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20 Under 40

This year's group of 20 Under 40 People to Watch come from different backgrounds and professions but share a common goal of improving our community.

We present you the fourth annual 20 Under 40 People to Watch.

Nominated by their colleagues and friends, these rising young professionals are making a name for themselves by doing work that is contributing to a brighter future. They all come from different backgrounds but share one common goal: to contribute to society and help others become successful. 

Together, we raise our glass and say cheers to all young professionals making a difference in our community. There were many nominations and we had a tie, so this year, we present you with 21 honorees. 

Adam

From left: Boom or Bust, Super Funkadelic and Dank Street from Dionysus Brewing

For the love of craft

Beer. It’s the centerpiece of happy hours and one of the most popular beverages in the world, with brands like Budweiser, Coors and Miller easily recognized by drinkers and nondrinkers alike. But the products produced by macrobreweries – facilities that produce beers on a large scale – pale in

Bootleggers' Shock Top fish taco, crispy salsa verde taco and Korean taco.

Let's give them something to taco 'bout

We were on the search for the best tacos in Bakersfield and, to our surprise, found out that this Mexican mecca dish has been kicked up in creativity and flavor. Whether you’re in the mood for a carnitas taco or a “puffy taco” – yes, that is a thing – take a look at some local favorites.

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