About John Plessel

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

Off the Grid Brewing Company hosting grand opening today

Off the Grid Brewing Company grand openingOff the Grid Brewing Company, which has been in business for about five years — working mostly out of Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside — now has its own place to call home.

The new brewery opened a few weeks ago at 13615 John Glenn Road, Apple Valley.

The brewery will be hosting a grand opening celebration from noon to 9 p.m. today (February 6).

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Escape Craft Brewery celebrating first anniversary Saturday

Escape Craft Brewery anniversaryEscape Craft Brewery is celebrating its (slightly belated) first anniversary from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday (February 6).

The Redlands brewery opened January 24, 2015.

The brewery will celebrate with a pair of bands (Soul Shake and The Connie Roener Band) and food, which will be available from Fire: A Pizza Co. and Taco Shack.

Citrus Lane Films is providing a photo booth.

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Bulldog out, 8bit in in Murrieta

8bit Brewing CompanyIt appears that Murrieta’s Bulldog Brewery has gone out of business.

Several online reports indicate that a sign was posted mid-November noting a change of ownership, but the brewery’s equipment appears to be for sale.

The brewery’s website is still active, with no indication of the closure, and nothing has been posted on any of the brewery’s social media sites since late October.

Just around the corner however, 8bit Brewing Company has opened.

The “brewstro” — 26755 Jefferson Ave., Suite F — is open daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

8bit opened toward the end of December.

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Hangar 24, other Inland Empire breweries raising funds for terror victims on Saturday

Beer for SBHangar 24 Craft Brewery, through Hangar 24 Charities, is spearheading a fundraising effort for victims of the December 2 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

The brewery’s health inspector, Tin Nguyen, was one of those killed in the attack.

On Saturday (December 26), the brewery will donate 100% of both beer and merchandise sales — as well as online sales profits — to the Arrowhead United Way’s San Bernardino United Relief Fund.

The #BeerForSB fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands.

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Tickets available now for Dale Bros.’ Brews & Bros celebration

Brews & Bros 2016Tickets are available now for Dale Bros. Brewery’s annual Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival, set for 1 to 5 p.m. January 23 at Cable Airport in Upland.

Besides Dale Bros., at least 39 breweries, cideries and wineries are scheduled to pour at the event, which will take place rain or shine.

More than 80 beverages are planned to be served at the event, which celebrates the brewery’s 13th anniversary.

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Hangar 24 PugaFest is upon us

It’s here!

Pugafest 2015This year’s Hangar 24 Craft Brewery PugaFest kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs ’til 5 p.m. today (December 5).

The event will feature more than 15 barrel-aged brews, including new releases, exclusive pours and archive releases.

Tickets were sold in advance, and no tickets will be sold at the door. The tasting room will be closed to the public during the event.

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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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