Redlands’ Ritual Brewing Co. finally opened its tasting room November 1 after what seemed like months of anticipation.
The brewery is wasting no time celebrating that fact.
Ritual’s launch celebration is this Saturday (November 24). They’re having two different sessions: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
Tickets for each session are $25 (plus $1.87 service fee), which includes a Ritual glass, entertainment and great, fresh beer.
However, Sunday night we had a little meeting with Ritual’s Director of Sales, Ed Heethuis, who gave us a pair of tickets to give to you.
Tonight Dine 909 (along with food critic Allan Borgen and the fine folks from I.E. Shine On, among others) attended a special media preview of the Chino Hills Bruxië, which opens tomorrow (November 14).
I have just three words: Believe the hype.
The sandwiches, desserts and drinks we had tonight were delicious!
Bruxië partners Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney were on hand to introduce the (mostly) uninitiated group to the restaurant’s fare.
We sampled many of the Orange County-based restaurant’s signature waffle sandwiches, including: Green Eggs and Ham; Bacon, Egg and Cheddar; Smoked Salmon Lox and Dill Cream Cheese; Hot Pastrami Bruxië; Albacore Tuna Melt, Prosciutto and Gruyere; Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle; Turkey Club; and the Bruxië Burger.
We’re overdue for a roundup of Inland Empire restaurant changes:
- Red Buffalo, formerly at 2525 N. Del Rosa Ave., San Bernardino, has closed. The restaurant opened early in 2011 and was mostly known for its chicken wings and its bargain prices.
- Rubio’s “retired” its Upland location at 140 S. Mountain Ave., Suite C, this summer. For those of you who were clamoring for a Panda Express to take its place, your wish has been granted. Thanks to reader Carl for the updates.
- Jaws Fish, Shrimp and Chicken, was quickly replaced by Jennie’s Chinese Food, which itself is now closed. Perhaps 2388 Arden Ave., San Bernardino, is not such a great location for a restaurant.
- This happened a while ago, but I don’t think we’ve mentioned it here. San Bernardino has one less Amapola Rico Taco. It’s a shame, since the location at 1060 Harriman Place was one of the two which hosted a delicious Sunday brunch.
- The former Tasty Goody Chinese Fast Food at 601 E. Foothill Blvd., Rialto, is now Ajuberto’s Mexican Food.
- A new Johnny Rockets has opened in the Inland Empire. The location at 71800 Highway 111, Suite A134, in Rancho Mirage is apparently also the second-largest in the U.S., bested only by the one at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Have you seen any new restaurants in your neighborhood? Of has the place down the street closed? Let us know by commenting below or contacting us on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook!
We’re big fans of the Original Pancake House.
Unfortunately, the location in Riverside’s Adams Plaza was doomed by a dismal economy, a change of heart from a certain “neighborhood market” and a fickle university owner and closed at the end of 2011.
We’ve been waiting since August for the Original Pancake House to open in Norco, in a spot formerly occupied by Food Connection, and before that, Sizzler.
The restaurant, at 1750 Hamner Ave., finally opened last weekend.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Cakewalk Cake and Candy Supplies is now open in Redlands, and the shop is celebrating its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The event will feature giveaways, including Reign tickets and prizes donated by Mill Creek Cattle Co., Tortuga Day Spa and Salon, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, Stor-N-Lock Self Storage and Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
KOLA-FM will bring its prize wheel from noon to 2 p.m. I.E. 66er mascot Bernie will be there from 1 to 2 p.m.
The shop will be selling limited-edition cupcakes from our friends over at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes: Pumpkin Yum!, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Presley. You can even meet [desi]gn owner (and Cupcake Wars contestant) Desi from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading
You might have heard of (or even visited) Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula.
Well, the family is branching out.
Wiens Brewing celebrates its grand opening Saturday (November 10).
The tasting room, at 27941 Diaz Road, Suite A, Temecula, will be open seven days a week: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Currently on tap are:
- Front Street Lager (a golden lager)
- Plateau Pale Ale (a pale ale)
- Old Town Amber (amber lager)
- Insomnia IPA (an India pale ale)
- Braun IPA (a brown India pale ale)
- Descend (a black India pale ale)
The brewery is also distributing to lots of south Riverside County bars and restaurants. Click here to find out where.
To stay in touch, head to the brewery’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Now that the election is over, I can finally take a breath and play some catch-up.
Checking in on Facebook, I discovered this somewhat cryptic post from last Thursday (November 1).
As it turns out, Ritual Brewing Co. has finally opened the doors to its tasting room.
The brewery has been producing for a while now, with bers only available at select bars and restaurants. Eureka Burger is one such location.
The tasting room is open five days a week.
Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The brewery will host an official launch celebration on Saturday, November 24, in two sessions: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets ($25, plus $1.87 service fee) are available here. Rain date is December 8.
Attendees will receive a logo glass.
Ritual Brewing Co. is at 1315 Research Drive, Redlands.
The Inland Empire brewing scene continues to grow, with new breweries seemingly opening every week.
In addition to the recently-opened Donkey Punch Brewery and the currently-producing Ritual Brewing Co., both in Redlands, Sons of Liberty Aleworks opened in mid-September in Norco.
The brewery, at 1780 Town and Country Drive, Unit 101, is open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
For updates from the brewery, “Like” ‘em on Facebook and follow ‘em on Twitter.
High Desert folks will get their own brewery when Oak Hills Brewing Company finally opens its doors on November 16.
The brewery is at 12221 Poplar St., Unit 3, Hesperia.
For updates, “Like” ‘em on Facebook and follow ‘em on Twitter.
For more information, click here.
We have a date!
The first Inland Empire location for Orange County-based waffle sandwich innovator, Bruxië, will open Wednesday, November 14.
That means you’ve got about two weeks to decide which sandwich you want.
For a sample menu (from the restaurant’s Old Town Orange location, its first), click here.
The new restaurant is at 13865 City Center Drive, Suite 3093, in The Shoppes at Chino Hills.
For more information, click here.
We’ve been following the progress of two new breweries in west Redlands — Ritual Brewing and Donkey Punch Brewery.
While the former has been producing and selling to bars and restaurants, we’re still waiting on the opening of the brewery’s tasting room.
The latter, however, is open!
Donkey Punch Brewery, 2351 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite G, had its soft opening on Saturday, in advance of its grand opening celebration, which will take place beginning at 11 a.m. this coming Saturday (October 27).