Sampling Rad Beers at Aftershock Brewing Co. in Temecula

I walked in blinded from the sunny & hot 86° F Temecula afternoon to find a dark, dimly lit brewery. The brewery, Aftershock Brewing Co., was speckled with people. A family with a baby trolley & a bag of Kettle Chips sat together drinking some beer. Another couple sat facing each other laughing & smiling. I made my way toward the end of the brewery & perched myself on one of the bar stools.

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Strawberry Brew Juice,  1909, Abuelita's Pastel de Cafe, Caramel Kid's Delight

About

Although it's in the midst of a renovation, Aftershock Brewing Co. turns four years old in September. While I was there, Laurel took care of me & did so with great knowledge & patience. The brewery prides itself on their creative approach to brewing, which becomes evident with so many beers on tap. There's something for every type of brew lover & more options than you'll ever get the chance to drink, at least in one sitting.

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I sampled quite a nice selection of beers to get a grasp of their large range. After doing so diligently, I want to share four of my favorites. These choices are one-of-a-kind & portray the Aftershock Brewing Co. essence. These are beers you won't find anywhere else!

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My Favorite Beers

Orange CreamsicAle - This vanilla cream ale with orange citrus finish is light, flavorful, & creamy. It smelled delightful & I wish I could bottle the scent to put in my car. With a 5.2% ABV, Orange CreamsicAle would be perfect for a summer pool day.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale - Get ready for a tasty surprise! This American amber ale seriously smelled just like oatmeal raisin cookie. Just like it! It was absolutely scrumptious with raisin & cinnamon on the nose & palate. 

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Orange CreamsicAle, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale, Peanut Alert, Espresso Stout

Abuelita's Pastel de Cafe - Now this beer — a Porter with coffee, cinnamon, & molasses — is a kicker. "Ah!" I exclaimed after I took my first gulp. Although it's a surprising 9.4% ABV, you can barely taste the alcohol.

Caramel Kid's Delight - Despite the name, this is not for kids whatsoever. With a 9.9% ABV, check yourself before you wreck yourself. The Imperial chocolate caramel coconut cookie stout tastes like an adult version of Samoas, the Girl Scout cookie. 


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Honorable Mentions

Jess y James -  This American Imperial Stout has notes of chocolate & with 9.9% ABV, it's like an alcoholic coffee.

Richter Raunch - As an award-winning smoked ale, Richter Raunch seriously tastes like someone dropped some smoked Gouda or something equally smokey in the beer. It's whimsical & delightful.

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Final Thoughts

Laurel was kind enough to send me off with a bottle to go. She recommended Third Degree, a traditional India Pale Ale & an Aftershock signature. I ended up enjoying it with Fred a few days later during dinner. Although I did try quite a variety of their beers, the uniquely flavored ones were the ones that stood out to me.

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Verdict

Aftershock Brewing Co. has a wide array of beers to choose from. IPAs, Stouts, Belgians, & more! Choose something eclectic or opt for a classic. The brewery hosts a variety of patrons, which is always good for the classic sport of people watching. I didn't find the brewery to be super busy or chaotic, with a perfectly acceptable noise level. Take a look at their selection of pint glasses & buy one to take home. I enjoyed myself & would certainly come back, especially to try my favorite beers again.


Which of these beers looks like something you'd like? Have you visited Aftershock Brewing Co.? :]

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* Disclaimer: These beers were received complimentary from Aftershock Brewing Co. in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]

30 comments

  1. all of your choices sound amazing! orange creamsicle? yes!

    XO

    Bridget || www.bridgetrosebeauty.com

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  2. I thought I'd hit up just about every brewery in the San Diego area before moving to LA a few years ago but somehow I missed Aftershock! This sounds like my kind of day...beer tasting and people watching!

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  3. I never liked beer until I moved to Colorado (and promptly realized that beer is a LIFESTYLE here), but it's really starting to grow on me. I prefer sours right now, or fruit-infused (it's an easier transition from cocktails to beer - I can't quite stomach an IPA) so that grapefruit Paradisi would be right up my alley ;)

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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  4. How fun is this?! Love it.

    XO
    Molly
    www.trendychickadee.com

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  5. Great post! Love it!

    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  6. Love this! It looks like so much fun.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  7. Aww this is absolutely amazing place! I'll be happy to try them <3
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

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  8. I need to go to a brewery and do some tasting! The creamsicle one sounds delicious
    XO,
    Anna
    www.blushingrosestyle.com

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  9. This looks like such a fun time babe! Hugs, Kait
    www.makeminemaroon.com

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  10. I'm just 16 and I don't like beer, but my brother loooves it so I'm definitely gonna show him this post! The photos are great!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  11. Looks so nice! Hope you had a lot of fun there!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  12. Orange creamsicle!? I think that one is for me. I love this post - you make me feel like I'm actually there. If only I had a beer in front of me...
    --Roxanne
    Glass of Glam

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  13. This looks so fun! There's a local brewery just outside of DC, I've been meaning to go forever, just haven't made the time. Seriously, how fun!

    -- Dara // www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

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  14. Oooh the oatmeal raisin one sounds so delicious!

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  15. Oh! Such a lovely article! http://bit.ly/1SZ24Bb Thanks so much for sharing! :D

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  16. Oh man, San Diego ALWAYS has a new brewery popping up. You have to come back & try the new ones. :]

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  17. Beer is a lifestyle indeed. Sours are amazing! There's another brewery in Temecula (Relentless Brewing) that has a great selection. :]

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  18. Do it! The Orange CreamsicAle was quite tasty. :]

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  19. Yeah, don't drink beer for a few more years. :]

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  20. Just come to San Diego & you'd have a whole bunch of beer in front of you. :]

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