Beer lovers, we’ve found the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend.
The Taste of Brews returns to Riverside’s White Park (3901 Market St.) on Saturday, May 25.
Not only can attendees sample from dozens of breweries, including many from Southern California, but there will be several food trucks and local restaurants providing comestibles, and three bands to enjoy.
Total Wine and More has been hosting a series of beer tastings this week (May 13 to 19) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.
Each store is offering different breweries’ beers (including several Southern California breweries) to sample for a nominal fee.
Head over the jump for the schedule.
Here’s a fundraiser we’ll eagerly raise a glass to: Select-A-Brew at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The folks at the Ontario Reign have transformed the annual Select-A-Seat season seat holder selection event into a fundraiser for the team’s charitable arm, the Hope Reigns Foundation.
Tickets are available now for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s AirFest and fifth anniversary set for Saturday, May 18.
Tickets are $5 at the brewery’s tasting room, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, or online (plus $1.17 service fee) and will be $8 at the door. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free.
A limited number of VIP ticket packages, which include all-you-can-drink Hangar 24 beer, all-you-can-eat Cuca’s, the closest parking possible, a shady tent and the best seats and views of the air show, are available for $150 (plus $6.24 service fee), or $500 (plus $18.49 service fee) for a four-pack.
Click here to purchase tickets online.
Total Wine & More’s new class is a good kick in the can.
No, really. It’s “A Good Kick in the Can!” and the focus is on craft beer…in cans.
Guests will enjoy a sampling of Total Wine’s canned craft beers and challenge the notion that bottled beer tastes better.
The class, which costs $15, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 25) at Total Wine locations throughout Southern California.
Seating is limited, so call the your nearest store to reserve a spot.
Click here for more information. Head over the jump for a list of participating locations.
Once again, participants will be “saving wildlife one beer at a time” at this year’s Brew at the Zoo fundraiser for the Living Desert.
Tickets are available now for the annual event, which will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 4 at the zoo, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert.
Attention homebrewers…Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s fourth annual Homebrew Competition begins this week!
Entries will be accepted beginning Saturday (April 13).
First, second and third places in each category will receive prizes.
The grand prize winner will get his or her beer brewed by Hangar 24 for consumption in the brewery’s tasting room and will also be entered into the 2013 Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition.
Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Brewery Ommegang has released the first of its ‘Game of Thrones’-related beers.
Released in conjunction with Sunday night’s (March 31) season three opener of the HBO series, Iron Throne Blonde Ale is available in limited quantities at select Southern California outlets.
In stores, it’s available in 750 mL bottles.
I was able to pick one up today at Red Carpet Wine and Spirits, 8678 19th St., Suite 150, Rancho Cucamonga, which is limiting sales to one per customer.
Despite the name, Red Carpet has a great selection of local and hard-to-find beers.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is releasing its latest Barrel Roll limited edition brew tomorrow (March 30) and it’s another redux — Hammerhead.
Hammerhead is an American-style Barleywine made with two English caramel malts and four American hops. It’s aged for six months in charred oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.
The 2012 edition took silver in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer category at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.
Hammerhead will be available on tap and in 750 mL bottles at the brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, and beginning Monday (April 1) at select California locations.
5,520 bottles were produced for this year’s run, on a par with last year’s. This year’s edition has a slightly lower alcohol content.
The next Barrel Roll release, scheduled for June, will be new.
Packinghouse Brewing Company’s annual Brew with a View event returns Saturday, April 6.
The free, all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the brewery, 6421 Central Ave., Suite 101-A.
It coincides with the annual airshow at Riverside Municipal Airport, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The airport is across the street from the brewery.
Besides a great view of the airshow, the event will also feature food trucks, including the Bacon MANia truck, Garlicscapes and the Viking Truck.