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Upland Lemon Festival — Beer Recap

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 Maybe it’s just the way we are accustomed to thinking, but when we heard of the family-friendly Upland Lemon Festival that was happening this last weekend.


We couldn't help but think of anything more exciting than sipping on a refreshing brew in the charming downtown. Sure, there were carnival rides, contests, performances on two stages, artisan vendors, games, fresh-squeezed lemonade and amazing eats, but what really called our names were the specialty beers being poured at countless stands scattered about the city’s streets.

Taking place last Friday, April 24th through Sunday the 26th, the Upland Lemon Festival attracted tens of thousands of attendees who were eager to join in on this citrusy good time. The beer garden at the festival served up more than just the respected big guns like Shock Top, Stella Artois and more, yet it was the craft beer showcase that really had the 21 and over crowd excited throughout the weekend. An icon of Upland's beer culture, Dale Bros Brewery, sold tons of its flagship beer Pomona Queen that was on tap, and they also released a very special Lemon Lager at the festival. It was rumored that the beer was even in the finals for Lemon Idol, and we would have to agree that it rightfully earned that title. With a serious kick of sour citrus, this refreshing, smooth beer was tasty, and we could definitely drink our fair share with ease. It was still complex enough to where even the IPA lovers were satisfied.

For those looking for even more diversity for their palate, a great place that was definitely happening was one of our favorite establishments in Downtown Upland. Charlie’s Stars & Stripes, on the corner of 2nd Avenue, has an impressive tap list starring everything from Temecula’s Refuge Brewery to Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company and Claremont’s Craft Ales. Another great place with an impressive craft beer selection that was a hit at the festival was Pacific Wine Merchants, located off the Metrolink station. With six taps constantly rotating, this is the kind of place that you'll always find a beer that will quench your taste. If you’re curious to find out what this wine merchant has beyond its impressive selection on tap, this low-key tasting room and cigar patio offers canned or bottle beer you can crack on site.

We're happy we didn't miss out on this opportunity to take the little ones for some serious fun while still enjoying quality brews. For more good beer times, keep posted on what exciting events we have coming up that you don’t want to miss!


To find out more about the Upland Lemon Festival and its beer selection, visit our friends at IEShineOn.com.



  • Joseph Martinez
    Joseph Martinez Friday, 08 May 2015

    Gah! next year lemon festival, next year!

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