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Kern River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 2,683
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
13415 Sierra Way
phone: (760) 376-2337
(Place added by: Inflames on 06-08-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Kern river is an interesting place. It sort of looks and feels like an old western saloon, minus the swinging doors. The staff are incredibly friendly, the beer is simply incredible, and the food is quite good (although I'd have preferred my burger rarer). The only trouble is it's so remote. It's definitely worth the trek for Citra (although I think Class X might be more impressive a BA Stout than Citra is a DIPA), but otherwise less so. I'd definitely check it out if you're nearby for some reason.
08-23-2011 02:50:14 |
More by stupac2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Awesome place! Service was excellent, food was good and most importantly the beer was fantastic, especially the "Just Outstanding IPA" In addition to the IPA they had a stout, a Belgian IPA, a blonde, a red and a guest tap from Lengthwise brewing. Very comfortable inside and out. Sat outside among the hop vines growing in the beer garden and had a terrific afternoon aside from the occasional fly that would land and drown in my beer, the waitress referred to this as "catching some Kernville protien" Very cool place! Surprising quality for this neck of the woods!
07-31-2008 22:22:32 |
More by HopHeadLouie
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The spread was top notch including the (in)famous Just Outstanding IPA, Winter Ale, Class X Stout, and many more. It was refreshing to actually be able to try some of these “rated” beers as they were on draft and flowing.
The food was pretty good and surpassed what I have experienced in the past as "average pub fare."
This brewery is just another testament to the “if you build it, they will come” mindset as it was the only real reason most would head to Kernville in the first place. It is very much out of the way.
10-14-2013 19:20:02 |
More by GraduatedCashew
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: 5 | selection: 4 | $
i took a family rafting trip this past weekend and we stayed in kernville...i was pleasantly surprised to find a brewery in this small town. after a day of rafting a couple of the guides invited myself and my siblings for some drinks at the brewery. couldn't have thought of a better idea than cold beer after a hard day on the river...
place is quite small and has a great feel to it...the employees were all very helpful and i never had to wait more than a minute or two for a refill...
very reasonable prices as well...the drafts were 3.50 - 4.00 a piece...they do sell 22oz bombers as well for 3.50 a piece. growlers are available as well, 10.00 for the growler and 8.00 for the fill...
i can't wait to get back out there to go rafting and hit up this brewery again!
07-23-2007 19:40:28 |
More by sirk0rebreg
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Kern River is a great place to try if not for the beer the food is tasty as well. This brew pub is small but comfortable and has a great pub decor. It is very down to earth and have spent hours here enjoying the beer inside as well as the balcony outside. They have their beers (JO,IB,SR,and CIVS) on tap as well as a few guest beers. The food is great example of simple pub food done right. The hot wings are ridiculous, hamburgers are great and the fish tacos are tasty. The price isn't to bad but I always seem to spend 100 every time I come here. Make the trip if you can you wont regret it.
07-31-2010 12:29:26 |
More by jmadrigal2
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
Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA
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