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

Dragon’s Tale Brewery to (finally) celebrate grand opening

dragons-tale-breweryOK, so Montclair’s Dragon’s Tale Brewery opened a few months back, quite a bit later than the owners had anticipated.

And the brewery just had its ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month.

Then it makes perfect sense that the official grand opening party would be delayed as well, right?

It’s set for January 7.

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Sour Cellars officially opens next week

Offering a truly unique experience for Inland Empire (and likely Southern California) beer drinkers, Sour Cellars officially opens December 30 in Rancho Cucamonga.

You see, every beer produced by the brewery is a barrel-aged sour, plus the brewery specializes in newly isolated wild yeast strains.

Beer geeks, rejoice!

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No Clue Craft Brewery remembering Dec. 2 attack with fundraiser BBQ, new brew Saturday

no-clue-craft-brewery-mettle-of-valorRancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery is pairing with first responders and police personnel to remember and raise funds for the victims of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

The event will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday (December 3) at the brewery, 9037 Arrow Route, Suite 170.

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Covina’s Barley Lodge Brewing is now Arrow Lodge Brewing

arrow-lodge-brewingCovina’s recently-opened Barley Lodge Brewing is now Arrow Lodge Brewing.

The explanation of the name change is that it was “due to confusion”, and I’m guessing the confusion is with a certain Costa Mesa brewery.

Early name changes, however, are nothing new to Southern California breweries.

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Packinghouse Brewing Company is totally celebrating its anniversary Saturday

packinghouse-6th-anniversaryAlthough Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company wasn’t around in the ’80s, the brewery — which has been around six years — is celebrating its anniversary in ’80s fashion on Saturday (November 12).

The brewery is hosting its Totally Awesome ’80s Party from 1 to 10 p.m.

The anniversary party will feature the brewery’s Hoppy Saison 6th Anniversary beer, as well as small-batch variations of the Saison and Grisette. Like, omigod!

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Wild Donkey Brewing Co. to celebrate anniversary, shut down this next weekend soon

donkeypunchtapsRedlands’ Wild Donkey Brewing Company, which launched four years ago as Donkey Punch Brewery, will celebrate its fourth anniversary beginning at 2 p.m. today (November 5).

Unfortunately, tomorrow will be the brewery’s last day. The owners have sold the brewery and Wild Donkey will close November 13 in the next couple of weeks.

The owners made the announcement on Facebook in October.

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Ritual Brewing Co. celebrating year four on Saturday

ritual-year-fourRedlands’ Ritual Brewing Co. is celebrating its fourth anniversary from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday (November 5).

The event features beer tasting — including a selection of barrel-aged beers — plus music and local food.

General admission tickets are $35 (plus a $2.22 service fee if purchased online) and include admission at 1 p.m. Tickets to the Founders Reception, which begins at noon, are $45 (plus a $2.57 service fee if purchased online) and include admission to the rest of the celebration. Designated driver tickets are $15 (plus a $1.52 service fee if purchased online).

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