• Anchor California Lager
$8.99 per six pack; local retailers including Total Wine & More; www.anchorbrewing.com
Summer is waning, but it’s still not cold enough to head into the dark beers yet. This malty lager, more full-bodied than most, is the perfect shoulder-season brew (and has a cool woodcut of the state bear on its label). Drink it and do good – part of its sales go toward supporting national parks.
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• Better than Brittle
$1.99 per bar; Taylors, Corti Bros. and local farmers markets; www.facebook.com/betterthanbrittle
Softer than traditional brittle, this charming bar in its stylish polka dot wrapper is a faultless mix of savory and sweet. Made in a home kitchen in the foothill town of Paradise, this treat may make you feel like you’re a bit closer to cloud nine.
• Napa Jack’s BBQ Sauce
$6.99 for 15.7 oz. bottle; Taylors and other markets; winecountrykitchens.com
Mild enough for kids but with enough depth to please parents, this tasty mixture from Napa’s Wine Country Kitchens makes for a good dipping-and-basting sauce as well as a marinade. Try the merlot or chipotle cabernet version for something sweeter and more complex.
• Soil Born Farms Fundraiser
$60 per ticket; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento; www.soilborn.org
The list of local establishments taking part in Soil Born’s 12th annual fundraiser is long and illustrious – Magpie, The Waterboy, Ruhstaller and Two Rivers Cider, to name a few – and promises to make for a delicious and fun night on the farm. Get tickets in advance at www.soilborn.org or at the Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op. Tickets won’t be sold at the door.
• Seafood nachos at Lou’s Sushi
$13; 2801 P St.; 916-451-4700; www.lousushi.com
Not to be missed from Blair Anthony Robertson’s review earlier this year: “This witty little tour de force is meaty, creamy, crunchy and maybe crazy. It includes a spicy seafood of the chef’s choosing served atop smashed avocado on fried wonton triangles. It’s become one of my favorite appetizers in the city, suitable for sharing or hoarding.”