Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing CompanyKern River Brewing Company
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Kern River Brewing CompanyKern River Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

13415 Sierra Way
Kernville, California, 93238
United States

(760) 376-2337 | map

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Added by Inflames on 06-08-2006

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by MilwaukeeCrusher:
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hayesjw
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a Citra and was not disappointed. Great old fashioned bar with great bartender and great beer drinkers. Lots of good beer; good food and good fun. It's more than a bit out of the way... but way worth it.

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Photo of VABA
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Derekesco311
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great beer. Tasty ipa definitely one to seek out and purchase they make some of the best ipas in California.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Aside from it being hotter than hell, we all loved KRBC! Cheyenne (sp?) was an awesome waitress, and of course the beers were amazing. Kid friendly, dog friendly, walking distance from our campsite, good food, great beer, what's not to love? Only took a peak and had a quick brew at The Backyard right behind the "old" building.

IMPORTANT!!!: Food and Beers are different at both buildings!!! Be sure to check out both menus. Cheers!

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Photo of Mojave_Ted
2.78/5  rDev -36.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1

The good - their beer is pretty darn good. And they make a consistent batch. And location is nice.

The bad - horrifically noisy, cramped / crowded, you never get to sit outside and that really where you want to sit. The food is s---. It's a glorified burger joint. For instance, they have a "tri-tip sandwich" on the menu. But wait, it's only served on Tuesdays (or something like that).

Overall, bad. Way overrated. Yes, the first impression is cool. But after a few times, it's just cramped, loud (horrid acoustics), you never get the outdoor seating and it's just a burgers served on grease resistant paper (which is unhealthy). The servers are the local lasses, complete with piercings and tatts everywhere and a lot of bad attitude.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Zythophile
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great place up in the mountains, and a choice of scenic drives to get there. Had Citra a few days earlier, but it wasn't there that day, so I picked up a couple bottles of Isabella Blonde, freshly bottled. Attentive service for me, and it looked like everybody else was getting plenty attention, too. Fish and chips hit the spot, and the tartar sauce was good, as is always necessary for that.

If bottles aren't always there, then I do wish they had 32oz growlers, in addition to the 64oz ones.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is pretty much right in my backyard but I haven't really had a chance to swing by until the tail end of a road trip to Death Valley. It's a pretty casual brew pub with a solid menu. I got a very tasty bbq port sandwich but was also tempted by the burgers I saw. Bonus points for the waffle fries. Very nice beer line up with something for every taste and fair pint prices. Our waitress was awesome, more than happy to answer any questions we had as first timers, and made sure we were always doing okay. I'll be coming up with more excuses to come back.

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Photo of Dirtnasty
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If there ever was a “destination brewery”, this is it folks! The drive there alone is worth the effort, so beautiful and unique on a mountain road alongside the Kern River gorge. Kernville is a small town/village that seems to thrive on outdoor tourism and activities (hiking, hunting, kayaking, rafting).

The brewery is your classic mountain-shelter, all-wood kind of building. On tap, 11 beers. 4 flagship (Red, Blonde, Just Outstanding IPA, Class V Stout) and 7 seasonals (Think Tank, 1310 Porter, Hop Nooky 11% Triple IPA, Black Rock 7.25% Black IPA, Shuttle Bunny, Dirtie Hippie Imperial Red, Gravity Check Session IPA, Black Rock Porter-IPA).

I really enjoyed Hop Nooky and Shuttle Bunny. Class V Stout is also outstanding, while a lot of the beers are just “OK”.

Tasty food! Their signature waffle fries are out of control, but so filling it took me all day to digest them. And I loved the veggie burger, more so considering how difficult it was to find veggie food around these remote lands. Pricey, though. Good service and nice, convivial atmosphere. I wouldn’t say it is world class, but it sure was a nice visit.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Joeshungry
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Small but good

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Photo of cambam23
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantScott
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great little place in a great little town. Owned by two local paddlers of world class caliber. The only place to go when in Kernville.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

KRBC has been on my bucket list for awhile....visited on a monday night in july 2015 & sat outside on the upper deck. good crowd, comfortable & not distracting. special was taco monday where tacos are $2.50. with an order of waffle fries & an assortment of tacos (fish, cicken, pork, beef), our food selections were an easy, cheap, and delicious decision. started with a flight of seasonals: 1310 porter, shuttle bunny, belgian wit, hop nookie, gravity check before ordering full pours. favorites were easily 1) hop nookie- citrus forward DIPA at 11% AbV....such an easy drinker. probably a good thing they didnt have bottles of it to go; 2) belgian wit, and 3). 1310 porter. beers were all solid, well crafted. service was good: our server was busy with an assortment of tables/groups; a bit distracted, but easily forgiven given the surroundings, food, and drink. some bombers, growlers, swag for sale. KRBC and Kernville (the town) did not disappoint.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of peraltaspade72
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Great little local brewery with wide distribution, have great tasting events. Love the classic Citra, which is top rated and the Dirty Hippy, Pumpkin Ale is also very good.

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Photo of grze
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TNeedles
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA
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