The spacious Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company’s Beer Garden was my second stop on a #roadtrip up to Oakhurst, California. Tioga Sequoia is located in #Fresno close to the Chuckchansi Park and in the middle of two freeways. It’s easy to get to and BIG! There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the fare! It’s a relaxed environment, to say the least.
As evidenced by the populated menu board, you have your choices wide open. The first beer I went with was the FireFall Red. It is a 5.5% red that is also available at the other brewery that’s ten minutes away. Regular readers will remember my review from last week and new readers will just have to catch the fuck up!
The FireFall Red is named after a phenomena in the nearby Yosemite Valley in which Horsetail Falls is lit up by the setting sun in such a way as to make it look like liquid fire is falling down from the mountain. This event only happens a couple days out of the entire year so if you are ever lucky enough to see it, consider yourself enlightened. The beer version of FireFall is wonderful. It has a brick red coloring to it, especially if you hold it up to the light. It tastes mellow and malty and smooth. It went down easy and got me ready for my next pint.
There are two General Sherman IPA’s available and they are both 7.5%. The difference is that one is double dry-hopped. According to the Tioga Sequoia website, double dry hopping lends extra flavor and aroma to a beer. It increases the bitterness also and there is a difference of almost 20 IBU’s between the original and the DDH version. So I tried both of them, expecting there to be a big taste difference but it was very hard to tell. The DDH General Sherman is obviously more hoppy tasting than the original but both of them are excellent beers. Hoppy at it’s bittery best!
I was here on a Friday night and there was no food truck. I was glad I had eaten at the other place so I could get my drink on with a full belly. The address is 745 Fulton but the taproom is more off of Inyo St. You can see Chuckchansi Park right across the street from the outside seating area.
Here is a crappy picture of the view towards Chuckchansi Park with the sun setting…how inspirational.
I love this brewery. I prefer it over other ones because it is spacious enough to where you can sit anywhere you want. It is more about the beer and gathering experience than about the food. They’ve got a pub quiz night on Wednesday’s and an events board up to let you know the exciting happs.
They have a contest going on right now that you can enter on Tioga Sequoia’s website. It asks you to snap a picture or a video of you and your craft and post it on social media with the hashtag #CraftOutLoud. Sounds awesome, maybe I will enter…
This was the second time I had been here and I enjoyed it this time better because the weather was fairer. The big, open warehouse and outside seating area are not good in the extremes of weather that Fresno goes through. That is really the only complaint I have about visiting Tioga Sequoia Brewing Co. and that’s nothing they have any control over.
I travel up to Oakhurst a couple times a year and I will definitely be back for more beers at @TiogaSequoia. I ended up polishing off two pints and grabbed some 22 oz. bottles to take home with me and share with my friends. I can’t wait to go back for more!