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Foodie Empire: Another Saturday, another round of dueling Inland Empire beer events

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By John Plessel

For the second time in just a few short weeks, Inland Empire craft beer aficionados have a decision to make.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, will they head to San Bernardino County to help celebrate Escape Craft Brewery’s third anniversary or to Riverside County to fête Route 30 Brewing Company’s second anniversary?

I don’t think there’s a wrong decision here.

In Redlands, Escape’s anniversary party will feature the release of the brewery’s anniversary beer, “All the Magic” (named after a Shel Silverstein quote); hourly beer releases; live music from the Connie Roener Band, Psycho Punx and Other Side; and food from Sugarbee Cafe and Bake Shop, Fire — A Pizza Co., Taco Shack and Loaded Buns.

There also will be limited-edition commemorative glassware, shirts and hats available.

The family-friendly celebration begins at 1 p.m., but the brewery’s Passport members can get in at noon. Escape is at 721 Nevada St., Suite 401.

In Riverside, Route 30 Brewing Company’s festivities will feature three new beer releases; live music from Jade Bennett and Gino Matteo; and food from the Taco Lady Catering.

The event is set for noon to 10 p.m. Route 30 is at 9860 Indiana Ave., Suite 19.

Both events are free to attend.

Another Coco’s gone

Back in 2015, dozens of Coco’s Bakery and Carrows Restaurants, including many here in the Inland Empire, closed as the chains’ owner sought to stabilize the company.

Last week, we learned one of the few remaining Coco’s Bakery restaurants — at 24949 Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley — had closed.

The restaurant’s assets were auctioned off over the weekend.

The closure leaves only eight Coco’s locations in the region: Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Upland, Rialto, Riverside (two locations), […]    

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