Kern River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 2,640
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Kern River Brewing Co. Is in a very cool little mountain town where the people are (mostly) friendly. The Brewery is most definitely a diamond in that ruff as far as eateries are concerned. I will often take the hour drive up a treacherous canyon highway to get a growler or two and while i'm up there, the burgers aren't bad either. I recommend the Just Outstanding IPA or Citra... if you can get the latter. It's brewed in fairly small quantities and is well worth the drive alone. They have an aged stout that is supposed to be legendary although I've never been up there while they had it. Pretty good brewery.
01-31-2014 05:46:55 | More by RambunctiousGuzzle
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Kern River Brewing is a small 7 barrel operation in Kernville California, although they are in the process of tripling their production. I'm not sure how this will effect their QC and availability. Their beer lineup is small, but exceptional in taste and quality. My favorites are Citra, Class X Stout and Just Outstanding. I'm sure Citra will be more readily available in the future :o(, I liked the exclusivity. The food is bar food, but the burgers are really good and the ambiance is rustic, including growing hops on their patio dining area. Overall, definitely worth the drive especially when they brew their harder to get line up.
12-08-2013 20:15:29 | More by RutgersEng
4.44/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to pick up Citra "lottery" bottles 10/26/13
Went at Lunchtime.
Pub was pretty full, sat at the bar. Brandon the bartender was very helpful and informative. He was very knowledgable about all of the beers on tap. He was able to provide numerous details on the upcoming trappings.
Ordered food from the bar when I was ready (no rush-even with the crowds) and food arrived promptly hot off the grill.
Had the buffalo chicken sandwich which went great with a pint of Citra. Recommended.
Overall, a great to visit. Out of the way but worth the drive. Go and visit.
10-27-2013 20:54:45 | More by Psyko
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The spread was top notch including the (in)famous Just Outstanding IPA, Winter Ale, Class X Stout, and many more. It was refreshing to actually be able to try some of these “rated” beers as they were on draft and flowing.
The food was pretty good and surpassed what I have experienced in the past as "average pub fare."
This brewery is just another testament to the “if you build it, they will come” mindset as it was the only real reason most would head to Kernville in the first place. It is very much out of the way.
10-14-2013 19:20:02 | More by GraduatedCashew
2.93/5 rDev -32.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When I heard Kern River Brewing Company was a hop, skip, and a jump from my current city, I immediately planned a trip. I have had some of their beers via bottle and was very much impressed and couldn't wait to actually go there. I was disappointed. I need to go again, I find it hard to believe it could be that bad all the time. Granted I went there for the beer, nothing else. It's a small place, with a huge volume of customers, so I wasn't too surprised that they were out of a lot of beers, when I went they only had the blonde, red, and ipa available. All of which I had bottled before and thoroughly enjoyed. So I thought, oh well, can't try anything new, no matter, just have some good beer it'll be fine. The beer they served me was flat. Warm. like they had poured it hours ago, put it in the fridge for ten minutes, then served it to me. I had all three. And all three were the same. They were just flat out disgusting. But now on to the more positive aspects. The atmosphere was great, rustic looking, friendly staff and patrons, I really enjoyed just being there. The service was great too, always smiled and even though it was busy made time to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was nothing to write mom and pop about, but it was good. I really need to make another trip, everyone I have talked to who has been there just raves about it even after I tell them about my experience. I hope I just went on a bad day.
08-24-2013 22:12:19 | More by drunkheathen
4.49/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
My wife and I always enjoy heading up the canyon to KRBC. The experience is enhanced by the location, in the mountains along the Kern river. It's nice to be able to enjoy a beer outside on the patio on a clear day while enjoying the view. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is normal pub grub, but done well. They have 4 standard beers on tap of their own plus 2-3 seasonals. They also normally have 3-4 guest beers. Some may complain that there are not enough choices but the quality of what is availble is usualy very good and their beer prices are very reasonable. Just a few months ago I was fortunate enough to be there when they had Pliny the Elder on tap. The one disappointment lately has been the inability to fill growlers due to shortages of some of the beers. Hopefully that is a short term problem that will be solved soon.
08-02-2013 19:17:13 | More by aquazr1
3.33/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$
This was our 2nd visit to Kern River Brewing. It is very out of the way but a pretty drive from Bakersfield where we were staying. The decor is very rustic almost to the point of being dirty. The window next to our table was full of flys buzzing around but thankfully they didn't leave the window and land on our food. Well behaved flys? Service was friendly and fast. The beer selection was okay. This brewery has very good beer but no guest taps and the one beer my son really wanted to try wasn't available. Normal pub selection on food, nothing different or unusual. The food was good though, we had pulled pork, BLT and fish and chips. Value was reasonable on food and better on beer. It was hard to get over all the flys though so I'm sure that reflects in my review.
06-15-2013 19:11:22 | More by Jodi215
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Another place I eagerly anticipated, although my Garmin decided to take me down the many twisty and windy roads from the west (note don't always listen to GPS, see my Charleville Winery and Brewery review). Once here, the outside had a saloon feel to it and to a lesser degree inside. I mentioned to the server from how far I had come to try their beer and she in turn went and got the head brewer. Really nice people and outstanding beer. About all I can say negative is that it would be nice to try their vaunted IPAs there, but any brewery can say that. Selection might not be quite as broad as others, but they get away with it with a roster full of winners. Almost exceeded my already high expectations in every way possible. Perfect score.
03-15-2013 22:52:17 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.78/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We are big fans of Kern River Brewing, so we drove up for the release and this weekend's re-release of Dirty Hippie (6th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale) which has yet to be bottled, plus they had a special fresh hoped cask of Just Outstanding that was fantastic. We enjoy visiting Kern River Brewing for their beers, plus it provides us a restful weekend vacation away from trappings of Los Angeles. We take our 90 pound fetching machine, Chocolate Lab, who gets to play by day and hang with us at the brewery by night. The brewery offers a pet friendly patio and back yard area and it’s not uncommon to find several dogs supporting their owners thirst for a good craft beer. We have nothing but great things to say about the staff. This trip we overheard a customer tell her server she had not had better service in the 27 years of eating out. That's a testament to the staff and what we experience every time we visit Kern River Brewing Co. Kernville, gateway to the Sequoias offers all kinds of recreation activities and a great place to quench your thirst after a day of rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, hiking, biking or just reading a good book by the river.
07-16-2012 21:49:43 | More by bernie
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Damn good brewery and establishment! Situated alongside the mountains and overlooking the small town of Kernville, this place is astoundingly beautiful! It has the feel of pulling into an old mountain town saloon. And it is very warm and welcoming inside, made almost entirely out of wood. This place feels like home. The inside seating and bar is not too large but able to accommodate somewhere around 100-200 people. There is a small outdoor patio deck area which is nice during the summer. The service is good at the bar, mediocre if you are waiting for food. I can't say whether the food is that good or not. I usually just order a basket of french fries (but they are good). I don't think they offer much in the way of vegetarian or vegan. Other than the place itself...the beer kills! They offer some of the best beer in the United States--particularly their Just Outstanding IPA and Citra DIPA. The Just Outstanding is a must try and will probably always be available. Any of their seasonal or specialty beers are definitely worth a try. This place is an outstanding brewery, definitely receiving more recognition and growing in popularity (as it so humbly deserves). It is a bit off the beaten path, but for anyone who likes outdoor sports (especially kayaking) it is an awesome visit.
01-14-2012 10:23:40 | More by bierfreundlich
Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA
95 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.