Crusader Brewing

Crusader Brewing Co. is the fourth local brewery to open in Bakersfield's brewing district.

A distinctly traditional beer maker has set up shop in the city’s brewing district.

Crusader Brewing Co., which opened Feb. 23 at 5880 District Blvd., Suite 18, focuses on traditional European beer styles, not the hops-intense, IPA- style beers popular among many West Coast craft brewers.

"We're doing traditional style of English and German beers," said Bailey Hale, who co-owns the brewery with Christopher McEnulty. "We want to do maltier beers and beers that have a much more classic, historical flavor profile."

Crusader is closed Sundays and Mondays but is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It's also open from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays.

"We've been doing well," Hale said of his business since last month's opening. "We've had people from Fresno and Los Angeles drive up to try our beer already."

Although it does not serve food, the business regularly hosts food trucks for customers who want to eat tacos, pizza or barbecue with their beer.

As a five-barrel brewhouse with no employees, Crusader follows the same business model as other smaller local breweries.

Hale and McEnulty hope to do as much business out of their taproom as possible but are also in talks with local restaurants about making beer available for sale outside the beer district, which is generally located between Gosford and Stine roads, north of District Boulevard and south of White Lane.

Hale said Monday he hopes to sell canned beers "to go" soon. "Hopefully I can get that wired up and working today," he said.

The brewery is positioning itself as friendly to veterans and law enforcement. Hale said he is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and that before McEnulty was involved in a traffic accident he worked for the Kern County Sheriff's Office and the Ventura Police Department.

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The location of this brewery isn't that great. Its hidden in a corner between a large cheer gym and dance studio. Not sure how safe it is either people drinking and driving in the parking lot with so many children present at night walking to and from their cheer and dance classes.


Estimates of the casualties from the conflict in Iraq (beginning with the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the ensuing occupation and insurgency) have come in many forms, and the accuracy of the information available on different types of Iraq War casualties varies greatly.

Credible estimates of Iraq War casualties range from 151,000 violent deaths as of June 2006 (per the Iraq Family Health Survey) to 461,000 total deaths as of June 2011 (per PLOS Medicine 2013), over 60% of them violent.[1] Other disputed estimates, such as the 2006 Lancet study and the 2007 Opinion Research Business (ORB) survey—which likely overestimate mortality—put the numbers as high as 655,000 total deaths as of June 2006 (over 90% of them violent) and 1.2 million violent deaths as of August 2007 respectively. Meanwhile, body counts—which underestimate mortality—put the numbers as low as 110,600 violent deaths as of April 2009.[1]


The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The most commonly known Crusades are the campaigns in the Eastern Mediterranean aimed at recovering the Holy Land from Muslim rule, but the term "Crusades" is also applied to other church-sanctioned campaigns. These were fought for a variety of reasons including the suppression of paganism and heresy, the resolution of conflict among rival Roman Catholic groups, or for political and territorial advantage. At the time of the early Crusades the word did not exist, only becoming the leading descriptive term around 1760.


Amazing “Kern County has the largest problem with drinking and driving but has no problems with new breweries or sports bars opining in town , Let’s curb DUI but on the other hand let’s give them 5 more places to drink and then drive ?


1,700 cars passed through a DUI checkpoint on Saturday night. I was one of them, with a designated driver.. Not a single one detained for DUI. I hope this is a sign of people being more aware and careful. And yeah, i love brew pubs! Cant wait to try this one :)

Muhammad Fatwa al Jihad

I will never pass through the doors.

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