KERN COUNTY, Calif. - Two brewing companies that began in Kern County as a hobby are now finding ways of brewing success even in a down economy.
“I started home brewing in the bathroom,” said Jeff Williams, president of Lengthwise Brewing Company.
“I started home brewing,” said Kyle Smith, co-owner of Kern River Brewing Company.
“My true goal is to own and operate and run a successful brewery,” said Williams.
“I wanted to do the professional thing and we opened up the brew pub in 2006,” said Smith.
“As time went on, it was a necessary evil to add a restaurant and it’s been very rewarding to have food as well,” he said.
“Our market is all the way form Kern County, all the way to San Diego. So we have distributes in Orange County that distributes all over the southern California area,” he said.
“What if we opened up more restaurants where we have outlets for our product, and at that point we really became successful. And now there’s someone at a lengthwise now. It’s just one, there’s three of them,” said Williams.
“The collaboration beer started out as an idea that we both wanted to at Kern River and at Lengthwise Brewing Company,” said Darin Schwicker, brewing master of Lengthwise Brewing Company.
“The Kernwise American pale ale is a super hot American pale ale,” he said.
“We both wanted to do this so we came together with some crazy ideas of the hopping schedule,” said Schwicker.
The collaboration pale ale Kernwise will be available at both brewing companies starting the first of April.