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Kern River Brewing Company
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Beer Ratings: 2,671
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
13415 Sierra Way
phone: (760) 376-2337
(Place added by: Inflames on 06-08-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
11/25/11. Drove up for the citra release. long drive but very worth it. inside had a much bigger dinning area than i expected. the atmosphere was great, with an amazing view of the canyon with all the trees turning fall colors. The place was busy due to the release but the service was still very good. They had "Class X" on tap witch was amazing. 7 of there own beers on tap and you can't go wrong with any. didn't try the food but someone in our group did try the egg rolls and was satisfied. pricing was very reasonable.
Overall great place wish it was next door to my house.
11-26-2011 05:13:18 |
More by rtaps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Had a bit of difficulty in finding the place, but it was at night, I was a little tired. Pull up, its all wood outside, looks like an old western saloon. Inside, open area, brewing setup visible from the bar. Smaller capacity than you would think. Real homey.
Service depends on whom, lots of young girls which are nice to look at, some old codger guys who are more informed. Everyone is plenty cool. The beers are very good. Good pub grub. Prices are on the kind side. I love a place with this high of quality charging less than places that serve crap. Seriously, so many shitholes in Reno charging $5 a pint for lesser beer.
Not a wide variety of beers, but what they have, is good.
11-17-2011 01:21:39 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | $$
A: Country mountain small town vibe, look and feel.
Q: No complaints. The kitchen was closed early so I didn't get to eat dinner. So I had just a beer.
S: The woman at the bar was super friendly and attentive.
S2: Their selection during my visit was pretty scarce and weak. There were only about 4 beers on tap, all of which are readily available in stores, though, they did have the XPA which I tasted was like a "light" IPA. meh. Next time I'll plan around one of my favorite releases.
F: The menu looks really good. I arrived too late. Next time :)
V: No clue, I paid maybe 5 bucks for a beer and drink about half of it. Slow and maybe an off night probably with some great stuff in the tanks.
10-12-2011 04:17:51 |
More by nickname
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
this place has really stepped up it's beer game over the last few years. I camp up in the sequoia national forest a couple times a year just north of this place and I now always stop on
my way back home.
the place has the best customer service and most friendly people working here, must be because it's the small town life style.
the food is good and probably better than most brew pubs I've been to. I usually do burger and fries with a beer. I've had a few of the beers they brew on location and they have always been excellent. now that they've won gold for the citra ipa I'm planning on making a trip up soon just to try this beer and do some
10-04-2011 15:15:10 |
More by buzzardman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 01/2011): Kern River Brewing is located in Kernville near the Sequoia National Forest after a beautiful drive through the mountains along the Kern river (with signs warning of the dangers and death count associated with said river). There are actually a couple different ways to get there. The brewpub is on Sierra Way right outside the town center. There is a private parking lot.
The outside has kind of a lodge look, and the interior is spacious and multi-level. The brewing equipment is easily visible from most of the brewpub. Lots of wood and table seating, and their beers are featured in large framed pieces hanging behind the bar.
Kern River has 6 of their beers on tap, and offers a sampler of 4 for $5. They included on my visit Isabella Blonde, Sequoia Red, Class V Stout, Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Saison, Holiday Ale and the very good Citra IIPA. All in all the beers are above average.
Service on a relatively slow afternoon was good. Our server wasn't a beer expert but was friendly and knew enough about their beers. She was also generous with additional samples.
Food at Kern River is pretty good too. Fish Tacos and burgers all around were enjoyed by our group.
Overall this place was well worth the 1.5hr drive from Tehachapi, and is one I would make again on any future visits to the area.
09-04-2011 00:48:42 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Kern river is an interesting place. It sort of looks and feels like an old western saloon, minus the swinging doors. The staff are incredibly friendly, the beer is simply incredible, and the food is quite good (although I'd have preferred my burger rarer). The only trouble is it's so remote. It's definitely worth the trek for Citra (although I think Class X might be more impressive a BA Stout than Citra is a DIPA), but otherwise less so. I'd definitely check it out if you're nearby for some reason.
08-23-2011 02:50:14 |
More by stupac2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
What was I expecting on my first visit to one of my favorite brews? "Alpine"-like? Yes! . . .with a booster shot. Maybe the Citra release had something to do with it. Maybe not.
Made it up for the release of Citra at opening on Friday. Was around 25-30 in line when doors opened at 1130am. Once inside you are greeted with a small merch display stand to the left and chairs and tables to the right and straight as you walk in the bar ahead. Not alot of room for sitting at the bar. A small section corner for the band to play. Further to the back and a little bit left is an elevated section with more tables and chairs. Also ahead and down some steps you find all the tanks. To the left you find a door that leads to the outdoor area with more tables and chairs. Plenty of room. I can see Alpine Beer Company in the near future like KRBC.
There was alot going on when I first sat at the bar. A few fellow BA's I have seen before were at the corner of the bar. With the amount of people there when they first opened the doors, I'm sure most of them were there for the Citra release. So I knew it was going to take awhile to get my first pint. But the young lady bartender made sure everybody sitting at the bar was to get their drinks quickly. And she was exceptional in doing so. While taking orders from the first group of people that sat at the bar she had everybody's drinks in hands within 5 minutes. I got my order of Citra (bottles & growlers) in about 30 minutes. For lunch I had the Kern burger with waffle fries. Burger n fries was good. For the most part it was a typical pub style menu. After finishing my lunch and 2 pints of Citra I was invited by the BA's to sit in on some beer tastings up on the elevated section. A very relaxed atmosphere they have at KRBC. Even thou the servers were busy with serving beer and food at the other tables, he made sure to check in on us for water and whatever items we needed.
I visited KRBC again for dinner that same day. I had the bowl of chili and the brownie with ice cream n hot fudge along with some more Citra & JO. Again food was good. A little bit different crowd this time. I'm sure more of the locals were there. It was louder at 6pm than at noon. But a band called Slideways was performing that night so I think alot of them were there for the beer/food/entertainment.
I was very impressed overall with KRBC. I will be coming back to the Kernville area for a visit to KRBC in the near future.
A big shout out to the BA's that made the trip for the Citra release.
08-21-2011 17:26:02 |
More by dcgunman
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally made it to Kern River Brewing Company while staying in the area over Memorial Day weekend.
The place is sort of small. The bar is small, but there is a decent amount of seating inside, out on the patio, and on an elevated dining area overlooking the brewhouse. The brewhouse size is what really struck me because it is quite tiny.
All of the servers were very friendly and helpful, from the bar staff to the waiters. Always appreciated.
Unfortunately, some of the beers weren't all that great. But it was nice to get to have the 5th Anniversary beer and their first sour. They also had a decent number of guest taps.
We didn't eat too much, some garlic cheese fries, but they were great and the food everyone else was eating looked quite good as well.
If nothing else, this is a cool place to stop with nice people, good food, and some pretty decent beers.
06-06-2011 18:10:22 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Damn my GPS! After Visalia, it told me to take some back country roads to reach the 155, only to run into a twisty road that nearly made me dizzy, fog so bad I have to stop on a couple occasions (and seriously thought of turning around), and finally when I hit Kernville, the address was off by a quarter-mile! But after all that, I had made it to the rising celebrity at Kern River Brewing.
The busting of customers inside this small establishment was a good sign. I headed towards the small bar, which is in the shape of a backwards L. The inside felt....um...mountainy. Brightly lit inside, which at this moment raised my comfort after driving scared in the dark. The brewing tanks sit below restaurant and bar level, showing only a little of itself behind the bar. Also behind the bar were T-shirts which you can buy.
The service was cheerful and prompt, my requests were answers quick, and my food came out quicker than expected. Speaking of food, they serve usual brewery grub, but the quality of it is not bad. I ordered the bratwurst topped with deli mustard (coming with a side of waffle fries) that was delish.
But dammit, I was here to drink a few pints! Five Kern River beers were available from the taps (Isabella Blonde, Sequoia Red, Just Outstanding IPA, Chock-A-Mo, Rye Pale Ale), and a sprinkle of guest taps rounded it out. I tried the last two of the listed, both were very good and neither were served too cold (maybe 45 degrees). Each beer was served in a shaker pint glass, with the exception of Lindeman's Framboise in a short goblet.
The $7.95 for the bratwurst took me back a decade in prices. The pints were $4 each, which further made this place very afforable. Gotta love not being in Orange County for prices.
For me, the vibe would be the greatest reason for return. Kern River beers are great, no question about that, but I thought that I would see a greater number of "house only" beer. If you're one looking into adventure, then the trip to Kern River Brewing will provide it.
03-14-2011 05:22:14 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went on a rainy day, and other than a few locals, had the place to ourselves. Great atmosphere. This one is a little out of the way of any population, but worth the trip if you are going through. The beer is brewed on site, and the tanks are openly viewable from the restaraunt. The inside of the pub is a wood and corrugated metal style, with table tops and the bar top being made up of large slabs of wood. The staff was very knowledgable about the beer they brew and serve, which is always a plus in my book. The food was pretty damn good, and not overpriced. We had the ballpark pretzels for an app, and they were phenomenal! Beer was damn good, too, which made it a great trip overall. We are definitely planning a return trip at some point!
12-23-2010 06:32:01 |
More by GarthDanielson
Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA
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