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Fashawn and Tioga-Sequoia Brew up Something Fresh: Grizzly City Ale



Fresno rap star Fashawn says yes to Grizzly City Ale, a special brew to be sold at Fresno Grizzlies games. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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A new beer inspired by Fresno rap star Fashawn is headed to Chukchansi Park.

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David Taub

Appetite for Fresno

Grizzly City Ale, inspired by Fashawn’s nickname for his hometown, will be sold at Fresno Grizzlies games starting Thursday.

Brewed by Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., which is across the street from the stadium, the Grizzlies and the recording artist showed off their collaboration earlier this week.

“It means something to us to be able to produce something that’s a symbol for not only downtown, but for Fresno,” Tioga-Sequoia president Michael Cruz said.

The pale ale is on the bitter side, but lightly so, says Cruz.

Grizzly City Ale sells 2 cans for $10 on Thursday night baseball games. (GV Wire/David Taub)

Beer Honors Fashawn

Fashawn said he is humbled to partner with two “juggernauts” of Central California culture.

“There’s a lot of negative stuff going on in the city and hopefully this could be a glimmer of light, a glimmer of positivity in the midst of everything that’s going on. Hopefully, this could be something that will unify the city and then we can harmoniously drink together,” Fashawn said.

The 19.2-ounce cans will be sold at games in a special promotion each Thursday — 2 for $10. Cans are $9 the rest of the week. The beer will also be sold at the Tioga-Sequoia beer garden.

In addition, the team and brewery announced a new ticket program, the Tioga Pass. For $29, fans can attend all of the remaining seven Thursday baseball games.

Fashawn earned widespread acclaim for his debut 2009 album Boy Meets WorldHis second studio album, The Ecology, also climbed the hip-hop charts. A single from that release, “Something to Believe In,” is featured on numerous sports video games, including Madden NFL.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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