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 I’ve never eaten here. They have some interesting one offs from time to time. Pretty cool little place, just way too far away.
We visited this quaint brewpub on our way home from Christmas is Death Valley National Park, not that it is exactly on the way home though. Again, a quaint place with dark wood interior and functioning brewery downstairs behind the bar. We enjoyed a couple of seasonal offerings and some hearty food before raiding the bomber cooler and heading on our way. While this is out of the way I recommend visiting and perhaps taking in one of the National Forests or Parks nearby.
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.
(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 wasn’t 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.
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. Can’t 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. They’re that great.
After a long drive from St George through Death Valley this was a real oasis for us. Nice view from the Backyard patio though we stayed inside because of the heat. Backyard and the Original Pub had some beers different, so you might want to check that since they are located in separate buildings next to each other. Somehow I preferred the Backyard which we visited first. Backyard had 15 taps on, 2 of which were guests (cider and Lindemans Framboise). Quality of beers very good. Food and service were very good as well. Well worth visiting, staying in Kernville was a good decision.
La route pour s’y rendre quand on part de San Diego est encore plus satisfaisante que la destination. La pinte de Perspicacity que j’ai engouffré la seconde de mon arrivée aura valu chaque kilomètre. Beau petit village qui rappel Alpine, la bière également. Seul bémol, la bouffe était assez ordinaire.
I just recently visited this place with grant on our way back from Death Valley. I am shocked that such a small town can support a brew pub. Perhaps it is a symbiotic relationship? Anyhow, the pub is a relatively unassuming place with a cozy interior. There are about a dozen and a half tables as you walk in. The bar is located in the back and the brewing equipment is behind the bar. They were brewing the day we were there, so the aroma was fantastic. The bathrooms were immaculate and clean. The menus were pretty limited with the basic stuff--burgers and brats. I had a burger, which was pretty tasty. The bacon wasn’t overly flavorful. The fries were good with the exception that they had some chili powder on them. This totally wrecked my palate for a good 15 minutes. The service was great and our waitress was very well informed on the beers. I believe there were 6 house beers on tap, and 2 guest beers from The Bruery in Southern Cal. The beers were solid, especially the IPA. Prices wer
IrishBoy (121) Bakersfield, California | January 21, 2007| Updated January 3, 2012
Food was excellent, i had a Jalapeno brat with their own class V Stout mustard, beers are super for a fairly new place, the brewers really seem to know thier stuff and brew some great beers. A Kern County Jewel!