Mammoth Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
High up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, at an elevation of some 8000ft lies the home of the Mammoth Brewing Company. It is a little confusing to the first time visitor, like myself, as the address for Mammoth Brewing is clearly listed as 18 Main Street which confuses Mapquest, all the more understandable as the building is on the corner of Lake Mary Road and CA-203 Minaret Road. Even more confusing is the fact that the building actually houses the Mammoth Brewing Company (which is the Brewery part) whilst the Bar section is actually called Whisky Creek Restaurant and sort of separate, but not, if you know what I mean. Final part of the jigsaw is such that the address on my credit card receipt clearly lists the address as Whisky Creek Restaurant 24 Lake Mary Road. Hmmm, go figure.
It is easy enough to find nonetheless, driving up CA-395, take the exit for CA-203 toward Mammoth Lakes. CA-203 starts as Minaret Road and then eventually turns into Main Street until it reaches a crossroads where the cross street to the left and right is, rather confusingly, recalled Minaret Road. Head straight across onto Lake Mary Road and take the entrance on the right into the Parking Lot, this is where Mammoth Brewing Company and Whisky Creek Restaurant are.
A large two storey wooden building has more than a hint of alpine feel to it with some wooden decking and a sloped roof to cleverly ease the pressure of falling snow in colder climes. The ground floor entrance has a welcoming counter complete with a cash register. To the left of this counter in wooden cupboards with glass doors, Mammoth Brewing Breweriana including T-Shirts etc. is on sale here. In fact, you can see the Brewery equipment through large clear glass windows which line the top and side of the stair case. The ground floor houses the seated Restaurant area (though I didnt eat here so never visited it) whilst a wide wooden staircase leads you up to the first floor and the more laid back Bar area. This is where I spent my time whilst here. A large wide open room sits beneath the beamed eaves of the sloping roof. The bar area is a small U-shaped affair that is to your immediate left set against the back wall as you enter. I visited on the eve of the 2006 Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, so live music was in full swing on a small stage to the right and a cover charge of $3 too. The music was great, although they had to move Pool Tables in front of the small stage to allow more space for others, yet they only did this *after* the Band started playing and ended up kicking people off the Tables mid-game .rather poor organization there I thought.
They had a handful of regular beers on sale including the Double Nut Brown, IPA, Amber, Gold and Pale I think. They had three specials advertised but two of them were not available, rather a poor state of affairs on the eve of the Mammoth Beer Festival I thought when they would have known that plenty of beer geeks are in town. Service was OK, but rushed at time and Pints could often fall short when busy. I didnt try any food here, but upstairs it seemed that just Pub snacks were being served, if you wanted food I guess you had to head downstairs. Stuck to the IPA for most of the time, an amber body with a decent enough citrus finish but nothing earth-shattering.
A nice enough place, and it is always great to visit the source of beers that I have previously tried in bottles, but the Whisky Creek cum Mammoth Brewery Tap seems like trendy-City at times - a good place to pose if you will. The beers were OK, but the whole feel is that of a Night Club late at night rather than a Bar. The lack of Specials was also a disappointment, it summed up the feeling to me that whilst this is attached to a Brewery, its not really a bar focused on their beer as such, moreover it just happens to sell the adjacent Breweries offerings.
Worth a visit, and boy, what a setting!! but my advise would be to try the Clocktower Cellar Pub just over the road if you want a wider beer range and a more laid back atmosphere in which to enjoy it.
Last Visit: Friday 4th August, 2006
08-07-2006 03:54:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.43/5 rDev +13%
Stopped by this brewery the day after eating dinner at Toomey's (across the street) and trying some of the beers during dinner.
Overall, this place is great. It's not that big, but the tasting room was very welcoming. The servers were all very friendly and informative about the beers we tasted.
The price of the tasting was also very reasonable. For just $6, we got to taste 6 varieties of their seasonal beers. Then, for about $5 more, we got to taste the rest of their beers on tap (including their homebrewed root beer).
Their selection of beers were excellent and out of all the beers I tasted, I really liked (and wanted more) of their Amber Red Ale (Real McCoy), America IPA (Epic), and Eisbock (Fire & Eisbock). The only "food" they had were free bar pretzels.
I'd highly recommend stopping by this brewery if you are in town hitting the slopes at the world famous Mammoth Mountain ski resort.
02-28-2014 06:04:31 | More by b0r3dguy
Mammoth Brewing Company in Mammoth Lakes, CA
89 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.