About John Plessel

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

Redlands’ Escape Craft Brewery raising funds via Kickstarter

Escape Craft BreweryJosh and Melissa Fisher, owners of Redlands’ soon-to-open fourth brewery, Escape Craft Brewery, are using Kickstarter to raise funds for additional supplies for the brewery.

Perks for donating to the business’ startup range from stickers for a $5 contribution, to hats, T-shirts, bottle openers and stainless steel growlers for larger pledges.

Contribute even more and you could leave a legacy in the brewery such as naming a fermenter (for $200) or have your own table for two, plus other gifts, in the brewery for two years for a donation of $1,000.

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Beer Culture: Craft Beer Weekend kicks off tonight at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs

Craft Beer WeekendThis weekend is the third annual Beer Culture: Craft Beer Weekend at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight (September 12) with a four-course beer pairing dinner.

On Saturday (September 13), the hotel is throwing a pool party and beer tasting event.

More than 20 breweries are expected to participate, including three Coachella Valley breweries: Babe’s Brewhouse, La Quinta Brewing Co. and Coachella Valley Brewing Company.

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Packinghouse Brewing Company hosting fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Friday

Packinghouse MS FundraiserRiverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company’s “Good Carma” fundraiser Friday (September 12) will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

All the money received for a dinner catered by Chef Shawn Wood of Partners Pantry will be donated to the organization. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and include a raffle ticket for a gift certificate for Skydive Perris Indoor Skydiving.

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“For What Ales Ya” ticket sales end Sunday

For What Ales YaTickets are available now for this year’s “For What Ales Ya” event, set for 6 p.m. to midnight August 30 at Maniac Mike’s Café at Cable Airport in Upland.

The 21-and-older event features local beer on tap and rare bottle shares.

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will be participating as a guest brewer.

Admission is $32 and includes a taster glass, food and beer.

Proceeds benefit the Cable Airport Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors scholarships for aviation training and education.

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Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is Saturday

Lake Arrowhead Brew FestThe fifth annual Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (August 9) in the Blue Jay Village parking lot, 27264 Highway 189.

Local participating brewers include Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Ritual Brewing Co., Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Brew Rebellion, Skyland Ale Works, Strand Brewing Co., La Quinta Brewing Co., and the Mountain, Bear Valley and Maltose Falcons brew clubs.

Stone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Company will also be represented at the event.

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“Drafts 4 Desi” fundraiser today at La Quinta Brewing Co.

Drafts for DesiLa Quinta Brewing Co. is hosting fundraiser today (August 6) for “Believing for Desi,” an organization raising funds for five-year-old cancer patient Desirae Cechin.

Desi was diagnosed earlier this year with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, and has been undergoing chemo treatments at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The money raised by the organization will help support her family and to help her get treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The hospital specializes in neuroblastoma and has a the highest neuroblastoma survival rate in the U.S.

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Inland Empire brewery summer update: Rök House, Hamilton open; Escape, Skyland and No Clue coming soon

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on Inland Empire breweries, so, let’s catch up, shall we?

Two new, long-anticipated breweries opened last month: Upland’s Rök House Brewing Company and Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery.

Rök House has become the third point of what we’re calling the “Beermuda Triangle,” with its proximity to both Claremont Craft Ales and Dale Bros. Brewery.

The brewery is celebrating its grand opening “Röxtravaganza” from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday (August 2), with seven beers on tap and food available from the Viking Truck (naturally!), Pappas Artisanal and Buttercup Catering.

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Claremont Craft Ales to celebrate second anniversary on Saturday

Claremont Craft Ales second anniversaryCongratulations to Claremont Craft Ales on its second anniversary! The brewery is celebrating Saturday (July 26) in two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

On tap will be 20 beers, including several new varieties and several barrel-aged brews.

Food will be available from Buttercup Cateringthe Corner Butcher ShopMy Delight Cupcakery and Pappas Artisanal.

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