It was a large and enthusiastic crowd of beer lovers that showed up for the the Brewers Showcase at the California Auto Museum. Tickets were $40, which gave participants a souvenir cup and access to all of the beer poured by the all-local lineup of breweries.
All of the big names were there, including Berryessa, Knee Deep, Sudwerk, Mraz and more. Insiders crowded the Mraz table, aware that a special saison beer would be served at precisely 7 p.m.
New Helvetia served a special IPA tied to the mural project for the Sunday farmers market. Knee Deep liked its collaboration with Deep River so much that it decided to make it a permanent part of its lineup.
There were no clear standout trends in evidence at the Showcase, though there clearly was a clamoring for Belgian-style saisons, barrel-aged and sour beers. IPAs are still in big demand, but the styles are clearly expanding and the ever more sophisticated beer consumer is demanding more variety.
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Sacramento Beer Week runs from tonight through March 8 with the Capitol Beer Fest on the Capitol Mall downtown. For information about all of the events during this celebration of craft beer, visit Sacbeerweek.com.
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