It’s time to bring out your favorite mugs and glasses as we brace ourselves for over a week of drinking, fun and celebrating one thing and one thing only: beer.
Presented by Sacramento Republic FC and organized by The Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, Sacramento Beer Week 2016 celebrates Sacramento’s rich beer culture and heritage by bringing together hundreds of breweries through over 200 events in this 11-day celebration. Running from February 25 to March 6, local breweries and breweries throughout California are especially highlighted, giving beer enthusiasts the chance to experience local fare during this taster’s marathon.
With so much to do and so little time, you may be overwhelmed with everything that’s going on during the week. To help you sort through your choices, here are 8 great ways to enjoy Sacramento Beer Week:
Sample Local Breweries
Kicking the week off is one of Sacramento Beer Week’s big events: the Sacramento Brewers’ Showcase, where over 40 local breweries will be presenting the first tastes of their brews made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week 2016. Looking for more local brews throughout the week? Check out Boneshaker Pub House’s Local Love (Mar. 6), Capitol Beer and Tap Room’s Locals Only! (Feb. 26) or The Shack’s ShackFest (Feb. 27). Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase info: Feb. 25, 6pm; Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd; $40 adv./$50 at door, $10 designated driver (DD).
Ride a Beer Train
Have you ever wanted to ride a train? Better yet, have you ever wanted to ride a train while drinking beer? Look no further than the Sacramento River Train, renamed to the Sacramento Beer Train during this week. Listen to live music, taste freshly tapped selections from a few local Northern California breweries, and have a nice dinner as you go on a leisurely 3 hour ride along Garden Highway and rural West Sacramento. Feb. 26 @ 6:30pm & Mar. 5 @ 3:00pm; 400 N. Habor Blvd., West Sacramento; $45-$65/ $25-38 DD.
Make Your Own Beer
Ever been interested in how beer is made AND to learn how to make your own? Then YoloBrew BrewCrew is just what you’re looking for. On Feb. 27 and Mar. 5, the Yolo Brewing Company is not only offering a tour of their brewery, but also a hands-on experience of making your own brews to take home. With a choice between a malt-heavy (Feb. 27) or hop-heavy (Mar. 5) tour, this unique experience also includes lunch and tastings. Space is limited to 20 per tour, so buy your tickets now. Feb. 27 & Mar. 5, 11am-4pm; Yolo Brewing Company, 1520 Terminal St., West Sacramento; $79.
Burn Off Your Beer Belly
Feeling like you might have a beer belly after a week of drinking? Fearing that others will judge you for all said drinking? The Sac Beer Week 5k “Beer Run” might be just what you need. Gain some self-validation and work off that beer by running 3.1 miles in a course that starts and ends at New Helvetia Brewing Co. Celebrate finishing your 5k by drinking more beer that will, of course, be served at the finish line. Feb. 28, 11am; New Helvetia Brewing Co., 1730 Broadway; $35.
Stuff Your Face
Dad’s Kitchen doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to celebrating Beer Week. With two locations to choose from, they have an event or featured beer every night of the Week’s entirety. Events include specialty food+beer nights, a barrel aged beer+bbq, beer education, and Tap Takeovers. Perhaps the biggest event of all is the Dad’s Kitchen 5th Annual Pig Roast with beer samplings, tacos, sliders, and a full pig roast for those who have a real craving for meat. See all Dad’s Kitchen’s events at ilovedadskitchen.com. Feb. 29-Mar 5; Dad’s Kitchen (Sacramento & Fair Oaks locations).
Dance the Night Away in [80s] Style
Taste beer in style, check out classic cars and hit the dance floor at the California Auto Museum’s 80s-themed Beer Prom. With almost two dozen craft beers to taste, three food trucks to choose from, and a photo booth to capture the night, this beer tasting event is bound to be a fun one. Come dressed in your best 80s or “prom-funk” attire as you dance the night away to some of the 80s best songs! Mar. 4, 5:30pm; California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St; $40-60/$10 DD.
Test Your IQ
Come on, who doesn’t love Pub Quiz night? No surprise, Sacramento Beer Week has a plethora of trivia nights to choose from. Some that are bound to be fun is Sudwerk’s Beer Trivia Night (Feb. 26), Pour House’s Great Basin Brewery Beer Trivia (Feb. 29), or Track 7 Brewing’s Kill the Keg + Beer Trivia (Mar. 6).
Join the Biggest Beer Gathering of the Year
It’s March 6th and Sacramento Beer Week 2016 is coming to an end. You’ve reached an existential crisis where you’re asking yourself these questions: where did the beer go and what do I do now? Capping it all off is Capitol Beer Fest, in which over 125 breweries will gather to offer over 300 varieties of craft beer as you rock the week out with live music from classic rock band Daze on the Green. For all you beer enthusiasts out there, this biggest beer gathering of the year is a definite don’t-miss event. Mar. 6, 1pm-5pm; Capitol Mall; $40-65/$15 DD.
With copious amounts of beer in a safe, stable environment, Sacramento Beer Week is sure to be blast as local breweries represent Sacramento’s rich history and culture with beer.
And as you might have guessed, this is just the tip of the iceberg. To see a full list of events, visit sacbeerweek.com.
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