Friday, February 24, 2017


YOUR GUIDE TO SACRAMENTO BEER WEEK 2017

FEB 24, 2017

Sacramento Beer Week is returning to the city for 11 days of events celebrating the local craft beer scene! With so many incredible craft brewers in the Greater Sacramento Area (and beyond) it’s fitting to set aside a week each year to celebrate local brewers and their diverse creations.
Take a look at the events happening March 2–12 throughout Sacramento Beer Week, then get to know the 50+ breweries participating in one form or another, which are pinpointed on our map. These events allow you to sample some of the best craft beers from throughout the region without having to take a massive road trip to each location.
Mark your calendars for the two main events of Sacramento Week, which bookend the week’s events quite nicely.
On March 2, the Sacramento Brewers’ Showcase presents over 40 local breweries and food trucks under one roof at the California Automobile Museum. Be the first to taste a number of beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week!
On March 12, the grand finale of the week is taking place on the 5th Street Bridge at Capitol Beer Fest, where you can sample from over 125 breweries from the region and around the world. 100 percent of the proceeds from Capitol Beer Fest go to the Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program.
Wherever your Sacramento Beer Week adventures take you, be sure to tag your photos and posts with #SBW2017!

SKIP TO THE BREWERIES

Sacramento Beer Week 2017
Photo Courtesy of Sacramento Beer Week

EVENTS

THURSDAY, MARCH 2


California Automobile Museum

Keep the Glass Night | 3–9 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

FRIDAY, MARCH 3


Friday Night Flights | 3–9 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

EDH’s Retro Night | 4–8 p.m.
EDH Brewing Co.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4


2017 Sac Beer Week 5K | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
New Helvetia

2nd Annual IPA Fest | 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Twelve Rounds Brewing Co.

Belgian Invasion | 12–9 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company
All Sour Day Sacramento Beer Week 2017
Photo Courtesy of Torey Philipp via Mraz Brewing Company
All Sour Day | 12–11 p.m.
Mraz Brewing Company

Beer Week Rocks | 2–9 p.m.
Big Sexy Brewing Company


IPA Release Party | 3–10 p.m.
Oak Park Brewing Company

SUNDAY, MARCH 5


2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off | 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Twelve Rounds Brewing Co.

Stein Day | 12–6 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Day | 12–6 p.m.
Big Sexy Brewing Company

Tasting Series | 3–5 p.m.
Flatland Brewing Company

MONDAY, MARCH 6


Mraz Brewing Company

TUESDAY, MARCH 7


Rubicon Brewing Company

Final Gravity

Chili and Pint Night | 4–8 p.m.
EDH Brewing Co.

Nixtaco Mexican Taqueria

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

Sacramento Beer Week
Photo on Left Courtesy of Jackrabbit Brewing // Photo on Right Courtesy of EDH Brewing Co.
Kill the Keg Night | 3–8 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

Growler Fill Night | 4–8 p.m.
EDH Brewing Co.

Rubicon Brewing Company

Beer Bingo | 7–9 p.m.
10th Inning Bar/Tavern

THURSDAY, MARCH 9


IPA 7 Ways | 3–9 p.m.
Flatland Brewing Company

Kettle Sour Flight Day | 3–9 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

Meet the Brewer Event | 4–8 p.m.
EDH Brewing Co.

Trappist Beer Dinner | 6–9 p.m.
The Monk’s Cellar

Nixtaco Mexican Taqueria

10th Inning Bar/Tavern
Sacramento Beer Week 2017
Photo Courtesy of Sacramento Beer Week

FRIDAY, MARCH 10


Flash Back Friday | 3–9 p.m.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company

10th Inning Bar/Tavern

SATURDAY, MARCH 11


Bourbon Barrel-Aged Day | 12–11 p.m.
Mraz Brewing Company

The Monk’s Cellar

Yuba Sutter Brewfest | 3–7 p.m.
Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds

10th Inning Bar/Tavern

SUNDAY, MARCH 12


Rubicon Brewing Company

West Sac Brew Bike Tour (Yolo, Bike Dog + Jackrabbit Brewing) | 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Yolo Brewing Company

Nixtaco Mexican Taqueria

Capitol Beer Fest | 12–5 p.m.
5th Street Bridge

Sacramento Beer Week 2017 Breweries
Photo Courtesy of Sacramento Beer Week

BREWERIES

Amador Brewing Company | Plymouth — A small craft brewery based in Plymouth bringing delicious beers to Gold Country and Northern California since 2015.
American River Brewing Company | Rancho Cordova — Fairly new brewery dedicated to the art and science of brewing located just two miles from the American River.
Auburn Alehouse | Auburn — Well-known local brewery creating craft beers served at local establishments and retail stores throughout the state.
Beermann’s Brewery | Lincoln — Cozy brewpub in Lincoln serving beers crafted in-house, in addition to their full menu focused on meat.
Berryessa Brewing Company | Winters — 20-barrel craft brewery crafting beers available for wholesale or to enjoy in their taproom.
Big Sexy Brewing Company | Sacramento — Southeast Sacramento brewery specializing in ales, porters and lagers.
Big Stump Brewing Company | Sacramento — Downtown Sacramento dog-friendly brewery with an award-winning double IPA.
Bike Dog Brewing Company | West Sacramento — Bike- and dog-loving brewery and tasting room in West Sacramento with a three-barrel brewhouse on site.
Black Vinyl Ale Project | Rocklin — Award-winning brewery, formerly known as Boneshaker Public House, in Woodland serving scratch-made food and creative craft beers.
Blue Note Brewing Company | Woodland — Artisan nanobrewery with a six-barrel system, ensuring each beer is handcrafted using the finest ingredients.
Claimstake Brewing Company | Rancho Cordova — New brewery in Rancho Cordova serving unique concoctions made in their 10-barrel brewhouse.
Cool Beerwerks | Cool — Microbrewery located in Cool specializing in authentic handcrafted ales and beers designed for the discerning beer connoisseur.
Crooked Lane Brewing Company | Auburn — 15-barrel brewing company specializing in a variety of traditional English ales, German lagers and West Coast-style IPAs.
Device Brewing Company | Sacramento — Popular neighborhood brewery serving premium, award-winning beers in their industrial, dog- and kid-friendly setting.
Dragas Brewing | Rocklin — Family-owned craft brewery in Rocklin that hosts weekly events in their clean and dog- and kid-friendly taproom.
EDH Brewing Co. | El Dorado Hills — Family friendly brewery in El Dorado Hills creating beers served at many local establishments.
Flatland Brewing Company | Elk Grove — Local Elk Grove brewery and tasting room serving beers made with passion in small batches.
Fountainhead Brewing Company | Sacramento — Neighborhood brewery located south of Curtis Park serving tasty beers made from scratch.
Fort Rock Brewing | Rancho Cordova — Brand new Rancho Cordova brewery located at the historic Nimbus Winery.
Goathouse Brewing Co. | Lincoln — Serving handcrafted ales made onsite in a converted barn near the hop fields where the ingredients are grown.
Gold Hill Brewery | Placerville — Brewery producing classic beers in traditional styles, including scotch ales, dry Irish stouts and hoppy IPAs.
Hoppy Brewing Company | Sacramento — Laid-back and eclectic neighborhood brewery serving a variety of ales, wines and comfort food.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company | West Sacramento — Local craft brewery located in West Sacramento producing beers inspired by Belgian, English and German recipes.
Jack Russell Brewing Company | Camino — Year-round brewery operating out of Apple Hill Farms, serving handcrafted beers, meads, cysers, wines, ciders and more.
Knee Deep Brewing Company | Auburn — Brewery specializing in big, hoppy, West Coast-style beers.
Lockdown Brewing Company | Rancho Cordova — Family-friendly brewery in Rancho Cordova known for their famous Folsom Prison Brews.
Loomis Basin Brewing Company | Loomis — Comfortable and inviting brewery using fresh and local ingredients to create their handcrafted ales in-house.
The Monk’s Cellar | Roseville — Cozy community-focused brewery in downtown Roseville specializing in creating their own Belgian-style brews.
Moonraker Brewing Company | Auburn — Award-winning brewery in Auburn serving up a variety of creative brews.
Mraz Brewing Company | El Dorado Hills — Local award-winning brewery in El Dorado Hills specializing in Belgian- and American-inspired ales.
New Glory Craft Brewery | Sacramento — Brewery and taproom in southeast Sacramento selling seasonal and year-round ales and lagers brewed with an American twist.
New Helvetia Brewing Company | Sacramento — Land Park brewery creating craft beer inspired by Sacramento’s rich history and culture.
Oak Park Brewing Company | Sacramento — Small craft brewery with a seven-barrel brewhouse in Oak Park.
Old Hangtown Beer Works | Placerville — Authentic nano-brewery producing award-winning handcrafted ales and lagers.
Ol’ Republic Brewery | Nevada City — Craft brewery located in Nevada City known for their award-winning Dead Canary Lager.
Outbreak Brewing Co. | Placerville — Brand new post-apocalyptic-themed brewery specializing in Belgian brews, hoppy West Coast-style IPAs, and unique barrel-aged batches.
Out of Bounds Brewing Company | Rocklin — Innovative brewery celebrating Northern Californian lifestyle with award-winning, handcrafted beers.
Placerville Brewing Company | Placerville — Family-owned brewpub and restaurant serving their very own handcrafted ales.
River City Brewing Company | Carmichael — One of the oldest breweries in the region, crafting beers made with the finest local ingredients.
Roseville Brewing Company | Roseville — Beer production facility in Roseville with a connected tap room for sampling their creative brews.
Rubicon Brewing Company | Sacramento + West Sacramento — Longest-running brewery in the Sacramento area, serving their award-winning ales to the city since 1987.
Ruhstaller | Dixon + Sacramento — Locally focused brewery with two locations creating beers using California hops and barley.
Sactown Union Brewery | Sacramento — East Sacramento brewery with a passion for brewing, and a lengthy collection of well-loved brews.
Track 7 Brewing Company | Sacramento — Family-owned brewery located in Curtis Park brewing American, Belgian, English, and German beers with a West Coast-style twist.
Twelve Rounds Brewing Company | Sacramento — Dog-friendly East Sacramento brewery specializing in whiskey-, rum- and oak-aged ales.
Sutter Buttes Brewing Company | Yuba City — Rustic taproom and eatery serving exceptional brews made in-house.
Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company | Nevada City — Friendly, small-town restaurant in Nevada City serving craft beer brewed within their seven-barrel brewhouse.
Tilted Mash Brewing Company | Elk Grove — Artisan nano-brewery located in Elk Grove serving up a wide variety of creative brews.
Two Rivers Cider | Sacramento — Local cidery making fresh hard apple cider made from locally sourced fresh-squeezed apple juice.
Yolo Brewing Company | West Sacramento — Friendly local brewery serving handcrafted brews made by their talented brewers — or even one you made yourself.

Monday, February 13, 2017


12 SACRAMENTO AREA DATE IDEAS THAT DON’T INVOLVE GOING TO A RESTAURANT

2017

While there are plenty of wonderful restaurants perfect for date night in the Sacramento area, it’s fun to think outside the box when planning the next adventure with your significant other.
From simple walks through a garden to extravagant staycations in the city, we have lots of unique date ideas up our sleeve!

1. ENROLL IN A FUN CLASS

PAINTING CLASS

Don’t worry — we aren’t talking about a class involving homework and tests. Get crafty with a class at Painted in Folsom. Enjoy two hours of cocktails, creativity and lots of fun! Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, you can follow step-by-step instructions as you create a masterpiece together and sip on local wines from Amador, Lodi, Napa and Sonoma.

COOKING CLASS

Cooking Class
Even if you’re skipping the restaurant portion of the date, that doesn’t mean you need to starve! Expand your cooking skills with a class at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, where you’ll cook a meal together, learn about local growers and producers, and create a memory that will last a lifetime. Take a look at their class calendar to coordinate your next date night adventure.

2. SOLVE A MYSTERY TOGETHER

Escape Sacramento
Photo Courtesy of Escape Sacramento
You might not consider being trapped in a room together with no foreseeable escape an enjoyable experience for you and your date. However, Escape Sacramento in Midtown will provide a thrill and mystery you can’t get from every date night experience. You will have 60 minutes to escape this interactive, real life escape room by solving a series of puzzles that will challenge your mind and confound your senses. Work together as a team to beat the clock and find an escape!

3. ADMIRE BEAUTY INSIDE OR OUTSIDE

There is so much beauty to behold in and around Sacramento. The views will be made that much sweeter with a hand to hold!
Flower

FOR A SUNNY DAY…

Visit the UC Davis Arboretum! It’s as simple as that. Enjoy free admission to the gardens 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You’ll find 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation, guided tours led by UC Davis experts, and much more.

FOR A RAINY DAY…

Take a stroll through the Crocker Art Museum! Even if the sun isn’t shining in Sacramento (but when is it not?) you can still admire the man-made beauty on display at the museum. You’ll have a blast discussing your favorite piece and strolling through their impressive collections with your date.

4. SEE AN EXCITING SHOW

Concert
If you haven’t yet visited the brand new Golden 1 Center, now’s your chance! Take a glance at their event calendar and plan your next date night accordingly. From sporting events to concerts, and everything in between — there is always something exciting happening at Golden 1 Center. Save some hassle and a few bucks by riding the SacRT light rail to and from the Golden 1 Center!

5. TAKE A “STAYCATION”

Staycation Near Sacramento
Photos Courtesy of Vizcaya and Carmen Salazar
Turn your date night into a special getaway weekend to celebrate a special occasion. Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel far to get away from it all. There are plenty of places to enjoy a “staycation” in the city— whether you’re looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast, or a cottage in and around Sacramento. Need a place to start? Vizcaya is located just a mile away from the Capitol Building, providing a peaceful getaway in the heart of activity.

6. GO TO THE SHOOTING RANGE

Experience the thrill of shooting at The Gun Range in North Highlands. After paying for a few items, such as the range rental, handgun rental, etc., and reviewing the important range rules, step inside the range to see who can get closest to the target!

7. PRACTICE YOUR GOLF GAME

Topgolf Roseville
Photo Courtesy of Topgolf
You’re never too old for a fun and childlike day spent playing miniature golf! Head to Golfland in Roseville where you can play a round of miniature golf — or even race each other on the race course. You could also visit Topgolf in Roseville for a unique golf experience, where you’ll practice your swing in one of their private bays while you enjoy wonderful food and drinks!

9. SEE A DRIVE-IN MOVIE

You might think of “dinner and a movie” as the stereotypical date night lineup. However, you can spice things up by cooking a meal at home then going to a drive-in movie at West Wind Drive-In — or better yet, bring your home cooked meal with you to the show! This historical theater has been in operation since 1952, so you’ll find a mixture of old-school nostalgia combined with the latest technology. West Wind proudly shows first-run movies at the same time as traditional indoor theaters, so you can see current movies in this unique setting!

9. BOWL A STRIKE

Bowling
Bowling always makes for a fun and unexpected date night outing, and there’s no better place to bowl in the area than Pins N Strikes in Elk Grove. In fact, Pins N Strikes was voted the Best Bowling Center in 2016! They are equipped with 44 bowling lanes, a state-of-the-art scoring system, a sound and lighting system, a live DJ, and much more.

10. RIDE A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE

Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the charming streets of Old Sacramento through Top Hand Ranch. Rent a carriage for just $15, then travel in style to and from your favorite shops, eateries and historical attractions in Old Sacramento. You don’t have to be pulling off an extravagant proposal or celebrating a major event to reserve your horse-drawn carriage!

11. COOK A MEAL WITH FRESH FARMERS’ MARKET INGREDIENTS

Meal with Farmers' Market Ingredients
For a daytime date, visit the Davis Farmers’ Market at Central Park in Davis, which operates year-round each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick from the ever-changing selection of fruits and vegetables, meats, chicken, fish and seafood, wine, local eggs and honey, and much more. Then create a meal together at home using your fresh and local finds! If you visit the market during the spring and summer, you can browse the market during “Picnic in the Park”, featuring live music from local musicians.

12. SAMPLE LOCALLY MADE SPIRITS

Head to the beautiful El Dorado Hills area to sample some of the region’s finest vodka, whiskey, brandy and bourbon at Dry Diggings Distillery. The distillery focuses on locally produced farm fruit, grains and wine used to create their exceptional spirits. Experience their unique selection in Dry Diggings’ Gold Rush-era tasting room with historical elements and a cozy and intimate feel. Book a tasting or a distillery tour to enhance the experience for you and your date!

WHAT DID WE MISS?

What non-restaurant date night ideas should we add to this list?

Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7 DREAMY WINTER GETAWAYS within driving distance FROM SACRAMENTO


Now that all the traveling during the holidays has passed, it’s fun to look forward to another exciting wintery trip — one that isn’t too far from home. Sacramento is centrally located near several destinations that are popular during every season — like the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and other quaint coastal towns.
This winter, make reservations at these cozy getaway resorts and cabins scattered throughout the area. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a winter wonderland!

1. MENDOCINO

Distance from Sacramento: 4 Hours
Mendocino is a coastal oasis known for its natural beauty. It hosts a collection of Victorian villages residing along the coastline, picturesque vineyards and towering redwood forests. In fact, this charming town was included amongst Frommer’s lists of the Best Places to Go in 2016! If you haven’t yet been, you simply must add Mendocino to your 2017 bucket list. The best part about all of this? Mendocino is just under 4 hours away, which makes it doable for a weekend getaway.

MACCALLUM HOUSE INN

MacCallum House Inn
Photo Courtesy of MacCallum House Inn
Make your visit even more magical with a stay at MacCallum House Inn, a boutique hotel and restaurant. They have accommodations to suit every style of vacation, from cozy and private cottages to luxurious suites. Regardless of where you stay, you need to sample the exceptional fare at the MacCallum House restaurant. This award-winning eatery showcases regional North Coast wines, seafood, meats and produce, with an emphasis on organics and quality purveyors.

2. CALISTOGA IN NAPA VALLEY

Distance from Sacramento: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes
Sacramento’s proximity to Napa Valley is something else we take advantage of — for a quick day trip, or an entire weekend spent in this vineyard haven. Calistoga is a quaint and charming town in the Napa Valley region known for its amazing collection of hot springs spas. In fact, the Calistoga area has been a hot springs destination for over 150 years, as it was considered a place of healing called “Coo-lay-no-maock” or “the oven place” by the local Wappo Indians. You’re also surrounded by an abundance of vineyards, boutique shops, and wonderful restaurants in Calistoga.

MOUNT VIEW HOTEL & SPA

Take it all in with a stay at Mount View Hotel & Spa. Their relaxing accommodations come in all shapes and sizes — including winery artist cottages, which feature a queen bed with a private patio and jacuzzi tub. You’ll experience the ultimate in relaxation and comfort during your stay at this historic hotel. Mount View Hotel & Spa has been serving Calistoga for over 100 years and is even a registered landmark with the National Registry of Historic Places.

3. SAUSALITO

Distance from Sacramento: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped from it all with a visit to Sausalito, but you’ll still be able to access the excitement of San Francisco in a matter of minutes. This charming Bay Area community attracts visitors and new residents all year long, but can be particularly tranquil during the winter. You’ll love cozying up at a local pub or bistro, escaping to the spa, and enjoying the amazing scenery of the area — including views of the Golden Gate bridge.

CAVALLO POINT LODGE

Cavallo Point Lodge Sausalito, California
Photo Courtesy of Kodiak Greenwood via Cavallo Point Lodge
Cavallo Point Lodge is a wonderful place to stay in Sausalito as this former military base is full of history and charm. In fact, you can stay in a historic guest room that were formerly officers’ residences located on expansive green space with hillside or San Francisco skyline views. Or you can opt for Cavallo Point’s contemporary lodging, which combine environmental sensitivity with modern style and offer sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.

4. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

Distance from Sacramento: About 2 Hours
South Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation destination no matter what the weather forecast is. During the winter, there are so many activities you can enjoy in and around the Sierra Mountains, such as skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ice skating. And for those who would rather cozy up by the fire, bundle up to go shopping or simply take in your beautiful surroundings, this is an ideal destination for you as well!

POSTMARC HOTEL & SPA SUITES

Postmarc Hotel & Spa Suites is located in the heart of activity near the lake, and is within a short distance of several restaurants, shops and other Tahoe South attractions. But you’ll have a hard time leaving your room while you’re staying at Postmarc due to their attractive contemporary decor that reflects the resort’s rustic surroundings in a tasteful way. This is an incredible place to stay during a visit to this popular area!

5. CABINS OFF THE BEATEN PATH

If you’re willing to venture into the less traveled roads of the area, you might consider staying in a log cabin or going on a “glamping” excursion with your loved one or family. For those who enjoy camping during the spring and summer, escaping to a cozy cabin is your best solution for the colder months of winter!

LOG CABIN RENTAL NEAR NEVADA CITY

Distance from Sacramento: About 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Cabin Rental in Northern California
Photo Courtesy of Glamping Hub
We adore this authentic log cabin near Nevada City with plenty of room to host the whole family! It has sleeping arrangements for up to 10 guests, features rustic furniture that matches its woodsy surroundings, and offers breathtaking lake views, a deck and patio area, and a fully equipped kitchen.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY LOG CABIN RENTAL NEAR SACRAMENTO

Distance from Sacramento: About 1 Hour, 20 Minutes
Cabin Rental in Northern California
Photo Courtesy of Glamping Hub
This is another cozy and picturesque cabin that accommodates lots of guests — nestled in the charming town of Volcano, just over an hour away from Sacramento. This rental is designed to accommodate two families, with four bedrooms, a loft, and three and a half bathrooms. It has several wonderful hangout spots perfect for lazy winter days, one of which features a fireplace, pool table, dartboard, home theater and a high-tech audio system.

CABIN RENTAL FOR GROUPS IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

Distance from Sacramento: About 2 Hours
Cabin Rental in Northern California
Photo Courtesy of Glamping Hub
This cozy wood cabin in South Lake Tahoe is perfect for large groups who want to enjoy winter activities in this popular region. You’ll love the beautiful views, private outdoor deck, hot tub, lovely gas fireplace, and lots of room to gather with family and friends.

ENJOY YOUR GETAWAY!

Escape to one of these cozy retreats this winter, or let us know your favorite getaway destination in Northern California!

Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate