t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 21, 2014
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 11/15
- FOOD N/A
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 15/20
Visited July 19, 2014.
So I feel bad that I never added Mariposa Brewing here or visited, at least until I got the story on Mariposa brewing from the assistant brewer / bartender at the new Prospectors Brewing (open for a year or two now). Since I can’t really add them here I’ll give the little bit of history that I learned. They were an extract brewery, of which apparently there were a decent amount back in the 90s, and the Prospectors guys bought all the equipment when they started up here. They were in the same physical location and did their brewing on sight but (according to this guy) were lax on sanitation and used equipment that wasn’t food grade. So after being plagued with infection issues they hung it up eventually. I had talked to them once a few years back about visiting but Mariposa is pretty far out of the way if you’re just passing by on 99 (45 minutes each way) so I never made it. They said on their website back then that they were updating a list of accounts that carry their beer but it was never updated. The person I talked to on the phone couldn’t answer my question and they never responded to my email. Oh well.
In retrospect, Prospectors seems to be doing a bit better. First off they sold most of the equipment that they bought from Mariposa. From the sounds of it they kept the kegs and the machine they had rigged up to pump sanitizer through the lines that handle wort. Also, they have a proper cooling system and their beers had no noticeable off flavors. Also, the address here is wrong. It’s technically correct in that their brewery is located here (I’ve changed it but it said 5004 Fairgrounds, Mariposa) but that’s on the edge of town by the mining museum, some horse stables, and some RV parks. They brew there and drive the kegs over to the little tasting room on 7th St. I’m fine with leaving this as a brewery as it’s the extension of the brewery and about the only place to get their beer.
So the beer itself is alright. The gose is interesting as they used acidulated malt, and of course salt and coriander. Most of the beers are a bit too sweet and malty but not egregiously so. The bartender being the assistant brewer knew a bit about beer and was an interesting person to talk to. Also interesting were the British couple sitting next to me that were doing a tour around California. Not sure anyone should make a two hour drive to stop here but if you’re heading into or out of Yosemite then sure stop in and sample the wares.