Bakersfield-based Temblor Brewing Co.'s El Cerrito Mexican Style Lager has won a gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship in the American Premium Lager category.

Breweries from across the world sent in more than 6,300 beers representing more than 110 different beer styles to the championship, Temblor said in a news release.

Judging the competition is blind; the judges only know the categories, but they do not know what beers they taste. The final round of judging was held Friday at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford, Ohio.

El Cerrito is Bakersfield’s first locally produced lager to win a gold medal in an international beer competition, Temblor said.

The craft lager is made from 100 percent barley malt, with traditional German lager yeast and hops. It is 4.75 percent alcohol by volume and is available at area stores, restaurants and pubs in cans and on draft.

Founded in September 2015, Temblor is a 19,000-square-foot brewery, restaurant, comedy club, private event space and music venue.

The Bakersfield southwest field office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles will open at 7 a.m. four days a week to help ease customer wait times starting Monday.

The offices will continue to open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and close at 5 p.m. daily.

In addition, the Bakersfield field office will open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 4.

Appointments can be scheduled up to 90 days in advance using the DMV’s website or by calling 800-777-0133.

Lane closures on Highway 99 will take place the next two Saturday nights for grinding and paving operations.

On Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., the following lanes will be closed on northbound Highway 99:

  • Right lane between Ming Avenue and Highway 178
  • On-ramp from Wible Avenue
  • Connector ramp to eastbound/westbound Highway 58 and Highway 178
  • On-ramp from westbound Highway 58
  • Both on-ramps from California Avenue

On July 21, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., the following lanes will be closed on southbound Highway 99:

  • Right lane between Highway 58 and Belle Terrace
  • Connector ramps from eastbound/westbound Highway 58 (Rosedale Highway) and Highway 178
  • On-ramp and offramp at California Avenue

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