Sequoia Brewing Company

Sequoia Brewing CompanySequoia Brewing Company
Sequoia Brewing CompanySequoia Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

777 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, California, 93728
United States

(559) 264-5521 | map

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Rated: 3.58 by gefinley from California

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3.7 by locoformavs from Colorado

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Craft_Imperial from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by Jj333 from California

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 3 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

May 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Solid neighborhood spot to get a beer if you live/ happen to be in the north Fresno area and do not feel like traveling downtown to Tioga-Sequoia. The place has a moderately large selection of in-house beers and one seasonal. The food is also pretty solid (Fresno in general knows its Tri-Trip!) and the seating outside has a relaxing ambiance.
Dec 01, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by M1gunner3006 from California

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by communionofthesaints from Illinois

Sep 12, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by SirWompus from California

Aug 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Vivified from California

Jul 18, 2014
Rated: 5 by av_indica from California

Apr 15, 2014
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Reviewed by Chadhowie from California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Sequoia Brewing does a good job of making good food and good beer. I don't think I would ever purchase their beer outside of Fresno, though, as it is simply "good", not "great". I think they do a decent job at marketing but could certainly do a better one.
Jan 16, 2013
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Reviewed by Offa from California

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
This is a good brewpub in the tower district of Fresno. Overall, the place itself is very nice inside, with big windows along the front, a nice warp-around bar in the inside wall of the L-shaped interior. It has nice booths, plus tables along the windows and in the middle, nice brick wall, and a good view of the brewing facilities from the dining area.

Service is effective and very friendly.

Beer is overall good, selection is very good and far better than one often finds, with a large selection of standard beers on tap, plus a large rotating selection. However, of the few I have had when visiting here, most were fairly pedestrian and simple, except the porter, which was very good.

Food is mixed. Fried are not very good, but sandwiches, burgers, and salads are good. I might modify this after more visits.

My main complaint is that the beer always comes too much on the cold side and in chilled glasses. One must let it warm up to get the full character.
Mar 31, 2012
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Reviewed by bierfreundlich from California

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Decided to give this place a try since I had some time to kill in Fresno. The place has lots of wood in the construction and granite counter-tops at the bar. It is fairly comfortable and nice inside but leaning more towards a sports bar. The beer selection was pretty decent--offering up ten flagship beers, three seasonals, and some bud light. I tasted 5 of their beers but was disappointed by a lingering detergent smell on the glassware. Out of 5 beers, 2 of them (General Sherman IPA and Scotch Pine Wee Heavy) were so soapy smelling that it really took away from the quality of their beer. I brought this to the bartender's attention and he graciously listened to my constructive criticism on making sure the glasses were rinsed thoroughly. I am not sure how he really took it. But, because of it, I have no desire to go back to taste soapy beers. I hope they get their glassware clean.
Feb 08, 2012
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Reviewed by stoad from California

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Tower district location (Olive st). Nice place. Nice people. 2nd time here this year-same staff, that's always a good sign. 8-10 house beers w/ a few taps to appease the masses (budlite,wyders). Had a few specials drafts up: jacob marley BW and sasquach imp choc stout. Big place, 20 seat bar, a dozen or so booths in the main room, plus a 16 seat tall "community" table. There's another large room off to the side with a dozen more 4-tops. Folksy decor-old snow working equipment, a stuffed goat's back half. Only about a mile & a half off the 99, worthwhile detour. Cheers!
Dec 30, 2011
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Reviewed by MerryTapster from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Was living in Bakersfield at the time and was working on a project in Fresno. We made it to this place one night for dinner, I believe at the time they were having all you can eat fish and chips on a thursday.

Anyways, fish and chips were good, especially for the price.

We also ordered up a beer sampler. I remember two beer specifically standing out, one was an Apple Wheat which I thought was very good and the other was the General Sherman IPA which was another great beer, I don't remember the other too well as this was roughly two year ago.

Good place (especially for the Central Valley), check it out.
Nov 17, 2011
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Everything was going fine until we asked the guy for water and ketchup...

To start at the beginning, this place is set up like a sports bar with a few booths except you can see brewing equipment through a glass window against one wall. The beers they offered were pretty standard: a pale ale, an amber, a stout, a porter, etc. etc. The food menu was substantial and filled with many options, however my girlfriend and I simply settled on some fried artichoke hearts and fried pickles. You know, health food. The service was excellent up until this point. We were promptly seated, (or rather, told to sit anywhere), our beers were delivered quickly, and our food order was taken in no time. My girlfriend, not being a slow drinking BA, finished her beer before our fried food arrived and asked the waiter for some water and ketchup (she's vegan and couldn't eat the ranch). We then proceeded to watch our waiter wander around for a few minutes, start doing some paperwork involving the cash register at the bar, finish that and move to another register at the end of the room, then wander back behind the bar and start watching TV. Now don't get me wrong. This waiters actions has little impact on my overall score of the establishment, and I know sometimes people can be forgetful, but it was hilarious watching this guy literally say "Do you need anything else? Sure I'll be right back with your water and ketchup," and then spend ten minutes doing other things only to end up staring at the TV. Needless to say, we hollered him down and he quickly and apologetically gave us what we wanted and comped my girlfriends drink. Overall, I would go back here or to their other location. Some of their beer is better than others, but it's not bad considering what Fresno has to offer. Swing by if you're in town.
Sep 14, 2010
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Reviewed by ThreeWiseMen from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Cruised in here for the first time this afternoon.

Atmosphere: In terms of seating, it's slightly larger than the Champlain location. Feels a bit like a local piza joint, which isn't any sort of problem; but, the Champlain location feels a bit classier. Brewing equipment can be seen behind the glass next to the bar. Several TVs up on the walls. As with the Champlain location, a very friendly crowd, though possibly more diverse here than there.

Quality: More taps and nitro-taps than the Champlain location, and NO icey pint glasses. Booths were comfortable and more numerous than other locale.

Service: Similar to Champlain, staff is more of a younger crowd. All were very friendly and chatty. One waiter told us the story of the man who ate "The Mighty Yeti" in 1 minute 14 seconds. Not only were the waiters and waitresses charming, they were also speedy. Never had any mixed up orders either.

Selection: Selection looks a bit bigger than the Champlain taproom, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're actually the same size. I like how they always have 2-4 seasonals available on top of the regular seven or eight.

Food: Got to try some of my bud's Yeti and garlic fries. Very tasty, though food is standard pub fare.
Dec 28, 2008
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Reviewed by rgrace99 from California

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Stopped in here for dinner while staying in town prior to heading to Yosemite the next day. Small wraparound bar and several tables. Brewing equipment visible through a window next to the bar. Crowd seemed to be mostly locals in to watch Fresno State playing in the college world series.
Service was very good, our waiter quick, friendly, and very attentive to our needs. Beer and food however were average at best. I had a club sandwich and my wife a chicken salad which were decent but nothing fantastic. The General Sherman IPA I had was mediocre compared to most IPAs- very harsh bitterness to it.
Jul 02, 2008
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Reviewed by htomsirveaux from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Stopped in here for a late weekday lunch on a road trip from California to Texas. Service was friendly and quick.

For food, I had the Gilroy pizza while my wife had the Mark Twain sandwich and garlic fries. The pizza was decent while the sandwich and fries were above average. We tried the sampler for the beers.

From what the waitress told us, Sequoia offered their beers as well as MotoBrew, which is a beer they brew for a third party (the story was not entirely clear but involved a race car driver).

Unfortunately the beers were fairly average except for the porter, which was quite tasty. After our meal we ordered a pint glass and a six pack of the porter to take with us. It was not until Albuquerque when we checked the beer in the six pack and found it was not the porter but the MotoBrew Black Lager...

Overall it is worth a trip but be sure to check your beer if you get any to go.
May 08, 2008
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Reviewed by ojclark from California

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Visited the Historical Tower Distict location.

Nice room with sort of a lodge-like feel (my wife said she could envision this place being located in the woods). Overall, a comforable, unpretentious, family-friendly vibe with lots of locals hanging out. Bar was fairly crowded for 6 pm on a Wednesday night.

Based upon the spinach artichoke dip we tried and from browsing the menu, this place seems to have pretty good food. The dip was very good. The chips were a bit too thick but otherwise tasty.

Unfortuntately, the beer was the weakest link here. I tried the beer sampler and it started with a surprisingly good Mexican-style light lager. However, the other beers, while drinkable, were all pretty average and unremarkable.

Next time I'm in Fresno, I'll definitely stop by their other location. I'm curious to see if the beers there will differ.
Mar 01, 2008
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Reviewed by OStrungT from California

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
I was checking out the area because I might be moving out there. The area is lacking compared to San Diego. Oh well.

I guess there are two locations. I went to the one on Olive. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights at both locations and Jazz on Wednesday at the one on Olive. There was a bar and a good amount of tables around it. I saw a big screen TV and a few smaller ones. The brewing equipment was visible by the bar.

The staff was very friendly. Our waitress was great. She kept offering samples of various foods and beers. Also, a bartender happened to walk by and heard us talking about the beer, and he suggested a few. The food and drinks came out quick.

The beer selection was ok, but there was not a big selection. They had the usual offerings, a porter, an IPA, a pale, an amber. They brew other beers, but the good ones are seasonal. They had a double IPA in the tank.

The food was great. A lot of the dishes had artichoke hearts. I got fried artichokes. Wow. I love them and I was happy to have so many choices with them. Everything we had was good. Pizzas, steaks, pasta, burgers, and seafood. It was a well rounded menu.

This place was priced about average. They have a happy hour, but I didnt make it, and dont know how much better it is.

Overall: I was very impressed with this place. I didnt expect much in Fresno, but I really liked this place. If I end up moving there, I will definately make this place a regular.
Apr 02, 2007
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Reviewed by Callenak from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Was in Fresno for a wedding and thought I'd swing by for some lunch and a pint. Glad I did. Went to the Tower District location, apparently there are now two spots open.

Friendly place. Like stated below, it seemed like everyone there knew each other. Several TV's scattered around showing sports. Nothing particularly fancy about the place, but who cares, I'm here for food and beer.

Solid representation of beers. IPA, Stout, Amber, etc. Some great special beers to, an IRS, an Oatmeal Stout, and of course an Oktoberfest. I drank a pint of the Oatmeal and sampled the IPA, Oktoberfest and IRS. All solid beers for the style.

The food was good. Had a nice burger and they even have deep fried pickles (one of my fav's). Service was so-so, but not bad.

If you're in the Fresno area, it would be worth your while to swing by. Probably not going to find a better spot for beer in Fresno.
Oct 10, 2006
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Reviewed by sloejams from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
On business the other day in Fresno (why else would I be there ;-) ) I happened upon the libatious Sequoia Brewing Company. On Olive Street in the artistic Tower District (from what I was told), the brewpub has 6-8 of their own beers brew on the premises. The place itself is low-key. Sports are on the several screens and everyone seemed to know everyone. I can dig.

After reading good things here and being a hop loving freak, I stepped to the Minerial King IPA. Quite good. The food was standard pub fare, I had a caesar salad and it worked well.

If ever in Fresno, definitely worth checking out.
Jun 16, 2006
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Reviewed by ReDave from California

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This is my pub. Some of my favorite beers are made right here. Kevin is an excellent brewer. They have a nice wide selection of regular beers, and several "specials" on tap. My favourite standard beer is their Mineral King IPA. They have a nice Hop Fest for a slightly less hoppy [but perhaps more aromatic] slightly lower alcohol, pale ale. Several times a year Kevin offers some great extra special treats. My favourite of these is the Buzzsaw. A double IPA [occasionally called a triple] this is no session ale by any means, in fact they have a whole list of rules on serving this.

They have a happy hour 4 to 6 Monday thru Friday 2.50 beers. What a deal! On Saturday, its early in the afternoon.
If you come to Fresno, you need to come by Sequoia Brewing!
May 29, 2006
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Reviewed by BradBLR from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
This is a great place to go and have a good QUALITY BEER! They usually have a bout 10 of their own beers on tap and 2 or 3 of them are special or seasonal beers. The atmosphere is good, alot of people that go here go to drink beer and you can learn alot from them. The service is really good, the staff making sure your glass is never empty. The food is pretty good, they have a few things that are good, but the beer overshadows the food. My only complaint is that I wish the bar had more seats, usually by 4:30 on a week day the bar is full and you are sitting at a table. You need to go here, you won't be disappointed.
Apr 12, 2006
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Reviewed by germaniac from California

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Sequoia Brewing happens to be Fresno's ONLY brewpub, if you don't count BJ's, who ships their beers up from LA.

Located in the Tower District, one of Fresno's oldest neighborhoods and the nexus for local arts, funky shops, and live music. And just a better overall vibe than the rest of the strip mall covered metro area.

Several years ago this was Butterfield Brewing Co. The new owner expanded, knocking out a wall and adding more free standing tables and windows. Plus new restroom facilities that don't get the exhaust from the tank room pumped directly into them.

A backwards J- shaped bar(I guess that would be an "L" is the main focus, and during happy hour(4-6 pm) it is pretty hard to get a stool.

Doesn't have a generic wood panelled, cookie cutter feel at all.
According to my Mom, who serves as resident expert for all things decorative, the interior is kind of an art deco meets California mission style, with a little log cabin thrown in for good measure. What that means is there is alot of old prints of exotic beer ads from the 40's, lots of tile backing the bar, wooden accents here and there, and old pictures from various times in the history of the logging industry in the Sierra Nevadas. Big windows along the front let in alot of light and allow for some interesting people watching. The brewery operation is visible through plates of glass along an interior wall in the back.

Beer offerings include an amber, an IPA, ESB, APA, a kolsch, and a porter. All are high quality and delicious. A rotating special list has included an Irish stout, an Imperial stout, a Doppel, and an Imperial Red, among others.

Food is top notch.Standard pub grub- nachos, chicken strips, and the like. The beer battered calamari, using the Thunderhead amber, is some of the best I've ever had. Everything on the Appetizer menu is under 10 bucks and has huge portions.

If you're looking to sit down and have a meal, the Dinner menu has chicken dishes, pastas dishes, and salads, along with usual hamburgers and a great club sandwich.

Clientele is a mix of blue collar folks, hipsters, families, goths, and people of all ages that enjoy good beer.
Aug 11, 2005
Sequoia Brewing Company in Fresno, CA
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