Sacramento is a booming craft beer town, with more breweries opening, several breweries expanding and plenty of breweries winning prizes. But sometimes it’s worth checking out the scene elsewhere to see what’s new and exciting and, possibly, what might fit in back here.

Editor’s note: Last year at this time we published a list that included 25 regional breweries. This year we’re happy to report there are now 31 breweries in the Sacramento region. That calls for a toast and another beer ...

A Sacramento couple teaches the art of beer and food pairings.

For the past several years, there has been something of an IPA arms race within the craft beer industry. Bigger, bolder, more bitter. Double IPAs. Triples. IBUs in some cases well into the 100s.

A bear on a bike. A dog that is a bike. A landmark bridge. A smiling sun. An old-timey boxer. A kid-looking character chomping a cigar.

Henry de Vere White, 35, knows the social power of suds.

In a town full of burgeoning breweries, Sacramento’s Hoppy Brewing Co. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

If you’re into home brewing or love someone who is, you should know about a product that can give your small-batch bottling effort the style points you might be looking for.

Use this database to see all the 2014 California State Fair beer winners. Sort by type, brewery or city to see how your favorites scored or find a new beer to try.

A German ale takes top honors in a student competition.

There has been plenty happening on the local craft beer scene in recent weeks. This column missed a rotation while I was on vacation (and enjoying some great beer while relaxing), but now we’re back and scrambling to play catch-up.

The brewmaster who founded Blue Moon is worth listening to and learning from.

An expert on beer-tasting shares tips on taking your beer game to the next level.

Founded in 1989 by Ron Broward and Dean Unger, two enthusiasts of lagers made according to the rigid standards of the Reinheitsgebot (the German purity law dating to 1566 that limited beer production to three basic ingredients – water, hops and barley), the brewery has recently turned the page on the past, revamped its product line and tweaked its traditional recipes.

Grocery owners taps into craft beer to turn his store around.

A tasting turned up terrific sours and barrel-aged beers.

All those tap handles? It’s what you can’t see that matters.

Beer Week helps express part of Sacramento’s new personality.

Looking for a place to try a new beer? We've created this interactive map showing every bar in Sacramento County. Type in an address to see all the bars near it.

Dan Scott’s idea was simple: Let’s take a week to recognize and celebrate the quality beer being brewed right here.

Two grand openings say plenty about the new and still-improving craft beer scene.

By now, the story of Sacramento’s beer legacy has become a familiar one. Before Prohibition, the region was a brewing force and Sacramento was known as the epicenter of hop growing.

If you’ve been to craft breweries in recent years, you’ve probably seen it. A customer waits in line, finally gets to the front, plops his or her growler onto the counter and is turned away because the 64-ounce container did not bear the label of that particular brewery.

The Super Bowl is all about the spectacle. Whether it’s the food, the commercials, the half-time show, the game itself, it’s got to be big and brash.

No longer considered cheap, cans are the big thing in craft beer.

This quintessential Sacramento grocery store is up-to-date with craft beers.

For a single craft bottle, you’ll have to go off-grid.

I drove to Berkeley last week to attend a pre-opening event at the Torpedo Room, the new taproom/pub owned and operated by Sierra Nevada. It opened officially Tuesday.

One of the reasons Rubicon Brewing has been a fixture in midtown Sacramento since 1987 is because it produces consistently great beer. In fact, I just polished off a rather amazing Capricorn Black IPA (6.6 percent ABV), which marries the malt and body of a stout with the pleasing bitterness of a traditional IPA.

If newcomers try to compete on price alone, they will be out business before their “best before” date expires.

West Sacramento’s first “hyperlocal” brewery wants to be a place where neighbors connect.

Taprooms these days are designed to be family friendly.

Recently, a reader contacted me to say he had arranged a series of bike tours to local breweries on behalf of Sacramento Area Bike Advocates (SABA). He wondered if I would like to join him for one.

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