Whether you fancy yourself a beer connoisseur or you’re just an occasional beer drinker, Sacramento has several breweries in town to test out new beers. These breweries typically include a well-planned menu and a staff that can explain beer pairings. And the beers are carefully and expertly brewed to be the best around. So, treat yourself and head out to one of these Sacramento breweries for a great meal and a smooth ale.
Track 7 Brewing Co.
Named for its proximity to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, Track 7 was created as a creative outlet for unique and artisanal beers. The brewers experiment with all varieties of beer, and it extends further than just American beers to Belgian, English and German inspiration. If you’re looking for something different to do on the weekend, visit the tap room with your friends and overlook the Track 7 brewery. For an added bonus, the tap room is dog friendly. Sit down, relax and try an Alkali Wit, a Belgian-style wit bier, or a Big 4 Strong Ale, an American strong ale.
Where: 3747 W. Pacific Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820
Hoppy Brewing Company
Head to this neighborhood brewpub for unique ales and food that goes above and beyond traditional bar fare. For the food, try the Hoppy Chop Salad with basil vinaigrette or the Fish and Chips. If you’re headed there with a group, share an order of the house made kettle chips or the Hoppy Fries, which are tossed in garlic and Parmesan cheese – need we say more? Head to Hoppy for happy hour, and you’ll hit great specials, like $12 pitchers and $3.50 pints. Wash down the Hoppy Fries with a cold, fresh-brewed Total Eclipse, a porter-like brew that features chocolate and black malts. If you’re looking for a lighter beer, try the Liquid Sunshine Blonde Ale, which has a grapefruit-like flavor and aroma.
Where: 6300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819
Not only do they have great beer and good food, but the service and overall ambiance of Rubicon Brewing is enough of an excuse to skip out of work a little early and meet up with friends for a relaxing night. This is Midtown’s original restaurant brewery, and since the late ‘80s, it has yet to disappoint the residents of this neighborhood. Check their website for their daily specials, which include $2.50 pints, all-you-can-eat fish and chips and $2 tacos. And for the beer, Rubicon has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a cider, try the Blood Orange cider, if available. For pale ale drinkers, order the Monkey Knife Fight, known for its perfect balance of hops.
Where: 2004 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95811
River City Brewing Company
Whether it’s been a rough week in the office or you’re just looking for a relaxing place to hang out with friends, the fun atmosphere at River City Brewing is your answer. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, River City Brewing Company offers up a spacious venue with extraordinary food and great craft beers. Share the Crispy Eggplant Napoleon appetizer, which is eggplant served with goat cheese, basil pesto and sun dried tomato tapenade. But what goes better with beer than pizza? River City offers up several wood-fired pizza options, including BBQ chicken, a Brewmaster’s specialty and rosemary-garlic marinated portobello mushroom. And for the beer, River City brews up 22 different beers throughout the year. Some of the favorites include K Street Kolsch, IPA and Woodenhead Ale.
Where: 545 Downtown Plaza, Suite 1115, Sacramento, CA 9
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