Although thousands visit the region each year for its sprawling vineyards and wine varietals, it’s a lesser-known fact that Murrieta’s craft beer scene is alive and kicking. A growing number of loyal patrons flock to the city to celebrate the varying styles and techniques used by Murrieta’s passionate brewers and the distinct personalities of the breweries where they work their magic.
Conveniently located in the heart of Murrieta, each of these independent and creative breweries are within walking distance from one another.
Of course, beer lovers could hit all three breweries in one go and call it a day. However, a better way to fully experience Murrieta is to balance a visit to each watering hole with another kind of experience to get the heart racing, soak up the views or explore nature.
Here are three different ways to explore Murrieta’s beer scene, based on your own personality and interests. For more information about Murrieta’s burgeoning craft brew scene, events and activities, click here.
For Arcade and Go-Kart Lovers: Pole Position and 8 Bit Brewing Company
Start your day with some high-adrenaline at Pole Position Raceway, where you can turn a good day into a great one by flying through the fun center’s speedy and technical go-cart course. Different race formats are available and the track offers monthly public events such as Ironman Races, Team Endurance Races, Youth Racing Camps and Driving Clinics.
After you’ve crushed a few laps on the raceway, head over to 8 Bit Brewing Company, a brewery unlike any other.
Inspired by 1980’s video games and pop culture references, the beer titles and decor at family and dog-friendly are reason enough to stop in. A rotating variety of beers – with an emphasis on IPAs – great food, industrial-influenced atmosphere and spacious patio are reasons to stay. Chef Cameron has designed a menu with fresh options ranging from crisp salads to decadent poutine which is sure to put any hunger pangs to rest. Keep an eye open for the “brewcade,” slated to open by the end of 2018.
For Water-based Explorers: Inland Wharf and Skinner Lake
Those who love to chase award-winning craft beer with events and atmosphere will not leave Inland Wharf Brewing Co. disappointed. This nautical-themed brewery hosts a weekly “Kill The Cask Night” on Wednesdays and a “Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night” on Thursdays, in addition to featuring live music, cask-conditioned beers, darts, shuffleboard, video games and corn hole. Founder Robert Durant opened the brewery after 23 years in the Navy, making this a favorite spot among veterans. Pop in for lively stories and personable faces.
If the vibe of Inland Wharf makes you pine for a refreshing day on the water, a trip to Skinner Reservoir is a perfect pre-or-post-beer option. Whether fishing, camping or merely relaxing, the natural beauty and water activities offered at this popular spot will make a splash with your crew. Adjacent Lake Skinner Park is also a great base camp for visitors of all ages, and an ideal getaway for cyclists and hikers alike.
For True Adventurers: Electric Brewing and Mountain Biking
Why limit exploration to your taste buds? Adventurous beer aficionados can start their day atop a mountain bike on the Greer Ranch/215 Trail. This large network of singletrack, intermediate mountain biking trails off of the 215 freeway offers 700 feet of altitude change, impeccable views and varied terrain. This well-maintained trail also features jump lines, speed and technical aspects.
After exploring, get adventurous with your hops at Electric Brewing Company. This spot has built a faithful legion of followers, thanks in large part to their off-the-beaten-path approach to ingredients and styles. Whether it’s Rakau hops, a kettle sour brewed with rye malt or a house strain of yeast, prep your palate for a session of the unexpected when visiting this local hotspot. This small-batch brewery is also known for its offbeat labels, tasting-room-only releases and attentive staff.
Travelers with a passion for craft beer and many types of adventure need look no further – in Murrieta, the region’s experiences offer perfect pairings for both. Book your trip to explore everything the region has to offer today.
Please exercise caution when participating in any activity after consuming alcohol and be sure to take a taxi or ridesharing service if you are beyond the legal limit.