Mountain Rambler Brewing Company is the brainchild of perfectionist Joe Lane, and it shows. Lane’s little touches are everywhere, from the sweet logo on the growlers (an imprint of a hiking boot) to the sound-absorbing panels he’s installed in the building to make the acoustics better for visiting bands (he brings some real talent to little old Bishop).
The food coming out of their kitchen is also pretty above par for Bishop. Think lamb empanadas (and custard filled ones for dessert!), burgers with an over easy egg on top, and tempeh reubens. Mountain Rambler definitely figured out how to cater to the climbing crowd, most of whom, despite their residence in vans and tents, seem to have a decent amount of disposable income.
Their beers rotate seasonally, but Lane tends to specialize in European styles, with Scottish Ales, Tripels, and even a Wheat Wine (part of the strong ale category, not a grape-based drink as the name might suggest). He’s also got the obligatory at-least-two IPAs, along with a pale ale, to ensure that hop lovers get their fix.
Check out Mountain Rambler’s “Happenings” page on their website to see what local bands they’re bringing to town—the brewery has quickly become the place to see pretty big-deal bands from out of town like the Dead Winter Carpenters (a Tahoe favorite) and The Trespassers (west-side bluegrass songwriters).
Mountain Rambler Brewery is located at 186 S. Main St. in Bishop. They are open 7 days a week, Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Call 760.258.1347 or visit mountainramblerbrewery.com.
Sarah Rea is a freelance dirtbag-turned-journalist who has been living in the Sierra on and off for twenty years, with eight spent in Yosemite National Park and five in Mammoth Lakes. She likes dogs, rocks, good food and jumping into cold water.