For the last three years, I've been hearing that a micro brewery, complete with a restaurant had arrived in Bishop, CA. During my almost 2-week stay in town, in early November, 2018, I had to chance to sample a "flight" of in-house brewed beer, and a burger, at Mountain Rambler Brewery, located in beautiful Bishop.
As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: Mountain Rambler Brewery is relatively new to Bishop, as they first opened their doors back in the summer of 2015. You can choose between comfortable inside dining, or you're more adventuresome, you can dine on the spacious patio. As per California State law, when alcoholic beverages are served outside, the patio needs to be surrounded by a fence.
Photo: It's early Monday evening, November 19, 2018, and my brother and I have each ordered identical "flights" of in-house brewed beer. We had decided to sample a "flight" of beer before heading over for dinner at nearby Taqueria Las Palmas, as we were in the mood for Mexican on this early Monday evening.
Photo: My brother, Michael and I enjoy identical "flights" of beer before heading over to the nearby Mexican restaurant. The pours are very generous, as each glass has 5-oz of beer, which makes a "flight" of four pours a reasonable deal at $8.00 each.
Photo: Each beer is labeled, but unfortunately they were out of tables for two of the beers, and I can't read the other labels, or remember the pours.
Meanwhile, back on late Wednesday afternoon, November 07, 2018, I enjoyed my first beer and burger at Mountain Rambler Brewery, located in Bishop, California.
Photo: It's around 16:30, late Wednesday afternoon, and I've walked into a nearly empty restaurant to enjoy a "flight" of beer and a burger. I chose to dine at this hour as there was still sunlight, and the temperature was mild, and in the low 60's. The next day, the temperature was predicted to be 20-degrees cooler, so I reasoned if I wanted to dine outside, today would be the day.
Photo: To place your order, you walk up to the bar, make your selection from the menu posted on the wall, pay for your order, receive a number, and when your order is ready, it will be brought to you. I call this "taqueria style" but it works great for me.
Photo: If you look hard enough, you'll be able to find a paper dinner menu, which lists all dinner offerings. I was in the mood for a burger, so I simply chose the "Burger" selection, along with an order of fries for my dinner. A burger is always a great place to begin. I have to admit I was sorely tempted by the "Tempeh Reuben Sandwich" selection, especially with the option of bacon added, but I stuck to my guns and ordered the "Burger."
Photo: After placing my order for a "Flight" of beer, and the "Burger," I had a chance to look around, and take a peek into the brewery, which is in plain view behind the bar.
Photo: My "flight" of beer is being poured by bartendress, who seemed to be too busy to chit-chat, or even give me her name.
Photo: The kitchen is located behind the bar, and mostly in plain view, so you can watch the staff at work. These guys cracked up when they saw me taking photos.
Photo: Since the evening was pleasant, with the temperature in the low 60's, I decided to enjoy my "flight" and my dinner outside. Each beer is labeled, and at 5-oz, each pour is generous, AND... each pour is labeled.
Since I'd never enjoyed a brew at Mountain Rambler Brewery before this evening, I elected to "pour" the first four beers on the menu. I had no idea what I was getting into, but when it comes to micro brew, I'm definitely adventurous.
I sampled all four of them, and I must admit that "Methuselah" was my favorite, while the "Last Chance" was my least favorite, and the others were somewhat in-between. I must admit that like "fruity" beer, sour Belgian IPA ranks at the bottom of my choices of beer.
Photo: My server, which didn't want to give me her name, placed my burger on the table, and then left in a hurry. In all fairness to her, she seemed to have a lot of her mind, but getting her name, along with a smiling photo, would have been nice.
Photo: Thanks, my server, for taking my photo with my "flight" of beers, and my "Burger" and fries.
Photo: My "Burger," from the dinner menu, optional order of fries, and "flight" of beer.
The "burger" comes with a 6-oz grass fed beef patty, along with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. There are several varieties of cheese offered, including goat cheese, and that's what I chose due to the tangy flavor goat cheese offers. The ciabatta roll is made at Great Basin Bakery, which is located just across the street. Talk about fresh! I ordered the optional fries, which arrived with a small cup of spicy ketchup for my dipping pleasure.
The burger was delicious, as everything was fresh, and the roll tasted like it had been baked an hour ago. The fries were simply amazing, and were definitely some of the best fries that I'd enjoyed in a long time. Such a great dinner!
It's the only micro brewery in town, and the only one for over a hundred miles in any direction, so Mountain Rambler Brewery has carved out quite a niche for itself in the three years or so they've been open. Depending on your taste buds, the in-house brewed beer ranges from outstanding to not-so-good, and the food is delicious, but your service can be variable, as it depends upon who your server happens to be. If you're looking for micro brew in Bishop, head over to Mountain Rambler Brewery.
Mountain Rambler Brewery
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