FAQ

We have great conversations with our fans all the time, whether in our taproom or out at events & festivals we participate in. Those questions that get asked routinely seemed appropriate for a Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

So Here it is. These are the questions many have with the answers that fit the Kinetic Brewing craft beer philosophy. Not everything said here is true with all beer you'll drink, so it's important to understand Kinetic standards aren't the standards of all beer makers.

 

They are however most common in the Craft Beer industry.

General Beer Q&A

There are microbreweries, craft breweries and brewpubs. What is the difference?

It’s a size thing. Though all pour premium ingredients, passion and experimentation into their work, micros typically serve local audiences only and produce less than 15,000 US barrels per year. Craft Brewers take that same commitment to a wider audience. Brewpubs are like microbreweries, except that they are also a bona-fide eating establishment. This exception allows brewpubs to serve wine, other breweries beers and sometimes liquor. Kinetic Brewing Co. on Lancaster Blvd. is a brewpub.

The descriptions of your beer mention “bitterness units.” What are those?

A standard measurement for beer bitterness imparted by hops — a higher number indicates higher bitterness, and therefore higher hop usage. Higher BUs do not always correspond to higher perceived bitterness — the malt character in the beer will affect perceived bitterness.

Read More about the brewing process and ingredients on our 'Craft Beer Explained' page.

What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?

The difference between ales and lagers has nothing to do with strength, color, or bitterness. The difference is the yeast and the fermentation temperature. Ale yeast ferments best at warmer temperatures — up to about 75° F. Because a yeasty foam rises to the surface of the beer, these are known as “top-fermenting” yeast. Lager yeast, on the other hand, prefers cooler temperatures. They are called “bottom-fermenting” yeast because they sink to the bottom of the beer during the cold storage period traditional for lager beers. This process removes haze and gives lagers their characteristic clean, rounded tastes.

Read More about the brewing process and ingredients on our 'Craft Beer Explained' page.

What is “dry hopping?”

We add additional hops to some of our beers as they age in tanks. This increases the aroma and hop character of the finished beer without affecting its bitterness.

Kinetic Beer Q&A

What are the ingredients used in Kinetic beers?

Kinetic Brewing Co. uses the highest quality and most natural brewing ingredients while utilizing the very best brewing practices. This allows us to create ales and lagers with superior flavor, aroma, balance, and character. As a traditional brewer, Kinetic currently uses malted two-row barley (malt), hops, yeast, and water for every brew. Some of our beers include wheat or oats. Velocity contains lactose.

Read More about the brewing process and ingredients on our 'Craft Beer Explained' page.

Are any animal products used in the brewing process?

All of our beer is brewed, fined and packaged without the use of isinglass, bone char or any other animal by-product.

Do your beers contain wheat or other grains with gluten?

We believe that the best beers are born from the best possible ingredients, and malted barley and wheat are among the grains that help us create exceptional beers. Both of these grains contain small amounts of naturally occurring gluten, and although the brewing process notably reduces the gluten levels, no beer brewed using these materials can be called gluten free. We have been experimenting with enzymes that would aid in the reduction of gluten even further, but we have not commercially released any of these experiments as yet.

Beer Sales Q&A

Do you have a tasting room?

Yes. We are a brewpub and as such have a full restaurant as well as a brewery at our Lancaster Blvd location.

What beers are currently on tap?

Our beers rotate daily. A list of current offerings is available on our taplist page.

Do you sell bottled beer?

Yes! We carry our own beers as well as carefully curated selections from some of our favorite breweries, wineries, meaderies and cider houses. A list of current offerings is available on our bottle list.

When is my favorite beer released?

Check out our Beer Release Calendar!

Potential Blonde, Rusted Gear, Ignition, Propulsion, Pendulum and Fusion are available all year.

Velocity can be found throughout the winter months. McLernon’s and Redline make a brief appearance around St. Patrick’s Day every year. Torque can be found throughout the summer months. While Citrafuge is made at the peak of the fall hops harvest. Finally, Afterburner is released twice a year in February and September.

Our Over Wound series rotate every four months and are generally available as follows:  Old Cog Barleywine-style Ale - January through April, Conundrum Belgian Golden Strong - May through August, and Paradox Belgian Quad - September through December.

To find accounts with our beer, use our Beer Locator Tool. For more information on our beer, visit the beer section of our website.

Where can I find my favorite Kinetic beer?

Use our beer locator to find which retailers in your area have our beer.

Where are Kinetic’s beers distributed?

We have distribution throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties as well as light distribution in Bakersfield. For more information about our distribution network, please contact us or view our distributors page (coming soon).

Can I order Kinetic beer directly from you?

Unfortunately, we are not able to ship beer directly to consumers. Please use our beer finder to find a retailer in your area.

Can I fill my growler from another brewery?

Yes! Well, maybe. We can fill growlers from other breweries… But state law requires that you obscure all identifying marks such as logos, brewery names, addresses, trademarks, etc. (We will not do this for you) Growlers must be amber glass or stainless steel. Growlers must be one of the following fill sizes; 32-ounce, 64-ounce, 1 liter or 2 liter. Growlers must be clean and devoid of any odors. We will not fill or clean dirty growlers.

Can I buy a keg of beer to take home?

All of our Year Round offerings and many of our Seasonal and Specialty offerings can be purchased with advanced notice. Call us at 661.942.2337 to learn what’s available.

Kinetic Food/Menu Q&A

Do you serve food?

Yes, we offer a range of authentic and international pub cuisine. Please see our menu for a more detailed description.

What’s on the menu?

Our menu Our Menu is available online. Please note that it is updated frequently!

Can I bring in my own food?

No, the California Department of Public Health - Safety Code specifically prohibits this and states that we could suffer penalty for condoning such action.

Do you have vegan or other special options?

Our menu offers a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Most items can be modified to meet dietary needs, please ask your server for more detail.

Do you accept reservations?

Yes. Please use our online reservations form or call the following: Brewery & Restaurant: 661.942.2337.

Location & General Info

Where are you located?

We are located in Lancaster, CA, about 1 hour NE of Los Angeles.

Click here for directions to our brewery.

Kinetic Brewing Company
735 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

What are your hours?

Please note that we are generally closed on most major holidays.

Brewery & Restaurant Hours

Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:00pm

Thursday: 11:30am – 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am

Sunday: 11:30am – 9:00pm

(please see our events page for any upcoming closures)

How do I contact Kinetic?

Please use our contact form or call the following: Brewery & Restaurant: 661.942.2337.

Can children and teenagers visit the brewpub?

Yes, we welcome visitors of all ages.

Remember that anyone wishing to purchase alcohol must be over 21, with valid identification.

Kinetic Brewing Company, in accordance with California Alcoholic Beverage Control, strictly abides by the Bona Fide I.D. requirements when determining drinking age. An acceptable form of I.D. must be issued by an Official Government Agency (Federal, State, County or City) and contain all of the following: name, photo, and date of birth, and must be currently valid. (Bona Fide I.D. is one card that contains all of these items).

Can I bring my dog/cat to the brewery?

Kinetic loves animals, but only service animals are allowed in the restaurant per ADA guidelines. Well-behaved pets are welcome on our outside patio.

Do you offer tours?

Not at this time. Our brewery is in such a confined space that often has wet and slippery floors which prevents us from safely offering public tours.

How do I apply for a position at Kinetic?

All of our current job openings are available online.

Please follow the directions to apply for an open position with us. We look forward to reviewing your application with the attention it deserves.

How do I contact the Human Resources Department?

Although we would like to have the opportunity to speak to everyone who is interested in working for us, we are very busy with applicants and want to give them the time and energy that they deserve in our recruiting process.

The best way to contact Human Resources is to email info@kineticbrewing.com or fill out our contact form.

What is your donation policy?

Kinetic supports many federally regulated non-profit organizations and has a long history of charitable giving. Please review our guidelines before filling out a donation request form.

Events & Entertainment Q&A

Do you hold any special events at Kinetic?

We’ll fill up your calendar, how about that? Events include sensory beer seminars, beer science talks, seasonal beer launches, and more. Keep tabs on the What’s Happening page.

My band wants to play at Kinetic. How do you determine who plays at your establishment?

Holly Santos is in charge of booking bands. She tries to bring in a mix of entertainers with a broad range of styles. If you have a suggestion for someone you’d like to see, you may contact holly@kineticbrewing.com

Merchandise & Online Store Q&A

Can I purchase a gift card to have mailed?

We offer gift cards for purchase in our web store and at our brewpub. They are good for food, beer (on tap and to-go), and merchandise for sale at our brewpub. You can purchase a gift card from our online store. It will be shipped through UPS and require a signature as to be sure the gift gets to the correct person. Gift cards cannot be used for online purchases in our web store.

Can I buy Kinetic gear online?

Yes, at our online store. Coming Soon.

What is your return policy?

Here at Kinetic we want you to leave happy with your purchases. Any items purchased from our gift store, except food or beer, may be exchanged or returned at any time provided that the items are in new condition. For a full refund of the purchase price, a receipt must be provided at the time of return. All items returned in new condition without a receipt are eligible for exchange only.

How can I return my online purchase for an exchange or refund?

To return or exchange an item purchased online, simply send it back to us at: Kinetic Brewing Company, 735 West Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, CA 93534.

Include your packing slip or a note specifying your name, order number, phone number, address, and what you would like us to do with your return (exchange for a different item or credit your card).

When we receive your return we will send your exchange or contact you for more information. We do not charge shipping to send your exchange via standard mail.