I had the privilege of attending the Media Night for HopScotch Tavern in Fullerton, a very clever name for a craft beer and whisky tavern. It’s an inviting tavern serving craft beer, whiskey (all types), and fantastic slow cooked comfort food. The pulled pork was amazing. The chef applies the dry rub and lets it sit for 24 hours before slowing cooking it for 16 hours. All the meat was great on its own but was taken to the next level with in-house original sauces. The mac and cheese was wonderful and had a little bite to it. The menus showed up fresh off the press towards the end of the night, and the prices are reasonable.
They have a nice selection of craft beer and a large selection whiskey, bourbon, moonshine, and scotch. Many of the craft beers are from local southern California breweries including the Bruery. Great beer is not the only thing that they got from the Bruery: the tables on the patio are used whiskey barrels from the Bruery that were actually used to age their beer. The building itself was the original Pacific Railway Station and much of the restaurant including the patio is at the platform level. The street level area of HopScotch is your standard restaurant booth seating with beer quotes on the wall and an outdoor cigar lounge. I spent most of the night outside catching up with a friend and talking with the owners.
HopScotch is a great addition to Fullerton and to the craft beer industry.