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Upland Lemon Festival Beer Preview

By: Cody Michny


The Upland Lemon Festival held in the city’s downtown is known for its family centric activities from carnival rides to face painting. However, there is much more than fresh lemonade tempting this writer towards a three day weekend of fun, and it’s the festival’s beer selection. We'd like to give a special thank you to BierBuzz and the Fairplex for providing us with insider knowledge about the Lemon Festival's craft beer selection!

The place to be from Friday, April 24th through Sunday the 26th is Downtown Upland to take part in the annual Lemon Festival. Since 1997, the Upland Lemon Festival has attracted more than 150 businesses and vendors to celebrate our region’s citrus industry origin. This once small celebration now attracts over 50,000 attendees to be a part of a fun family experience. The festival includes a craft fair, two stages with live entertainment, carnival rides, games, international food and (most importantly) beer. This year’s Lemon Festival beer garden will be serving cold brews such as Coors Light, Bud Light, Shock Top, Shock Top Lemon Shady, Stella, but more importantly craft beer. The craft beer showcase includes Goose Island IPA, Local Pomona Queen and a very special release Lemon Lager from Dale Bros Brewery.


Goose Island IPA is an English style India Pale Ale highly hopped for a fruity aroma, long hopped for a bitter finish, but surprisingly not too overpowering, which makes it a perfect example of an old style English IPA. Pomona Queen is a California Amber Ale commonly referred to as a California common beer. This beer offers a full malt flavor with just enough hops to create a perfectly balanced beer with flavors that include nuts, toffee and caramel. Dale Bros Lemon Lager is a German style Pilsner. The beer has a smooth malt finish balanced with medium to high hop aroma and to top it off, seven pounds of fresh local lemons. This special release brewed just in time for the Upland Lemon Festival will surely be crowned the Lemon Idol. When life gives you lemons, make craft beer!


The beer selection is not limited to the festival’s beer garden, as there are several family owned establishment’s with the no crap on tap motto. Charlie’s Stars & Stripes offers only the freshest local beers on tap. These local Inland Empire breweries include Claremont’s Craft Ales, Upland’s Dale Bros Brewery, Temecula’s Refuge Brewery and Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company. We recommend the Riley's Irish Red from the Packing House for its refreshing, light quality. This sweet beer is minimal on the hops, so be warned if you're looking for something with more of a kick. For that we'd point to double IPA, Double Dude, from Dale Bros Brewery. Another favorite on tap at Charlie's is the Blood Orange Wit from Refuge Brewry in Temecula. This crisp, citrus refreshment is perfect for a hot day, although we recommend skipping the fruit topping.


Pacific Wine Merchants shouldn’t be overlooked for offering craft beer; with six taps constantly rotating you’re sure to always find a beer to quench your palate. If you’re not happy with the draft selection, you can find a canned or bottled beer from their ever-expanding selection to crack on site.

The Upland Lemon Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re local or out of the area, you’re less than a train ride away from lemon heaven. So join in on this year’s festivity at the Upland Lemon Festival.