Beer in the Fresno area

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by joeyst, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    Hello, I live in New York and am traveling to the San Joaquin Valley to visit family. While in Fresno I want to drink some awesome beer I can't get. I'm planning a trip to Russian River Brewing Co. also, maybe Lagunitas if time permits.

    These are possibly the only three places I'll be able to search for beer. Tell me where to go, especially in Fresno and Santa Rosa.
     
  2. snoori

    snoori Aug 30, 2010 California

    Bevmo is your best bet in Fresno.
     
  3. peter831

    peter831 Dec 2, 2012 California

    the bottle barn in Santa Rosa is great.
     
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  4. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Russian River is amazing...but I would say definitely make time for Lags...this coming from a guy that made many treks to the area w/o going to Lags. Once I finally incorporated them in my trip plans I was very happy and wished I did it sooner! The taproom is great, good food, good prices, long list of non-distributed beers...and they surely will have Sux on tap!

    In terms of beer spots in Fresno area the good ones are: Eureka Burger, Spokeasy, BC's Pizza, Yard House.... as for bottles BevMo actually has a good selection.
     
  5. walterfredo

    walterfredo Nov 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Although the selection is smaller, I think you'll find better beers at whole foods than bevmo in Fresno.
     
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  6. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested May 10, 2012 California

    bottle barn in santa rosa for sure
     
  7. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    How long you around Fresno? I might be down for opening a few bottles at some point this week. There any bars thay are cool with people bringing in their own beers here?
     
  8. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    How long are you here? I am in the oh no from San Diego. I brought quite a few bottles with me and was thinking of opening them at BC's in Clovis, Best beer bar in Fresno.
     
  9. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    Hah, I'm actually heading down to SD on Thursday for a few days to visit a couple friends. I'm in Clovis tomorrow night and Wednesday though.
     
  10. mjl21

    mjl21 Apr 3, 2008 California

    For bottles skip Bottle Barn. Go to BeerCraft in Rohnert Park. It is in between Lagunitas (Petaluma) and Russian River (Santa Rosa).
     
  11. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    Anyone want to meet for Beers at BC's tomorrow say 2ish????
     
  12. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I won't be there until January 18th. The Beerventure to Santa Rosa is the 19th and 20th.

    If I can get a hold of some Headytopper I'd be up for a trade and/or share at a Fresno venue, likely during the week.
     
  13. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    Sounds great. I'll see if we can get Alex Kidd out as well.
     
  14. womencantsail

    womencantsail May 25, 2008 California
    Beer Trader

    Whatever you do, don't go to Full Circle Brewing. Bottom 5 brewery of all time.

    Sequoia isn't bad, though.
     
  15. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I've been to Sequoia. It was a couple years back so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

    On Wednesday, January 23rd anyone who is interested should come to a bottle share. We gotta find a venue to sustain it, but I promise to bring something to blow your mind.
     
  16. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    Andrew, coming from you that's high praise. That almost makes me want to go check them out.
     
  17. sloelco

    sloelco Dec 25, 2012 California

    Havn't been to Spokeasy but I hear they are a good bet for interesting things on tap and some bottles.

    Eureka Burger and The Yard House are hit and miss depending on what you consider hard to find. Whole Foods has more interesting, but smaller, selection than Bevmo.

    A bit south of here in Visalia is Howie and Sons Pizza. On recent stops they had the following on tap Moylans Hop Craic. FW Double Jack, Union Jack, Merlin. Green Flash Hop Head Red, Barleywine, Le Freak. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Stout and Pilsner. Port Brewing Hot Rocks. Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild among others. They have some bottles from Knee Deep, The Bruery and Drakes.

    If you pass through Livermore then Perry's Liquor, First Street Ale House, and the Livermore Saloon are excellent stops without much hassle with parking and crowds.
     
  18. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    Full Circle is very hit and miss...Alex is a myth he doesn't really exist in the Valley :)
     
  19. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    Have to push BC's back to about 3:30 - 4:00ish IF anyone else is planning on going
     
  20. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I would go...but would look at 5 pm. I never bottle share there, do they allow?
     
  21. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    I will probably watch the bowl game there so will be there until 7ish.....I am not sure if they allow bottles I would think so.
     
  22. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I would presume so... I just never have oddly enough.
     
  23. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    Ok. I wil probably be there closer to 2:30. Need to leave by about 5:30 to go see a movie with the family. I'll be wearing a KRBC shirt.
     
  24. womencantsail

    womencantsail May 25, 2008 California
    Beer Trader

    Bring a puke bucket. And a knife, it's in a pretty rough looking area.
     
  25. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Had a good time yesterday....we should make it an annual thing, day after xmas bottle share.

    Good to meet some good people/ BA'ers.
     
  26. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    Yeah I am down!
     
  27. 01Ryan10

    01Ryan10 Sep 10, 2011 California

    A trip to Russian River by car from Fresno is ~4 hours depending on traffic.

    Now, a trip to Kern River Brewing is ~2.5 hours. Just saying.
     
  28. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I looked Kernville up. Maybe on my next trip to California. Very doable.
     
  29. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I'd bring some sweet bottles for a share in Fresno. I work at a well equipped beer location and have access to good beer...that's all I'm saying.
     
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  30. Trio2shine

    Trio2shine Nov 15, 2011 California
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I'd be up for a share in Fresno as well. Did BC's have any issues with you guys opening bottles?
     
  31. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    They didn't as long as we kept buying food and drinks. Just keep it small and ask Jen first.
     
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  32. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    Ok. Any requests from the East? Someone make a preposterous request and I'll see what I can do.
     
  33. Weezerfenix

    Weezerfenix Feb 21, 2011 California

    Southern Tier Creme Brule, or any others
     
  34. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I got that. Mokah, Choklat, Pumpking too. Give me something harder to find.
     
  35. Trio2shine

    Trio2shine Nov 15, 2011 California
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Heady-Topper? I'd like to try a pint of Younger and a can of Topper in the same day.
     
  36. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I'll reach out and see if I can get some Headytopper, but that stuff is only being distributed in Vermont at the moment.
     
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  37. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    No Headytopper. So far it's a bottle of Creme Brulee Stout. I think I'll bring a bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, or De Dolle Reserva 2009 (which I have not had.)
     
  38. joeyst

    joeyst Mar 3, 2011 New York

    I'd love to try Black Tuesday if anyone wants to sacrifice a bottle, or any Pizza Port or rare barrel aged beers would be nice.
     
  39. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    If you were up closer to Modesto I'd meet up and share some bottles. However, when you make the trip to Santa Rosa, stop at Perry's in Livermore, it should be on your way, you'll find more there than you will in all of Fresno I think.
     
  40. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    If you bring some HF or CL.... I can probably hook up a BT.
     
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