Beer is already a huge deal in these parts, and getting huger by the day. So, I thought I’d give you some options for celebrating, and not just on Friday. I have a feeling many of you will want to keep this celebration going before Friday and throughout the weekend.
Thus, here are 10 ways to celebrate National Beer Day in and around Fresno this weekend.
1. Fresno Grizzlies Opening Day
What goes better than beer and baseball, right? Head out to Chukchansi Park Thursday evening to watch the Fresno Grizzlies start their 20th season by taking on the Reno Aces, and enjoy Happy Hour, where you can get a 12-oz. beer, hamburger, and fries for $5 from 6:05 p.m. to first pitch. [Details, Tickets]
2. Arts & Hops at the Beer Garden
The Fresno County Farm Bureau is turning 100 this year and will celebrate at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. during its inaugural Arts & Hops event, which ties in to the monthly downtown Art Hop. The event is 5-11 p.m. and will feature music and food from Taco Jaliscience, Smokehouse Catered Meats, and Fatte Albert’s Pizza. [Details]
3. BC’s Pizza & Beer 20th Anniversary Bash
The Grizzlies aren’t the only ones celebrating 20 years. BC’s Pizza & Beer in Clovis will be serving up free pizza from 5-6 p.m., and will do a special toast at 6:30 p.m. featuring Firestone Walker Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Ale. They also will tap a few rare, limited release drafts just for the special occasion. [Details]
4. Rocket Dog Brats & Brew
Rocket Dog Brats & Brew will celebrate National Beer Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with local craft beers on tap. Customers will be able to vote for their favorite craft beer, and the winning craft beer company will receive a Rocket Dog National Beer Day Trophy and $350 donation to the nonprofit organization of their choice. Confirmed local beers on tap include Tactical Ops, Pine and Palm, Pendragon, Tioga-Sequoia, Two Dudes, and Full Circle. “A Taste of Fresno” Flights, one beer from each of the six local brewers, will be available for $6.99. Rocket Dog will be giving away free pint glasses to the first 100 customers. [Details]
5. Free Horror Movie Night & Potluck
What goes better than beer and horror? Okay, baseball, but this is a good combo, too. Bring a dish for the group and you can participate in the Central Valley Horror Club’s potluck taking place at Full Circle Brewing Co. Friday at 8:30 p.m. The movie? Sometimes They Come Back. The beer? Cold and delicious. [Details]
6. Cornhole Tour Fresno: Cornhole Tournament
All skill levels are welcome in this tournament. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Full Circle Brewing Co. Grab a partner, grab a beer, and do some cornholin’. [Details]
7. Selma Craft Beer Fest
Head to Pioneer Village in Selma Saturday from 2-6 p.m. for the Selma Craft Beer Fest featuring local craft breweries Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., Riley’s Brew Pub, Full Circle Brewing Co., Mad Duck Brewing, Fortiter Brewing Co., Zack’s Brewing Company, Fresno’s home brew club San Joaquin Worthogs, and TCHOPS home brew club. The event is to raise money for Selma’s Cancer Support. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for non-drinkers. [Details]
8. House of Pendragon 4th Anniversary
Saturday from noon to midnight, House of Pendragon in Clovis and its brewery in Sanger will celebrate the brewer’s 4th anniversary. Both locations will be serving the same beers on tap and have anniversary glasses on sale. The Clovis tasting room will have Pita Kabob on hand, and Sanger will have Dapper Dog serving up gourmet hotdogs. [Details]
9. Yoga & Beer
This all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class will take place Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at Full Circle Brewing Co. It will be guided by 500-hour certified local teacher, Ali Thurner, and after (or during) the relaxing and mindful class, everyone will enjoy a beer (or craft root beer) and some snacks, which are included in the $20 package. A portion of every package sold will go directly to benefit Fresno non-profit organization, Homeless In Fresno/HIF. [Details]
10. Herbs & Beers
If yoga and beer isn’t your scene, perhaps planting and beer is. Class takes place Sunday from 2-3:45 p.m. at Gazebo Gardens Nursery and includes the pot, three herbs of your choice, and aluminum markers. Also includes your first ice-cold craft beer, and expert instruction and support from in-house chef/MC/personality, Brian Guerrero-Buchheim. Taqueria Jaliscience will be there with food. Class is limited 40 people, cost is $25 in advance or $30 day of event. [Details]
Have a safe and fun National Beer Day, all.