery is at 9037 Arrow Route #170.

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