“The Biggest, Little Brewery in the World” produces over 20 styles of beer and 100 flavors of soda each year using pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring.
Indian Wells Brewing Company is located along Highway 14 (two miles south of the 395 junction and 2 miles north of the 178 east junction), about halfway between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, CA.
With all the signs out front, it’s kind of hard to miss.
The Indian Wells Lodge and Brewing Company site has been in the same family for three generations. On July 10, 1962, Virgil Nowels, from Bakersfield, CA built the restaurant, with grand visions of making the site a destination. 55 years later, the restaurant continues to attract motorists with their infamous house salad, steaks and prime rib entrees.
Indian water hole on Joseph R. Walker trail of 1834 where Manly-Jayhawker parties of 1849 found their first water after five days of travel from Argus Range. During 1860’s was site of stage and freight station from Los Angeles to Coso and Cerro Gordo mines.
In 1995, Indian Wells Brewing Co. was born in one of the rooms of the restaurant.
Two years later, they moved into a 10,000 square foot building that sits next door to the restaurant.
Thankfully, pooches are welcome.
The building includes a 2,000 sq. ft. gift shop, with over 100 different kinds of candy and sodas in stock.
They not only carry a huge selection of Rocket Fizz branded candy but also bottle all their specialty sodas.
Including all the crazy obscure ones, like bacon, cookie dough, maple syrup and more than 100 others.
All made with Indian Wells artesian spring water of course.
If sweets ain’t your thing, the gift shop also includes a large variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts and glassware. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the back room sweeper like I did:)
But let’s be honest, you didn’t come to a brewery in the middle of nowhere to feed your sweet tooth, you came for the beer.
Indian Wells Brewing Co. produces up to 20 styles of beer throughout the year including their famous Mojave Red, Death Valley Pale Ale and Lobotomy Bock.
You can even sit and sip your brew while watching the breweries assembly line in action.
Or you can head outside and enjoy the large outside beer garden overlooking the Indian Wells Valley below.
There’s plenty of keg seating available…
…and even a cute little snack shack where you can grab a bite to eat before heading back out on the highway (although it was closed during our visit).
Even if you’re not in the mood for a brew or a tasty sweet soda, Indian Wells Brewing Co. is a great roadside detour while traveling along Highway 14. The bathrooms are clean, the history is cool and you can always pick up some brews for later, so you have something to drink once you get home. Indian Wells Brewing Co. is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.