My April Fool’s Day brewery tour, aka #roadtrip 2016, came to an end at the South Gate Brewing Company located in Oakhurst, California. This was not my first time at this gastropub and it won’t be my last. Not because they are the only game in town, but because they make incredible #craftbeer and fresh food with vegetarian options. That’s all I ever really want: beer and veggie food. When it comes to these good things in life, @SouthGateBrewCo scores a hit.
We came up from #Fresno and we were in dire need of refreshing drinks before completing the last leg of the trip. Even though we got there close to 9:00, South Gate was packed. But this came as no surprise, it is just par for the course. South Gate has never not been crowded. Since it opened in 2013, it has been consistently attracting customers that include locals and #Yosemite tourists.
The old man and I both ordered a James Blonde IPA, mostly because we were attracted to the 7% ABV it boasts. We managed to find seats in the brewery area where you can spy the fermenting vats and all the inner workings of a brewery.
At first, Sean and I had the same opinion of the beer. We didn’t like it because it was too bitter and sour. It was harsh on the tastebuds. It was light in color so I think we both just expected something a little lighter and smoother. After a couple of drinks of this IPA, we disagreed. Sean still wasn’t into it but I got used to the strong taste and enjoyed it after a bit. The table-talker write-up says it was cold fermented like a lager and double dry hopped, which explains the utter hoppiness of James Blonde.
In the past I have tried the South Gate’s Gold Diggin’ Blonde, which is a golden ale and an all-day lasting 4.7%. The Gold Diggin’ Blonde is very light and refreshing, I know, I had more than my fair share of them at one time. Another beer I’ve sampled is the Tenaya Red IPA which is more malty than hoppy and a little piney.
South Gate not only crafts delicious beers, they offer a menu board with all kinds of options. That night, they had a veggie rice burger that sounded tempting, but we were already full.
I just read an article from the Sierra Star that talks with South Gate and goes over their plans for expansion. I say, “Too soon is not soon enough!” They are always crowded and I have to hunt to find a spot to rest my weary feet. South Gate is planning on doubling the size of the kitchen and dining areas and they want to feature full-serve dining as well as new, vegan and vegetarian options for the menu. The tasting area where you can see the fermenting vats will remain the same.
The gastropub is not currently affected by the construction which is scheduled to end sometime in late June. Just in time for summer season! So don’t let the work get in your way of having a great time at the South Gate Brewing Co.!