Summer is coming!
And what better way to celebrate than with music, food trucks and fresh, ice cold beer?
Grrr: Growlers and the storage issues they present are the bane of many craft beer fans.
Los Angeles County craft beer drinkers may soon raise their glasses in salute to a longstanding issue in the craft beer industry that could become a thing of the past.
Some county craft breweries will soon begin filling “non-native” growlers, providing a degree of relief to beer drinkers running out of storage space because they generally have little choice but to buy a growler from each brewery.
Really, we’re OK with that.
The next gathering will take place at Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company’s BrewGrass Festival on June 29.
The event will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 6421 Central Ave., Riverside.
In addition to unlimited two-ounce sample pours from lots of Southern California breweries, the event will feature food trucks and live bluegrass music from The Salty Suites, The Tail Draggers, Shadow Mountain Band and The Original Bladerunners.
The number of Inland Empire breweries continues to grow unabated.
There are several breweries that have recently opened or are opening soon.
Follow the jump to find out where to find them.
I’ve never understood why Southern California residents dash out of town en masse on long holiday weekends negotiating huge traffic jams to spend their days in packed campgrounds or resort hotels cheek to jowl with other Angelenos.
I’ve never understood it, but appreciate it because that means some usually packed restaurants and pubs in Southern California (Torrance’s new Rock & Brews has experienced diners willing to wait up to an hour for a table since it opened, according to anecdotal reports I’ve been getting!) are relatively crowd-free for the weekend.
And with the booming craft beer industry locally, there’s even less reason to head out of town when you could be enjoying an unhurried quality brew or two at home as summer unofficially begins.
Here’s a look at what’s brewing where this holiday weekend:
— Grilled Cheese Truck (@grlldcheesetruk) May 24, 2013
What did I miss? Feel free to add other craft beer-oriented events in the comment section.
Lake Elsinore’s Craft Brewing Co. is celebrating turning three next month and has invited a baker’s dozen of other Inland Empire brewers to the party (and one from a little further south).
The shebang kicks off at 1 p.m. (noon for V.I.P.s — more on that later) and lasts until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.
In addition to unlimited tastings from 15 breweries, there will be food and music.
Head over the jump for the details, and a special offer if you act fast.
Beer lovers, we’ve found the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend.
The Taste of Brews returns to Riverside’s White Park (3901 Market St.) on Saturday, May 25.
Not only can attendees sample from dozens of breweries, including many from Southern California, but there will be several food trucks and local restaurants providing comestibles, and three bands to enjoy.
Total Wine and More has been hosting a series of beer tastings this week (May 13 to 19) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.
Each store is offering different breweries’ beers (including several Southern California breweries) to sample for a nominal fee.
Head over the jump for the schedule.
Tickets are available now for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s AirFest and fifth anniversary set for Saturday, May 18.
Tickets are $5 at the brewery’s tasting room, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, or online (plus $1.17 service fee) and will be $8 at the door. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted free.
A limited number of VIP ticket packages, which include all-you-can-drink Hangar 24 beer, all-you-can-eat Cuca’s, the closest parking possible, a shady tent and the best seats and views of the air show, are available for $150 (plus $6.24 service fee), or $500 (plus $18.49 service fee) for a four-pack.
Click here to purchase tickets online.