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I like beer. I mean, who doesn’t. Assholes, that’s who. Anyways, Riverside’s Inland Empire Brewing Company are having their fourth annual Beer and Food Truck Festival at 1PM on Saturday, February 23rd, and if you’re local, you better be there. 40+ breweries, 10 “gourmet” food trucks. Why did I use quotation marks on “gourmet?” Because as much as I LOVE the idea of a truck called Baconmania, I can’t call it gourmet with a straight face.

Well, for $40 (+$2.39 service fee), you get fifteen 4-oz tasters, access to the trucks (which, if you live in the Inland Empire, know are hard to come by) and to gawk at some local bands.  They have a designated driver discount ($10) and a VIP level ($50) as well. The breweries listed to be in attendance include:

Aftershock Brewing (Temecula)
Alcatraz (Orange)
Ballast Point (San Diego)
Beer Beer, and More Beer (Riverside)
Black Market (Temecula)
Bootlegger’s Brewery (Fullerton)
Brew Rebellion (Yucaipa) (Won’t be pouring as they JUST got their license, but loads of friends are all about these guys!)
Brewligion (Murrietta)
Chino Valley Brewing (Ontario)
Claremont Ales (Claremont)
Coronado Brewing Co. (San Diego)
Craft Brewery (Lake Elsinore)
Cucamonga Brewing (Rancho Cucamonga)
Dale Bros (Upland)
Donkey Punch (Redlands)
Hanger 24 (Redlands)
Hopnotic Ales (Rancho Cucamonga)
I & I (Chino)
Inland Empire Brewing Co. (Riverside)
Ironfire Brewing (Temecula)
Karl Strauss (San Diego)

Kat Daddy (Moreno Valley)
Left Coast (San Clemente)
Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
Main Street (Corona)
Maui Brewing Company (Maui, Hawaii)
Noble Ale Works (Anaheim)
Oak Hills Brewing Co (Hesperia)
Off the Grid Brewing Company (Riverside)
Old Orange Brewing (Orange)
Packinghouse (Riverside)
Refuge Brewing (Temecula)
Ritual Brewing (Redlands)
Sons of Liberty Ale Works (Norco)
Stone (Escondido)
Taps (Corona)
Tap It Brewing (San Luis Obispo)
The Bruery (Placentia)
Wiens Brewing (Temecula)

 

And the food trucks are:

Baconmania
Cousin’s Maine Lobster
Garlicscapes
Grilled Cheese Truck
MeSoHungry
Slummin’ Gourmet
The Cupcake Place
Viking Truck
Waffles de Liege
WTF Pizza
Brewcakes

You can buy tickets here: http://iebrew.brownpapertickets.com/

-Jonathan Yost