Posts by Brett Nelson

Wicks & West Coaster Summer Shindig

Jul 21

On Saturday August 2nd from 2-10 pm West Coaster Southern California Magazine and Wicks Brewing Company in Riverside will come together to host a Summer Shindig!  The highlight of the day is a collaboration beer release – with special glassware – plus a solid tap list of great beers from around the region.

At the Summer Shindig we will be releasing the Wicks & West Coaster Wit, brewed with tons of local produce including fresh strawberries and unique lemon strains from the UCR Citrus Varieties Farm. “We’re lucky to have access to some great local citrus, thanks to co-founder Ryan Wick having graduated from UCR,” said head brewer Brian “Herbie Homebrew” Herbertson.

Brian “Herbie Homebrew” Herbertson showing off some fresh lemon zest before adding it to the boil.

Brian “Herbie Homebrew” Herbertson showing off some fresh lemon zest before adding it to the boil.

The Beer:

  • Traditional Wit with a SoCal twist
  • 5.6% ABV
  • 6 lbs of lemon zest of rare Meyer and Feminello Lemons from the UCR Citrus Varieties  Collection Farm
  • Belgium Pils and Acidulated Malts + Saaz and Experimental Citrus Hops
  • 85 lbs of fresh strawberries added  in secondary
  • Light bodied, crisp and refreshing

The Event:

  • Keep the pint with a special WC/Wicks glassware ($10 includes first fill + $5 Refills)
  • Food Specials all day (as well as full Wicks menu)
  • Raffle with lots of cool prizes
  • More to be announced!

This Saturday: Inland Empire Beer Fest

Feb 25

1794629_10152224901068470_1621502643_nThis Saturday Inland Empire Brewing Company is celebrating five years in business with a big beer festival benefiting Come As You Are Homeless Ministries.

In attendance will be 40+ breweries including IEBC, Ritual, Kat Daddy, Brew Rebellion, Dale Bros, Black Market, Chino Valley, Beer Beer & More Beer, I & I, Packinghouse, Karl Strauss, Thompson Brewing, Hangar 24, Sons of Liberty, Wicks, Wild Donkey, Stone Brewing Co., Angel City, Cismontane, Left Coast, Aftershock, La Verne, Oak Hills, Off the Grid, Tap It, Ballast Point, Modern Times, Mazama, The Dudes, El Segundo, Sierra Nevada, Mother Earth, Coronado, Alosta, Rök House, Aztec, Oceanside Ale Works, Helms Brewing Company, Bootleggers, Area 51, Heroes and Craft Brewing Company. La Rebelde Winery as well as 2 Towns Cider will also be on hand.

Enjoy eight food trucks and four bands as well. Tickets are $50 for VIP (20 tasters and 12 p.m. entry), or $40 for general admission (15 tasters and 1 p.m. entry). The festival will end at 5 p.m.

Check out this video from last year’s event to see what you’ll be missing if you don’t go on Saturday!

Tickets available at this link.

Recap: Dale Bros. Anniversary Fest

Feb 3

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.

Members of the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild

Members of the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild

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.

The booth for SoCal Homebrew Supply

The booth for SoCal Homebrew Supply

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