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Sacramento State will sell beer at home football games – including local craft brews

Nick Gonzales pours beer for a customer at the Capitol Beer and Tap Room on Tuesday March 7, 2017 in Sacramento, Calif.
Nick Gonzales pours beer for a customer at the Capitol Beer and Tap Room on Tuesday March 7, 2017 in Sacramento, Calif. Paul Kitagaki Jr. Photography

Sacramento State football fans can do something Saturday night they haven’t been able to do for years: enjoy a cold beer at a home game.

The school will open a beer garden near Gate 4, at the south end of the stadium near the Broad Field House, Sacramento State announced Thursday.

The decision to sell alcohol at football games comes after the California State University Chancellor’s Office eliminated a ban in June. The university had a beer garden in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, said Craig Koscho, university spokesman.

“We strive to continue to enhance the experience for our fans at Hornet football games, and this is the next step,” said Mark Orr, CSUS athletic director. “We encourage everyone to have fun and remain responsible while supporting the Hornets throughout the year.”

Regular domestic beer, such as Coors and Coors Light, will sell for $7. Sacramento State will also sell local craft beer for $8, with three offerings a game. Some of the revenue will pay for game security and may also support alcohol education and sexual assault education programs, according to the CSUS president’s office.

UC Davis is also offering beer this year at its football games, according to a fan preview posted last month by athletic director Kevin Blue.

In case you’re wondering, the Hornets open at 6 p.m. Saturday against the University of the Incarnate Word, a San Antonio-based private Catholic university.

Three beer experts - Rob Archie, owner of Pangaea Bier Cafe, Jesse Sahlin, founder of Craft Creamery and Kate Whelan, director of Sacramento Beer week - sat down together for The Bee and talked about how to order a craft beer and what makes the be

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