From Midtown Cocktail Week to Bacon Fest, there’s no shortage of crazy fun events and festivals around town. The 4th annual Sacramento Beer Week is no exception (like them on Facebook and Twitter). It’s one glorious week where restaurants and bars celebrate the hops culture – not to mention all of our region’s breweries. From our friends over at Sac Foodies…
Not only does Sacramento Beer Week signify the opportunity to taste many different brews, it is also a chance to celebrate our local beer culture. Sacramento has ten beer producers within the city, eight new breweries are scheduled to open this year and we are less than an hour away from 15 other breweries! We even have a new magazine in town, Hops to Table, which keeps readers in the know of the local craft beer scene. Sacramento’s passion for local, even in the beer space, gives us another notch on our proverbial belt as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.
…Isn’t that awesome? We had no idea!
There are literally hundreds of events. Realizing that no one has the time (or liver fortitude) to cover them all, we wanted to share our top picks:
- Photo Scavenger Hunt at the River City Brewing Company (545 Downtown Plaza) This is a photo hunt that lasts all of Sacramento Beer Week. Starting February 22, each day at 10:00AM we will post a new clue on their Facebook page. This clue will send you to a specific place on the Downtown/Midtown Grid where you will take a picture and upload it to our Facebook page. You can solve the clue and post your picture each day or on your own schedule. Just remember, the first team to successfully complete and post the pictures of their successes will win the top prize of $50 Gift Certificate and a 1 Gallon City Block of River City Beer. Prizes will also be awarded for most spirited team and best overall photo.
Friday, February 22
- Two Rivers Cider Dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L (1215 19th Street) Two Rivers is hosting a four course/family style dinner at one of Sacramento’s best restaurants. Two Rivers is a local cider company that makes amazing (not too sweet!) ciders in flavors ranging from apple to pomegranate. Tickets are $50/per.
- Kick the Keg at Torch Club (904 15th Street) One of our favorite places to get twirled for a few hours, Torch is hosting a party for New Belgium Brewery’s Shift Pale Lager with $4 drafts! The first 24 people get to keep the glass, and there’ll be live music from acoustic blues musicians Pailer and Fratis.
- Seasonal Beerfest at Swabbies on the River (5871 Garden Highway) If the weather is nice, head down to the river for a great selection of local beers including Sierra Nevada, Lost Coast, Anderson Valley, Speakeasy and Kona! There will be live music and breakfast from 9:30am until 12:00pm and lunch from 12:00pm on. Don’t forget to ask about their “Keep the Glass” with certain beer purchases.
- East Sac Biking Pub Crawl at Hot City Pizza (5642 J Street) The Shack and the Greenbelt Brewers Association are co-hosting this event to ensure that fun will be had by all. There will be deals on beer and food at each location and the Greenbelt Brewers Association will be having a bottle ring toss where you have an opportunity to win some delicious bottles of beer. The schedule of destinations: 3:00pm – Hot City Pizza (5642 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819) and 4:00pm – The Shack (5201 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819) and 5:00pm – Morgan’s Bar & Grill (3348 S St Sacramento, CA 95816).
- Rare Beer Night at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe (2743 Franklin Boulevard) Pangaea is a great, casual spot in Curtis Park. Rare beer night someplace else may not elicit the excitement that rare beer night at Pangaea does, and with good reason. Come sample beers that are rare, hard-to-find, and best of all, delicious.
- Local Brewery Total Tap Takeover (9205 Sierra College Boulevard, Roseville) (Off the grid) Want to kill a bunch of birds with one stone? Final Gravity is hosting eight local breweries: Knee Deep, Track 7, Berryessa Brewing Co., Roseville Brewing, Auburn Ale House, American River Brewing Co., River City, and Loomis Basin Brewing Co. 24 total beers on tap including The Auburn Ale House and Berryessa collaboration on cask and special barrel aged releases from American River. Brewers will be on hand throughout the day to sip, enjoy, and answer any questions about the brews.
Sunday, February 24
- Sunday Funday = Brunch with friends and loved ones. Beer Week presents two great options: Lagunitas Brunch at the Porch (1815 K Street) will feature a menu paired up with great beers from Lagunitas, and Beer Bike Brunch at Hot Italian (1627 16th Street) is hosting a super cool brunch featuring Sierra Nevada tastings and local bike companies such as Duso, Rivet Cycle Works, Toro Quality Goods, and Revolights, and get your bike ready for Spring with a wash benefiting The Met High School Bike Collective!
- Belgian Tasting at the Streets of London Pub (1804 J Street) If the weather’s nice, head down to Streets of London – they have a patio out front and a killer courtyard with picnic tables out back. They’re offering specials on a variety of Belgians including: St Bernardus Abt 12, N’ice Chouffe, Golden Draak, Chimay Red, Chimay White, Chimay Blue, and Duvel.
Monday, February 25
- Anchor Steam and Cheese Pairing at Magpie Cafe (1409 R Street) Step back into California’s Gold Rush days with Anchor Brewing (est.1896) and Marin French Cheese Company (est. 1865). 22oz Anchor bottles for $4 or pair it with a Marin Cheese Wheel and Acme baguette for $8.
- Cooking with Beer at the Sacramento Co-Op (1900 Alhambra Blvd) Beer isn’t just for placating thirst – it’s also great to cook with. Join Chef Gigi will show you how beer can turn any ordinary dish into an extraordinary one. You’ll learn to cook a variety of dishes including drunken bratwurst/peppers, beer-braised shredded BBQ pork and chocolate stout cupcakes. A special guest from Sacramento’s own Ruhstaller Beer will lead you in a tasting of their beers and share some of the history and lore of Sacramento’s brewing tradition.
- Beer Nerd Night at Low Brau (1050 20th Street) Celebrate your own beer nerdiness or start a new obsession with craft beer by receiving $2 off all beers on the Beer Nerd Menu! Music will be provided by DJ Tim Matraga.
Tuesday, February 26
- Sushi Night at at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe (2743 Franklin Boulevard) Never realized that sushi and beer can go well together? Well Billy Ngo from Kru (one of the best sushi places in Sacramento!) will be slicing and rolling sushi for you to enjoy with our tap and bottle selections.
- Bootleg Tuesday at the MiX Downtown (1525 L Street) Love craft beer? Beer in cocktails have been prominent in cocktail history in the form of ‘flips’, ‘fizzes’, and ‘punches’. In honor of Beer Week, the MiX is going to serve exciting and extravagant hand crafted libations made with the finest microbrews, premium spirits, and fresh produce, all crafted in house from scratch served to a hip modern mix of alternative rock, funk, and hip hop.
Wednesday, February 27
- Sour Night at Pour House (1910 Q Street) Get your sour fix with three California sour beers on tap and five Belgian sour beers in bottles.
- Trivia Night at the Shack (5201 Folsom Blvd) Test your knowledge on both the sudsical topic and the topical suds of beer. Bonus? Enjoy music by the blues guitar stylings of Lagunitas Brewing owner Tony Magee with a take home mason jar to commemorate the evening!
- Brewery Tour at River City Brewing Company (545 Downtown Plaza) Brewmaster Brian is giving two tours (2:30pm and 4:30pm) of the brewery – great way to learn about the process from start to finish! $12.
- Beer Tasting at the California Automobile Museum (2200 Front Street) Another great event to tackle local beers at once including Rubicon, Two Rivers Cider, Track 7, New Helvetia, Auburn Alehouse, Lagunitas, Mad River and Schubros. Admission includes tasting, food, museum exhibits, music from the Bathtub Gins and raffle prizes. $20.
- Cask Celebration at Rubicon (2004 Capitol Avenue) Cask beer utlizings traditional ingredients and matured in the cask from which it is served, which means it’s fresh and unfiltered and delicious. Rubicon is going to feature 20 rare casks from across California.
Friday, March 1
- Beer Cans and Bad Coats at Ten 22 (1022 22nd Street) Bring a guitar, hang out on the back patio and enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner menu that includes street corn, carne asada, grilled prawns, s’mores and more. Enjoy some of the best local and craft beers that come in a can. The cost includes dinner and two drink tickets. If you bring a new or gently used coat to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank, you will receive $5 off the cost. $30.
- Dinner with Charlie at Mulvaney’s B&L (1215 19th Street) This dinner features UC Davis professor Charlie Bamforth who’s also the head brewmaster of Sierra Nevada Brewing Steve Dresler. Featured beers include Ovila Quad with Plums, Kellerweis, Pale Ale, Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout, and Ruthless Rye IPA. Reservations required.
Saturday, March 2
- Beer and Bacon at the Porch (1815 K Street) Didn’t get your fill of BaconFest? Head over to the Porch for three yummy and southern bacon dishes paired with beer.
- Half Shells, Bellies & Beers at Sellands (5340 H Street) Enjoy oysters on the half shell, pork belly sandwiches, and Track 7 beer!
- 3rd Annual Capital Beerfest at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd) This is the big show folks! Over 75 breweries, including every Sacramento-area brewery, are expected to attend. Food to be provided by SactoMoFo food trucks, and you can ride a Silverado Stages bus for free!
Sunday, March 3
- Beer N Brunch at Low Brau (1050 20th Street) Menu details haven’t been released yet, but this place is so clutch, we know it’s going to be awesome. Bonus? Music by DJ Crook One?
- Beer Judging 101 at Pyramid Alehouse (1029 K Street) Want to learn more about craft beer and world beer styles? This class will help you hone your natural ability to recognize and intelligently discuss various components in beer. In the process, you’ll learn some of the terms that judges use to describe beer’s many attributes. Instructor David Teckam is a Grand Master III level beer judge in the BJCP, and a prominent beer educator. Other BJCP ranked judges will be assisting with the event.
- Yard Sale at Streets of London (1804 J Street) Close out the week with the discounted pints of any beers they have left – we love this idea!
And as always, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Check out Uber to hit the events in style.
What’d we miss? What are you most excited about?