About John Plessel

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

Beer bar/bottle shop combo opens in the Inland Empire

The Beer RoomThe Inland Empire now has a combo beer bar/bottle shop, a la the Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach.

The Beer Room opened last weekend in Grand Terrace and is hosting a grand opening today (August 7) and Saturday (August 8).

The Beer Room offers 10 taps of draft beer, and a smallish selection of bottles to choose from, which you can either enjoy at the bar or take home.

The beer selection will change as kegs are emptied and as bottles leave the shop.

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Claremont Craft Ales celebrating third anniversary today

Claremont Craft Ales Third AnniversaryThree cheers to Claremont Craft Ales!

The brewery is celebrating its third anniversary today (July 11). The celebration event is being held in two sessions: The first began at noon and runs ’til 4 p.m.; the other is from 5 to 9 p.m.

A limited number of tickets, which include a souvenir glass and 16 pours, are available at the door for $30. Children and designated drivers get in free.

More than 35 beers, including barrel-aged varieties, will be flowing at the event.

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Lagunitas has big plans for Southern California brewery

Azusa LagunitasPetaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. has big plans for its new brewery under construction in Azusa.

How big? 178,000-square-feet worth, that’s how big.

Initially, the brewery will pump out 420,000 barrels of beer annually, but will eventually ramp up to — cue Doctor Evil voice — one million barrels. The brewery will distribute throughout the Southwest, and perhaps, eventually into Mexico.

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Hangar 24 rolling out two new sours today

Hangar 24 soursAny sour beer fans out there?

If so, you might want to make tracks for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery today (June 27) as the brewery is rolling out two new sour beers: First Crush and Sanguinello.

First Crush is a sour red ale aged in red wine barrels with Syrah grape juice. It’ll be available in 750 mL bottles for $20. 2,300 bottles are available. The brewery will also (while supplies last) be offering eight-ounce pours for $8 and three-ounce pours for $3.

If white wine is more your thing, Sanguinello is a sour blonde aged in white wine barrels with blood orange juice. Available in a much more limited quantity, 1,200 300 mL bottles of Sanguinello are available for $15 a pop. Again, while supplies last, the brewery will offer pours: $15 for an 11-ounce pour and $5 for a three-ounce pour.

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Brew Rebellion celebrating second anniversary on Saturday

Brew Rebellion Second Anniversary growlerYucaipa’s Brew Rebellion is hosting a 2nd anniversary celebration on Saturday (June 20) at the brewery, 13444 California St.

Unlike many brewery anniversary celebrations, this one is free to attend.

The brewery will debut its anniversary beer, Imperial Peach Honey Wheat, and will be tapping archive brews all day long. In addition, Brew Rebellion will be smoking a pig (raised on the brewery’s spent grain) to share with customers.

The first 50 attendees will receive a free pint glass.

The event begins at noon.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Inland Empire brewery boom continues in Colton, High Desert

3 Iron Brewing CompanyThe Inland Empire brewery boom continues, with a new brewery in Colton and two set to open in the High Desert.

3 Iron Brewing Company opened back at the beginning of April at 898 S. Via Lata, Suite A, Colton. I stopped in last week to check it out and found some friendly folks serving delicious beer. They’ve got eight taps serving a variety of styles, from IPAs to porters.

For now, 3 Iron is open Thursday through Saturday.

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Hangar 24 AirFest: What you need to know

Hangar 24 AirFest 2015Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s AirFest & 7th anniversary celebration is nearly here.

The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 16) at Redlands Municipal Airport, 1755 Sessums Drive.

The fête mashes together an air show, a rock festival, a food truck fest and, of course, a beerfest.

This year’s event also features an expanded Family Fun Zone.

General admission tickets are $15 (plus $1.74 service fee). Admission for kids 6 to 12 is $5 (plus $1.24 service fee). Kids under 6 are admitted free. VIP tickets, which grant you unlimited beer, free lunch and dinner, VIP parking, covered flightline seating, a T-shirt and more perks, are $175 (plus $9.74 service fee). Parking is $5 cash at the time of the event.

All tickets are available by clicking here.

The event will go on, rain or shine.

35+ beers are promised, including the brewery’s 7th anniversary pils and its American Craft Beer Week offering Double Betty. Click over the jump for a peek at what’ll be available on a rotating basis from the specialty release trailer.

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Taste of Brews Inland Empire returns Saturday

Tickets are available now for the fourth iteration of Taste of Brews Inland Empire. The event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 18) at Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 Baron Drive, Corona.

So far, 39 breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including 24 from Southern California. Pre-sale admission tickets are $30 (plus $2.64 service fee) for admission at 1 p.m. and $40 (plus $3.19 service fee) for noon admission. Prices will be $10 more at the door. Designated driver tickets will also be available at the door for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loyal Order of Re-enactment Enthusiasts.

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No shortage of beer events in the Inland Empire today

No less than four beer events are taking place across the Inland Empire this busy Saturday (March 28).

In Redlands, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is releasing this year’s Hammerhead ($20 per 750 mL bottle), its rye-whiskey-and-bourbon-barrel-aged barleywine. However, this year, there are some exciting twists. A couple hundred bottles of Augie’s Coffee Hammerhead ($25 per 750 mL bottle, limit one) and Bourbon Chai Hammerhead ($25 per 750 mL bottle, limit one) will be available for sale, and likely to be gone in the first hour of sales.

All three will be available on tap, along with an Old Fashioned Hammerhead, on Randall with cherries and orange peel.

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