Kirk Medeiros of Craft Brewing Company has a great idea for helping hard-working Americans unwind during Labor Day weekend.
His Labor Day Weekend Beer Crawl promises to be a great way to walk at a leisurely pace, sip on some fine, local craft beers and celebrate all things not related to work.
Starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, participants can pick up a punch card at Old Town Temecula Craft Brewing Company, stay and try some of their offerings or head over to participating breweries, Ironfire Brewing Old Town Outpost Tasting Room, Crush & Brew and Stone Church Brewing Temecula.
“When they are done (7 p.m.), we all meet back at our place and do a raffle including all the participating breweries,” Medeiros said.
Participants will pay as they go at each establishment. Medeiros said Craft Brewing Co. will be offering its Anti-Moralist, “which is a coffee stout aged in maple whiskey barrels and our Lime Craft Hard Seltzer,” he said.
Since moving into their Old Town Temecula location last year, Medeiros said he loves putting on beer crawls.
“We try to do one about once per quarter with exception to the last quarter,” he said. “We will have another one for Halloween on Oct. 26 and one for Christmas – the ‘Ugly Sweater Beer Crawl’ on Dec. 14.”
He said craft breweries like his are starting to have a significant impact on the tourism revenue numbers.
“Temecula Valley is becoming a well-known craft beer scene,” Medeiros said. “The Temecula Brewers Guild just paid for an environmental impact study, and the results of the study said the Temecula Breweries and Tasting Rooms provided $35 million in revenue to the city. With an event like our beer crawl, it helps build the craft beer scene more and more in the area.”
Sure, it is important to quote numbers like that, but Medeiros knows events like his also bring something more valuable on Labor Day weekend – fun.
He said he hopes participants will leave the event and “tell their friends what a great time they had and then look forward to the next one.”
Craft Brewing Company is located at 41955 Fourth Street, Unit 101, in Old Town Temecula. No preregistration is necessary.
“What makes it great is that we’re all within a quarter mile of each other,” Medeiros said. “It is good for the community, and we’re all about the community.”
Medeiros also mentioned that the brewery’s Lake Elsinore location will be hosting an Oktoberfest, Sept. 28 that will feature a polka band, an adult-sized tricycle to be used in relay races and many more games.
For more information, visit www.craftbrewingcompany.com.
Want more Labor Day weekend ideas?
Twisted Gypsy at Thornton
The Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Twisted Gypsy, will perform Friday, Aug. 30, at Thornton Winery.
Twisted Gypsy, which has performed at the Whisky a Go Go, Viper Room and the Canyon Club, takes audiences back to the early days of California rock ‘n’ roll.
The gates open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for general admission, $30 for VIP tickets and dinner table tickets are available.
Thornton Winery is at 32575 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Get tickets and more information at www.thorntonwine.com.
Late Night Brunchies at 1909
If residents are out late enjoying the freedoms of no work this weekend, make sure to stop into 1909 this weekend and try the Old Town Temecula restaurant’s late night brunch menu that starts – that’s right, starts – at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.
Diners can get all the favorite 1909 brunch menu items as well as bloody marys, sangrias and coffee until 1:30 a.m.
1909 is at 28656 Old Town Front Street in Temecula. Visit www.1909temecula.com.
Last call for Lobster Fest at Falkner Winery
During the month of August, the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery has been offering Lobster Fest each weekend – obviously, this is the final weekend, so lobster lovers better hurry.
Pinnacle will be serving up 1 1/2 pound Maine lobsters brought in fresh and served whole in the shell at the table, with curry-roasted cauliflower, Madras lentils and garlic butter for $49.
The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery is at 40620 Calle Contento in Temecula.
Call to make reservations before going at (951) 676-8231, ext. 4, or do it online at www.falknerwinery.com under “Restaurant Reservations.”
Block Party at Monte De Oro Winery
This yearly event features music by JD Priest, and outdoor grill, wine specials and cornhole at Monte De Oro Winery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.
Monte De Oro Winery is at 35820 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Visit www.montedeoro.com.
Tequila tastings at Mount Palomar Winery
Mount Palomar Winery is hosting Temecula’s only tequila tasting opportunity on their outdoor patio where guests will have the chance to sample five top shelf tequilas, including multiple double gold medal winners from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a margarita sample.
Tastings happen from 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and it costs $25 per person.
Mount Palomar Winery is at 33820 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Visit www.mountpalomarwinery.com for more information.
Nashville Nights at Peltzer Winery
Peltzer Winery is moving Nashville Nights down to the farm so there’s more space to hoot and holler Saturday, Aug. 31.
The event pretty much happens all day long, with a DJ and line dancing starting at 4 p.m., live music by Redwood Black at 6:30 p.m., craft brews, food truck, local vendors and a mechanical bull.
Peltzer Winery is at 40275 Calle Contento in Temecula.
This event is for ages 21 and older only, and tickets are $10. Buy them at www.peltzerfamilycellars.orderport.net.
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