About John Plessel

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

Riverside Beer & Music Festival will rock on Saturday

Another summer weekend, another beer festival.

This one — the Riverside Beer & Music Festival — takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.

General admission tickets are $35 and include unlimited samples of 50 brews from about 14 breweries, including Temecula’s Ironfire Brewing Company.

VIP tickets are $50 and grant entrance at 6 p.m.

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Claremont Craft Ales celebrating 5th anniversary today

Congratulations to the fine folks at Claremont Craft Ales, who will be celebrating the brewery’s fifth anniversary from 1 to 8 p.m. today (July15).

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Say Cheers! to the best beer, wine and spirits at Fairplex tonight

Award-winning beer, wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil from the Los Angeles International competitions are the focus of Cheers!, which takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight (June 24)  in The Farm at Fairplex in Pomona.

Participants can also dine from an array of food trucks, including Austyn’s Burgers, Bacon Nation, Banh Mi, the Berlin Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, Go Beyond The Bowl, Me So Hungry, Paradise Fresh Baked Cookies, Ragin’ Cajun Cafe and Street Kitchen LA.

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Upland’s Rescue Brewing Co. has opened

Downtown Upland has a brewery…again.

The downtown area — which was once home to Old Baldy Brewing Co., which closed sometime in 2008 after a couple of decades of serving beer and grub — is now home to Rescue Brewing Co.

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Barons Market’s next Backroom Beer Pairing takes place Wednesday

The latest Backroom Beer Pairing at Barons Markets takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (June 21).

The events literally take place in the markets’ back rooms — hence the name — and feature small bites paired with a variety of brews from a selected brewery.

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Pechanga Microbrew and Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday

Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula is hosting its ninth annual Microbrew and Craft Beer Festival from 1-5 p.m. Saturday (June 10) in Pechanga’s Grand Ballroom.

In addition to unlimited samplings of brews from about two dozen local (and not-so-local) breweries, participants can listen to live music and taste chili from the Pechanga chefs’ chili cook-off.

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