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Twelve Rounds Brewing set to open Saturday in East Sac

Owners Elle and Dan Murphy have spent three years developing Twelve Rounds Brewing in East Sacramento. On Aug. 1, it will open to the public with two beers on tap, with 12 draft beers expected once the brewery is up to speed.
Owners Elle and Dan Murphy have spent three years developing Twelve Rounds Brewing in East Sacramento. On Aug. 1, it will open to the public with two beers on tap, with 12 draft beers expected once the brewery is up to speed. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Twelve Rounds Brewing is poised to open in Saturday with two beers on tap, plenty of anticipation and big plans in the weeks and months ahead.

This closely watched East Sacramento project has been taking shape ever so slowly over three years, with numerous delays for permitting, building renovations and a costly overhaul of the electrical system.

Twelve Rounds made news several weeks ago when it hired veteran Rubicon brewmaster Scott Cramlet, an amicable move that included a send-off party at Rubicon.

The midtown brewing stalwart also recently supplied Twelve Rounds with some hops, a goodwill gesture that helped get the new brewery up and running. Hops can be a challenge for start-ups to source, as the contracts with brokers are often signed several years in advance.

Twelve Rounds owners Dan and Elle Murphy have been spending late nights and weekends on the project. The plan is for Dan to leave his longtime IT job once the brewery is running smoothly and for Elle to remain in her job with the city of Woodland as a public safety analyst.

Tonight, there is a soft opening for invited guests. Saturday will be open to everyone.

“We’ll only have a couple of beers on tap, a pale ale and a Hefeweizen,” said Dan Murphy. “We’ve got more beers fermenting. We’ve got an IPA fermenting and this week we’re going to be making a stout.”

In the months ahead, Twelve Rounds will also start a barrel-aging program. The plan is to have 12 beers on tap, as in Twelve Rounds.

Twelve Rounds Brewing is at 866 57th St., Sacramento. Parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes. Hours will be Thursday and Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

“On the first day, we’re going to be developing our process of how we take credit cards and how we serve people,” Murphy said. “Please be patient.”

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