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Monday, March 31, 2014

Mariposa: Prospectors Brewing Co.

The Caifornia Gold Rush (1848 - 1855) might long be over, but in the Sierra Nevada foothill's historic Mariposa County, you can get a taste of modern-day gold. Since 2012, Prospectors Brewing Co. has been handcrafting golden suds for locals and tourists.

Their friendly, laid-back tap room, which sits at 4886 A 7th Street, just off the main drag of the township of Mariposa, lies deep in the heart of gold country. Located about 40 miles from Yosemite National Park's valley entrance, this sudsy watering hole is worth a stop if you're in their neck of the woods.

Year round, you can taste their carefully crafted brews on tap: Bootjack Blonde, a cross between a German pilsner and an American ale; Mariposa Midnight, an oaked and smoked stout; Long Tom IPA, an India pale ale; and Pistol Whipped Wheat, an American wheat beer. When I visited their tap room a few weeks ago, current seasonal selections included Poker Flat, a Belgian porter with vanilla bean, and Dirt Nap, an American barleywine. 
 Our tasting party went straight for the Bootjack Blonde (5.6% ABV) and the Pistol Whipped Wheat (5.8% ABV). Both brews went down clean and easy, honing our palates for more of Prospector Brewing Co.'s selections on our next visit, which I hope will be in the not-too-distant future.

 Mariposa was long ago inhabited by the Southern Miwok Indians, settled by a Spanish priest in the early 1800s, and later boomed during the 49ers Gold Rush. Remnants of these bygone eras remain studded throughout this rural northern California region.   

Mariposa is also home to the California State Mining & Mineral Museum, where you can discover California's mineral wealth, colorful history, and geologic diversity while viewing the state's official mineral collection. The brewery facility for Prospectors Brewing Co. is located near the museum, next to the county fairgrounds. 
So the next time you're in the Yosemite area and want a taste of local and modern history, stop in at the museum on Highway 49, then head a few miles north to Prospectors Brewing Co.'s tap room for a "taste of the gold."

 Then hit the happy trails.

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