Review: Ruhstaller's #downtownSac Tasting Room

ruhstaller3By Laura Braden

There’s a little gem in the basement of 630 K Street that has a chill vibe, plenty of comfy seats and delicious (LOCAL) beer … and that place, ladies and gents, is Ruhstaller’s new tasting room (Facebook, Twitter).

They welcome visitors on an appointment-only basis Th/Fr/Sa between 3-9pm. To make a reservation, call 916-447-1881 or via email (brewery AT

Co-owner Mellissa Cleveland-Paino was kind enough to offer GOTG writers/readers a semi-private tasting party … and we were happy to oblige. 🙂

Here’s the scoop:

The Vibe: Super chill and rustic. The main room has tall/communal tables great for meeting new people or hosting larger happy hours. They have a side room complete with vintage living room furniture and a pool table. GOTG writer Leia described it as “an adult blanket fort.” Definitely a great place to hang out!

Price Range: We received four tasting pours (out of seven options) for $10.

What to Wear: Come as you are – we saw folks in suits, shorts and everything in between.

What to Order: The menu changes often, and they offer small batch/experimental brews. Hands down, my favorite was the wine-beer (10% abv). It tasted a bit like wine, champagne, beer and Kombucha all rolled into one. It was light, crisp and refreshing! The Arendt California Tripel (9.5% abv) was also delicious, rich and sweet.

Who’s Behind the Yumminess? Mellissa and her husband – General Manager Jan Erik Paino – own and run Ruhstaller. They utilize local farmers, and own several acres of farmland off of I-80. They’ve added event space to their farm and have plans to have a 5,000 barrel production brewery up and running by 2015 (more details here). Not bad, considering the rich history of the Ruhstaller brand dates back 131 years!

More pictures of the event can be found here. More photos of the farm, products and tasting room can be found here.

Old friends and new faces!
Old friends and new faces!


GOTG with Mellissa Cleveland-Paino (blue dress)

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