This Week: Craft cocktails are midtown's hot trend

Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 - 7:45 am

Midtown Sacramento, packed with bars and restaurants, is one of Northern California's best places to sample one of the hottest trends in drinking: craft cocktails.

With names like Honey Badger, Romeo & Violet, Krakow Salt Mine and Berry 75, these are not the standards of yesteryear. Many contain fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs grown on farms in the Sacramento area.

You can sample the craft cocktail scene from Wednesday to Sunday as the Midtown Business Association sponsors its sixth annual Midtown Cocktail Week. Events will be held at venues throughout the central city.

Highlights include a vendor expo at the Citizen Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, and a judged cocktail competition at LowBrau that evening.

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. will host a night of Japanese culture and cocktails Thursday evening. A closing party Sunday afternoon at Red Rabbit will include a barbecue with whole roasted pigs, bourbon cocktails, a photo booth and music.

Some events are free, but others require an entry fee or pre-registration. For more information, visit www.midtowncocktail – Mary Lynne Vellinga

Davis pairs bike fest with first Beer Week

This Saturday's Bike & Brew Fest is the highlight of Davis' inaugural Beer Week, which runs from today through Sunday. The event at Central Park, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., features more than 50 international and domestic breweries. Proceeds from the festival – tickets range from $10 for designated drivers to $60 for VIP tickets – will benefit the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Behind the news: Davis Beer Week is founded by de Vere's Irish Pub and Sudwerk Brewery. Throughout the week, various restaurants will offer tastings of domestic and international beers and special meal deals of beer-and-food pairings.


South Lake Tahoe hosts air show

South Lake Tahoe's Lake in the Sky Air Show gets under way Friday with a "pre-flight" party at Lake Tahoe Airport. But the main event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday when the 24th annual event showcases aerobatic performances, sky divers, kids' activities, a classic car show and more. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for kids and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Behind the news: A pancake breakfast is available for attendees until 9:30 a.m. Aerial performances kick off at 9:30 a.m. and run continuously until 4 p.m.

Info: www.


Press Club hosts arena debate

The Sacramento Press Club hosts a debate about the proposed downtown arena Thursday at the Broiler Steakhouse. Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Lillis will moderate the discussion. Representing proponents of the new entertainment and sports complex will be Joshua Wood, executive director of Region Builders, a commercial building industry trade association that launched Tab Berg, founder and president of TABcommunications Inc., a political and public relations firm, will represent the coalition seeking to put the use of taxpayer funds for the arena before voters.

Info: Registration will open at 11:30 a.m.; lunch will begin at noon at 1201 K St., 15th floor, Sacramento. RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday at


Naturalization event planned at auditorium

A U.S. District Court naturalization ceremony is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Registration is in Memorial Hall.

Info: www.sacramentoconven

Town square fest to feature concert

Roseville is celebrating the opening of its new town square Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festivities at 311 Vernon St. will include a ribbon cutting, children's zone, live music, food trucks and vendors. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a concert featuring Journey Unauthorized, an '80s cover band.


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