Our Philosophy

Commitment to Craft

At Mohawk Bend, our foremost commitment is to bring thoughtfully-sourced craft foods and drinks from every corner of California to your plate, using a low-waste workflow and sustainable materials. Our ever-changing menu celebrates the abundance of each season, putting the freshest fare in the spotlight. Working within California is not only an environmental choice, reducing fuel and transportation time, it means working locally with people doing exciting things all over our great state. Our Commitments to Craft include:

  • Fresh, Pub Fare: We use sustainable products. We are inspired by the farmer’s markets in the area and what they offer us, and stay as local as possible. Most importantly, we only use suppliers that we meet and trust, to ensure exceptional and unique products for our customers.
  • Craft Beer: California is at the forefront of the craft beer movement, offering some of the best craft beers around. We’re excited about this state! That’s why we only serve beer as the brewers intended it to be served, not in a cocktail or with any accoutrements. We see our brewers as artists, and we respect them in every way, including keeping their products whole and true. “Better beer served a better way.”
  • California Spirits & Crafty Cocktails: We climbed mountains and crossed valleys, rivers and deserts to bring you the most unique and complete selection of distilled spirits from California. Our bartenders roll up their sleeves and collaborate to extract juices, cook syrups and brandy cherries for an  house-made cocktail experience. These are concoctions you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Kegged Wines: At Mohawk Bend, we believe in reducing packaging without reducing quality. We have a selection of California wineries committed to producing kegged wines, 6 of which will always be on tap, dispensed directly to your glass or carafe, eliminating bottles entirely.
  • A Menu for Everyone: We care about your food choices, which is why our menu has vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegan options. We have dedicated food prep stations for our vegan fare. Our goal is to make sure EVERYONE can eat at our restaurant without having to sacrifice quality or taste. While a few of our menu items are made to be gluten free, we warn those with gluten sensitivities that we make our own pizza and flatbread dough thus flour is in the air.
  • Community: Our commitment to community goes beyond working locally with California-based products and services. Whenever possible, we partner with vendors to benefit charities and local organizations. In addition to reducing packaging and waste in the kitchen and bar, our menus are printed on 100% post-consumer papers.

An Honest Pint

We take beer pretty seriously at Mohawk Bend and it’s apparent in everything we do. An American pint is 16 fl. oz., and that is the minimum that you’ll get when you order a pint here. Mohawk Bend is certified as a purveyor of full pours by The Honest Pint Project. If you are interested in learning more please ask your bartender!

Honest Pint FAQ

So, why isn’t my glass filled all the way?
We use a 19.75 fl. oz. glass so that we can assure that you get the full 16oz you paid for and a healthy head to boot. Some joints pour beer in a 16 fl. oz. glass or smaller and that’s fine unless they bill it as a pint1. Our patrons enjoy all the beer they paid for without sacrificing the important foam.2

Is there a reason why this pint glass has such a funny shape or is it just a gimmick?
Yes, they do look a lot nicer than a run of the mill shaker glass but it’s not just about looks. When 16 fl. oz. are in the glass it reaches about the widest part of the glass. This increase in surface area allows the full aroma of the beer to be enjoyed while the narrower top keeps the aromas where you want them—under your nose. The glass is also easier to hold onto. Some pub owners in the UK insist on pouring into this shape of glass as it minimizes breakage due to slippery-fingered Brits.

Wait, I ordered a beer and you didn’t give me a pint. What gives?
While most of our beers are served as pints there are exceptions. There are various reasons why special glassware is selected. Some beers require smaller vessels because they are too strong to serve 16 fl. oz. of—a pint of 14% Barleywine is best savored like a brandy in a snifter, whereas a full pint would knock most people over. Some beers are better served in a glass that showcases its unique color or head—there is nothing like a Saison with its head billowing in a tulip glass. Other glass selections are determined by tradition and style—Kolsch is traditionally served in a smaller and vertical glass that indicates that it is to be consumed cold and not nursed.

Thanks, but I don’t want a full pint, I have to get back to work after lunch!
If you are feeling like a pint is too much of a commitment, we also offer half pints. Like its brother, it is an oversized half pint. Our 10 fl. oz. glass provides for 8 fl. oz. of beer and again leaves space for the head.2

Why do you spray water into the glass before you serve it? Are you watering down the beer?
Never! While we aren’t quite as draconian as the ancient Babylonians,1 we never ever water down the beer we serve. We use the cold water spritz before pouring beer to ensure that you get a perfectly clean glass with nothing but beer in it. The water never stays in the glass but it does make sure that there is never any residual soap or errant lint that could affect the quality of the beer. The spritz also conditions the glass so the beer slides nicely into it. Finally, the water used is cooled to the same temperature as the beer, so the glass you get doesn’t warm the beer you drink.

  1. The Code of Hammurabi is the oldest set of known written laws. Dating back almost 4,000 years this Babylonian code specifically addresses the issue of watering down, short selling, or overcharging for beer. These crimes were punishable by death!
  2. Importance of head: Brewers and beer drinkers know that the importance of the foamy insulating top to your beer cannot be overstated. It affects three of your beer senses: sight, smell, and feel. Not only does it look tantalizingly good, your beer’s head is also greatly important to both the delivery of the aromas and the mouthfeel of your beer.