Bethany Clough

A local brewery has opened a lakeside restaurant in this mountain town near Fresno

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A prominent empty restaurant overlooking Shaver Lake now has new life.

559 Beer, a Clovis-based brewery that also has a restaurant in Old Town Clovis, has opened 559 Beer Shaver Point.

The restaurant and beer-tasting room opened about a month ago at 44189 Highway 168.

Often called The Point, this is the building with a large deck with a view of the lake past the main part of town if you’re coming from Fresno. It’s open for lunch and dinner Thursdays through Sundays.

At least eight beers are on tap and the brewery recently launched a 168 hoppy pilsner (named after Highway 168) and a hazy IPA.

The restaurant’s burgers are popular, including its bacon burger, and the salmon tacos are popular too, said Cheryl Williams, part of the family behind the brewery.

559 Beer Shaver Point also has a full bar. Its cocktails include a Cheryl’s Chocolate-tini, named after Williams, made with vodka, chocolate liqueur and chocolate sauce.

There is also live music Friday and Saturday nights.

The family, including brewer Rhett Williams, will continue to run the 559 Beer brewery and restaurant at 356 Pollasky Ave. in an old Victorian hotel in Clovis.

But when the Shaker Lake spot came up, they nabbed it.

“Rhett has always wanted to have something in a resort town and this came up and he just jumped on it,” she said.

559 Beer Shaver Point is open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, from noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Bethany Clough: (559) 441-6431, @BethanyClough

Bethany Clough covers restaurants and retail for The Fresno Bee. A reporter for 20 years, she now works to answer readers’ questions about business openings, closings and other business news. She has a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and her last name is pronounced Cluff.