Review dated Feb. 26, 2012.
The back alley of Riverside’s Inland Empire Brewing Co. was packed with throngs of beer lovers and brewers at the Inland Empire Brewing Co.’s Third Anniversary.
To get in, fans entered through the newly remodeled tasting room and into the brewery with a lineup of newly installed tanks. This means IE Brew. Co. fans should expect greater capacity in the future, especially with their new expansion into the industrial unit adjacent to the brewery doubling their square footage.
IE Brew Co. released several special beers throughout the day, including Raspberry Porter, Irish Whisky Red, Mint Chocolate Milk Stout, Kriek (Sourch Cherry Wild Ale), Mango Ginger Saison & Peanut Butter Porter (certainly an original beer and our favorite).
The food trucks were incredible popular, with Short Rib BBQ stealing the show with the longest lines (though not nearly as long as the lines at some of the recent food truck fests). We thought the best food was from Gourmet Genie, whose garlic fries were to die for, with Stella Pierre’s bacon wrapped hot dogs and Suite 106′s vanilla bean cupcake adding a tasty addition. Live music from local rock bands played in the background, making the afternoon seem to fly by even faster.
A lengthy line began just before 3 p.m. for the release of a pony keg full of the hard to find Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA poured by founder and brewmaster Aaron Barkenhagen.
The big surprise of the day to us was the Mocha Stout from TAPS Fishhouse and Brewery in Corona and Brea. According to the friendly beer lover pouring this rich, flavorful brew, we weren’t the first to comment that this may have been their favorite beer of the day. If you didn’t get a chance to try it, drop in to their nearby Corona location at Dos Lagas.
The big story of the day was IE Brew. Co.’s ability to pull together the best lineup of beers at an IE beer festival (rivaled only by the California Beer Festival 2011 in Claremont) along with food trucks that the city is slowly embracing (with the assistance of Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis and May Davis, the latter being well-known to our fans for organizing the Riverside Food Truck Fest 2012 (and 2011)). Hats off to the folks at IE Brew. Co.!
Preview dated Jan. 7, 2012.
ANOTHER THINGS TO DO INLAND EMPIRE EXCLUSIVE – YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST (and will soon see it elsewhere)
The best beers in Southern California will be right here at the Inland Empire at IE Brewing Co. as they celebrate their third anniversary with Hangar, Stone, The Bruery, Packinghouse, Lost Abbey and many more along with food trucks to fill you up on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m.
The full list of breweries will include:
- Hangar 24 – Redlands (see our articles here, here, here, here, here and here)
- Stone Brewing Co. – San Marcos (North County San Diego) (as featured in our list of San Diego Breweries here)
- The Bruery – Fullerton
- Lost Abbey – San Marcos
- Packinghouse Brewing Co. – Riverside (see our full article here and here)
- IE Brewing Co. - Riverside (they’re not going to miss their own party!) (see our full article)
- Bootlegger’s Brewery – Fullerton (see our full article)
- Big Cheese Pizza and Brewery – Riverside (see our full article)
- Main Street Brewery- Corona
- Left Coast Brewing Co. – San Clemente – Served at Oggi’s Pizza in Corona and Temecula
- Kat Daddy – Moreno Valley (see our full article)
- Dale Bros Brewery – Upland (see our full article)
- Noble Ale Works – Anaheim
- Taps Fish House & Brewery – Corona / Brea
- Craft Brewing Co. – Lake Elsinore
Food trucks will also be there!
- Stella Pierre (see our full article here) – The IE’s first food truck
- Suite 106 Cupcakery – another IE-based favorite!
- Gourmet Genie
- Short Rib BBQ
IE Brew Co. Special Releases
The IE Brewing Co. has had three years to amass special beers that you’ve never seen, or haven’t seen in a long time. Throughout the day, they’ll be giving out tasters of 10 special releases, another great reason to come early and stay until closing.
Tickets to this special event will cost you $30, which will get you 15 tickets to try a taster from the breweries. As always, bring a designated driver or pull in a favor and have someone pick you up! Entry into the festival is free for designated drivers, and non-drinkers.
The event will be held at IE Brew Co. located at 1710 Palmyrita Ave. Suite #11, Riverside CA, 92507. More information can be found at the IE Brewing Co. website.