“Drafts 4 Desi” fundraiser today at La Quinta Brewing Co.

Drafts for DesiLa Quinta Brewing Co. is hosting fundraiser today (August 6) for “Believing for Desi,” an organization raising funds for five-year-old cancer patient Desirae Cechin.

Desi was diagnosed earlier this year with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, and has been undergoing chemo treatments at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The money raised by the organization will help support her family and to help her get treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The hospital specializes in neuroblastoma and has a the highest neuroblastoma survival rate in the U.S.

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Inland Empire brewery summer update: Rök House, Hamilton open; Escape, Skyland and No Clue coming soon

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on Inland Empire breweries, so, let’s catch up, shall we?

Two new, long-anticipated breweries opened last month: Upland’s Rök House Brewing Company and Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery.

Rök House has become the third point of what we’re calling the “Beermuda Triangle,” with its proximity to both Claremont Craft Ales and Dale Bros. Brewery.

The brewery is celebrating its grand opening “Röxtravaganza” from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday (August 2), with seven beers on tap and food available from the Viking Truck (naturally!), Pappas Artisanal and Buttercup Catering.

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Claremont Craft Ales to celebrate second anniversary on Saturday

Claremont Craft Ales second anniversaryCongratulations to Claremont Craft Ales on its second anniversary! The brewery is celebrating Saturday (July 26) in two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

On tap will be 20 beers, including several new varieties and several barrel-aged brews.

Food will be available from Buttercup Cateringthe Corner Butcher ShopMy Delight Cupcakery and Pappas Artisanal.

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Taps Fish House Craft Brew Festival happening today in Corona

Taps Craft Brew FestivalLooking for a brew fest?

Head to Corona! That’s where you’ll find the TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Brew Festival from noon to 3 p.m. today (July 19).

Tickets for the festival are $50 and include 15 drink tickets and unlimited food sampling from eight regionally-themed food stations.

Proceeds will benefit the Corona/Norco YMCA.

A number of breweries from across Southern California are scheduled to participate.

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Inaugural National Orange Show Brew Fest is Saturday

NOS Brew FestThe National Orange Show and K-FROG are putting on the first-ever National Orange Show Brew Fest this Saturday (July 12).

Over 25 local (and not-so-local) craft breweries are scheduled to participate, bringing over 50 brews to the event.

Musical entertainment will include Kelleigh Bannen, Southbound, Front Porch Rodeo and Psycho Punx!

It’s a family-friendly event, and kids can enjoy free samples of Batch Craft Soda and draw on the Chalkmobile.

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SoCal Independence Day beer briefs

Long holiday summer weekends=craft beer.

Here’s some other beer related events this weekend. What did we miss?:

  • Angel City Brewing in downtown Los Angeles hosts a “backyard style party” from noon to midnight Friday that’s dubbed “Merica Fest. Details here.
  • Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will be offering $2 off growler fills all weekend and has special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Independence Day.

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Dry no more: San Fernando Valley’s first craft brewery opens in Van Nuys

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After battling bureaucracy for almost two years, MacLeod Ale Brewing finally opened last weekend with more than 600 people pouring through its doors even though tickets were required to restrict crowds in the small facility.

This week those restrictions are gone and MacLeod is open every evening leading up to its first weekend open to the general drinking public with no tickets required, said co-owner Alastair Boase.

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