The Inland Empire’s newest local beer isn’t local at all. In fact, there’s no local brewery, but the company is based in Rancho Cucamonga.
Charlie’s Premium Lager is a smooth golden lager brewed in Belgium with distinct qualities of a Belgian beer, but made specifically to appeal to United States tastes.
“We are at the beginning of a great journey with Charlie’s,” says Marlies Christopoulos, president and CEO of The Charlie’s Beer Company USA. “My vision is to have Charlie’s available to enjoy for anyone, everywhere in the U.S. and to become one of the most popular and well known beer brands in the U.S.”
Christopoulos says the beer is made with a brewing heritage dating back centuries, but has less of the obvious “banana” or fruity esters taste often associated with Belgian-style b
eers. It’s also light and easy drinking at 5 percent ABV without the bitter aftertaste found in many popular craft beers.
Sold in four-packs of 16.9-ounce cans, Charlie’s Lager is now available at all California Total Wines and More stores, along with both Bev Mo stores in Upland and Craft Beer Cellar in Torrance.