There is no point to continue convincing Fieldwork Brewing to open a taproom in Fresno. They used up their last available state allowed 5th tasting room spot on some boring Nor Cal place. So I have to move on.
But I am not stopping!
I will always lobby for some cool California brewer to open up a remote taproom so that we can add to our craft beer options, thus helping Fresno overflow its glass of radness.
So, let’s find a new one to convince to come here. A new California brewery to annoy until they open up in Fresno. That pick?:
Modern Times Brewing out of San Diego.
Why? They have excellent beer. Super cool marketing. Admirable philosophy towards beer culture and being independent. Plus, they have amazingly cool taprooms.
California allows breweries to have five taprooms. Modern Times has three in California, one in Portland (doesn’t count) and one being built in Escondido. So there is a spot left. I want that spot to be Fresno’s.
It’s like an Arthop night but all the time.
The taprooms are works of art. Not all the same, each reflects the personality of the town they are in. A Fresno one would be so fucking rad. It would be a place to brag about.
Look at the main one in Point Loma, nicknamed “Lomaland Fermentorium”, complete with the (pictured above) Michael Jackson & Bubbles mural made entirely of post-it notes:
Aren’t the existing Fresno taprooms enough?
Full Circle has its charms and good beer. Tioga is getting cooler as they are expanding. HOP PK is new and awesome and going down well with Fresnans. Pine & Palm just moved to a bigger cooler location. Tactical Ops is doing their thing near the airport. Zack’s Brewing and 411 Ales are opening later this year (knock on wood).
So brewing and taproom things are happening. It’s great. But we deserve more. Hell, Visalia has a Barrelhouse remote taproom. Fresno has none. We need one before Bakersfield, Merced and Madera all have one and we don’t.
Someday I want to see this on Modern Time’s Instagram feed:
You see that? They also serve excellent coffee. Fresno appreciates its coffee, we know this.
A remote taproom by Modern Times in Fresno would be epic. We can have things. Dammit, Fresno deserves things. We like-a the beer. It all fits.
I’ll go ahead and start working on a cool Fresno taproom nickname now, MT. Let’s make it happen.
*Picture credit to Sunset.com.