HANFORD — Plan B Taphouse celebrated its opening night in downtown Hanford last Thursday with large crowds of people waiting to try out the new bar and beers in town.
Beer enthusiasts Chris Graham and wife, Sherri, decided their plan B after retirement would be opening up a small mom-and-pop bar that would feature local beers.
“This is basically our retirement project. We’re here, and we want to pass it on to our kids,” Chris Graham said. “We're just going to have some fun and glad Hanford has welcomed us in a big way.”
The Grahams have not left their day jobs yet, but are hoping that once retirement comes along they can have this as a project they can work on and grow offering a different variety of tastes and drinks for everybody to enjoy.
The bar was known as Shortys before. The Grahams have painted and remodeled it to make sure it offers a nice relaxed atmosphere in which people can come and enjoy local crafted beers.
It has a backyard patio and although it doesn't have a kitchen, it does have an open-door food policy where anybody can order food for delivery.
On opening night, taco trucks were lined up out in front and Graham said they will continue to have taco trucks on certain nights.
Plan B currently has about 16 taps on draft but by the end of next week it will be adding three to five more taps.
“We are going to concentrate mostly on local beers which we know people from Hanford like,” Graham said. “We want to work with the small guy, and we're going to keep something for everybody. If I can’t find you a beer you like, I’m not doing my job,” Chris Graham said.
Some of the beers offered include Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. of Fresno, Central Coast Brewing of San Luis Obispo, Firestone Walker Brewing Company of Paso Robles, Drake’s Brewing Co. from the Bay Area, Dust Bowl Brewing Co. of Turlock, Track 7 Brewing Company of Sacramento and Pine & Palm Brewing of Fresno.
Graham hopes to offer live entertainment on some nights in the future.
As the seasons change, the taps will be changing as well.
“We will be bringing in a lot of the pumpkin beers, a lot of the stouts, a lot of winter time beers with all the cinnamon spices and vanillas. It's going to be a good time,” Graham said.
Among the beer enthusiasts who visited the new bar in town on opening night was Chris Barker, 42, who said he doesn’t normally frequent many bars in Hanford preferring to drive to Fresno or Visalia for a drink.
“There's really nothing else like this in town that serves beer that's in a relaxed environment and brings in specialty beers” Barker said.
He said other places in Hanford have “good beer on taps, but not some of the smaller breweries.”
“It’s just nice outside to come and hang out and have a couple beers and enjoy myself,” said Barker.
Dustin Medeiros said he is glad there is a Plan B in Hanford.
“We have a place where we can go that cares about craft beer and caters to that community,” Medeiros said. “It’s not about getting drunk and drinking beer, it’s about hanging out with people you care about and enjoy some good flavors and good time.”
Graham acknowledges that the bar is still a work in progress, but hopes to have more nights like the one they had on Thursday.
“Hanford really welcomed us. It was an amazing turnout and thank you Hanford. I never expected it to take off like it did,” Graham said.