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.
IrishBoy (123) 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!
Menu could have a little more to it but overall that is where my gripping ends. Place is very alive, well lit, great views and staff is friendly. Regular friday night live country/bluegrass/blues. Brewmaster is brewing up some great stuff. I look forward to the next creation and the barrel aged belgain.
I was here in late November, in the dark, and didn’t eat so I can’t speak to ambiance, food, or view. There’s a restaurant in the front and a bar with a limited menu in the back. The beers are solid to great and the staff were really friendly. The Just Outstanding IPA is one of my favorites and their pumpkin beer was a surprise. If you don’t usually like pumpkin beer you might like this one. Quite mellow. Bomber fills $12-14.
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 didn’t 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.
(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.
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.