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California craft beers now available at Kings games, but for a steep price

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 - 3:00 pm

The news sounds good on paper for beer lovers. A variety of California craft beers debuted at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday for the Sacramento Kings’ pre-season home opener, with a list including such brewers as American River, Firestone Walker, Black Diamond and Rubicon.

But you better have plenty of paper on hand, in the form of money, if you want to play ball with these beers at Kings games and other Sleep Train events.

The beers have about a three to four times mark-up over the retail price, meaning a 22 ounce bottle of Rubicon IPA that sells for about $3.70 at retail costs a whopping $12 at Sleep Train. And that Firestone DBA? How about $12 for a 22 ounce bottle that sells for about $4 at BevMo.

Beers from Black Diamond and American River top the price list at $14 each. Good ol’ Sierra Nevada IPA ranks as the relative bargain at $10.75.

Thanks to our pals Nick Miller of the Sacramento News & Review and Ed Murrieta of Sac Biz Lunch for price spotting. Here’s the original post from Nick in the SN&R that caught our attention.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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