Bishop’s Mountain Rambler Brewery opened it’s doors for a sneak peak and free Sweetwater String Band show.
Bishop’s new Mountain Rambler Brewery was packed inside and out on Wednesday night for a show by Sweetwater String Band. Mountain Rambler owner Joe Lane, a friend of the band, wanted to help the band kick off its West Coast tour.
“The event wasn’t meant to be a soft opening,” he said; “it was just a good excuse to have some live music and try out the kitchen.”
Bishop and Mammoth residents who came for the music were pleasantly surprised to find four beer specials from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Alaskan Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, and Ballast Point Brewing Company on tap, as well as a limited menu.
Needless to say, beer and food sold fast.
Lane said he didn’t advertise the event, apart from on the Brewery’s Facebook page, to keep it low-key. “This turnout is incredible,” he said. “I was hoping for about 40-50 people … I think we went over that.”
Indeed, more than one local on Wednesday night commented on having never seen so many familiar faces together in one place.
Lane, a Bishop local, has been dreaming of opening the Brewery for years. He began work this past year, and aims to officially open November 5, with a grand opening scheduled for January.
The Brewery resides on Bishop’s Main St. in the former home of Golden State Cycle. Its beer menu will draw from English and Belgian-style ales, such as IPAs and stouts, with a rotating on-tap selection of guest beers. Lane said beer production should begin in two weeks.
Chef Katie Ryan will supplement the beer with a tasty, seasonal menu. “The menu will be evolving,” Lane said, “but a few of the items include locally-crafted bratwurst with homemade sauerkraut and polenta tots with pesto mayonnaise.”
The space is about 95 percent ready, he said, with only a little more fine-tuning to do before official opening day.
“We got a good reception,” Lane said after the event. “I think people were mostly just happy to see the place so close to opening.”