6 Reasons To Go Beer Tasting

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is pouring more than just wine. There are now twelve microbreweries using their creativity and innovation to brew award-winning stouts, IPAs, and more that appeals to a broad spectrum of beer lovers. Suggested places to visit for some of the best local brews are Refuge Brewery, Wiens Brewing, Garage Brewing Company, Ironfire Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Stone Church Brewing.

Garage Brewing Company develops creative spins on standard styles in what was once an eight-bay garage on the south end of Old Town Temecula. There popular and gold medal winners Marshmallow Milk Stout and Mango Hefeweizen are must-trys. They also recently launched a low carb Brake Light India Pale Ale with citrus hops that looks promising. All their beers go great with their on-site custom-built thin crust pizzas.

Ironfire Brewery has two locations in Temecula, one is convenient for those exploring Old Town Temecula. Ironfire takes pride in disregarding all preconceived notions of beer when concocting their ales and lagers. Their Old Town tasting room offers a fun interactive environment.

Refuge Brewery is the largest craft brewery in the area. Their Blood Orange Wit is a must-have. Another great beer recommendation is their Illusion IPA. Refuge also likes to blend some of their beers with wine must during fermentation, a craft that dates back to the early days of brewing. They have several events and live entertainment, including every other Sunday when a HotGlass ColdBeer event demonstrates live glass blowing.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company brews more than 140 different beers and has won 110 medals and counting. Temecula Valley is one of their 10 locations. They offer a Beer Brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Along with a selection of brews, they have fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles cazuelas, churro donuts, and more.



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Stone Church Brewing celebrates its first year in Old Town Temecula on March 17 with a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stave Aged Stout. The business is owned by a retired Army Colonel that has been tasting craft beers around the world. They specialize in India Pale Ales, Pale Ales, and Belgian-style Tripels.


Wiens Brewing is a functioning facility with easy visibility from their taproom. Visitors frequently get a glimpse of beer production with brewing, kegging, canning, transferring commonly taking place. Their recently remodeled tasting space is a modern but modest look showcasing custom art on the walls. Note their creative beer labels designed by Alec Wiens. The family also owns and operates Wiens Winery in Temecula Valley Wine Country.


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