Imagine an old Southern California sheriff lugging in cases of whiskey to your door, jokingly telling you about a recipe from someone he caught moonshining back in the day. You try it, and it’s actually quite good. It’s a Monterey rye - aged less than two years. Then two men from Portland have you taste their House of Spirits Whiskey - also impressive. The next day, a gentleman in his late 20s tells you about a beer he brews with oranges out of an old airplane hanger in Redlands, Calif. (famous for their oranges). It tastes like Blue Moon, but with the citrus flavor already infused. He tells you, “I know you’re in Fresno, so I’ll drive it up myself.”
When you talk with any of the owners from Eureka!Burger, they will tell you that they’re all about American hand-crafted products - from the hand-packed burger patties, the locally baked breads, to their hand-crafted beers. On the beer menu, you’ll find the Tamarack Amber Ale and the Half-Dome Half-Weizen, from Fresno’s Tioga-Sequoia Brewery. Head to their Southern California location, and you’ll see Tioga-Sequoia added to the menu there as well.
Speaking of beer and Fresno, Oktoberfest is just around the corner! The Central Valley Craft Brewers Oktoberfest is on Sunday, September 26 from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Before that, however, Eureka! is hosting a Free Music and Grand Opening Special Event on Saturday, September 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. They’ve got the ever-so-popular Patrick Contreras Band, a few new indie bands from Southern California, and my personal favorite: Strange Vine.
Eureka! prides itself on supporting independent music as well as smaller breweries and establishments like Hanger 24 (their Orange-Wheat really does taste like Blue Moon but smoother with more citrus) and House of Spirits Whiskey. I paired the Cowboy Burger with what they called “the beer drinker’s beer” - the Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA with 10% alcohol. I could only drink half because I’m not that advanced in my beer drinking.
Nonetheless, I will be making Eureka!Burger a regular spot, with a mission to choose my personal favorite hand-crafted brew (that’s a lot of drinking!).
p.s. take a look at their menu!