Although Babe’s Barbeque and Brewhouse is renowned for its amazing variety of barbeque (including some of the best ribs this side of a pig), many people who live in or visit the Greater Palm Springs Oasis don’t realize that this hot spot is actually a real “brewhouse”! As the only micro-brewery in the region, Babe’s is a great place to bring your beer-loving friends and show off the talents of our local brew master. I’ve been doing just that ever since Don Callender (of Marie Callender’s fame) opened the eatery at The River in Rancho Mirage in 2002.
The half-million-dollar custom brew system—with its hand-hammered, aged copper exterior; four fermenters; and five serving tanks—is on proud display inside the restaurant. Fun tours and taste-testings are available year-round (call for details). And that huge silo at the entrance to the restaurant? That’s a holding tank for more than 15,000 pounds of malt! The whole system functions to make some of the best-tasting beers around.
As a general rule, Babe’s produces three ales (which tend to be stronger, more assertive, and have a more robust flavor) and two lagers (generally smoother, crisper, and more subtle in taste and aroma). A recent favorite is Babe’s Honey Blonde Ale (at a respectable 5.0% alcohol), which won the 2012 Gold Medal at the L.A. International Commercial Beer Competition, and has a subtle finish from the Orange Blossom Honey used in production. For those who love something a little different, Babe’s “Bin 412” Oaked Strong Ale is not to be missed. Drink with a bit of caution, since it sports 8.5% alcohol! Made with tart California cherries and blackberries—not to mention Maine blueberries—and aged in American oak barrels, this aged fruit beer is a special brew and a great accompaniment for Babe’s tasty barbecue.
Babe’s beer selections change seasonally (with its yearly Winterfest Lager an annual standout). Visit frequently so as not to miss a single brew.