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Meet the Crafts & Cranks Brewers


Crafts & Cranks is just around the corner and we have 19 West Coast Premier Craft Breweries that will be there showcasing their best in class brews! Here is a preview of a few breweries that will be at this years brewfest and bike race!

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Coachella Valley Brewing Co.CVB

Coachella Valley brewing company employs a state of the art 17 Barrel Brewhouse, the H.E.B.S. or high efficiency brew system and is one of five in operation on the planet. The heart of the system is mash filtration technology. We do not use a mash tun/lauter tun combo and instead press the mash through a filter press thereby increasing our mash efficiency to 95-98%. As compared to mash/lauter tun systems the H.E.B.S. is capable of producing a 17 barrel  batch every two hours while using 60% less water and producing 65% less spent grain solids. This systematic approach to brewing combined with green technology relative to our cleaning and sanitation practices poises Coachella Valley Brewing as a leader in producing high quality beers while being mindful of the environment. We are proud to have partnered up with many of the amazing local farmers and East Valley agriculture industry leaders using various locally grown sustainable ingredients to create our farm to glass Locally Crafted line of brews.

Dale Bros BreweryDaleBros

Dale Bros is a craft brewery and tap room in Upland, CA. We brew the kind of beer we like to drink. Beer that’s smooth, balanced and that pairs up well with food. Turns out other people like to drink it, too. Sometimes, they even like it enough to give it a gold medal (or two.) We’re not brewing beer to put trophies on our mantels, but it’s nice to be appreciated.

From the first foamy sip to the last, our goal has always been to create beer that tastes great. Our base ingredients are deceptively simple: San Francisco Lager Yeast. Two-Row Malt. Yet the fullness and depth of flavor come from knowing how to make those ingredients (and a few select others) shine.

Iron Fist Brewing Co.Ironfist

Iron Fist Brewing Company is a family owned brewery located in Vista, California, smack-dab in the middle of the exciting San Diego craft beer scene. Our passion for the best hand crafted beer prompted us to make a lot of it. However, we quickly realized we were making a bit more than we could drink ourselves, so we decided to sell whatever we don’t drink to you. So do yourself a favor; start a little revolution. It’s ok. We won’t tell on you. Put the 500 pack of light lager back with all its buddies and rule your taste with an Iron Fist!

Karl Strauss Brewing CompanyKarlStrauss

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a regional craft brewery based in San Diego, California. Founded in 1989, it was the first brewery to open in San Diego in more than 50 years. Today, Karl Strauss is the 39th largest craft brewer in the United States, and one of the fastest growing craft brands in the Western Region – all with sole distribution in the Golden State.

Karl Strauss brews more than 30 different styles of beer at its 60-barrel Main Brewery in San Diego’s Pacific Beach, and seven satellite Brewery Restaurants across Southern California. Beer offerings include perennial favorites like the multi-award-winning Red Trolley Ale and Tower 10 IPA, as well as innovative special releases in Karl’s Coastal Reserve Series and Imperial Collection.

As San Diego’s craft beer pioneer, Karl Strauss Brewing Company proudly serves more than 3,000 local businesses in California, including bars, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, airports, and theme parks. From grocery chains like Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons to its “Beer Truck” at Disney’s California Adventure, California craft beer-fans are always within reach of a Karl Strauss beer. Share it. Cheers.

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLagunitas

From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and ’94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. The core of Lagunitas came from Chicago, St Louis, Memphis, Walker Creek, and the highlands of Quincy.

The Chicago contingent initiated the brewing and the gravitational effect of its suchness did the rest. We all loved the beer but the mission was larger than the ordinary joy of a hoppy-sweet quaff. It was driven unseen by an urge to communicate with people, to find our diasporidic tribe, and to connect with other souls adrift on a culture that had lost its center and spun its inhabitants to the four winds to wander lost and bereft with a longing to re-enter the light. Beer, we have learned, has always been a good lubricant for social intercourse!

The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary ‘foundling’ as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. It is good to have friends!

Lightning BreweryLightning

In the case of Lightning Brewery, following one’s heart has proven a winning solution. In just 6 years selling craft beer to the public, Lightning Brewery styles have won 30 nationally recognized beer awards, including a coveted Best in Show. To win a Best in Show, a beer must receive a gold medal in its category and then go on to beat all gold medal winners in all categories. In 2010, Lightning’s Elemental Pilsner won the gold in its category at the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition and then beat 37 other beers in all other categories to receive an Honorable Mention Second Runner Up, one step down from Best in Show.

In 2012, Lightning’s Old Tempestuous Ale went the whole way, beating hundreds of other entries to win both the gold in its category and then going on to beat 60 other gold medal winners to win First Place, Best in Show of all entrants.

Ritual Brewing Co.

Ritual Brewing Co. in Redlands, California was founded by two guys with a true passion for great beer: Steve Dunkerken and Owen Williams.

A few years ago, Steve had invited Owen over to his place for a homebrewing session.  At the time the guys were loosely acquainted with one another and Owen politely declined.  Truth was that this industry veteran didn’t see the point in hanging out and homebrewing with a few plastic buckets.  A visit from the head brewer of a well-known San Diego County brewery lured Owen over to Steve’s place.  Once Owen saw what Steve was up to in his garage he went back for a few more brewing sessions.

At the time, Owen had recently left his long time gig as Director of Brewing Operations for BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurants and dreamed of his own brewery but he was unsure about going it alone.  Steve had been asked many times if he ever thought about opening a brewery.  While it’s something that occupies a corner of most homebrewers minds it was something that didn’t seem practical to Steve – at least the part about hanging up a great career and venturing off on his own.  Together they had the right mix of brewing and business experience and a common passion for brewing great beer. It didn’t take many brewing sessions in Steve’s garage for these two to start creating Ritual Brewing Co.

Tap It BrewingTapIt

At Tap It Brewing Company, we’re a family of craft beer lovers. We’re true to our roots and true to our word. We like to take a laid-back approach to almost everything we do. But there’s one thing we are absolutely serious about—our beer.

The Gordon Family began brewing in what use to be an old warehouse in San Luis Obispo, California. We quickly became known for our handcrafted and award-winning, all-American beers. Our warehouse became a great hangout and the rest is history. Today you can join us in our Tap Room and watch the brewers in action while you enjoy one of our full-flavored craft beers.

We strip our water down to the barest possible state and revamp with minerals to brew our beers just the way you like it. Whether it’s our dark, rich full-blown stout, or our smooth finish pale ales with just the right amount of snap, or our gold medal winning IPA with a distinctive, crisp, pleasurable, full-body taste, we are dedicated to sharing our passion for delicious beer with our ever-growing family of craft beer-loving fans.

The Dudes’ Brewing CompanyTheDudes

When the Dudes’ was founded in Los Angeles, there were several incredible beers being crafted locally, but LA had not yet made a name for itself in the craft beer world.  That’s why the Dudes’ goal is to help put Los Angeles Craft beer on the map both locally and nationally.  In Southern California, we’re spoiled with an abundance of sunny days, and we’re known for our laid back attitudes and beach life – all of which we aim to bring to you in each brew we make.  That’s why we like to say, “Happy Dudes’ make great brews, and great brews make people happy.”  Enjoy!

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  1. We have a great, solid brewery up here. Combine that with the way biking has been taking off here in Big Bear, it just makes sense the way everything is developing, McKernan said.


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