Awesome “Watering Holes”: Craft Brews

With the growing popularity of craft beer, thousands of former bar patrons have been flocking to local tasting rooms. Such establishments offer quality beer that’s often brewed on-site, personable staff eager to share their knowledge, and a laidback environment for beer enthusiasts to enjoy. Lucky for residents and visitors of The Inland Empire, there are numerous authentic craft breweries scattered across the county. You won’t want to miss what’s on tap at these local breweries.

Hanger 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands
With seven different brews to enjoy year round, a special brew for every season, and several beer series, Hanger 24 has a little something for everyone. Enjoy a pint or tasting of their year-round varieties any day of the week, and don’t forget to try any available limited release brews while you’re there. Guided tours of the brewery must be scheduled and are subject to availability.

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, Big Bear Lake
This microbrewery not only brews their own beer, but they also serve up fantastic fare for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The Big Bear Lake Brewing Company brews six different beers on site, including their High Altitude Hefeweizen and Whisper Pine IPA, and offers more than a dozen other craft beer brands. Located in the heart of Big Bear Lake, the GastroPub atmosphere is hard to resist.

Wild Donkey Brewing Co., Redlands
For a more unique experience, head over to Wild Donkey Brewing Co. for full-flavored craft beers like you’ve never tasted before. The tasting room is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Indulge in unique brews such as the Root Beer, Watermelon Wheat, and PB&J Stout. The Wild Donkey Brewing Co. participates in and hosts a variety of special events; see their Facebook page for more details.

I & I Brewing, Chino
With an average of two dozen or so beers on tap, I & I Brewing does not disappoint. Stop by the tasting room Monday through Saturday and try their Coconut Porter, Banana Dubbel, or any of the other delicious brews they have on tap. Grab a pint and settle in for live music on Acoustic Mondays, flex your brain muscles on Trivia Tuesday, and enjoy some healthy competition on game nights.

Brew Rebellion, Yucaipa
Unlike many larger breweries, Brew Rebellion only brews beer in quantities of thirty to fifty gallons at a time. This ensures that the tap consists of a revolving list of six beers. A few mainstay beers, such as the Peach Honey Wheat, are mixed in with periodical brews, such as the Chocolate Raspberry Stout. Drop by for a tasting seven days a week, and enjoy $2 off growlers on Tuesdays.

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