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‘World’s largest street pub’ coming back to Sacramento

More than 14,000 patrons find space at this bar, billed as the world’s largest street pub, during its first visit to Sacramento in 2015.
More than 14,000 patrons find space at this bar, billed as the world’s largest street pub, during its first visit to Sacramento in 2015.

Ready for a major block party? An event billed as “the world’s largest street pub” is rolling back to Sacramento soon.

Billed as the “ultimate craft beer block party,” Deschutes Brewery’s 420-foot-long pop-up street pub will be pouring beer from more than 60 taps from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The free event will take place on Capitol Avenue at 18th Street in Sacramento’s midtown.

Longer than a football field, the custom street pub will serve several Deschutes beers as well as beverages from Rubicon Brewing, Fieldwork Brewing and Crispin Cider. In addition, Deschutes teamed with Rubicon to produce a special West Coast Pale Ale for the event.

All proceeds from beer and cider sales will benefit Runnin’ for Rhett, an Elk Grove-based nonprofit foundation that promotes family fitness and nutrition.

The event raised $99,741 last year for Runnin’ for Rhett, helping nearly 4,000 children to participate in after-school youth fitness programs, said Marie Melsheimer of Deschutes Brewery.

An estimated crowd of 14,000 turned out for the street pub’s inaugural Sacramento visit last November. They consumed 190 kegs worth of beer at the largest of six street pub events hosted by Deschutes nationwide.

The Oregon-based brewery calls this traveling event “Street Pub – Crafted for Community,” combining camaraderie, craft beer, food and entertainment in a two-block-long street party.

In charge of the chow will be Deschutes Brewery’s corporate executive chef, Jeff Usinowicz. He’ll team up with Sacramento chefs Ryan Rose of Zocalo and Wesley Nilssen of de Vere’s Irish Pub to create special beer-friendly dishes to accompany all that brew. Several local bands are expected to provide live music. There’ll also be a kids fun zone and a bike valet.

For folks who want a little extra at this block party, a VIP experience is planned with a special beer tasting, lounge and snacks. For VIP tickets, go to www.deschutesbrewery.com/streetpub.

Want to do more than sip beer? The event needs volunteers, according to Melsheimer. Click on http://signup.com/go/KfYEKG to sign up.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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