CENTRAL: Temblor Brewing opens in Bakersfield

Driving back from SoCal today I had the opportunity to check out the opening of Temblor Brewing Company.

This fantastic space is located on Buck Owens Blvd., just off Highway 99.

Six beers were available at the opening. I enjoyed a Streets of Bakersfield IPA and my wife had a Under a Blood Orange Sky Belgian Wit. Both were great.

The kitchen was overwhelmed, so we weren’t able to try the food in our allotted time. Kudos to the staff though — they let us know ordering had been stopped temporarily when we came in. 

Temblor has stage space and will feature live music and comedy.

This is going to be a great venue for locals and a refreshing stop for weary Highway 99 travelers. I look forward to stopping in again soon!

3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite B, Bakersfield. Open Monday – Wednesday  11a – 9p; Thursday 11a – 10p; Friday – Saturday 11a – 11p; Sunday 9:30a – 8p.

   
    
    
   

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BAY AREA: Fieldwork Brewing Grand Opening this weekend

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I had the opportunity to visit Fieldwork Brewing Company in Berkeley this past weekend.

The brewhouse, which opened in February, will hold its Grand Opening Weekend April 24-26.

Give that the co-founder and Head Brewer is Alex Tweet (formerly of Ballast Point and Modern Times in San Diego) I expected to be wowed by its IPAs, which I was, especially Little Ships Session IPA.

However, I was caught off guard by the Chocolate Milk Brown. So smooth, so tasty, so refreshing.

The brewery itself is located in a 10,212 square foot building at the corner of Sixth Street and Harrison Street, and anchors a block in an area of West Berkeley currently undergoing steady urban revitalization. Fieldwork joins current neighbors Covenant Wines and Makers Workspace, with Urban Adamah soon breaking ground on its educational farm and community center.

“The City of Berkeley has welcomed us with open arms, and we plan to thank its residents by providing the best beer and beer-drinking experience they could possibly imagine,” said co-founder and Owner Barry Braden.

Fieldwork Brewing Company’s Grand Opening Weekend includes something for everyone.

Friday, April 24
Ribbon Cutting With Mayor Bates and Beer Releases

Culminating in the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and opening remarks by the Honorable Tom Bates, Mayor of the City of Berkeley, at 4 pm, the Taproom opens at noon for the release of two new beers:

  • Eliza – Infusing the character of New Orleans Iced Coffee with a beastly Imperial Milk Stout. 
  • Torrential – A big, dry, hugely aromatic double IPA, bursting with tropical and fruity hop flavors.

 Saturday, April 25
“Release the Hounds!” and Mardi Gras in April Grand Opening Celebration Dinner

In homage to dogs and best friends everywhere, Owner and Head Brewer Alex Tweet has crafted two ales named after Fieldwork’s resident brewery dogs. The dogs and brews will be available at Fieldwork starting at 11 am. The question to be answered is, are you a Hannah or a Hugo?

  • Hannah – Hannah, the brewery dog, is the most sentient of guard dogs. Still an active hiker and traveler at the age of 14, Hannah’s namesake is this Biere de Garde, a malty high ABV Belgian-style ale similar to a Saison, meant to age well over time and be durable over distance.
  • Hugo – Hugo, the brewery puppy, is a spry little five-month-old with energy to no end. His namesake is a French Table Beer, a 4.8% ABV Table Beer, which exclusively uses French Malts, yeast, and hops. 

The Grand Opening Mardi Gras in April Dinner Celebration starting at 7 pm. This unique food and craft beer experience is the collaboration of Fieldwork’s Tweet and Chef Mike O’Brien (Mikkeller Bar, Perdition Smokehouse, and The Trappist). The Taproom and Brewery will provide the setting for a five-course, Creole tasting menu prepared by O’Brien and paired with Fieldwork Brewing Co. beers selected by the dynamic duo. Seating is limited to 50 people (tickets may be sold out now – send an email to info@fieldworkbrewing.com to find out if tickets are still available).

Sunday, April 26
Doughnuts, Cheese Curds, and Beer… oh, my!

Doughnut Dolly will be on hand serving their delicious cream-filled doughnuts made with Fieldwork beers, including Chocolate Milk Brown and Eliza NOLA-style Iced Coffee Imperial Milk Stout, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Pugs Leap Cheese of Petaluma will follow-up with a pairing of three of their delicious cheeses with Fieldwork beers from 3 to 6 pm. Cheeses will also be available for purchase.

(On a personal note, I am sooooo bummed I won’t be able to attend Sunday’s pairings!!!)

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SOCAL: 1st Anniversary Celebration at King Harbor Brewing Co. on April 11

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King Harbor Brewing Co. will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, April 11

Tickets include eight 12oz pours with access to all beer tents, cask beers procured by Cask Ale LA, commemorative anniversary mug, photo booth, dunk tank, live music, and all ticket holders will go home with a bottle of King Harbor Brewing Co. Anniversary Ale.

The Anniversary Ale is an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with Graham Crackers and has been aging in Corsair Whiskey Barrels.

Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.com for $50.00 or on-site at the tasting room located at 2907 182nd St., Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

A portion of proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Richstone Family Center.

TRAVEL: Craft Beer in Barcelona

After a few day of mediocre pilsners, I found a place in Barcelona for craft beers only steps from our apartment, La Cerveteca. I had an Anarchy Knuckle Dragger DIPA. Pretty good! Great atmosphere. Nice selection. No California beers at this time, but I did find a library of Rogue, one Anchorage beer and one Maui beer. Nice way to end a great day.

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NEW BEER: BJ’s Hoppy Scotsman Ale

My wife and I visited our local BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Folsom for a bite to eat and to try the new Hoppy Scotsman Ale released today (full disclosure, BJ’s comped my bill).

I’m not keen on “chain restaurants,” however, I have some fondness for BJ’s. It’s the place I really discovered there were different styles of beer — beer with flavors and aromas. I enjoy their Nutty Brewnette and HopStorm IPA and pretty much hate the LightSwitch Lager. Ugh!

But that’s the great thing about BJ’s; as a beer novice, it allowed me to ease in to Craft Beers. I could discover what I liked and didn’t like before I hit some of California’s premier breweries.

Unfortunately, as I developed a thirst for California Craft Beers, I sort of tossed BJ’s aside a not “serious” craft beer. That’s a mistake. BJ’s is the 44th largest craft brewery in the United States and they DO make good beers. Plus, I love Brewmaster Michael Ferguson‘s Beer Geeks television show!

The Hoppy Scotsman Ale was developed by the Huntington Beach-based BJ’s and Caledonian Brewing of Edinburgh, Scotland. Click here to see BJ’s promo video. The beer had a nice balance of malts and hops and went well with my deep dish pepperoni pizza. I also had a wedge salad; the combination of the beer and blue cheese was a bit bitter for my taste.

The food was plentiful and tasty, but I wish the restaurant’s atmosphere was more like Stone World Bistro than T.G.I.Fridays (just a personal preference). Also, do yourself a favor and DO NOT look  at the menu item calorie counts. Scary!

The service was pleasant and efficient.

There are 64 locations throughout the state and though the company is based in California, the beer appears to be brewed out of state in Reno, NV, Chandler, AZ and Boulder, CO.

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Wedge Salad
My wedge salad
Pepperoni Pizza
My deep dish pepperoni pizza

 

Auburn, CA

My wife and I took an impromptu drive to Auburn yesterday and enjoyed some fine beers at Auburn Alehouse and Knee Deep Brewing Company.

At Auburn Alehouse I enjoyed a terrific macaroni and cheese (made with goat cheese, fontina, sharp cheddar and Parmesan) with a glass of ZZ Hop.

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After lunch, we drove a few miles up Interstate 80 to the new home of Knee Deep Brewing Company, home of some of the happiest beers around!

I sampled four beers: Imperial Tanilla, Simtra Triple IPA, Hoparillo 3X IPA and Hopaholic 4X IPA.

Wow! So fantastic.

While tasting, I enjoyed watching the patrons enjoy games of cornhole.

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FOOD: Broderick Roadhouse in West Sacramento

After a morning of shopping at IKEA on Saturday, my wife and I tried Broderick Roadhouse restaurant in West Sacramento.

I had heard good things about it. From the outside you’d think it was just another dive bar next to the railroad tracks. Don’t let the looks deceive you!

The Roadhouse is dark, but comfortable and lively inside.

I had the Bacon Macaroni and Cheese (it’s my go-to comfort food and I’d like to think I’m a pretty good judge of Mac and Cheese).

Broderick Roadhouse is now on my short list of absolutely amazing Macaroni and Cheese!

It’s a wonderful blend of cheeses (bleu, gruyere, aged white & cheddar cheeses) and applewood smoked bacon and it’s topped with Parmesan and a curl of more bacon. Then it’s grilled (!) and served on some greens.

Awesome!

I paired it with a Bike Dog Wee Heavy Brown. Delicious!

My wife had the Flank Steak Salad and we shared some Naked Fries as an appetizer. Everything on their menu seems to be well crafted and freshly-made.

They have a nice local rotating tap list and personable service.

I’ll definitely return here.

Give it a try, you’ll love it.

Broderick Roadhouse is located at 319 6th Street in West Sacramento.

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