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.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing to release first bottled beer Saturday

smogbottlesSmog City will release its first two bottled beers at a release party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the brewery.

The rich Coffee Porter is virtually a breakfast beer, while The Nothing is actually more like everything, a decadent tasting multi-layered whopper of a brew.

Bottles are $8-$10 apiece and special versions will also be on tap in Smog City’s Del Amo Boulevard tap room.

Fun fact: Did you know the brewery’s Little Bo Pils is far and away its most popular beer accounting for roughly half its sales?

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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.

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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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Torrance Criterium: Beer and Bicycling

etchedglassNot at the same time, of course.

But when Strand Brewing Co., is on the Torrance Criterium route and podium finishers receive etched beer glasses like the one shown here, well, you know thirsty riders are going to crowd in after the May 18 race.

Full details are here, but if you’re a craft brew fan considering participating, perhaps this little nugget per the race press release will seal your decision:

“Bring your race number to Strand on race day and you can buy draft beers for $2 each, which is considerably less than their normal $5-$6 a glass!”

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