Inland Empire December Beer and Wine Events
By Sid Robinson
Hello Friends and Neighbors!
The final month of the year means holiday events and festivities celebrating the start of 2017. Our December calendar offers a few beer and wine tasting suggestions to keep you busy during the days leading up to and surrounding the holidays. Be careful out there and always designate a driver or arrange a ride. Cheers!
Be sure to check back regularly, because we'll update this list as new events come to our attention.
Please submit all beer, wine and other adult beverage events at least two weeks before the beginning of the next month to Sid Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All events subject to change without advance notice.
12/1, Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover, Wicks Brewing, 11620 Sterling Ave., Riverside, 5-11 p.m., Sierra Nevada takes some of its favorite brews to the taps at Wicks Brewing.
12/2, Tap Takeover and Steal the Glass featuring Firestone-Walker Brewery, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m., $20.
12/2, Wine and Craft Evenings, The Sawdust Factory, 1525 Howard Access Rd. Unit F, Upland, Gathering of friends with wine and crafts. Projects are $50 each.
12/2, Craft Beer Tasting and Bottle Share, Liquorama, 901 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, 5 p.m. Charge
12/2, Pint Night, Packinghouse Brewing, 6421 Central Ave., Suite 101-A, Riverside. 5 p.m., live music at 7 p.m.
12/2, Get Into The Holiday Spirit, vomFASS, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 5-8 p.m., Sample hot boozy mulled cider and holiday cookies.
12/3, Mettle of Valor Release Fundraiser, No Clue Brew, 9037 Arrow Route, Suite 170, Rancho Cucamonga, noon-9 p.m., Commemorating the tragic events of 12/2/15 in San Bernardino, No Clue Brew will offer a special beer in honor of first responding officers who are also home brewers. Proceeds will be donated to families of the San Bernardino terrorist attack victims.
12/3, Inaugural Blues, Brews and BBQ, Sons of Liberty Aleworks, 1780 Town and Country Dr., #101, Norco. 2-11 p.m. Event supports nonprofit organization T1D Mod Squad, which provides services for families with Type 1 Diabetes.
12/3, BigNight Café Release, Hamilton Family Brewery, 9757 7th St., Suite 802, Rancho Cucamonga, 1 p.m., Limited supply of BigNight Café barrel aged imperial stout.
12/3, Coats and Cocktails Charity Event, Lordsburg Taphouse and Grill, 2335 D Street, La Verne, 8 p.m., Collecting new and “gently worn” coats to donate to a local mission. Music by Tracy G and Michael Beatty.
12/6, 20th Anniversary Wine Dinner, Tutti Mangia, 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tutti Mangia Italian Grill celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Siduri and Novy wine dinner, including raffles, giveaways and the year-long grand prize sweepstakes, which features a culinary experience for two in Italy. RSVP required (909) 625-4669.
12/8, Bingo with Budds, Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, 7-9 p.m., Free bingo and trivial night with host Ryan Budds.
12/8, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Dragon’s Tale Brewery, 8920 Vernon Ave., Suite 122, Montclair, noon-3 p.m., Montclair’s only craft brewery will celebrate it ribbon cutting ceremony.
12/9, Friday Night Wine Tasting, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m. Taste a selection of fine wines. Live entertainment.
12/9, Inaugural Riverside Santa Pub Crawl, Downtown Riverside, 7 p.m.-midnight, This Santa bar crawl will traverse downtown Riverside, with all participants dressed in Santa suits.
12/9, Steal the Shot Glass, J. Riley Distillery, 721 N. Nevada St., Suite 206 B, Redlands, 7-11 p.m. Take home a J. Riley shot glass and help collect canned and boxed food items for a food drive.
12/10, Old Stump Christmas, Old Stump Brewery, 2896 Metropolitan Pl., Pomona, noon-midnight, "Sparks of Love" toy drive and launch party for Tracy G and Michael Beatty’s new CD "Nut Krackers."
12/10, Holiday Boutique, La Verne Brewing Co., 2125 Wright Ave., La Verne, 2 p.m., Beer and holiday shopping.
12/10, Winter Nights Bottle Release Party, Rök House Brewing, 1939 W 11th St., Upland, 1-10 p.m. Rök House will release just 100 bottles of its seasonal Winter Nights Spiced Black Ale.
12/10, Stone Church Brewing Santa Pub Crawl, Stone Church Brewing, 2785 Cabot Dr., Suite 160, Corona, 6-11 p.m., Dress up in your favorite Christmas/holiday costume (or ugly sweater) and enjoy a variety of libations on a journey from Stone Church Brewing to two other bars in Dos Lagos and back to Stone Church Brewing. Free. Unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots encouraged.
12/14, Inaugural Ugly Sweater Party, Lordsburg Taphouse and Grill, 2335 D Street, La Verne, 7 p.m., Ugly holiday sweater contest and festive holiday drinks.
12/14, Mt. Baldy Battle of the Brews Award Ceremony, Rök House Brewing, 1939 W 11th St., Upland, 5-9 p.m. Rök House will celebrate its second straight Mt. Baldy Battle of the Brews championship with sneak preview of its future canned Mt. Baldy house beer. Discounted early bird lift tickets and season passes will be available to purchase the upcoming Mt. Baldy ski season.
12/15, Southern Style Moonshine and Mistletoe, Slater’s 50/50, 8009 Day Creek Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m., Monthly VIP dinner curated by Scott Slater and Chef Tony, featuring Southern-themed five-course dinner paired with Moonshine.
12/15, Wine Tasting, The Sycamore Inn, 8318 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 6 p.m., Wine tasting on the third Thursday of every month. Includes appetizer buffet. $15.
12/15, Keep the Pint Night, Sanctum Brewing Co., 560 E. Commercial St., Unit 21, Pomona, 4-9:30 p.m.
12/15, Cigar and Beer Pairing, Escape Craft Brewery, 721 Nevada St., Suite 401, Redlands, 6-9 p.m. Golden State Cigars will pair Herrera Estell Cigars with Escape beers. Includes one cigar and one beer. $16.
12/15, Holiday Cocktail Class, Heirloom Claremont, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., 100A, Claremont, 6 p.m. Bardot bartender Geniece will guide participants through three different cocktail recipes. Take home the cocktail glass. $50. Reservations: (909) 621-1125.
12/16, Tap Takeover and Steal the Glass featuring Epic Brewing, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m., $20.
12/17, Hoppy Holidays, Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, noon-10 p.m., Live music, ugly sweaters, limited edition holiday glasses and beer are all part of the holiday festivities.
12/17, Hangar 24 Pugafest 2016, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, 1710 Sessums Dr., Redlands. 1:30-11:59 p.m. Hangar 24 will release Pugachev's Cobra 2016 and Pugachev Royale 2016, two of the highest rated high-gravity beers in the world. The event will also feature several past vintages of Pugachev’s Cobra, as well as several one-off Puga variants with special ingredients and/or aging treatments. Free admission. The brewery will be closed to the public before 1:30 p.m.
12/17, IV Anniversary Party, Refuge Brewery, 43040 Rancho Way, Temecula, 5-10 p.m., Refuge Brewery celebrates four years of brewing beer.
12/17, Ugly Sweater Party, J. Riley Distillery, 721 N. Nevada St., Suite 206 B, Redlands, Show off your ugly sweaters while enjoying craft whiskeys and bourbon. There will be a photo booth to preserve the fashion memories. Free.
12/21, Wine Tasting, The Sycamore Inn, 8318 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 6 p.m., Wine tasting on the third Thursday of every month. Includes appetizer buffet. $15.
12/31, New Year’s Eve Bash, Lordsburg Taphouse and Grill, 2335 D Street, La Verne, 7 p.m.
12/31 Old Stump Brew Year’s Eve Party, Old Stump Brewery, 2896 Metropolitan Pl., Pomona, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Dinner, drinks music.
12/31, Wicks New Year’s Eve Party, Wicks Brewing, 11620 Sterling Ave., Riverside, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Dance the night away to ring in the new year. Unlimited taco bar and champagne, and taps open all night. $50.
Check out our New Year’s Eve Events Guide for additional December Beer and Wine Events
Steal the Glass Night, Eureka Burger, 345 Pearl Ave., Redlands (every Tuesday), and 580 W. 1st St., Claremont (every Wednesday), 6 p.m. Featured beers to be announced.
Wine Tasting, Foot Path Winery, 36650 Glenoaks Road, Temecula; Wine tasting, Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste six red wines from 17 selections. $10.
Wine Tasting, Galleano Winery, 4231 Wineville Road, Mira Loma, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Taste five wines for $5.
Wine Tasting, Joseph Filippi Vineyards & Winery, 12367 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucamonga, Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday noon-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon-7 p.m., Taste five wines for $5-$15.
Wine Tasting, Mount Palomar Winery, 33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Taste six wines from 18 selections, including seven award-winners. $14 Monday-Thursday and $18 Friday-Sunday.
Wine Tasting, San Antonio Winery Tasting Room, 2802 S. Milliken Ave., Ontario, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free tasting of three designated wines; Saturday and Sunday $5 for four tastings (or $15 for Riboli Family Wine Estates wines)
All events subject to change without advance notice.
Sid Robinson is editor of IEShineOn and also authors a blog, “Sips, Suds and Spirits” that examines the beverage industry. He is managing partner of the strategic communications and public relations firm Robinson and Associates, LLC.
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