It’s a new year with plenty of great places to visit for wine tasting, beer festivals, tap takeovers and more. Check out some of the activities taking place around the Inland Empire on my monthly listing of beer and wine events on IEShineOn.com.
We’re a little late with this post here, but it did appear on IEShineOn.com last month. Nevertheless, this is worth including on the Sips, Suds and Spirits blog.
Four different craft brewers from the greater Inland Empire etched their names among the best in the United States by winning medals earlier this month in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious and important competition in the U.S.
The 30th edition of the competition awarded a total of 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the nation. Two local breweries came away with gold medals.
Weins Brewing Co./Weins Family Cellars from Temecula captured a gold medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for its Apricot Wheat beer.
TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Corona won gold in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category for its Silent Warrior.
Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Brew won a bronze medal in the Honey Beer category for hits Belgian Honey Blonde Ale, and Packinghouse Brewing Co. from Riverside won bronze in the Irish-Style Red Ale category for Riley’s Irish Red.
More than 1,750 breweries from all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted a total of 7,227 entries covering 96 beer categories and 161 different beer styles. GABF entries increased by 9 percent over last year and easily surpassed all previous participation records.
The complete list of medal-winning beers is posted at the GABF website.
With November comes the start of the holiday season, beginning with our nation’s observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 and the long Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 24-27. Annual releases of big beers, along with a host of other events, fill our November calendar. Cheers!
We’ve got your November guide at IEShineOn.com. And always remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver.
Oktoberfest celebrations dominate the adult beverage event calendar this month, but there are plenty of other options for tasting wines and sampling brews and spirits. Take a look at our October calendar at IEShineOn.com to plan your next outing. But be sure to plan ahead and designate a driver or call Uber. Cheers!
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is now officially underway, which means Southern California will soon be filled with assorted Bavarian-style beer events from now through the end of October. While the official German event concludes on Oct. 2, many of our Inland Empire versions haven’t even begun. Let’s take a look at our local lineup at IEShineOn.com.
The Inland Empire will celebrate its first official “Beer Week” on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a series of special events around the region that will spotlight the area’s rapidly growing world of craft beer.
The Inland Empire Brewers Guild, a cooperative effort among craft breweries throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will get the week off to a big start with the inaugural Summer Send Off Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Riverside Municipal Airport.
Breweries from the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California will combine forces to celebrate the region’s blooming craft beer culture with an event to officially close the summer season. More than 20 Inland Empire breweries, plus many out-of-town breweries, will pour some of their finest brews. The event will also feature food trucks, live entertainment and much more.
Activities are planned throughout the week. Check out my full articles at IEShineOn.com on both the Summer Send Off Beer Festival and Inland Empire Beer Week for participating breweries and the week’s activities. Cheers!