New brewery opens to the public


Bre Williams/ The Runner Matt Schauer talks with customers on Oct. 1 at Temblor Brewing Company. The brewery hosts live local music in addition to offering beer. The concerts are for those over 21, usually taking place on the weekends. Photo by Bre Williams/The Runner

Bre Williams

Senior Reporter

The Temblor Brewing Company opened their large warehouse door to the public this September. It is owned by three partners; Don Bynum, Tom Maxwell, and Derrick Miller and located in the heart of Bakersfield history at 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. The brewery started originally with five beers on draft, but has since released five additional beers to their unique menu.

Inspiration struck Don Bynum on a trip to Belgium and ignited in him a love for the art of brewing beer. “I went there and was totally blown away by the culture and the whole Belgian way of making beer and presenting it”, Byum said.

“All of our beers are either 100% barley or mostly barley, wheat, or rye, and we are using very few adjuncts which is a term for flavor enhancers”, explained Bynum.

The beers at Temblor are ran through a centrifuge during the brewing process, which brings all of the solids out of the beer without taking away from the flavor. They have a small batch system aside from their main system, which houses 250 beers a batch. They produce a new beer weekly on this system and “these beers are going to be more obscure styles”, Bynum said.

Temblor’s head brewer is Mike Lahti who joined the company from Indiana. Lahti was looking for a change and met the owners of Temblor in Portland, Oregon at a convention. Lahti has twelve years of prior experience and along with brewing the beer he has artistic input in the process.

The atmosphere at Temblor is laidback with open seating and a walk up ordering system. The beer names such as the “661” and “Street of Bakersfield” give the brewery a true local vibe. Many of the beers are named after songs or bands such as, “Meeting People is Easy”, which is named after a documentary by Bynum’s favorite band Radiohead.

Accompanying their beer list is also a food menu, which Bynum says is meant to compliment the beers they brew. It includes items like beer batter onion rings, sandwiches, and flat bread pizzas.

Junior Communications major Shelby Baird said, “The food and beer was really good and not too expensive”.

Their tapped beers are $5 for a 16 oz pour and they also offer take home cans, howlers, or growlers. Also they have a Temblor Tasting Flight for $8, which contains tastes of five of their flagship beers. Bynum said within the next 6 months they hope to have cans in stores for purchase.

Along with beer and food Temblor has activities for customers as well. They have a table of board games for customers to use while they hang out in the pub.

The warehouse also holds separate room for concerts from Bakersfield’s local bands. These events are 21 and older, $5 dollar cover charge, and happen most weekends. Thursday Oct. 8 the show includes Le Wolves and Los Devitos.

The brewery is open Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m to 9 p.m, Thursday 11 a.m to 10 p. m, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m to 11 p.m, and Sunday 9:30 a.m to 8 p.m.