Davis’ love of suds is official: The city’s first beer week kicks off Monday.
For seven days, Davis businesses will offer a series of tap takeovers, beer-and-food pairings, rare offerings and special deals, all culminating in a festival with more than 50 breweries, food and live music.
The format is inspired by the ever-popular Sacramento Beer Week, and with so many beer nerds constantly blowing into town for UC Davis’ top-tier brewing program, Henry de Vere thought it would only make sense for Davis to have its own.
“Davis is a community about gathering, family and friendship, and that goes hand-in-hand with beer,” said the owner of de Vere’s Irish Pub.
De Vere teamed up with Sudwerk to organize and recruit breweries. Neighboring favorites are flocking in along with other domestic gems — the West Coast is well-represented — and a handful of international breweries.
And Sudwerk, the only brewery in Davis since 1989, will roll out new beers and a new label — the brand’s facelift is an effort to better represent the local scene, and the redesigned logo appropriately features a bicycle.
“We’re excited,” said operations manager Trenton Yackzan. “It’s part of the plan to get Sudwerk back in the community.”
The event list grows daily on DavisBeerWeek.com. But de Vere advised to watch social media accounts for individual businesses — the most exciting events and special releases will probably be announced that way.
In the meantime, here are some highlights: