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Kern River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 2,664
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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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: 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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Another place I eagerly anticipated, although my Garmin decided to take me down the many twisty and windy roads from the west (note don't always listen to GPS, see my Charleville Winery and Brewery review). Once here, the outside had a saloon feel to it and to a lesser degree inside. I mentioned to the server from how far I had come to try their beer and she in turn went and got the head brewer. Really nice people and outstanding beer. About all I can say negative is that it would be nice to try their vaunted IPAs there, but any brewery can say that. Selection might not be quite as broad as others, but they get away with it with a roster full of winners. Almost exceeded my already high expectations in every way possible. Perfect score.
03-15-2013 22:52:17 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Had a bit of difficulty in finding the place, but it was at night, I was a little tired. Pull up, its all wood outside, looks like an old western saloon. Inside, open area, brewing setup visible from the bar. Smaller capacity than you would think. Real homey.
Service depends on whom, lots of young girls which are nice to look at, some old codger guys who are more informed. Everyone is plenty cool. The beers are very good. Good pub grub. Prices are on the kind side. I love a place with this high of quality charging less than places that serve crap. Seriously, so many shitholes in Reno charging $5 a pint for lesser beer.
Not a wide variety of beers, but what they have, is good.
11-17-2011 01:21:39 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went on a rainy day, and other than a few locals, had the place to ourselves. Great atmosphere. This one is a little out of the way of any population, but worth the trip if you are going through. The beer is brewed on site, and the tanks are openly viewable from the restaraunt. The inside of the pub is a wood and corrugated metal style, with table tops and the bar top being made up of large slabs of wood. The staff was very knowledgable about the beer they brew and serve, which is always a plus in my book. The food was pretty damn good, and not overpriced. We had the ballpark pretzels for an app, and they were phenomenal! Beer was damn good, too, which made it a great trip overall. We are definitely planning a return trip at some point!
12-23-2010 06:32:01 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I'm sure some people will realize that I live in the same area as this brewery, and that Kernville is a small town. So yes the belief is somewhat true about people in small towns know each other or of each other. I won't write this as a friend or enemy, just as a guy that enjoys good brew!
With that said here is what I know. The brewpub is located in a refurbished well used building and they've extended the original floor plan. It really doesn't resemble any place I've ever been. Half of the inside looks down upon the brewing equipment. The place is rather small and compact when busy. The bar is small and accomidates about 6 stools. And yet somehow it feels spacious. There is a porch and beer garden that helps their capacity.
Service is great, nobody seems to ever have to wait for anything.
KRBC has decided to start off with a four beer selection, (IPA,Stout,Blonde,Red). Each of these beers are very enjoyable and I will go further in depth when I do the individual reviews. They are hoping to do four seasonal brews as well. Their are about 8 taps per fountain which allows for guest beers to be on tap. So far this has been a rotating very random selection.
The menu doesn't fit my appetite as well as alot of other pubs have. I'm a very meat and potatoes guy, but the food I have ordered was well prepared and very filling. The price is really reasonable.
The Kern river valley is out of the way for most people, but if you are lucky enough to be traveling through the area then make sure you have enough time to visit this young promising brewpub.
09-18-2006 03:19:38 |
More by Inflames
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$
This was our 2nd visit to Kern River Brewing. It is very out of the way but a pretty drive from Bakersfield where we were staying. The decor is very rustic almost to the point of being dirty. The window next to our table was full of flys buzzing around but thankfully they didn't leave the window and land on our food. Well behaved flys? Service was friendly and fast. The beer selection was okay. This brewery has very good beer but no guest taps and the one beer my son really wanted to try wasn't available. Normal pub selection on food, nothing different or unusual. The food was good though, we had pulled pork, BLT and fish and chips. Value was reasonable on food and better on beer. It was hard to get over all the flys though so I'm sure that reflects in my review.
06-15-2013 19:11:22 |
More by Jodi215
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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Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA
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