I just got off the phone with the owner of a well-known brewery from the Bay Area (can’t tell you who it was or why I was calling, though I hope to be able to soon). We got to talking about Sacramento’s growing reputation as a great town for craft beer. This was not the case, he said, six or seven years ago, though there’s no disputing it now.
Mussetter Distributing, a 40-year-old Auburn business, shifted gears amid the wobbly economic times of the recession and put its focus on craft beers. As a result, the Northern California distributorship hooked onto the Sacramento area’s rapidly growing craft beer scene at the perfect time, moving away from the mega-brewers that were once the local company’s bread and butter.Now, Mussetter has turned its focus to another beverage niche– ciders.
Dogs and kids are such a common feature at craft beer tasting rooms that you’d think IPAs, saisons and stouts were also available in bowls and juice boxes. Many would consider it a serious blow to the laid-back vibe at brewery tasting rooms if the dog thing ever changed.
Moonraker Brewing just proved you don’t have to have a big lineup of beers to start killing it. What you need is one really good beer – interesting, edgy, different and delicious. And let’s not forget hazy and juicy.
The beer branch of “pale ales” was created when coke, a fossil fuel derived from coal, was first used for the roasting of malt in the 17th century. This method, which didn’t produce any smoke, resulted in a lighter malt that was commonly referred to as pale ale by the 1780s.