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An Inaugural Event From The Inland Southern California Brewers Guild

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The first Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest, benefiting United Way of the Inland Valleys, was held at the Riverside municipal airport on a perfect Saturday afternoon last September. The locals came out in droves to get their hands on the local beer, immerse themselves in the music, and share the experience with the hundreds of other people looking for a fun day.

EZUP Entrance at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest

The beer garden managed to dominate a large hangar while the food court and music stage expanded into an adjacent lot with airplanes as the backdrop.

The Beer Garden at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest

Many of the local breweries brought out their big artillery for the hop heads in us all. Wicks Brewing started out with a new experimental beer called Angry Koala Double IPA, it was jam packed with Australian and New Zealand hops. Sons of Liberty re-engineered their flagship IPA and ended up garnering attention from beer drinkers and brewers alike. And Ironfire Brewing brought their knockout IPA, 51/50 it's an unapologetic IPA that brings it’s all.

Angry Koala at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Enjoying the first Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest

Festival goers found fantastic beer to pair with food from Mangia Benny, Sonora Grill, and Extreme Pita. Stella Divina showed off their custom handmade beer coasters ranging from the historical to the rarest beers from the past 100 years. There were even souvenir shirts for the event available.

Hot Brats from Mangia Benny at the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Stella Divina beer coasters at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Airplanes at the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest

Those looking for less hoppy brews found comfort with Thompson Brewing’s Kentucky Common, Brew Rebellion’s Peanut Butter Stout, Packinghouse’s Bell Tower Blonde ale infused with Sumatra Coffee Beans. Black Market Brewing brought their recently released 5th Anniversary ale, a Kentucky-style Common Ale. Some were lucky enough to grab a pour of Pugachev’s Cobra for a special timed pouring from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery.

Black Market Brewing 5th Anniversary Kentucky-style Common Ale at the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Ava and the Vegabonds at the Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest
Live Music at Inland Southern California Brewers Guild Beer Fest

For the Guild’s first beer fest, this was a great one. I spoke with some of the breweries involved in planning the event in 2015, they couldn’t have been happier with how the first event went. You can bet that next year is only going to be better. You can expect me to be there.

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Angry Koala from Wicks Brewing Company
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ISCBG Beer Fest EZUP Entrance
ISCBG Beer Fest EZUP Wrist Bands
ISCBG Beer Fest EZUP Entrance
ISCBG Beer Fest Beer Garden
Wicks Brewing at ISCBG Beer Fest
Stella Divina at ISCBG Beer Fest
Brew Rebellion at ISCBG Beer Fest
Brew Rebellion Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout at ISCBG Beer Fest
Wicks Brewing at ISCBG Beer Fest
Heros Brewery at ISCBG Beer Fest
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery at ISCBG Beer Fest
Food Court at ISCBG Beer Fest
Mangia Benny Hot Brats
Mangia Benny at ISCBG Beer Fest
Extreme Pita at ISCBG Beer Fest
Enjoying the first ISCBG Beer Fest
Eva and the Vegabonds playing at ISCBG Beer Fest
Coachella Valley Brewing Company at ISCBG Beer Fest
Hot Brats from Mangia Benny
Brew Rebellion at ISCBG Beer Fest
John Holzer from Four Brewers
Re-engineered IPA from Sons of Liberty Aleworks
Pints for Pitties
Heros Brewing Company at ISCBG Beer Fest
Enjoying the first ISCBG Beer Fest
Black Market Brewing 5th Anniversary Kentucky-style Common Ale
Airplanes
Euro Rock Album
Firestone Walker rocking the Opal
Stone Brewing Company at ISCBG Beer Fest
Pugachev's Cobra release from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Stella Divina at ISCBG Beer Fest
Enjoying the first ISCBG Beer Fest
Dale Bros Brewing at ISCBG Beer Fest
Beerfest at the airport
Evening at ISCBG Beer Fest
The Beer Garden at ISCBG Beer Fest
Ava from Ava and the Vegabonds
Live Music at ISCBG Beer Fest
Sonora Grill at ISCBG Beer Fest
Hot Brats from Mangia Benny
Music at ISCBG Beer Fest
Refuge Brewing Company at ISCBG Beer Fest
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