What’s Going on at Packinghouse – June 2, 2014

Summer is coming and we’re ready for fun. Our new summer seasonal, Agent Peel American Wheat, is tasty and refreshing. Brewed with a touch of lemon peel and coming in at 4.8% ABV, we think this is the perfect summer brew. Game On

On June 20th we’ll have our first game night, which we’re calling B and B – Brews and Board Games. We’ve got our good friend Michael helping us host as we provide board games, cards games and plenty of brews. This fun evening is open to all levels of gamers and we hope you can join us.

Friday the 13th is our next Pint Night and we welcome the return of Mothership Scrapbook Gal and Crafty Happy Hour. Hopefully you didn’t forget Father’s Day is June 15th! Mothership Scrapbook Gal will have everything you need to make a terrific and thoughtful card for your dad, husband or special guy. This is fun for the entire family so bring everybody. In addition to crafts and food we’ll have live music with LSD (The Packinghouse House Band) and legendary local bar band The Heymakers. This is going to a great night you don’t want to miss. Men Get Crafty


What’s Going on at Packinghouse – 2/17/14

Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? Did your sweetie give you some delicious craft beer? We certainly hope so. Nothing says romance like a good beer.Outside brewery

It’s exactly one month until St. Patrick’s Day and just a little beyond that is Brew with a View, our party that corresponds with the Riverside Air Show. We’re busy planning this fun all day event so make sure you plan to attend on April 5th.

This Tuesday is Test Batch Tuesday and we’re releasing Xi Double IPA. Big IBUs, big ABV and big flavor. This one is sure to go quickly so you don’t want to miss out. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Friday, 2/21, is Pint Night with Pandini Panini. We’re glad to have them back. Their food is delicious! The Pint Night fun starts about 5:00.

Next Pint Night, 3/07, we’ll have some live music for you. The Packinghouse House Band will make its debut.


What’s Going on at Packinghouse – 2/10/14

It’s Valentine’s week and you’re sweetie needs a beer. And so do you. We all do. I’m drinking one right now.

The picture on the right is from the Crafty Happy Hour held at Packinghouse a couple weeks ago with Mothership Scrapbook Gal. She’ll be returning in Spring for a Mother’s Day event. Looking forward to it!From Crafty Happy Hour with Mothership Craft Gal

Erik’s got Xi IPA in the pilot system fermenting away. From this point forward, we’ll be finishing out the Greek Alphabet Series on the smaller system. It’s time to put out one consistent IPA (to be named later) brewed on the bigger system. We’ve had a blast with the Greek Alphabet Series and when it ends we’re gonna feel kind of sad. But hey, life goes on. Xi (pronounced Zye) will be a double IPA. So bitter. So delicious.

So after tabulating many votes we decided to scrap that whole “voting for the name of the Cream Ale” thing and go with Bell Tower Blonde. Why not Pachappa (which was winning the votes)? We’re going to save Pachappa for an upcoming porter. So there you have it. Sorry for any confusion. But, trust me, we are more confused than you. So from this point forward Bell Tower Blonde will be a Packinghouse staple and officially replace Sunburst.

This Thursday, 2/13, folks will be sharing goodies. Come by and make new friends.


What’s Going on at Packinghouse – 2/3/14

We had a blast at the two most recent beer festivals, Dale Brothers Anniversary and Wicks’ Cars and Cops, respectively. You may have heard that small brewers stick together and try to assist each other when possible. Well, it’s true. The more people who drink our beer the better it is for the world. And that’s not an exaggeration. Plus, most of us are just really nice guys (and gals). When Packinghouse was first getting started, we received a good deal of support from Dale Bros. Andy and Curt are just good people. We were happy to celebrate their anniversary with them. There’s good folks over at Wicks too, and Herbie is putting out some fantastic brews. Please patronize our brewer bros and make the world a better place.

The photo of me and Ron is from BeerQwest, an awesome online resource all about local craft beer. dale-bros-11th-anniversary-celebration-91-1391269361

Nu Red IPA was released last Friday and we are very stoked about it. It’s bitter and sticky and slightly malty and pretty bad ass. It’s in the tasting room now and will be pouring at various joints throughout the southland soon. We’re also super excited to be starting our Test Batch Tuesdays this month. The first one is Tuesday, 2/4. These brews are on and gone. 10 gallons of goodness and the sky’s the limit of what Erik will make. The first batch up is a called ‘Scuse Me While I Whip This Stout. This is rich, dry stout with a higher ABV than Black Beauty.

We’ve got Pint Night this Friday with the return of Dragon Loco. Mario, chef/owner, creates amazing Mexican-Chinese fusion that will not disappoint. You’ve got to try it. The party starts at 5:00 and we hope to see you there. Cheers!

Red IPA Release Friday, 1/31/14

Well the next in the Greek alphabet series of IPAs will be released this Friday. The new IPA is Nu IPA. Ha! That’s funny to write. Nu is a Red IPA that’s smooth and bold and tastes great. Come down on Friday and grab a pint.

We’ll have a growler special this Saturday for all your Big Game watching needs. I can’t believe I am writing Big Game instead of what it’s really called but I know there’s some copyright bullpucky involving the N.F.L. and trademarks and we don’t want no trouble.

2014 is off to an amazing start. Thanks for all your support!



What’s Going on at Packinghouse? – 1/13/14

growlerWe’ve got the new Red IPA fermenting away in Tank One and the release of Ol’ Smudgepot Barleywine couldn’t have gone any better. Things aren’t all bright and rosy for Packinghouse though because some jackass stole our delivery van! These kinds of things really hurt small business and we sure hope to have it recovered.

In the meantime, this Thursday folks will be sharing and caring as usual. Bring a goodie and make new friends. This Saturday, 1/18, we’ve got the live tunes to entertain you. We welcome back the talented Micah Justice who brings a nice blend of original tunes and some familiar covers for you to enjoy while you sip your beer. This time she brings along a band called Hippie Cream with their funk rock vibe. It should make for a great afternoon and the fun starts at 3:00.

On Pint Night, 1/24, in addition to the normal fun and shenanigans, we’ll have Mothership Scrapbook Gal joining us from 5:00-7:00. She’ll be bringing everything you need to make and take beautiful, handmade Valentine’s cards for your sweetie. In addition to the normal delicious food for dinner we’ll also have gourmet cupcakes in the House. Hope you join us. Cheers!


Our First Barleywine Released Soon!

PizzaWell, it’s 2014 and we’re looking forward to a great year with new offerings. Fittingly, the first new beer we release this year will be our yet to be named Barleywine. This is a truly big beer and we are very excited about it. It will be available on Pint Night, Friday, January 10th. We’ll be joined by WTF (Where’s the Fire) Pizza. WTF and their wood burning oven are always a crowd pleaser. Delicious.

We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2014 and how to see you soon!

Hops and Hounds

We’re celebrating our 3rd Anniversary on Saturday, October 5th, at 6:00. Can’t believe it’s been three years already. We so grateful! And we’ve made a ton of friends along the way. This year we’ve teamed up with The Mary S. Robert’s Pet Adoption Center to present “Hops and Hounds” complete with food trucks, live music, and plenty of craft beer.Hops and Hounds

The adoption center will be hosting the outdoor beer garden. The Viking Truck, GarlicScapes, and Bacon Mania will be in the house for all your dinner needs.  Brewcakes will be serving up their delicious beer infused cupcakes for dessert.  They regularly use Black Beauty Cream Stout for one of their cupcakes that’s available at their shop in Redlands.

We will be re-releasing Coup de Main, our Imperial IPA that we believe to be one of the best Imperial IPAs out there. Also on tap will be the long awaited releases of the Iron Brewer Pro-Am Competition beers.  A few weeks back we invited several of the Inland Empire’s best homebrewers to our brewery to brew a beer containing a mystery ingredient chosen by Matt. The mystery ingredient turned out to be rosemary and the three teams made three very different and distinct beers: a rye pale ale, a saison, and an IPA.  Attendees at Hops and Hounds will be able to vote for their favorite one!

The full list of live entertainment is yet to be released but we’ll have longtime Riverside party band Superbad headlining the event around 8:00.

This event is free.  Come hungry and ready to party for this one.  21 and up.