By Scott Ward

July 4 is a day to celebrate American Independence; along the way, it’s also become a day to enjoy fireworks, the water, outdoor cooking, and a cold beer. Consider the fact that the Anheuser Busch Brewing Company renamed their top selling beer to “America” for the 4th of July holiday and you start getting an idea of just how closely beer is associated with the celebration of all things American! This Independence Day weekend is a great time to step outside your 12 pack comfort zone and try something new and refreshing: A craft beer created by an Inland Empire brewmaster!

POMONA QUEEN by Last Name Brewing in Upland

An award winning amber lager that offers a “medium bodied beer flavor with notes of nuts and toffee and just enough hops to balance the full malt flavor.” Goes great with a 4th of July cookout or just a lazy summer day with friends.

ORANGE WHEAT BY Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands

Far and away the most popular local craft beer….and for good reason. It’s smooth, not too heavy, and stands out in a room full of hipster hooch because it’s just a good, basic beer. Orange Wheat could be the perfect summer beer that’s available all year long.

DECEPTION by Black Market Brewing Company in Temecula

When beer gets fruity, things can head south quickly. That’s not the case with Deception, a Blonde ale that has hints of coconut and lime in it’s one-of-a-kind flavor profile. Brewing since 2009, Black Market has a reputation for putting their own spin on conventional beer flavors.

‘HOUSE IPA by Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside

The craft brew craze of the past few years has centered around IPAs and ‘House is a good one. It’s a good place to start if you’re just dipping your toes in the craft brew waters. Not too “hoppy” or overpowering and not too strong–the ABV of ‘House clocks in at 6/8%. ‘House is a nice way to experience an IPA for the new craft beer drinker.

BARD’S SONG by Wicks Brewing Company in Riverside

A pecan brown ale is unlike any other flavor profile most beer drinkers have ever experienced. Bard’s Song is an American Brown Ale with fresh roasted pecans and brown sugar “for an incredibly deep and complex flavor.” Not too sweet, but just enough to make it feel like something of the dessert menu.

Did you know that the Mayflower decided to land at Plymouth Rock and not further down the coast because they were running short on beer? It’s true! Beer is a part of American history so why not enjoy a nice cold LOCAL beer over the 4th of July weekend? Our buddy, Frankie Ballard, suggests that great things can happen when you crack open a brew with someone special!



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