Beer drinkers of the world, unite and take over.
From the turnout at Tioga Sequoia‘s second anniversary party (and the first for the Ozmosis radio show), it looks as if Fresno may be quickly embracing the craft/micro-brew scene. The crowd at the brewery’s downtown headquarters (just south of the Chukchansi Park) was large and diverse and for the most part not stumbling drunk, which was a welcome surprise given that this was a beer event and what I’d heard about similar events in the past.
The set up was nice in terms of finding what you needed (food, drink tickets/drinks, bathrooms) and the staging area (where the bands played) was visible from all angles. The bands themselves were loud, but not overwhelmingly so. You could still carry on a conversation. That may seem like a small detail in terms of the overall event, but it was appreciated.
Now comes the invariable question, because this was an event and it was downtown and people will talk: What does this mean in terms of ongoing revitalization?
Word is the brewery was using this as a test to see if there was interest enough to support a year-round tap house. So that may happen. It’s also further proof (if we needed it) that given the right motivation (free music/beer/yummy food) people aren’t afraid to spend time downtown, parking and dirtiness and whatever else be damned.
So, what do you think? Was the event a success for you? Did you like the bands? The beer (the special brews including something called the Hitchhiker’s Hatchet, were sold-out by the time I showed up)? How was the parking situation?