3 great places for craft beer in Bishop, California

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Bishop, California is located along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra. Thanks to its location in the Owens Valley, it’s a fantastic spot to base yourself if you’re hiking the magnificent peaks & stunning mountain lakes of the Sierra Nevada, checking out the ancient bristlecone pine trees in the nearby White Mountains, or taking a road trip through eastern California. It’s an area of special beauty, and after a long day out in the mountains, there’s nothing better than a cold craft beer. Thankfully, there are a few great places for craft beer in Bishop, including a brewery, the coolest frozen yogurt shop you’ll ever encounter, and local watering holes.

The best breweries in Bishop

Mountain Rambler Brewery

The aptly-named Mountain Rambler Brewery opened in 2014. It’s a popular spot that’s connected with local hiking & mountaineering culture.

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Look to the west from their dog-friendly outdoor patio, and you’ll spot the mountains from the one of the brewery logos.

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Inside, in addition to their 12 rotating taps, there’s local art on the walls, plus space for live music & trivia nights.

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The food menu features burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus other specials, including dishes with local ingredients.

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Address: 186 S Main St, Bishop, CA 93514 (map)

Another brewery will soon be joining the Bishop beer scene. Rain Shadow Brewing Company is working on building out a prime space in downtown Bishop.

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The best craft beer bars in Bishop

Good Earth Yogurt

Imagine if there was a place that sold organic frozen yogurt, pie, sandwiches, & cheese plates, plus wine and four craft beer taps. What more could you want?

Bishop’s Good Earth Yogurt does all of that. It’s glorious.

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The Greek froyo from Straus Family Creamery may be healthy, though the toppings are at your own discretion. Sure, you can go with fresh fruit. Or you could be like me, unable to resist chocolate chip cookie dough and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. To be fair, this combo is a perfect pairing with a stout like Oatey McOatface from Santa Barbara’s Third Window Brewing Company.

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Address: 251 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514 (map)

Rusty’s Saloon

Rusty’s Saloon is a classic Main Street dive bar, but don’t let that scare you away. Yes, it’s a local bar, but it’s also welcoming to visitors. There’s no side-eye from the patrons or from the friendly bartenders like Deborah & Kevin. Grab a beer, grab a seat at the bar, and join the fun.

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Sure, a bar like this might lend itself to drinking Coors Light or strong well cocktails, but there’s also a small craft beer tap selection that includes Sierra Nevada & Mammoth. The cooler also has a few cans, which on my visit included a couple from Shelter Distilling in Mammoth.

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There’s country music on the jukebox and karaoke nights, plus pool, pinball, & shuffleboard. Rusty’s is a great evening (or afternoon) out.

Address: 112 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514 (map)

Other places for craft beer in Bishop

In addition to the above breweries & bars (and frozen yogurt shops), there are a few other places in Bishop where small selections of craft beer are available. Most of these spots tend to have a couple of taps from Mountain Rambler or Mammoth.  Check out 1903 Taphouse for a lobster-heavy menu, Holy Smoke for BBQ, as well as Whiskey Creek & Schat’s Roadhouse. If you’ve spotted any other great places for craft beer in Bishop, let me know in the comments!

If you’re on a road trip & making your way along Highway 395, I recommend stopping at Manzanar & the Eastern California Museum.

Do you love craft beer? Check out more of my recommendations for the best craft beer around the world!

Here are some other things to see & do near Bishop.

If you’re looking for a place to crash after drinking beer in Bishop, check out these nearby hotels.

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Last updated on July 26, 2021


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