Saturday, May 18th marked the five-year anniversary of Redlands-based Hangar 24 Brewery. For this milestone birthday, H24 pulled out all the stops with a unique Airfest at their neighboring Redlands Municipal Airport. The event was power-packed with activities for the whole family, specialty beer tappings throughout the day, and of course, a schedule of air performances and live music. According to Director of Marketing Rob Bledsoe, the event was estimated to bring in between 10 and 25,000 people.
We were delighted to see the list of special beers on offering including pours of their popular Barrel Roll Series. The event also marked the release of their latest Barrel Roll offering and 5th Anniversary Ale: Slow Roll. According to Head Brewer Kevin Wright, Slow Roll is a Belgian-style golden ale aged in old Pugachev’s Cobra bourbon barrels and only 1,200 bottles were made. Stand-out beer tastings of the day for me included their 2012 Chandelle and the 2012 Vinaceous, although H24 made sure that there were more than enough pouring stations throughout the event serving up cold brews for this particularly warm late-spring day.
From the local parachuters to the big fireworks show at the end of the night, H24 did a great job in providing a fun, family-friendly environment. The crowds started to pick up later in the afternoon, but the space was vast and for the most part lines were manageable. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what they’ll be doing for their 6th. Happy Anniversary, Hangar 24!