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

Wicks Brewing Co. celebrating third anniversary today

Wicks Brewing Co third anniversaryCongratulations to Wicks Brewing Co.!

The Riverside brewery is celebrating its third anniversary from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (March 23).

The event will feature food specials, live music and a special anniversary beer release.

For more information, including a full tap list, click here.

Wicks is at 11620 Sterling Ave., Suite C.

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Barrel-aged barleywines on tap in Redlands today

Wing OverFans of barrel-aged beers will want to head to Redlands on today (March 26) as two breweries will be releasing barrel-aged brews today.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will be pouring its Wing Over Barrel Roll series beer.

Previously known as Hammerhead, Wing Over is an American barleywine made with two English caramel malts and four American hops and aged for six months in charred oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Wing Over will be available in 750mL bottles for $20 each, with a 12-bottle limit.

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Chino Brew and Chew features range of California breweries

Chino Brew and Chew 2016Soroptimist International of the Chino Valley’s Brew and Chew is back for another round.

This year’s iteration — set for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 20) — features breweries from Coronado to Chico and points in-between.

Attendees can sample 15 4-ounce tastes from more than a dozen California breweries.

Food will be available from several food trucks, including Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster and Me So Hungry.

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Sanctum Brewing Co. celebrating second anniversary today

OK, so it’s been a bit more than two years since Sanctum Brewing Co. opened its doors, but there’s no time like the present, eh?

The Pomona brewery, 560 E. Commercial St., Unit 21, will celebrate its anniversary from noon to 9 p.m. today (March 12).

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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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Route 30 Brewing Company opens today in Riverside

Route30The Inland Empire brewery boom will continue in 2016, with several new (and returning) breweries in various stages of construction.

First up is Riverside’s Route 30 Brewing Company, which opens today (January 1).

Route 30 took over the spot previously occupied by Thompson Brewing Co., 9860 Indiana Ave., Suite 19.

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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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