There’s another new brewery in the Inland Empire! August 1st from 5-7pm was the first “sneak preview” of Claremont Craft Ales. They are located in the shadow of the mountains north of downtown Claremont. Walking into the open space of the brewery/tasting room, there’s a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Next to the serving bar, a counter with seats lines one wall. In another are, you’ll find a couch and chairs with artificial grass. Additional seating and tables are scattered around the space. It’s a welcoming atmosphere that is family friendly.
Owners Simon Brown and Emily Moultrie along with brewer, Brian Seffer and his wife Natalie were busily pouring beer and greeting customers. Personal touches are found on the walls, logo shirts, and beers. You see the phrase “Simon says….” followed by several craft beer phrases on the large wall. Even the t-shirts have “Simon says, Drink my Beer” on the back.
Enough about the space – what about the beer? A flat screen at the serving bar lists the beers on tap with ABV and prices for a glass, taster or growler fill. Six beers were available ranging from a pale ale at 5.1%, to a blonde, rye IPA, oaked red, stout and a black rye imperial IPA with the highest ABV at 9.1% Quite a variety for an opening. The beer names have a personal connection to the owners or brewer. Willow, the blonde ale is named for Simon’s dog and Buddy, the black rye imperial IPA is named after Brian and Natalie’s dog. Carlisle, the pale ale is named after a street where Simon lived and St. Mawes, an American stout is for a small town in England. The rye IPA is named Jacaranda for the purple flowering trees we enjoy in the area. Lastly, Roble’d is Spanish for oak which is appropriate for the oaked red ale. There will be other styles coming out – an IPA with a mid-range IBU and 11th Street, a pomegranate wheat are in the works. Brian mentioned something about a porter too.
If you read this today, there’s another “sneak preview” planned for tonight (Thursday, August 2nd from 5-7pm). Stop by if you can and enjoy a cold one.