As a native Fresnan, most of my life has been spent avoiding downtown. Growing up, there was never anything down there to spend time doing unless you had professional business to take care of or were going to a Grizzlies game. That's all changed in the last few years though. The city has done an amazing job revitalizing the area, and there have been new shops, attractions, restaurants, and places to hang out and live that have gone up in the last few years.
One such place is the Tioga Sequoia Beer Garden.
Located right across from Chukchansi Park in what is coming to be known as "Brewery District", the Beer Garden is a great place to hang out, enjoy locally crafted beer and eat from the local food trucks.
Open from 12-7 PM daily, you can enjoy lunch or dinner at a food truck and one of their many on-tap beers. On the weekends you'll find it buzzing, as its outdoor seating area is brought to life with live music and large crowds. Grizzlies games draw quite a crowd too, as do many of their yearly events such as FresYes Fest.
It's a great ambience any time, with a great offering of food and drink that any crowd can enjoy.
Started back in 2007, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company is one of the Central Valley's most prominent breweries of craft beer. Their mission is to serve the Fresno area with their amazing brews, and also bring awareness to environmental preservation, particularly those related to our local forests and National Parks.
The brewery has devoted itself to a number of projects and causes related to this cause, such as Yosemite Facelift, an annual volunteer-led clean up of Yosemite National Park following its busy season. Another is the 1% For the Planet, through which Tioga-Sequoia contributes 1% of its annual sales to environmental causes. With the beauty the nature around us holds, it's a great mission to get behind. So local residents can know each sip of their Half Dome or General Sherman IPA is going towards preserving the beautiful mountains and forests we all love.
While you currently can't hang out at the Beer Garden, you can get their delicious beers through delivery or curbside pickup to enjoy at home. The food trucks are still on their lot as well if you want to pick up something to eat too!
If you haven't tried their beer before, they have an excellent offering. The Half Dome, General Sherman IPA, and Valley Haze IPA are pure classics. They now have available a General Sherman IPA Triple Dry Hopped as well! Give it a try!
To find out more information, or to order some beer for yourself, go to their website at store.tiogasequoia.com or visit their Instagram or Facebook.