About John Plessel

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

California Craft Beer Classic happening in Upland today

California Craft Beer ClassicUpland is the place to be to sample from 25 craft breweries while helping out the Cooper Regional History Museum and Foothill Family Shelter.

The museum is hosting the California Craft Beer Classic from noon to 6 p.m. today (June 21) at Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A St., Upland.

Participating breweries from across California (and one interloper from Colorado!) include: Ritual Brewing Co., Rök House Brewing Company, Dale Bros. Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Sanctum Brewing Co., Inland Empire Brewing Company, Wiens Brewing Company, Bootlegger’s BreweryOld Orange Brewing CompanySurf Brewery, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, Green Flash Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Tap It Brewing Co., and New Belgium Brewing Company.

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Chino Valley Brewery to celebrate second anniversary today

Chino Valley Brewery second anniversaryCongratulations to Chino Valley Brewery in Ontario, which is celebrating its second anniversary today (June 14)!

The event will include the release of the brewery’s latest beer — Cyngularity pale ale, plus demonstrations from SoCal Homebrew Supply, a book signing with Bierkast’s Kristofor Barnes, art from Loft Beats, food from Hillbilly Tacos and live music.

The celebration will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 1630 E. Francis St, Unit J.

For more information, click here.

For updates, follow ‘em on Twitter.

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Chino Valley Brewery celebrating summer today…about three weeks early

Chino Valley Brewery Summer CelebrationAlthough the weather may warrant it, the calendar indicates summer is still three weeks away.

However, that’s not stopping Ontario’s Chino Valley Brewery from having its Summer Celebration today (May 31).

The event will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 1630 E. Francis St, Unit J.

The festivities include a new brew, beer bingo, live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and food from à la minute and Da Kine BBQ.

For updates, follow ‘em on Twitter.

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Riverside gains three new breweries

BrewCrewThis week, three new breweries opened in Riverside.

The twist is that they’re all at the same location.

We’ve been following the progress of Polymath Brewing Co. and Delicious Science Brewery for a while now, via their Facebook pages.

The breweries (and a third, Seven Brethren Brewing aka Seven Brothers Brewing) are now operating under the Brew Crew, Inc. umbrella.

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Priceless Pet Rescue fundraiser at Dale Bros. Brewery on Saturday

Head to Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery on Saturday (May 17) and you might go home with a new best friend. That’s because the brewery is hosting an all-day (2 to 9 p.m.) fundraiser for Chino Hills-based Priceless Pet Rescue, a no-kill rescue organization.

Dog adoptions will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Food will be available from Hillbilly Tacos.

Dale Bros. Brewery is at 2120 Porterfield Way.

For more information, click here.

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Claremont Craft Ales, Thompson Brewing Co. complete expansion projects

Claremont Craft Ales and Riverside’s Thompson Brewing Co. have both recently doubled the size of their operations.

Claremont Craft Ales will host an expansion party from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 10) with food from Mangia Benny and the Corner Butcher Shop.

The event is free, but a limited number of Celebratory Packages will be available for purchase which include a limited edition Belgian glasses and/or access to special release beers.

For more information, click here.

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Angel City Brewery hosting music and arts festival Saturday

Angel City Brewery is hosting its second annual Heritage Music and Arts Festival from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday (May 3).

The free event, in collaboration with DO ART Foundation will take place at the brewery, 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles.

Festivities include live music (from FallsThe Get Down Boys, Katisse, Michael Jost, PLOTZ! and Wunder Wunder), an artisan bazaar, a gallery space, live painting and games.

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Dale Bros. Brewery hosting Cinco de Mayo fundraiser Saturday

Dale Bros Cinco de MayoUpland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday (May 3).

Proceeds from the $5 suggested donation will go to the Upland Relay for Life.

Food (tacos, quesadillas and a smoked pig stuffed with Chorizo Manchado) will be available from Mangia Benny, and live music will begin at 6 p.m.

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Brew at the Zoo returns Saturday to the Living Desert

Brew at the ZooIt’s time once again for the Living Desert’s Brew at the Zoo!

The annual event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (May 3) at the zoo, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert.

General admission tickets, which include 10 three-ounce beverage tasting tickets and 10 appetizer tickets, are $45 in advance for zoo members, $55 in advance for non-members, and $35 for designated drivers.

At the door, general admission tickets will be $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

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