When Der Biergarten opened in midtown last January, it had a novel and highly anticipated concept. Not only would it be focusing on mostly German beer for its 32 tap handles, it would serve its beer and food outdoors.
As part of Sacramento’s Farm to Fork week, the California Auto Museum, Hops to Table magazine and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting a beer-tasting event – the Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest – featuring the offerings of more than 25 breweries, many of them from the Sacramento Valley.
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 ...
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.
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.