Taste of Brews Inland Empire returns to Riverside’s White Park Saturday

Taste of Brews Inland Empire 2016More than a dozen Inland Empire breweries will represent the region — along with more than 20 other breweries (and cideries) from across Southern California and beyond — are scheduled to be busy pouring at the Taste of Brews Inland Empire in downtown Riverside on Saturday (May 21).

The event, set for noon to 4 p.m., is returning to White Park, 3901 Market St., for its fifth iteration.

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Two South Bay breweries, one birthday bash Saturday: Smog City in Torrance and El Segundo Brewing

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Ride the free shuttle, drink the special anniversary brews Saturday as Torrance’s Smog City turns two and El Segundo Brewing marks its fifth anniversary.

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Give blood, get a ticket for Hangar 24’s AirFest and eighth anniversary celebration

Hangar 24 AirFestSaturday (May 14) marks Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s biggest event of the year, its AirFest and eighth anniversary celebration.

The daylong event features something for everyone: A full afternoon and evening of aerial performances; a trio of live bands, including Lights, a Journey tribute band; a bevy of food trucks and a kids zone.

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More than 200 rare craft brews featured Saturday at charity event at Alpine Village near Torrance

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The event is being organized by Chad Hazen, one of the partners at Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing Co.

Hazen said the hard to find beers that will be showcased include “those donated by Lawson’s Finest, Boneyard, Other Half, Toppling Goliath, Carton, SingleCut and Creature Comforts.

“We’ll also be pouring Dark Lord, Westvleteren XII, Heady Topper, various Hill Farmstead, J. Wakefield, Wicked Weed, Pipeworks, Burnt Hickory, Trillium and Funky Buddha,” he added. “To go along with those donated from breweries, I’m personally donating about 150 bottles. Because all the beer is donated, 90% of each ticket sale directly benefits Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne.”

This is actually the third rare beer event Hazen has hosted.

“I have to travel for work anyway, so I figured why not hit up various breweries to bring back stuff we can’t find out west,” he said. “The first two times, we held the event at the brewery, and called it a ‘bottle share’ since it was quite an intimate gathering. But
because of the demand, Alpine Village is now hosting it.”

Tickets and more information is available here.

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Kings Brewing Company opens today in Rancho Cucamonga

Kings Brewing CoWe’ve been following the progress of several breweries here in the Inland Empire, and as of today (April 30), we’ll be able to knock one off our list: Kings Brewing Company.

The brewery, which opens today at noon, becomes Rancho Cucamonga’s third currently-operating brewery, joining Hamilton Family Brewing and No Clue Craft Brewery.

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Yorkshire Square Brewing bringing traditional cask ale to Torrance

squareThe future home of Yorkshire Square Brewery in Old Torrance.

Read more about Torrance’s latest brewery that is aiming to open by summer.

This should be a very different brewery than any other in Southern California, although the local brewers have consulted with San Fernando Valley brewery McLeod Ales, which specializes in similar-style brews and pumps hand=drawn pints.

I was unaware until writing this story of the Yorkshire Squares brewing system, which is explained here and still used at this very old English brewery.

Incidentally, in case you were wondering, Tips Cadillac has not closed its doors.

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