Tags: Featured Story, Food & Home, Party and Entertainment
When Temblor Brewing Company opened five years ago, I felt this would be a showpiece for Bakersfield, and it has proven me right. Not only has its beers won numerous awards, but the management has brought so much entertainment to town with famous comedians, fundraisers, tribute bands, and the promotion of local talent. Temblor Brewing Company is more than just a brewery, it’s a restaurant, comedy club, music venue with a private event space, and a comfortable lounge to watch sports and play games.
The first time I went to Temblor Brewing Company was soon after its grand opening as a “date” night, while my husband and I waited for our children to jump at the trampoline park in the adjacent building. I’ve since been back many times over the years for dinners, fundraisers, comedy shows, and birthday celebrations, and I always enjoy myself.
When I went for the dining review, three of my girlfriends, Liesl Luthi, Renee Christensen, and Cyndi Both, and I had a fun time trying out some of Temblor Brewing Company’s new menu options. Liesl and Renee had never been to Temblor so it was nice to get a fresh perspective. I think Renee said it best, “This is really a great place to socialize and it feels intimate even though it’s a big space.”
First up, owner Don Bynum got us Temblor’s own house-brewed Steppin’ Stone Root Beer and selected three appetizers: the giant soft pretzel, shredded chicken nachos, and their new dish, crispy Brussels sprouts. With its sweet and tangy Asian-inspired glaze, the four of us decided that these Brussels sprouts were “delicious,” and that is saying a lot, because none of us usually like them. Don says they are fried to add more flavor.
When the server brought us the giant soft pretzel, the presentation of it made our entire table say, “Wow!” It really was GIANT and suspended from a serving rack with dipping sauces of house-made beer cheese and Brewers mustard. It was fresh and warm on the inside while crunchy and salty on the outside. “This is not your typical pretzel you buy at a game,” Renee said.
Next, we dug into the shredded chicken nachos layered with braised shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, black beans, Pico de Gallo, avocado crema, and spicy earthquake sauce. The nachos had a kick to them but the avocado crema tempered it to balance out the spicy flavor.
One of Don and Christina Bynum’s favorite dishes at Temblor is the chicken and green apple salad, so of course, we had to try it. The salad’s textures of chicken, apples, caramelized walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles, and croutons married perfectly with the house-made balsamic vinaigrette. And, the salad was not lacking for walnuts; not only were there plenty throughout, but the nuts themselves were generously sized and caramelized to perfection.
From the Headliner section of the menu, we were served the BBQ pulled pork sandwich and the pork Banh Mi sandwich. The pork on both of these sandwiches was cooked beautifully with a taste to match. My personal favorite of the day was the pulled pork sandwich served on a pretzel bun and complemented with coleslaw and Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. The sandwich also featured fried onions which added such a nice texture experience. This is the dish I will be ordering next time I visit Temblor.
Temblor has a reputation for a tasty burger. In fact, Don says in a recent poll they came in third place for the best burger in town. As part of the menu, you can build your own burger from the meat to the set-up to any add-on and upgrades. For this review, Don chose The Carolina Bison burger and it did not disappoint. As an Idaho native, Bison meat is a favorite of mine because it has a richer flavor than beef. Renee visits Montana a lot, where Bison meat is very popular. Renee says Temblor’s burger rivals any she’s had in the Big Sky state and I was equally impressed. This black-pepper crusted Bison patty was served with Pepper Jack cheese, fried jalapenos and onions, with BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato, and it was superb! There was something about the way the cheese melted into the jalapeños and onions that gave it the right amount of kick. All the toppings were a nice complement, but the meat was delicious by itself.
Temblor offers so much more than just delicious food and a fun environment. In fact, you can celebrate Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday Jamdown with Mento Buru & Friends on February 1st, at 6 p.m. On February 22nd, Temblor presents comedian Andrew Santino with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. This month also features line dancing, jazz nights, a Johnny Cash tribute band, comedy open mic nights, brewery tours, and so much more.
To find a complete list of Temblor Brewing Co. events, please visit www.temblorbrewing.com.
Temblor Brewing Co.
3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield