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Server Dante Griffin at LowBrau shows how you can give Sacramento Beer Week the boot—with a glass boot-shaped stein filled with a liter of your favorite suds.Photo: Nick Miller

Server Dante Griffin at LowBrau shows how you can give Sacramento Beer Week the boot—with a glass boot-shaped stein filled with a liter of your favorite suds.
Photo: Nick Miller

A couple dozen events to imbibe in during this year’s Sacramento Beer Week

Originally published in Sacramento News & Review on 02.21.13

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Feeling a little hungover just looking at the hundreds of events on tap during Sacramento Beer Week? Well, polish those steins, beer lovers, and hoist a frothy pint of ale. Here’s your quick-and-dirty guide to 25 requisite activities during this fourth annual celebration of sudsy goodness from February 22 through March 3.

King of Beer Week

If it’s possible to anoint a reigning king of Sacramento Beer Week, it just might be Pangaea Two Brews Cafe. Who else has more premium brews? Touting a robust contribution to the week’s sudsy festivities, Pangaea looks to retain its crown with a lineup that includes a Rare Beer Night, on Saturday, February 23, and Sushi Night featuring Billy Ngo from Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, on Tuesday, February 26. Find out more on its website. 2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, www.pangaeatwobrews.com.

Duke of Davis

Over the Yolo Causeway, the crew at The Davis Beer Shoppe offers beer enthusiasts an astounding number of brews in its bottle shop, not to mention a constantly changing lineup on tap—and all affordably priced. And while it’s staying tight-lipped on their Beer Week offerings, it recently added six new taps to its original eight and one nitro, along with a barrel-aged option in frequent rotation. 211 G Street in Davis, (530) 756-5212, www.facebook.com/TheDavisBeerShoppe.

Me so Horne-y

If you feel like channeling your inner George Clinton, then head up to Folsom and tap into 16 funky offerings from the gang at Samuel Horne’s Tavern. The Funk N Sour festival rolls into Sacramento Beer Week on Saturday, February 23, and promises to be an all-day affair of sour brews from around the nation, including several local spots. 719 Sutter Street in Folsom, (916) 293-8207, http://samhornes.com.

Beer before wine, everything’s fine

Not to be left out of all of the boozy fun, Revolution Beer Week takes over the wine bar at Revolution Wines for the entire duration of Beer Week. Each day, the wine stewards will be pairing a selection of their favorite local suds with small plates from its bistro-style kitchen. 2831 S Street; (916) 444-7711, www.rwwinery.com.

Brew it yourself

Bows & Arrows is serving up a Home Brew Demo and Brunch with Track 7 Brewing Co. and the home-brew specialists from Brew Ferment Distill. HBD will furnish the hardware while Track 7 supplies the hops and grain. Get your grub on while witnessing the art of brew-making on Sunday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1815 19th Street, (916) 822-5668, www.bowscollective.com.

Feel the beer flow—like the force

Get up close and personal at Clark’s Corner with a bona fide master brewer when Trumer Pils’ very own Yoda discusses the brewery’s centuries-old German-style pilsner on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. During the master’s visit, Trumer beer specials will be flowing. 5641 J Street, (916) 457-5600, www.clarkscornerbar.com.

Bier, ja

With deejay nights on the regular; a tasty selection of German, American and Belgian craft beers, plus a gourmet sausage kitchen, LowBrau is already one of the safest bests during Beer Week. Although thebierhaus has only been tapping kegs since December, the newest resident of the MARRS building shows it can hang. 1050 20th Street, (916) 706-2636, www.lowbrausacramento.com.

Brew on Broadway

After its official opening on February 15, the new kids on the brewing block at New Helvetia Brewing Company are looking to unleash a bevy of new bevvies for its first foray into Beer Week. The brewmasters plan to up the ante by introducing new varieties and expanded business hours. 1730 Broadway, (916) 469-9889, www.newhelvetiabrew.com.

Farm to fork to beer

The Farm-to-Fork Capital of America joins forces with the craft-beer movement when Lucca Restaurant and Bar offers up its Farmers Market Dinner with Beer Pairing on Friday, February 22, from 4 to 9 p.m. Including garden-fresh ingredients from Sacramento’s farmers markets and prime cuts from Lucky Dog Ranch Beef, each of the three courses will feature a beer pairing. 1615 J Street, (916) 669-5300, www.luccarestaurant.com.

Can it

If you’ve ever turned up your nose to those Pabst Blue Ribbon tall cans that have inexplicably flooded the local bar scene, you might want to put your inner beer snob in check and head over to Rubicon Brewing Company‘s Craft in a Can Fest on Sunday, February 24. The all-day event promises icy-cold canned beer from craft brewers and proof that tall cans aren’t all bad. 2004 Capitol Avenue, (916) 448-7032, www.rubiconbrewing.com.

Bacon-and-beer affair

If you didn’t get your fill of the porky goodness that dominated the palates of Sacto swine lovers during last month’s Sacramento Bacon Fest, Dad’s Kitchen is serving up a pig roast on Monday, February 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair with 11 breweries, including newcomers Track 7 and New Helvetia. 2968 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 447-3237, www.ilovedadskitchen.com.

Chef brewski

Did you know that beer is one of the world’s most versatile cooking agents? From cheese spreads laced with beer to confections concocted out of chocolate and stout, on Monday, February 25, one of the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op‘s instructors will lead participants in transforming ordinary dishes utilizing hoppy, liquid gold. Class starts at 6 p.m. Also on hand, a representative from Ruhstaller Beer will lead a tasting of its craft beers. 1900 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 455-2667, www.sacfoodcoop.com.

World War beer

In the ultimate showdown, Beer Week transforms into beer wars when The Shack engages the enemy at the U.S. v. Belgium Beer Dinner on Thursday, February 28. Be sure to bring your designated driver, however; the six-course meal, paired with a duo of six different beer varieties, one from Belgium and one from the United States, may leave you a wee bit soused. 5201 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 457-5997, www.eastsacshack.com.

Four-wheeled imbibe

Brews and souped-up rides don’t usually go together, but on Thursday, February 28, prepare to rev your engines at the California Automobile Museum. In conjunction with Auburn Alehouse, museum organizers promise beer, groovy cars, food, live music by the Bathtub Gins and demonstrations by the brewers. 2200 Front Street, (916) 442-6802, www.calautomuseum.org.

Drunk train

Take a page from 007’s love affair with traveling by train and hop on the Sacramento Beer Train for a three-hour train ride along the scenic Sacramento River on Sunday, March 3. Passengers will enjoy 10 tastings from four local Sacto breweries, a souvenir tasting glass and live tunes. 400 N. Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento, (800) 866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com.

Quaff, don’t chug

If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the mind of a true beer savant, then Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar‘s dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, might just be the answer to your amber-hued beverage dreams. Internationally celebrated beer expert and professor of malting and brewing science, Charles Bamforth will explore the subtle nuances of some of his favorite malted-grain beverages. At $110 per plate, the custom prix fixe menu better impress. 1431 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 922-6792, www.enotria.com.

21 reasons

Celebrate the end of Prohibition 80 years after the failure of “dry movement” when Centro Cocina Mexicana presents its 21st Amendment Beer Dinner on Wednesday, February 27, at 6 p.m. Dig in to a special five-course Latin-inspired tasting menu featuring suds from San Francisco-based brewhouse, 21st Amendment Brewery. Emissaries from the brewery will be on hand to discuss their brew and production techniques. 2730 J Street, (916) 442-2552, www.centrococina.com.

Andiamo, birra

If you’re looking for a more active way to celebrate Beer Week, then tune up that fixie and pump up those tires for Brunch, Bikes and Beer on Sunday, February 24, at Hot Italian, and wash down that cloud of fluffy scrambled eggs with Bariani truffle oil with one of the eatery’s specialty brews on tap. 1627 16th Street, (916) 444-3000, www.hotitalian.net.

Knee-deep in suds

The ultimate collaboration arrives on the scene just as Beer Week winds to a close at Capitol Beer and Tap Room. The highly anticipated double Belgian IPA from the brewmasters at Knee Deep Brewing Co. and Track 7 will be flowing from the taps all night in celebration the release of their frothy alliance on Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m. 2222 Fair Oaks Boulevard, (916) 922-1745, www.capitolbeer.com.

Grand finale

Hang up your beer stein in style and celebrate the close of Sacramento Beer Week at the third annual Capital Beerfest on Saturday, March 2, at Cal Expo, with more than 75 breweries, including every Sacramento-area brewery. Hailed as one of the largest beer festivals in Northern California, the event also supports a worthy cause: Proceeds benefits the Runnin’ for Rhett Scholarship and the R4R Youth Fitness Program. Tickets are $5-$75. 1600 Exposition Boulevard, www.sacramentobeerweek.com.

Ultimate sour note

Start Beer Week off on a sour note with Hot City Pizza, who delivers its weekend-long Sour Fest to the thirsty masses beginning Friday, February 22. Pucker up for 16 barrel-aged brews on tap, almost 60 more in bottles, cheese and chocolate pairings, as well as grub specials prepared with sour beer. 5642 J Street, (916) 731-8888, www.eastsacpizza.com.

Game on

The Golden Bear‘s got game—game animals, that is. TGB joins forces with Big Sky Brewing Co., the Montana company that produces Moose Drool Brown Ale and Scapegoat Pale Ale, to give folks a taste of the wild side on Wednesday, February 27, when Big Sky, Big Game night gallops into town. 2326 K Street, (916) 441-2242, www.goldenbear916.com.

World tour

Prepare for takeoff: Bonn Lair is taking you on a world tour of beers. Each day during Beer Week a different country will be explored, but be sure to secure your passport from the bar attendant: Only a stamp-filled passport earns you a commemorative mug for flying the Bonn Lair friendly skies. 3651 J Street, (916) 455-7155, www.bonnlair.com.

Burgers, brew—and a flash

The beer menu at Burgers and Brew already boasts a robust mix of locally and internationally brewed goodness. But during Beer Week, a series of tap takeovers by a cast of rotating breweries, including San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company on Sunday, February 24, whose Belgian-style ale won gold at the 2012 Great American Brew Festival, will augment an already hefty lineup. 1409 R Street, (916) 442-0900, www.burgersbrew.com.

Beer pairing hookup

Hooking up with Berryessa Brewing Co., Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.‘s dinner on Sunday, March 3, will marry four courses with four beers—a selection varying from the California Common Steam lager to the Roadhouse Amber ale. The limited-seating affair is $55 and guarantees a seat on the back patio and a bonus brew at the end. 1630 S Street, (916) 442-4885, www.hookandladder916.com.

 

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