Inland Empire January Beer and Wine Events


By Sid Robinson

Hello Friends and Neighbors!

The first of the year means new brewery openings, anniversary events and one of the Inland Empire’s biggest and best annual beer festivals of the year hosted by Last Name Brewing. Start 2017 at a tasting or curated dinner near you. As always, be sure to 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. All events are subject to change without notice.


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 or

January Beer and Wine Events

1/1, Grand Opening Weekend, Sour Cellars, 9495 9th St., Suite B, Rancho Cucamonga, Opening weekend of new brewery in Rancho Cucamonga specializing in sour brews.

1/1, Wicks’ New Year’s Hangover, Wicks Brewing Co., 11620 Sterling Ave., Suite C, Riverside, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Start the New Year with craft beer and breakfast burritos and $5 drafts all day. Bring your badge from the Wicks New Years Eve Party and get 50 percent off your entire bill.

1/3, Beer of the Month Release, Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, noon-9 p.m., Special beer release day.

1/6, Tap Takeover and Steal the Glass featuring Mason Ale Works, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m., $20.

1/6, Craft Beer Tasting and Bottle Share, Liquorama, 901 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, 5 p.m. Charge

1/7, Dragon’s Tale Brewery Grand Opening, Dragon’s Tale Brewery, 8920 Vernon Ave., Suite 122, Montclair, noon-midnight, Celebrate the official grand opening of Montclair’s only craft brewery. Two separate sessions.

1/8, Fifth Anniversary Celebration, I&I Brewing, 5135 Edison Ave., Suite 1, Chino, noon-8 p.m., Admission includes anniversary pint glass and first pint. $10.

1/8, Hops, Rods and Bicycles, La Verne Brewing Co., 2125 Wright Ave., La Verne, 2 p.m., A Sunday afternoon at the brewery.

1/9, The Distortion of History, Sons of Liberty Aleworks, 1780 Town and Country Dr., #101, Norco. 6:30 p.m. 2017 Series of Classes at Sons of Liberty Aleworks features best-selling author John Hancock talking about how history has become distorted.

1/13, Friday Night Wine Tasting, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m. Taste a selection of fine wines. Live entertainment.

1/13, Pomona Art Walk, Sanctum Brewing Co., 560 E. Commercial St., Unit 21, Pomona, 4-9:30 p.m.

1/13, 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.

1/14-15, Beer + Cheese: A Love Story, Cheese Cave, 325 Yale Ave., Claremont. An intimate evening of craft beer and artisanal cheeses. Cheese provided by Cheese Cave and beer pairings by Claremont Craft Ales. Includes five cheeses and a flight of five beers. Additional beer servings will be available for purchase. $40 advance only.

1/14, Dawns Highway, Sons of Liberty Aleworks, 1780 Town & Country Dr., #101, Norco, 2 p.m., Sons of Liberty Aleworks presents Doors tribute band Dawns Highway. 7-10 p.m.

1/17, Hawaiian Luau, Slater’s 50/50, 8009 Day Creek Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m., Monthly VIP dinner curated by Scott Slater and Chef Tony, featuring Hawaiian-themed menu and beverages.

1/19, Keep the Pint Night, Sanctum Brewing Co., 560 E. Commercial St., Unit 21, Pomona, 4-9:30 p.m.

1/19, 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.

1/19, Scotch Class and Tasting, vomFASS, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, 7 p.m., Sample and learn about rare and small batch Scotches, as well as the history and distillation process of Scotch, in a convivial atmosphere with whisky experts, Kolja and Stuart. $45.

1/20, Tap Takeover and Steal the Glass featuring all local breweries, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m., $20.

1/21, Beers and Bros., Cable Airport, 1749 W. 13th St., Upland, 1-5 p.m., Last Name Brewing in Upland is turning 14 with an afternoon full of beer, food, and fun in support of the Claremont Educational Foundation. More than 40 local and regional craft breweries, wineries and cider makers are expected to participate. Food trucks, music, games and more. Ticket includes a souvenir glass. General admission $50, VIP $65, designated drivers $10.

1/21, Rookery Alehouse Fourth Anniversary, The Rookery, 117 W. 2nd St., Pomona, noon-midnight. Anniversary event for Pomona gastropub.

1/27, Taste of the IE 2017, DoubleTree by Hilton, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, 6-10 p.m., Upland Chamber of Commerce presents an evening of food, drink, entertainment and more, including several local craft brewers. $75.

1/27, Friday Night Wine Tasting, Pacific Wine Merchants, 210 A Street, Upland, 6-8 p.m. Taste a selection of fine wines. Live entertainment.

1/28, Art Sale Fundraiser, Hamilton Family Brewery, 9757 7th St., Suite 802, Rancho Cucamonga, 2 -8 p.m., Hamilton Family Brewery will host an art show and release a new brew at a family event to raise funds for pollinator sanctuaries in local community gardens..

1/28, Wine 101: In Vino Veritas, Total Wine & More, Foothill Crossing, 8201 Day Creek Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 3-5 p.m., Release your inner sommelier and learn how to identify the key components of wine, how to score it and how to serve it. $20

1/28, Don't Kill My Buzz, Hamilton Family Brewery, 9757 7th St. Ste#802, Rancho Cucamonga, 2-11:59 p.m. A Craft Beer & Local Artwork Charity Event for the bees. Profit from beer and art sales will be donated to the Incredible Edible Community Gardens, which is a nonprofit organization in the Inland Empire that strives to further environmental education programs and support pollinator sanctuaries in our community.


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 are subject to change without 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 and he serves on the Upland City Council.


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