Brews and Bros this past Saturday was more than just a beer festival, it was the 11thanniversary for one of Inland Empire’s oldest breweries, Dale Brothers. As with any good beer festival there was a lot to see, eat, and of course drink, with more than 50 breweries in attendance. There was a strong local theme with more than half of the breweries coming from less than 30 miles away, some pouring their beers for the first time to the public. There seemed to be a great contingent of newer craft beer drinkers and a solid crowd of around 1,400 people.
The event organizer, Drew Johnson, stressed the importance of maintaining a strong local vibe: “It was not just about celebrating our anniversary, but about bringing awareness to the great beer community in the Inland Empire.” Lots of local food stands, clubs, and organizations greeted attendees, including a vintage RV show.
The event raised money for the Claremont Educational Foundation, which aims to raise money for the local school districts. Most of the duties were done by friendly volunteers who seemed to be having just as much fun pouring beers as others did drinking them.
After talking to the organizer Drew Johnson he touched on some improvements for next year, including incorporating even more local businesses and organizations into the mix. Expect a bigger event next year with even more breweries, more beer, and more people. All in all, Dale Brothers put on fun birthday bash showcasing not just they can offer, but what the entire local community can bring.
Dale Brothers Brewery is located in Upland, CA and has tasting open Tuesday- Saturday from 2pm to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm