Microbrews, big business: Bakersfield brewing district growing


    A flight of beers at Dionysus Brewing Co. features a variety of colors, flavors and styles. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    Beer brewing is booming in Bakersfield, or at least one small part of town.

    The brewing district is growing in the industrial pocket between Stine and Gosford, White and District.

    The original Lengthwise Brewing planted roots there, and now other local breweries are calling it home, too.

    Dionysus Brewing Co. is one of them, creating big business with microbrews.

    "For us to see craft beer getting bigger and expanding in Bakersfield is really cool," said Matt Quigley, the man tending bar at Dionysus.

    Quigley poured a flight of beers as unique in color as they were in style: an IPA, a stout, and a sour.

    "Everyone's beers are going to taste a little different, so you like to have a bit of a variety," he said.

    Dionysus isn't the only craft brew spot in this district.

    Bakersfield Beer Co. is doing craft brew a new way.

    "We are not brewers," co-owner Tara Douhan said. "That was not something that we were going to do. We like brew culture. We like the community. We like beer."

    Douhan, isn't making any beer. Instead, she brings craft beer from all over California to be sold here in Bakersfield.

    Douhan said she’s a big fan of being a part of the brewing district.

    The other component to this brewing district is a store dedicated to giving people the tools to make their own beer.

    Central Valley Homebrew Supply just opened its doors,

    "There's a lot of people out there making really good beer, just in their garage," Quigley said. "So, to have a store like that in Bakersfield now, it's going to make it a lot easier for people that are currently doing it, and for more people to want to get into it."

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