About John Plessel

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

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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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

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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.

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Blind Date Beer Fest: 30-plus breweries, one mystery band

Today is Halloween, and you’ve probably got plans for the evening, but what are you doing this afternoon?

X-103.9 FM is hosting a Blind Date Beer Fest from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

The event features a beer fest with unlimited pours from an anticipated 30-plus breweries and a special “blind date” concert by “one of the biggest alternative bands of all time.”

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Wild Donkey Brewing Co. celebrating third anniversary today

Wild Donkey Third AnniversaryToday (October 24) is Wild Donkey Brewing Co.’s third anniversary party.

The event, which begins at noon at the Redlands brewery, 2351 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite G., will feature a casino night from 6 to 10 p.m., plus special brews, including a root beer-inspired beer.

The first 25 customers will receive a free third anniversary T-shirt and there will be giveaways throughout the day.

The band Inhale will perform from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Garage Brewing Co. and Pizzeria celebrating second anniversary tomorrow

Garage Brewing second anniversaryTemecula’s Garage Brewing Co. and Pizzeria is hosting a second anniversary celebration from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow (October 17).

Tickets ($25, plus $1 service fee) are available to purchase now and include:

  • A souvenir tasting glass
  • Ten 4-ounce beer tastings
  • Live music
  • Raffle ticket

The event will also feature guest breweries (Sudwerk Brewing Co., Lightning Brewery), Chubby’s food truck, chocolate and beer pairings (from So Rich!!! Chocolates) and craft coffee (from Caribbean Coffee Co.).

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