About John Plessel

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

Help celebrate Ritual Brewing Co.’s third anniversary today

Ritual Brewing Company Year 3In Redlands, Ritual Brewing Co. is hosting its third anniversary celebration today (November 21).

General admission tickets ($30) include unlimited beer tastes and entry from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Founders Reception tickets ($40) include unlimited beer tastes, entry from noon to 4:30 p.m. and exclusive access to barrel-aged beers during the first hour of the event.

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Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company celebrating fifth anniversary on Saturday

Packinghouse Brewing Company Hops and Hounds 2015Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside is hosting its slightly-belated fifth anniversary party on Saturday (November 21).

The “Hops and Hounds” event is set for 1 to 10 p.m.

Special beer releases are planned throughout the day, and the event will include live music by Natalie Brooke (4 p.m.), The Spenders a (5:30 p.m.), The Vendettas (7 p.m.) and The Woggles (9 p.m.).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life.

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Packinghouse Brewing Company collecting food for RA♥K Riverside


Want to save a couple of bucks on a beer while helping feed the hungry?

Simply head to Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside and drop off a non-perishable food item.

They’re — as a co-worker put it — raising glasses to feed the masses.

The items are being collected for Random Acts of Kindness (RA♥K) Riverside.

In appreciation for your donation, you’ll receive $2 off your first beer.

Packinghouse Brewing Company is at 6421 Central Ave., Suite 101-A.

For more information, click here.

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Blind Date Beer Fest: 30-plus breweries, one mystery band

Today is Halloween, and you’ve probably got plans for the evening, but what are you doing this afternoon?

X-103.9 FM is hosting a Blind Date Beer Fest from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

The event features a beer fest with unlimited pours from an anticipated 30-plus breweries and a special “blind date” concert by “one of the biggest alternative bands of all time.”

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Wild Donkey Brewing Co. celebrating third anniversary today

Wild Donkey Third AnniversaryToday (October 24) is Wild Donkey Brewing Co.’s third anniversary party.

The event, which begins at noon at the Redlands brewery, 2351 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite G., will feature a casino night from 6 to 10 p.m., plus special brews, including a root beer-inspired beer.

The first 25 customers will receive a free third anniversary T-shirt and there will be giveaways throughout the day.

The band Inhale will perform from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Garage Brewing Co. and Pizzeria celebrating second anniversary tomorrow

Garage Brewing second anniversaryTemecula’s Garage Brewing Co. and Pizzeria is hosting a second anniversary celebration from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow (October 17).

Tickets ($25, plus $1 service fee) are available to purchase now and include:

  • A souvenir tasting glass
  • Ten 4-ounce beer tastings
  • Live music
  • Raffle ticket

The event will also feature guest breweries (Sudwerk Brewing Co., Lightning Brewery), Chubby’s food truck, chocolate and beer pairings (from So Rich!!! Chocolates) and craft coffee (from Caribbean Coffee Co.).

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Last day to save on tickets for Saturday’s Coachella Valley Brewing Co. anniversary party

CVBCO second anniversaryThe clock is ticking.

Ticket prices for Coachella Valley Brewing Co.’s second anniversary celebration increase today (October 16) at 5 p.m.

Tickets ($20) include a souvenir tasting glass and 12 tasters. After 5 p.m. today, those same tickets will be $30.

Act now and save.

The event, which is set for 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday (October 17), will also include food vendors and live music.

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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.

For more Information, click here.

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.

To read more, click here. Click here for more information.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

For more information, click 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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