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Kern River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 2,667
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
13415 Sierra Way
phone: (760) 376-2337
(Place added by: Inflames on 06-08-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Another place I eagerly anticipated, although my Garmin decided to take me down the many twisty and windy roads from the west (note don't always listen to GPS, see my Charleville Winery and Brewery review). Once here, the outside had a saloon feel to it and to a lesser degree inside. I mentioned to the server from how far I had come to try their beer and she in turn went and got the head brewer. Really nice people and outstanding beer. About all I can say negative is that it would be nice to try their vaunted IPAs there, but any brewery can say that. Selection might not be quite as broad as others, but they get away with it with a roster full of winners. Almost exceeded my already high expectations in every way possible. Perfect score.
03-15-2013 22:52:17 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally made it up to this majestic place for the Citra release this last Friday with rtaps and MrHirshybar. I wanted to make sure we got there super early to get everything we wanted and needed. MrHirshybar was running a little late for the carpool. In the end we got there at the perfect time, putting us about 5th in line 40-45 min before the doors opened. Shortly after there was about 40-50 people behind us before they opened. The process in which the brewery took care of of the bottles and growlers seemed pretty flawless, unless you were in a huge hurry, cuz it got a little crazy packed.
The place was much bigger than I expected. There was a bar with about 12 seats, about 20 tables inside and about 10 tables on the elevated patio that overlooks the mountain valley. We had a table in the upper area overlooking the bar and brewing equipment.
Even though it was crazy busy and the servers were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Everyone that worked there was extremely nice and helpful and it seemed all the customers, even those who missed out on bottles, were in a great mood and enjoying their drafts and growlers.
I didn't get a chance to try any food as I was saving every dime I have for the amazing beer I was drinking and taking home. The menu although pretty small looked good and appropriate. I got to try Class X on Nitro which is absolutely fucking amazing, and ended up having a couple. I could drink only Citra and Class X for the rest of my life they are so goddamn good!
I love this place. The drive is awesome and beautiful. The people are great. And the beer is ridiculous!
11-28-2011 07:13:31 |
More by MrVonzipper
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We are big fans of Kern River Brewing, so we drove up for the release and this weekend's re-release of Dirty Hippie (6th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale) which has yet to be bottled, plus they had a special fresh hoped cask of Just Outstanding that was fantastic. We enjoy visiting Kern River Brewing for their beers, plus it provides us a restful weekend vacation away from trappings of Los Angeles. We take our 90 pound fetching machine, Chocolate Lab, who gets to play by day and hang with us at the brewery by night. The brewery offers a pet friendly patio and back yard area and it’s not uncommon to find several dogs supporting their owners thirst for a good craft beer. We have nothing but great things to say about the staff. This trip we overheard a customer tell her server she had not had better service in the 27 years of eating out. That's a testament to the staff and what we experience every time we visit Kern River Brewing Co. Kernville, gateway to the Sequoias offers all kinds of recreation activities and a great place to quench your thirst after a day of rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, hiking, biking or just reading a good book by the river.
07-16-2012 21:49:43 |
More by bernie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
this place has really stepped up it's beer game over the last few years. I camp up in the sequoia national forest a couple times a year just north of this place and I now always stop on
my way back home.
the place has the best customer service and most friendly people working here, must be because it's the small town life style.
the food is good and probably better than most brew pubs I've been to. I usually do burger and fries with a beer. I've had a few of the beers they brew on location and they have always been excellent. now that they've won gold for the citra ipa I'm planning on making a trip up soon just to try this beer and do some
10-04-2011 15:15:10 |
More by buzzardman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is the word that comes to mind when I think of Kern River Brewing. It all starts from the top, and Eric and Rebecca the owners lead by example. They both work in the restaurant and they have such a good way about them, and are tremendously generous. They are also very well liked in the community, and this speaks volumes.
The food was really tasty. I was impressed with the generous portions and the generous prices-- ahh to be far away from LA.
The night I was there there was a live band, which was a lot of fun.
But the beer, mon frer, the beer is the attraction. It does not disappoint. Their Sequoia Red is one of the finest reds I have ever had. Its big attention comes from the Just Outstanding, and the taste does absolutely live up to the name. I brought home a growler of Class V Stout which was phenomenal on tap and when I got home.
As mentioned by my boy, HopHeadlLouie, the guest taps were excellent as well.
A beautiful area this Kernville-- go for the rafting, stay for the brewing.
07-21-2010 02:34:33 |
More by supermanjace
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I came up to the Kern Valley for a day trip to watch my brother compete in a Mtn. Bike race. I've previously had a few beers of theirs, so I made it a point to stop by here for lunch and check out the brewery.
Its right in the cool little tourist area of Kernville, the perfect setting for a small high-quality brewery. For my beers, I ordered the Sequoia Red and a seasonal Saison, both were really good as expected. The food was on par with the quality of their Beers, my Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and fries was really good, and my girlfriends fish and chips were also fantastic. Service was good, and the place had this real nice laid back atmosphere which lets you know that you're not dealing with the LA type of people.
I need to find more excuses for me to get up there, day at the lake, camping, riding... ah screw it, i'll just come up for the brewery.
03-23-2010 16:28:23 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
My wife and I always enjoy heading up the canyon to KRBC. The experience is enhanced by the location, in the mountains along the Kern river. It's nice to be able to enjoy a beer outside on the patio on a clear day while enjoying the view. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is normal pub grub, but done well. They have 4 standard beers on tap of their own plus 2-3 seasonals. They also normally have 3-4 guest beers. Some may complain that there are not enough choices but the quality of what is availble is usualy very good and their beer prices are very reasonable. Just a few months ago I was fortunate enough to be there when they had Pliny the Elder on tap. The one disappointment lately has been the inability to fill growlers due to shortages of some of the beers. Hopefully that is a short term problem that will be solved soon.
08-02-2013 19:17:13 |
More by aquazr1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Damn good brewery and establishment! Situated alongside the mountains and overlooking the small town of Kernville, this place is astoundingly beautiful! It has the feel of pulling into an old mountain town saloon. And it is very warm and welcoming inside, made almost entirely out of wood. This place feels like home. The inside seating and bar is not too large but able to accommodate somewhere around 100-200 people. There is a small outdoor patio deck area which is nice during the summer. The service is good at the bar, mediocre if you are waiting for food. I can't say whether the food is that good or not. I usually just order a basket of french fries (but they are good). I don't think they offer much in the way of vegetarian or vegan. Other than the place itself...the beer kills! They offer some of the best beer in the United States--particularly their Just Outstanding IPA and Citra DIPA. The Just Outstanding is a must try and will probably always be available. Any of their seasonal or specialty beers are definitely worth a try. This place is an outstanding brewery, definitely receiving more recognition and growing in popularity (as it so humbly deserves). It is a bit off the beaten path, but for anyone who likes outdoor sports (especially kayaking) it is an awesome visit.
01-14-2012 10:23:40 |
More by bierfreundlich
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I went camping along the Kern River a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to try Kern River Brewing Company. They have four beers on tap which include an IPA, Red, Blonde and Stout. My friends were anxious to set up camp so we couldn't hang around (which espescially sucked because we got there right as happy hour was starting). i bought a growler of the stout and it was delicious! it was oatmeal stout i believe. i think the name is class 5 stout or something of that nature. very sweet stout. i would love to go back there and try all of the beers. they had a seasonal brew too but i can't remember what it was.
07-04-2007 18:51:44 |
More by DaveDLD
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