Mad Era Brewing Co. Coming Soon to Simi Valley

UPDATE 1/8/19: Owners noted yesterday that they have submitted building plans to the City of Simi Valley for the 3rd iteration yesterday.. Timing of opening date TBA.

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Original post 8/11/18:

The former Marie Callender's location at 20 W. Cochran Street in Simi Valley will soon be opening (as of mid-July they anticipated Fall 2018) as Mad Era Brewing Co.  Mad Era* is a production brewery and tap room that will also serve food.

* Perhaps you may note the cross street it is located at is Madera Road.

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Tarantula Hill Brewing Company Anticipated to Open in Early 2019 in Thousand Oaks


Tarantula Hill Brewing Company will be coming to 244 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks sometime in the early 2019 time frame (anticipated at this point).

This 21,440 sq ft freestanding building is the former home of Plummers Furniture.

Mike Richmond has been named "Brewmaster" of Tarantula Hill Brewing Company, having spent 10 years at Stone Brewing in San Diego. Mike was born in raised in Newbury Park and graduated from Newbury Park High School. 

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Namesake of Tarantula Hill Brewing Company.   TARANTULA HILL

Namesake of Tarantula Hill Brewing Company. TARANTULA HILL

The Dudes' Brewing Company Tasting Room Opened at Janss Marketplace on July 15th

Heard today that The Dudes' Brewing Company Tasting Room opened yesterday at Janss Marketplace, adjacent to Karma Indian Cuisine on the southeast side of the mall. So of course I stopped by today to try it out.

There are 24 beers on tap of all types. I bought a four beer taster for $7 and enjoyed three of the four. The woman next to me suggested the Grandma's Pecan English Brown Ale and it wasn't my taste, but the others I enjoyed. The word at the bar today that was that the Orange Julius IPA was a crowd favorite. I didn't try it.

No food service here, though they do have snacks, like the goldfish crackers I munched on. You are welcome to bring your own food.

More information and hours of operation at

Institution Ale Moving Soon to New, Larger Brewery and Tasting Room in Camarillo

Update April 23, 2016: Obvious progress being made but no word yet on timing.

Posted November 20, 2015:

Renovation work in process at the new Institution Ale Company in Camarillo

Renovation work in process at the new Institution Ale Company in Camarillo

Local craft brewery Institution Ale Company is building out its new location at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo in the former home of Price-Leho Precision Metal Stamping.  This is a highly visible location adjacent to the Camarillo Ranch House seen by thousands of cars passing by each day on Highway 101.

But that old Price-Leho building, vacated more than a few years ago, already looks completely different, as the new occupant is giving the place a dramatic face lift. 

The building will look completely different from this old school Price-Leho building

The building will look completely different from this old school Price-Leho building

Institution Ale's new tasting room will consist of 1,500 sq ft, plus an additional 800 sq ft outside patio area, a combined total over five times its existing tasting room at 438 Calle San Pablo in Camarillo. Food options will be limited to include just pizza and soft pretzels, created from scratch, as the owner focus on the beer!

The new brewing area will also be five times larger than its current space, which will allow for up to 12,000 barrels of freshly brewed beer a year.

Opening date will be announced in the coming months at

In the meantime, Institution Ale continues to operate at its current location, serving up a variety of micro-brewed beers in its tasting room.  Open 4-10PM Tuesday through Thursday, 1-10PM Friday, noon to 10PM Saturday and noon to 6PM Sunday. Closed Mondays. Call 805-482-3777 for more information.

Five Threads Brewing Company Opening Tonight in Westlake Village

Five Threads Brewing Company is opening its doors tonight at 31133 Via Colinas, Suite 109, Westlake Village (west of Lindero Canyon Road) offering locally brewed craft beers in its tasting room. 

Five Threads? The five threads represent the five ingredients of beer: Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast and "You and Me." 

Open Wednesday through Sunday (closed for brewing on Monday/Tuesday). Visit for more information.


Bottle & Pint Specialty Craft Beer Store and Tap Room Recently Opened in Newbury Park


Bottle & Pint is a specialty craft beer store and tap room that opened last month at 1714 Newbury Road, Suite G, Newbury Park, to the right of Holdren's and Spumoni, and to the left of Road Runner Sports. Heck, buy some shoes, go for a run, eat, drink, repeat!

Bottle & Pint's tap room offers a rotating list of over a dozen craft beers. The bottle shop has craft beers that you can drink there or take home. And for food, they encourage grabbing grub at the nearby eateries.

More information at or call 805.795.2254.