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

No Clue Craft Brewery hosting first anniversary celebration tomorrow

No Clue ALToberfestRancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery will be celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow (October 3).

The brewery is dubbing the event its ALToberfest party.

No Clue is releasing an ALToberfest Anniversary Ale and several other special release beers for the occasion, including the following:

  • Mexican Mocha Stout: Milk Stout with Stell coffee, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. (8.5% ABV)
  • Third St. Belgian Tripel (9% ABV)
  • Vanilla Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10.3% ABV)

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Great American Beer Fest 2015: Local breweries take home 24 medals

Ritual Brewing GABFGreater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.

They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.

The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.

A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.

Head over the jump to see the list.

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Falling Leaf Barrel Roll series beer available at Hangar 24 on Saturday, but with a twist

Falling Leaf 2015Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will release its latest Barrel Roll series beer, Falling Leaf, at its tasting room on Saturday (September 26).

Falling Leaf — a bourbon barrel-aged version of the brewery’s pumpkin-and-spice infused Gourdgeous imperial porter — was first released last year. Hangar is also releasing a Falling Leaf variant made with added cacao nibs, vanilla, chipotle and arbol chiles: The Mexican Cacao Edition.

That’s not the only twist, however.

For this release, the brewery is requiring customers to purchase the limited-edition brews online beforehand. On Saturday — and only on Saturday — the beers can be picked up at the tasting room.

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San Bernardino gets a brewery

Last summer, we learned that Yucaipa’s Brew Rebellion had leased a spot at the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino and would use it as a second production facility and tasting room.

At the time, brewery co-founder Ed Parker noted that he had hoped to open the tasting room in about a year.

Well, he wasn’t that far off.

The tasting room is set to open today (September 25).

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Celebration fit for a (Pomona) Queen at Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery today

Pomona QueenLong live the (Pomona) Queen!

Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is celebrating the beginning of the 500th batch of its award-winning, flagship lager, Pomona Queen, with an all-day (noon to 9 p.m.) celebration today (September 15).

The celebration will include food (Corazon Azul will serve three-cheese quesadillas and Pomona Queen-marinated steak tacos starting at 5 p.m.), dessert (the Suite 106 Cupcakery truck arrives at 5 p.m.) a performance by Claremont Voodoo Society (whose song gave the beer its name) at 6 p.m., and special keepsake glasses.

Congratulations to Curt, Andy and the rest of the black sheep!

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Firestone dinner at the Pub at Chino Hills on Thursday

Anybody else out there a fan of Firestone Walker’s brews?

If so, you’ll want to head to The Pub at Chino Hills on Thursday (September 17) for the eatery’s Firestone Dinner.

Attendees will enjoy a four-course pairing dinner, with each course featuring culinary delights such as beer-braised lamb belly and beer-infused panna cotta paired with select Firestone beers.

Cost is $49 per person.

The Pub at Chino Hills is at 5771 Pine Ave., Suite A. For information, call 909-597-2224.

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Old Stump Brewing Co. opens in Pomona today

Old Stump Brewing CompanyWe’ve been following the progress of Pomona’s third brewery — Old Stump Brewing Co. — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for months now, watching as equipment arrived and was set up.

We’ve been waiting patiently for the brewery to get all the necessary approvals in order to finally open its doors.

Well, that day has come…the brewery opens today (September 11).

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Beer bar/bottle shop combo opens in the Inland Empire

The Beer RoomThe Inland Empire now has a combo beer bar/bottle shop, a la the Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach.

The Beer Room opened last weekend in Grand Terrace and is hosting a grand opening today (August 7) and Saturday (August 8).

The Beer Room offers 10 taps of draft beer, and a smallish selection of bottles to choose from, which you can either enjoy at the bar or take home.

The beer selection will change as kegs are emptied and as bottles leave the shop.

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Claremont Craft Ales celebrating third anniversary today

Claremont Craft Ales Third AnniversaryThree cheers to Claremont Craft Ales!

The brewery is celebrating its third anniversary today (July 11). The celebration event is being held in two sessions: The first began at noon and runs ’til 4 p.m.; the other is from 5 to 9 p.m.

A limited number of tickets, which include a souvenir glass and 16 pours, are available at the door for $30. Children and designated drivers get in free.

More than 35 beers, including barrel-aged varieties, will be flowing at the event.

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Lagunitas has big plans for Southern California brewery

Azusa LagunitasPetaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. has big plans for its new brewery under construction in Azusa.

How big? 178,000-square-feet worth, that’s how big.

Initially, the brewery will pump out 420,000 barrels of beer annually, but will eventually ramp up to — cue Doctor Evil voice — one million barrels. The brewery will distribute throughout the Southwest, and perhaps, eventually into Mexico.

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