Before Mammoth Brewing Company and The EATery, there was Whiskey Creek, one of the most popular restaurants and happy hours in Mammoth Lakes, CA. When I found out Whiskey Creek would be closing, I almost cried. For years, I stopped by Whiskey Creek for a drink or bite to eat after a long day of snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain in the winter or fishing in the summer. Luckily, the torch was passed on to Mammoth Brewing Company which continued the tradition of Whiskey Creek.
Mammoth Brewing Company was separated into two parts, the tasting room and The EATery.
If you just want to order a beer, walk up to the bar and order directly from the bartender.
If you want something to eat, look out for the line forming in front of a cashier and hanging menu board. This is The EATery. Place your order with the cashier, take your number, and find a place to sit either inside or outside.
On the second floor was additional seating and a separate full bar. On my visit, this bar wasn’t being used. You still had to walk downstairs to grab another drink.
If you love craft beer as much as I do, then you will be pleasantly surprised with the selection of beers available. You had your regulars and seasonals. I was a big fan of the Double Nut Brown Porter and Epic IPA. Just go easy on the IPAs being at almost 8,000 feet.
There were also a few wines available. Since I rarely drink wine I can’t recommend anything, but I’m sure they all tasted great.
The EATery at Mammoth Brewing Company Menu
The EATery menu had to be one of the most interesting menus I have seen at a brewery. You had your typical bar fare, but every item was elevated with unique ingredients such as a Po’ boy with pulled pork, a Philly cheese steak with Pale Ale fondue, or a flatbread pizza with fennel sausage.
Every dish on the menu seemed to pair perfectly with a cold brew. Deciding what to order proved to be more difficult than I expected. Everything sounded delicious.
Just one thing to note. It seemed like the menu might have been printed daily, so don’t assume each and every one of these items will be on the menu on your visit.
It’s Not a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
When I used to visit Whiskey Creek for happy hour, I would always order their Tri-Tip Sandwich. I ordered it religiously. It was that good. When Whiskey Creek closed, I was devastated that I would never be able to try this amazing sandwich again.
Reading over the menu, the first thing that caught my attention was the cheese steak, officially the It’s Not a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich ($16). This steak sandwich was made with grilled skirt steak, Shishito peppers, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Pale Ale fondue
On paper, it sounded great. But could it rival the old Tri-Tip Sandwich?
At $16, the price of the sandwich seemed a little steep. All that changed when I saw how much steak was packed inside this sandwich. Not only was there a massive amount of steak packed inside, each piece of meat was thick. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.
Even better, the skirt steak could not have been cooked any better. The outside of the steak had a crunchy and smoky crust thanks to its textbook sear. Each bite of the meat was tender and juicy, exactly how a quality piece of steak should be. The seasoning was spot on with a perfect balance of salt and pepper.
Mixed into the meat were roasted Shishito peppers, sauteed grilled sweet onions, and caramelized shiitake mushrooms. The vegetables elevated the dish with great smoky flavors and crunchy textures. Served on the side were a few slices of sweet, salty, and crunchy pickles. The pickles added even more flavor and texture to each bite.
Covering the meat and vegetables, and oozing onto the plate below, was a thick layer of Pale Ale fondue. I don’t often find myself eating fondue, especially on a sandwich at a brewery, but after today that might have to change. The creamy and rich melted cheese was light in flavor with just a hint of the taste of Pale Ale.
With so much packed inside the bread, I would have expected it to disintegrate. Fortunately, this was not the case. The thick bread held together even when packed with juicy steak and melted cheese. The massive piece of bread, opened in the middle like the hood of a car, was crunchy and toasted on the outside while soft and airy on the inside.
What I loved about this steak sandwich was that I felt like I got my money’s worth. I felt like there were no corners cut with the quality of the steak, bread, cheese, and vegetables. The flavors and textures of each ingredient were balanced well. This is how a sandwich should be. I really couldn’t expect anything more.
So was it better than the Tri-Tip sandwich from the days of Whiskey Creek? Not only was it better, it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had.
I enjoyed the idea of ordering drinks and food inside at the counter. I could order food, grab a drink or a few, and sit outside in the sun at one of the picnic tables. The food was delivered right to me giving me the freedom of walking in and ordering another drink. Quick and efficient without having to deal with waiters.
Even better, all the workers behind the counter seemed friendly and happy to help.
Since I was a little kid, I have been visiting Mammoth Lakes and Whiskey Creek. When Whiskey Creek closed, I was worried what would take its place. Luckily, Mammoth Brewing Company moved in, along with The EATery, and created something special.
Mammoth Brewing Company and The EATery is now my new spot for a beer and delicious food whenever I am in town. Sitting at one of the tables outside on a warm summer day with a cold beer in hand is what it’s all about. My only problem will be deciding what to order and try next.
- Delicious food including the Philly steak sandwich
- Great beers brewed on the spot
- Outdoor seating was great on a warm summer day
- Quick and friendly service
- Dishes are somewhat on the pricey side
- Upstairs bar was not in use
- No happy hour