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Starting out at 10th Street and Central Avenue in Tracy, now Helm’s Ale House can be found at 600 Central Ave., just a few blocks away from the original site.

I couldn’t find a decent beer in Tracy. As far as I was concerned, there was a market that was being ignored. — Dave Helm ● Helm said that in addition to offering microbrews and specialty ales alongside widely known beer labels, he wanted to have a place where people could grab a couple beers over lunch, wind down after work, or where families could meet for a nice meal. Helm’s chef, Pat Goodwin, is a graduate of the New York Culinary Academy and brings over 15 years of creative food preparation to the table with mouthwatering entrées, appetizers and specials. Helm’s offers Prime Rib Night on Thursdays, Friday Night Specials, extraordinary calzones to go with Pint Night – where all beers are priced one dollar off and patrons get to keep the glass – on Wednesdays, and live music. All burgers are hand mixed and hand formed and they make their own pizza dough on site. The garlic rolls, a musthave at Helm’s Ale House, are house-made bread biscuits pan fried in garlic. Helm’s Ale House moved to its current location at 600 Central Ave., Tracy, two years ago, and is just a few blocks away from the original site at 10th

Street and Central Avenue. The inside of Helm’s Ale House is adorned with much personal history among patron-contributed police and fire department uniform patches and various memorabilia and awards from Helm’s law enforcement career including a letter from President Bill Clinton from 1993 when Helm was shot in the line of duty. One side of the restaurant is totally devoted to US military memorabilia including history of the USS Helm, a destroyer from World War II named after a great-uncle of Helm’s, Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm, along with other relatives’ military service reminders and Desert Storm and Viet Nam artifacts. With its craft beers, Helm’s Ale House presents various “concoctions” with their beermosa – a combination of tangerine ale, pear cider and orange juice, its creamsicle – tangerine ale, pear cider and vanilla, or its chocolate milkshake of 8-Ball stout, Stone porter, pear cider and vanilla. “What can I say?” Helm offered. “I like to play with beer.” ■ 209MAGAZINE


Helm’s Ale House offers over 24 microbrews and specialty ales alongside widely known bottled beer labels.

On the menu at Helm’s Ale House are 10 different mouthwatering gourmet burgers.


IF YOU GO GETTING THERE: Helm’s Ale House 600 Central Ave. Tracy, CA 95376 CONTACT: (209) 229-8667 HOURS: Mon – Thurs 3 pm - 10 pm Fri – Sat 11 am - 11 pm

209 Magazine - Issue 7  

An MNC Publication

209 Magazine - Issue 7  

An MNC Publication