If you took someone who’d never laid eyes on Kernville, blindfolded them, and airlifted them into the Kern River Brewing Company on any given weeknight, they would imagine the streets outside to be teeming. They’d think the town was hopping, packed with firefighter-fit folk as well as more home-bodied peeps. Not so much.
In any case, KRBC packs in the people, both locals and visitors, just about every night of the week.
On a random Tuesday, my husband Marc and I cruised into KRBC for dinner, because I had read about the dinner specials on Facebook. Hot pastrami sandwiches or a grilled chicken salad with strawberries, walnuts, feta, squash, and ranch dressing. Yes, please.
Marc doesn’t need dinner specials. He’d go to the brewery every night of the week. His favorite beer: Citra, a double IPA that’s hazy pale in color, with a pungent aroma that comes from large amounts of Citra hops. The alcohol content is 8%, which is the equivalent of full moon in a bottle (cue the werewolf howl). The double IPA won last year’s gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the highly competitive Imperial IPA category. When Citra’s not on tap, which is most of the time, Marc likes the IPA, Just Outstanding, named after a local mountain bike trail.
Full disclosure: I don’t really like beer. I don’t drink coffee, either, so I’m all kinds of outside-the-norm. In terms of the brewery, though, it doesn’t matter, because it is the “Cheers” of Kernville. Friends own the place, friends tend the bar, friends work the grill, friends on the patio want to give your dog a pink mohawk because she’s begging for attention and for waffle fries and she’s no bigger than a cat with shag carpet fur. You get the idea. You want to go where everybody knows your name. Again, welcome to Kernville.