Mother’s Beer Week Event Spectacular
By Brianna Nathan
“Mother’s Beer Week Event Spactacular” – That’s a big title to live up to – but if there’s one thing that Mother excels at, it’s living up to the hype.
The small, veggie-centric restaurant on K St has certainly become a mainstay for the downtown lunch crowd, but you haven’t truly experienced Mother until you’ve attended one of their special events. I was lucky enough to snag tickets to their beer week event, and it did not disappoint.
The vibe: Casual and friendly. The space allowed for mingling, and the flow of the food service meant that no one stood in one spot for too long.
The food: Throughout the night, the kitchen churned out an array of small bites, ranging from tantanmen ramen, to biscuits, to charred brussel sprouts – every bite well-seasoned and bursting with flavor, every dish unique in its own right. There’s a reason I don’t have pictures of full plates of food; it was devoured almost as quickly as the chefs put it up.
The beer: Curated by Nick Miller from SN&R, the night’s beer list represented many of the great things about craft beer – unique, experimental blends; a commitment to local collaboration and ingredients; and, perhaps most importantly, deliciousness. From an IPA with pink peppercorn and sage by the folks at Bike Dog Brewing Company, to Track 7’s Equinox double IPA with sassafras and vanilla bean, the thought that went into these collaborations was evident in every sip. One of my favorites was from Black Vinyl Ale Project – their Animal Magnetism German sour is sure to be my go-to summer beverage. We capped the night with Sante Adairius West Ashley, a saison aged in French oak pinot noir barrels with apricots. Seriously, does it get any better than that? I know I’ll be visiting their Santa Cruz brewery in the near future.
If you’re looking for a unique, casual night out, look no farther than Mother. Like their Facebook page or go to mothersacramento.com and join their mailing list. You’ll be first to know about events like this (which they do pretty often), and believe me – you’ll need the head start if you want to score tickets.