Kern River Brewing Company | Kernville, California
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Kern River Brewing Company
Excellent based on 15 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

13415 Sierra Way
Kernville, California United States 93238 [ print map ]
760 376 2337 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 4-11

Mayor: brokensail (2) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 0

Kern River Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Kern River Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Kern River Citra Double IPA 100, Kern River Hop Nookie , Kern River 8th Anniversary Double White IPA (Shuttle Bunny) 98, Kern River Black Rock IPA , Kern River Saison , Kern River Think Tank #5 , Kern River 1310 Porter , Kern River Think Tank #4 - IPA , Kern River Think Tank #2 - Strong Pale Ale , Kern River Triple IPA , Kern River Fresh Hop IPA 2014 , Kern River Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine , Kern River Belgian Wit , Kern River Gravity Check 96
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15 reviews for Kern River Brewing Company
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  87%
 Selection  76%
 Food  82%
 Value  88%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA  (20) , | October 25, 2013
Really awesome location! I love the mountains, but nothing beats CITRA!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (605) Sunnyvale, California | July 15, 2013
Stopped in "on my way" to Palmdale for work. Pretty nice little place with outside seating and a view of the tanks from the bar. Four regular house taps, plus several "guest" beers and a few seasonals. They had Class X when I was there, which was pretty cool. Sampler tray of the four mainline beers is just $5. Food is pretty good from what I had, and again reasonable. Service is friendly and pretty helpful overall. Beers range from decent to pretty damn good. I would definitely hang out here if it was not so damn far from, well, everything.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
dukeredhair  (23) California | December 8, 2012
A really nice little place. I feel like this score is showing up low but I suppose since I went in the middle of the day in the middle of the winter in a summer town the ambiance was going to be a bit off. The selection isnít huge. Itís about 6 guest taps, and 5 house taps when we were there. That also is dragging down the score. THE GOOD NEWS!. Everything else about the place is great. The staff was warm and friendly, the beer was really good and the value is great. The food was excellent. Iíd definitely be back every time Iím in town.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | July 31, 2012
Pretty much the only place in Kernville to go. The house beers, of course, are the star of the show. Prices on those are pretty fair, but Iíve never eaten here. They have some interesting one offs from time to time. Pretty cool little place, just way too far away.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
orhay  (9) , | April 21, 2012
Lets start with the girls. California Dreamin !!!!! WOWIE ! Ok lets get serious. The beer was reall good. Cold, crisp, and refreshing. The atmosphere was good, and of course the window dressing was delicious.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay  (7) Ventura, California | November 25, 2011
Went out to KRBC today for the release of Citra. It was well worth the drive. The food tasted very similar to some food I would make on the grill which added to the rustic charm of the area. The beer was amazing. I didnít drink anything other than citra but that in itself was more than most places can claim. I will be making it out here again, next time with my kayaks and for the weekend.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
gd4evr  (31) Mar Vista, California | November 17, 2011
Just outstanding to have a place like this in a place like this. God Bless KRB and the brew team here. Food is great too.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | September 3, 2011
(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 wasnít 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
What a surprise this brewpub was. First off, the scenery upon arriving is surreal. Feels like you just drove to a Spaghetti Western movie. Once inside, the casual and comfortable decor makes it easy for a stranger to blend in, and the house brews are well indicated with huge picture frames hanging behind the bar with the beer labels. Service was very knowledgeable and friendly to boot. Canít ask for more. The house beers were all very good, but the IPA and Stout were world-class. It is rare in my experience that an out-of-the-way brewery has such wonderful brews, but Kern River has to be an exception to my unofficial rule. Guest brews were also well chosen (Green Flash, Drakes, Lengthwise), so I could have had many a pint over the course of many hours without ever getting bored. Then again, I could have gotten two or three pints of each the IPA and Stout without ever getting bored either. Theyíre that great.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye  (29) Ocean Beach, San Diego, California | March 25, 2010
Been here multiple times while living in Bako. Small cozy cabin-like building with a bar for 5-6 people, outdoor seating on the patio (somewhat) overlooking the Keen River. Usually have 5 of their own beers (at two different tap heads) and a couple guest beers, including Bakersfieldís Lengthwise. Depending on the staff, knowledgeability runs the whole gamut--Kyle (goateed brewer) and Eric are the guys to ask the questions to and whatnot. They both make a point to BS with my gf and me whenever weíre there (or even at beer events!). Everybody--patrons and the staff--are all friendly which gives it the nice small town feel. Food is good, but not the highlight--tri tip sandwich is my go-to meal on Fridays, wings and chili are OK. My only bitch is that theyíre 75 minutes from Bakersfield on that windy ass highway.

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