food and wineIssue 23

New Brews

If you like beer, wine, tequila or other spirits, you won’t go thirsty in Modesto. Here’s a roundup of some of the newer businesses that provide special adult beverages.


Sandude Brewing Co.

1028 11Th St., Modesto

Sandude is a tasting room with a relaxed, beach-themed vibe and a comfortable patio.

“We have 17 beers on tap and growlers available to take fresh beer home,” said brewmaster John Freitas, who has been brewing for several years and opened the tasting room in 2016 with wife Janette. Sandude offers wine, pub mix and nuts, and invites customers to bring their own outside food to pair with beers. You can also find bottled Sandude beer in stores.


Memo’s Cocina & Tequila Bar

139 W. Main St., Turlock

Customers can find upscale modern Mexican food in addition to 100 different tequilas, 15 different handcrafted cocktails, a full wine selection and beer on tap at Memo’s, opened in 2014 by husband and wife team Guillermo and Karina Ramierez.

“All of our tequilas are 100 percent agave and we also offer mescal,” noted Karina Ramierez, whose family operates Las Casuelas Mexican restaurants. “We make our syrups and use fresh fruits, and our food is made from scratch.”


Rivi’s Wine Bar Café

150 North 3Rd Ave., Oakdale

Rivi’s is a labor of love opened by third generation Oakdale-ites Paul and Amy Rivera on their wedding anniversary in 2015.

“Rivi’s is a gathering place for family and friends with a comfortable atmosphere for all ages,” said Paul Rivera. Rivi’s offers 95 wines with 35 of them available by the glass; 25 craft beers including local selections; and a great menu of starters salads, homemade soups, flatbreads, and full entrees. Wine and beer flights are also available.

Last Call Brewing Company

944 Shepard Ct., Suite C, Oakdale

Last Call brews all its beers onsite at its tasting facility, which opened in July 2015.

“Our site is unique because when you’re there you can meet us and tour the facility,” said Brian Chiara, who owns the business with Josh Garcia. While it’s currently only open on Sundays, they will open for growler refills and keg orders.

Last Call beers are also available at locations in Oakdale, Riverbank, Modesto, and Knights Ferry.


Blaker Brewing

Opening In Spring Or Summer 2017

Blaker Brewing is a farmhouse brewery in every sense of the word.

“Our family has been farming west of Turlock since 1938,” said owner Tom Lucas. “We grow our own hops and feed spent grain at our feedlot. This process is part of our vision for a closed sustainable loop that links the brewing and farming industries.”

Blaker Brewing’s lead brewer Tyler Klaproth makes a variety of beers that will be available at area events this summer (check online for locations).

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