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

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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Shamrocked Beerfest is Saturday in San Bernardino

ShamrockedTickets are available now for the Shamrocked Beerfest, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 14) at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.

Attendees will be able to sip unlimited samples from 25-plus craft breweries, including local favorites Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, No Clue Craft Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Rök House Brewing Company, Brew Rebellion, Packinghouse Brewing Company, Inland Empire Brewing Company, Wicks Brewing Co., Black Market Brewing Co. and Craft Brewing Company.

Tickets are $35 for general admission (plus $2.92 service fee). Designated driver tickets are available for $15 (plus $1.82 service fee). To purchase tickets, click here.

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Cal Poly Pomona celebrating grand opening of brewery restaurant today

Innovation Brew WorksBeer is typically found on college campuses, but apparently never like this.

Cal Poly Pomona has opened what it says is the first-ever brewery-restaurant at a college campus.

Innovation Brew Works will celebrate its grand opening from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (February 20).

Innovation’s café has been open since September, but its brewery has only been brewing since December.

The brewery’s current tap list consists of five house brews — an orange wheat, a porter and red, blond and brown ales — and seven brews from local breweries, including Dale Bros. Brewery, Alosta Brewing Co., Claremont Craft Ales and Ritual Brewing Co.

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Dale Bros. Brewery celebrating ‘Brews and Bros’ at Cable Airport today

While the Inland Empire’s newest brewery is celebrating its opening, one of the area’s oldest breweries will be celebrating its 12th anniversary.

Dale Bros. Brewery will host its Brews and Bros Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. today (January 24) at Cable Airport in Upland.

The brothers Dale will be celebrating with 31 other breweries, which will be pouring a planned 80-plus craft brews.

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Escape Craft Brewery opens today

We’ve been following the progress of Redlands’ fourth brewery — Escape Craft Brewery — for quite a while.

The brewery, owned by San Bernardino firefighter/paramedic Josh Fisher and his wife, Melissa, will be celebrating its soft opening today (January 24).

The event will run from 1 to 8:30 p.m., with the brewery’s Passport members and Kickstarter supporters getting early entry.

There will be small bites created by Chef Jonathon Weiner from The Lounge 22.

Escape Craft Brewery is at 721 Nevada St. Suite 401. The brewery will be open Thursday through Sunday.

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Tickets still available for I & I Brewing’s third anniversary on Sunday

If you haven’t bought your tickets for I & I Brewing’s third anniversary — the first at its new location — you’re in luck…they’re still available.

The event is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday (January 4) and a limited number of tickets are being sold for entry by the hour.

However, tickets for 11 a.m. and noon entry were only available only at the Chino brewery and sold out a while ago.

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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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