Our first day out beer tasting in California serendipitously landed us at two very different breweries in Southern California celebrating their 4th years in business. Though we missed their actual anniversary parties, drinking taster trays from each spot made it clear to us that Hangar 24 and The Bruery have plenty to be proud of as they near their half-decade milestones.
Hangar 24, as its name might lead you to believe, calls an old airplane hangar at the Redlands Airport, home. Never heard of Redlands? It exists in the Inland Valley of Southern California, beautifully perched beneath towering mountains and an unfortunate amount of Los Angeles smog. I called it home for more than seven years as I went to school at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands (an idyllic undergraduate experience).
And though Redlands might not be on the top of your destination list during a visit to California, it should be. As a late 19th-century citrus hub (orange production here is a rare site as of late, but local heritage groves still produce some of the finest Navels in the world), Redlands offers a small-town California charm with historic Victorian houses, and now a brewery making massive headway in the local craft beer scene. Continue reading