After surviving inspections and approvals, Chino Valley Brewing opened their tasting room to the public on Friday, July 27th. We arrived 15 minutes early and the ‘open’ sign was already outside and six other people were inside tasting the brews on tap. Four beers were on tap – a blonde, English ale, porter and stout. If you bought a flight of the four, you got a logo pint glass with that signature Chino cow on the brewery logo.
The Butterfield Blonde was one of my favorites with good flavor and a surprising 6.3% ABV. Route 83 Ale brewed with English yeast was the strongest beer on tap at 7.9%. This brown has flavor reminiscent of ales found in English pubs. Another favorite was the Prado Porter at 5.5% with a licorice taste from the star anise used in brewing. The porter was available with regular carbonation or on nitro. The fourth beer for the opening was Foggy Morning Stout, a lighter stout at 5.2% served on nitro.
Matthew Maldonado and Ray Duran, co-owners were clearly excited to be open and seemed a little surprised at the turnout for the opening day. They spent time behind the bar and greeting family, friends and new customers. Matt talked about his next beer on tap, Mule Car IPA, a double IPA with a bit more hop presence.
Brewing on a small 2/3 bbl system has its advantages and disadvantages, but as they posted on Facebook, they’re looking to upgrade soon. Based on the beer poured that first night, they will need to! I also heard that growlers will be coming. So next time you’re on the 60 freeway in the Ontario area on a weekend, stop by and check them out!