Old Town’s Craft Beer Crawl unites craft beer lovers

The Family Artisan Ales company showcasing their samples. They were awarded the Silver Medal for  “People’s Choice”. [Photo courtesy of Business Organization of Old Town Clovis]

Paul Schlesinger | Reporter

Craft beer lovers took advantage of the balmy late-summer weather in Old Town Clovis as they enjoyed the Craft Beer Crawl on Saturday.

The event, which started last year, featured numerous locally-based craft beer companies and others from across the state as participates crawled from shop to shop in Old Town, which hosted the craft beer companies.

Participants in the crawl also received a commemorative sampling glass to take home as they savored each sip of beer along the way..

Kenneth Kinnersly, of Fowler, went to the beer crawl with his friend as they wanted something fun to do for the weekend.

“We were looking for something to do and I saw the event on Facebook,” Kinnersly said. “I had a good experience with the wine walk in April, so I wanted to give this a try.”

He liked how the event brought a numerous breweries from out of the area like Bay Area-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. and San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Co., while also recognizing locally-based breweries like Tioga Sequoia Brewing Co. and Clovis-based 559 Brewing.

The San Joaquin Valley Worthogs, a local group of hobbyists who love to brew, hosted the Home Brew Tent at the event, which allowed the organization to educate the public on the home brewing movement.

They showed how easy it was to brew beer as a hobby inside your own home and shared samples of the fruits of their labor with the craft beer crawlers.  

Kinnersly also liked how the event wasn’t oversold and allowed him and his friend to enjoy the beers as the lines were never too long.

He also like how he was able to meet and discuss craft beer from another Clovis-based brewing company that’s trying to make a splash in the industry.

“Also, I got to talk with one of the owners of Two Dudes Brewing, so that was pretty neat also,” Kinnersly said.

Another local beer company to show up at the event was Full Circle Brewing Co., which was recently purchased by Arthur Moye and Cassidy Jackovickas, after a short hiatus of  brewing beer in downtown Fresno.

Full Circle showcased two of its newest beers at the event, including Cluster Fuggle, which is a classic American Cream Ale, and High Speed Rail hoppy red ale.

The HSR is an ale that has a deep red color and is packed with piney hop character fueled by Warrior, Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe hops.

Kinnersly felt that he would come back again next year for the beer crawl.

“I would definitely go again because it exceeded my expectations and allowed me to enjoy beers from all over California while staying locally in Clovis,” he said.