Brewing Celebrations

April 4, 2012

Stone Brewery Anniversary Celebration. For those of you who have been, there is nothing more to add to that! For those that have not, it is a wonderful experience for those who like microbrews. To see pictures from last year’s event, click here. And yes, tickets are now on sale for the event on August 18th and I’ve already purchased my tickets!

In one of my many internet searches for new ideas/events/crafts, I came across brewing beer and the microbrew community. One of the big names in this community is Stone Brewing Co. They do not do mainstream advertising, but they are pretty well known around those who like a good beer. And I found that once a year they have an anniversary celebration. They bring in breweries from all over and sell tickets for 10 tastings of beer. They also have food to buy there as well and plenty of water. It’s a great event to try different beers and talk to people who enjoy the craft. And the money goes to charity. I over did it the first year and have to honestly say I didn’t keep track of the brews I tried and liked. So the next year we came armed with paper and pencil and we took notes! Plus, in future years we have gone with my daughter and her boyfriend as well. More brews to taste and share! Here are a couple of pictures from our visit a couple of years ago:

At the Stone Brew Celebration
My Husband and Me at the Stone Brewery Anniversary Celebration!
Us at the Stone Brew Celebration

Us at the Stone Brew Celebration

That has been our standard for a few years now. My husband and daughter went to a smaller one in Claremont one year (same price as the Stone one), and said it just wasn’t the same.

Now, fast forward just a couple of years, and the craft brew scene is expanding in the Inland Empire. One of the larger ones is Hangar 24. We went to a small event held at their facility a couple of weeks ago and had a good time. Just their beer, but it was still a learning experience and we ended up with a couple of growlers of their Columbia IPA. Very tasty!

Hangar 24 growlers

Growlers from Hangar 24!

Since that trip, I’ve been to three more local breweries. We went to Dale Brothers in Upland (that is expanding and will be moving soon), in mid-March.  They are good and yes, we bought a growler from them! A couple weeks later we went to a couple in Riverside. First, Inland Empire Brewing Company. It’s a small place, but their beer is very good! One of the owners was there and gave us a tour of the place as well. They are releasing a beer soon that is aging in a barrel with vanilla beans (at least that’s what I remember him telling us!). I am really looking forward to trying that. The other one we went to in Riverside was the Packinghouse Brewing Company.  Very cute place, but very crowded when we were there! So, not as much time to really talk to the brewers, but they were nice and the beer was pretty good.

On a closing note, there is another brew festival that I just found out about coming in June! It’s the Taste of Brews and will be held at White Park in Riverside. I’m seriously considering buying tickets for this one. Possibly in a group with my daughter and some of her friends for that discount!! If I do, I’ll take picture and make better notes for a future post!

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