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Brewery/pub nears completion

July 16, 2014

Owner of Mountain Rambler Brewery, Joe Lane, and soon-to-be kitchen manager, Katie Ryan, wereadding some finishing touches to the South Main Street location on Wednesday, July 16. Photo by Thomas Sills

The much anticipated craft brewery Mountain Rambler Brewery will soon open its doors and join South Main Street’s business district.
Joe Lane, owner, spoke to the Bishop Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 15 about the business and shared his plans for the upcoming opening.
Lane recently enacted his idea of opening a brewery in Bishop after five long years of contemplation. This duration was prolonged as a result of needing the perfect facility to house all the brewing equipment. Lane described to Rotary members how high ceilings and large doorways were an absolute necessity before the brewery could be constructed.
Lane found these requirements at 174-C S. Main St. The 4,000 square-foot property, two-thirds of which will be the brewery, had to be renovated for efficient use of the space. Twelve-foot high brewing tanks manufactured in Carson City, a brewing floor equipped with track drains and new plumbing all had to be installed before any brewing could commence.
Lane explained that the Mountain Rambler Brewery will not only be a brewery capable of producing 500 gallons of beer at once, but serve a dual role as a brewery and pub/restaurant.
The brewery aspect of Mountain Rambler Brewery will initially sell crafted draft beer and 64-ounce growlers to customers. The brewery will also be selling to retail restaurants in Mammoth Lakes and various other locations. Lane also intends to develop a bottling line in the near future for large-scale production. Lane described how one of the “main focuses” of Mountain Rambler Brewery is and will always be “creating quality beer.” Lane explained that the brewery will focus on creating beers of good flavor and variety. The brewery, however, will also serve beers not created in-house but that are popular with locals.
The restaurant, according to Lane, will have a carrying capacity of 65-85 people and will consist of a smaller kitchen staff. The kitchen staff will focus on creating unique and diverse healthy dishes that “pair well with beer.” Lane went on to explain that there are more combinations “you can do with beer and food, than with wine and food.”
Lane believes that the Mountain Rambler Brewery will become a great “asset to the community.” With no hard alcohol being served Lane believes that Mountain Rambler Brewery can become an establishment with a “family atmosphere, where you can bring your kids.”
The layout of Mountain Rambler Brewery, currently occupying only one-tenth of the intended capacity, will offer a stage for live music as well as screen and projector for events. Lane will also open up the establishment once a week for events to be hosted by local volunteer and nonprofit organizations in support of their philanthropic efforts. Lane sees this as a “way of giving back” to the local community.
Lane was raised in Bishop but moved after his sixth grade year. He attended undergraduate school at University of Reno, Nevada where he studied conservation biology. Upon graduation Lane worked for Fish and Game but eventually left the organization to attend a brewery trade school near Vermont where he learned all about brewing beer.
Lane has acquired all federal and state licences necessary for the business and Mountain Rambler Brewery has become an S Corporation, currently selling shares within the company.
Lane is adding the “finishing touches” to the location and has projected Mountain Rambler Brewery to open in early to mid August. Lane also followed the announcement of the opening date by stating that the brewery will “open when it’s ready,” because Lane and all others involved are “trying to do it right.” Lane continued by saying “it’s the craziest thing I’ve taken on, ever,” but he is incredibly excited with the progress and future of the company.

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