10 Unique Ways to Enjoy Sacramento Beer Week

Beer GlassSacramento Beer Week is back! Starting February 25 and ending March 6, our region’s local breweries and taprooms will be celebrating all things craft beer, starting with the Sacramento Brewer’s Showcase and ending in grand style with the popular Capitol Beer Fest. While Beer Week is technically longer than seven days (it’s eleven this year), with all of the events happening in the region, I’d say that the length is oh-so necessary. (And who’d complain about having more time to enjoy a cold one?)

The folks behind the Beers In Sac smartphone app sat down with Sloppy Moose Running Club to find out some of the lesser known and unique beer outings happening this year; lucky for you, I’ve paired their guide down to the handy chronological Top 10 list below. Cheers, and hope to see you at one of these events!

Locals Only
Capitol Beer and Taproom
Fri 2/26
Kick off Sacramento Beer Week with special releases from 916 breweries.

Girls Scout Cookie & Beer Pairings
Track 7 (Curtis Park and Natomas locations)
Sat 2/27
Try Nukin’ Futz Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter with Peanut Butter Sandwiches; Soulman Stout on nitro with Thanks-A-Lots; Discord Sour IPA with Lemonades; and Call Boy Imperial Coffee Porter with Caramel Delights.

The IPA, Specialty IPA and Anything Goes Invitational
Track 7 (Natomas)
Sun 2/28
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this sold-out event, you’ll get to taste and judge exceptional IPAS from breweries across the Western United States.

Beer and Food with Bike Dog
Sacramento Co-Op
Mon 2/29
Great food paired with beers from Bike Dog is just what you’ll need on a Monday.

Sante Adairius Hoeybier Release
Tues 3/1
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Sacramento — enough said!

Beer Tap

Oregon Brewer’s Night
Final Gravity (Roseville)
Wed 3/2
The taproom will highlight some of the Beaver State’s best beers from Crux (Bend), Gigantic (Portland), Heater Allen (McMinnville), Deschutes (Bend), and more.

Man’s Best Friends
Der Biergarten
Thurs 3/3
What’s better than dogs and beer? The Sacramento SPCA will be there and one dollar of every beer sold will benefit them. And yes, you can bring your own dog!

Beer Prom
California Automobile Museum
Fri 3/4
A totally tubular tasting event that allows you relieve the best decade!

Sacramento Brewing Tap Takeover
Sat 3/5
Local breweries re-creating Sacramento history with Sac Brew beers.

Milk Stouts Gone Wild
Bike Dog
Sun 3/6
You can try 11 varieties of my favorite Bike Dog beer variety.

For even more Sacramento Beer Week fun, you can visit Sacramento365.com or download the smartphone app, Beers In Sac. Available all year round, the app will keep you in the know about what’s brewing in the Sacramento region!

**This blog post was written by Mike Ungerbuhler, the Beer Guru at Beers In Sac.

Give the Gift of Healthy Habits

Photo courtesy of Food Literacy Center.

Photo courtesy of Food Literacy Center.

This month toy drives are in full swing, but Food Literacy Center is holding a holiday drive to meet a different need — healthy food.

Childhood obesity is a leading public health concern that disproportionately affects low-income and minority children: 40% of Sacramento children are obese. Additionally, only 4% of Americans kids are eating their recommended daily amount of vegetables. This issue impacts our entire community.

Food Literacy Center teaches low-income Sacramento area kids nutrition and cooking to improve our health, environment, and economy. Their mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables.

This holiday season, Sacramento area community members can make sure every child in the Food Literacy Center after-school programs at Leataata Floyd Elementary and Pacific Elementary goes home for holiday break with a box of 25 fruits and vegetables — five a day for five days.

Participants are encouraged to purchase produce at select Whole Foods Market locations, but can also drop off fresh fruits and vegetables during the six-hour window that have been gleaned from their gardens or local trees. The produce wish list includes items that will stay fresh for several days, and foods that kids can eat without much help from an adult.

“During the holidays, there are many worthwhile causes providing gifts to kids.  We’re in schools where 90 percent of the kids are on free and reduced price lunches,” said Amber Stott, executive director, Food Literacy Center. “When they go home for winter break, we want to make sure they have access to the fresh foods they’ve grown to love in our class. The donated produce will help them maintain healthy habits while also maintaining their enthusiasm for healthy food while they’re on break from school.”

The drive will take place 10am-4pm on Sunday, December 13 at the Arden Way and Roseville Whole Foods Market locations. Food Literacy Center hopes to raise 7,000 pieces of produce.

For more details on the Whole Foods Market Arden Way produce drive, click here. To learn more about the Whole Foods Market Roseville produce drive, click here.

***This blog post was written by Melissa A. Granville, the Community Relations Officer of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center. She’s a freelance journalist and passionate advocate of food education.

Calling All Freaks!

Freaks of the Industry

As America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it is no surprise that Sacramento is overflowing with talented and hard-working individuals in the food industry — from dishwashers to chefs to farmers. These are the people behind the scenes that are growing, preparing, cleaning, and presenting the beautiful food that you see on your plate.

All of the work that goes into making Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital does not come without sacrifice as many of the industry professionals dedicate nights and weekends, and most of the time, holidays.

Chef Tyler Bond of Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine believes that food industry workers deserve to have a little fun too. “We find ourselves, as industry folks, not being available to go to cool things and have fun,” says Bond. “So we said, ‘let’s create a pop-up event so that we are able to create some fun and hang out with our best friends and peers throughout the region.’”

Thus, Freaks of the Industry was born.

Led by Chefs Tyler Bond and Brock Macdonald of Block Butcher Bar, Freaks of the Industry is a rowdy collection of the region’s chefs that come together to create pop-up dinners “for the people, by the people.” Each event is different — hosted by a new group of chefs with a unique theme — but there is always great food and camaraderie for industry folks and the public to enjoy.

“It’s evolving and dynamic, but we are all a bunch of freaks because we love what we do,” says Bond. “[These events] offer a place where all of us can play. It allows us to create camaraderie and taste each other’s food, and it allows us to talk to people we care about most in the industry.”

Freaks of the Industry chefs utilize their restaurant and business experience to create accessible events that highlight Sacramento’s high quality cuisine and promise.

For their largest event to date, LowBrau Bierhall will close its doors on November 2 for a Dia de Los Muertos themed pop-up dinner. “The different components involved in this dinner are insane,” says Chef Brock Macdonald. “We have added so many different cogs to these dinners with DJs, photo booths, Freaks of the Industry merchandise, and the nonprofit Food Literacy Center.”

Dia de Los Muertos at LowBrau will feature celebrated chefs Tyler Bond, Brock Macdonald, Aimal Formoli, Chris Dann, Vincenzo Lazzeretto, Ed Martinez, Ramon Perez, Paul Rodriguez, and Elijah Flores Arizmendi.

“I’m excited about how big and legit things are getting. It has come so far. It’s like watching your kid grow up to be a grown man,” says Bond. “When this event is done, I can sit back and be proud of how hard we have worked.”

Tickets are $60 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Literacy Center, a Sacramento nonprofit with the mission to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

For more information on Freaks of the Industry, visit the event’s Sacramento365.com event’s page.

***This blog post was written by Melissa A. Granville, the Community Relations Officer of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center. She’s a freelance journalist and passionate advocate of food education.

Sactown Wings: It’s Finger Lickin’ Good!

Are you looking for something to spice up your weekend and help a great cause? Then look no further because the Sactown Wings festival covers both and more! This Saturday, August 15, celebrate all things chicken wings (plus beer and fun, duh) all in the name of supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.

I’ve compiled an essential “Do’s and Don’ts” list to ensure you’ll have a finger lickin’ good time!

DO: Dig in!
This festival is your chance to taste wings and beer from some of Sacramento’s best restaurants, including Blue Cue, Adamo’s, Chicago Fire, Yolo Brewing Company, Oak Park Brewing, and Speakeasy.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Rub your eyes after eating
Remember they’re called hot wings for a reason! (I made the mistake myself once and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemies).

DO: Bring your friends!
There are very few things better than wings and beer, but if you can share this experience with friends then you’ll have an even better time.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Forget to wash your hands
Sure, you can just wipe off that delicious sauce on your shirt or slurp it straight off your fingers, but then you might look like a rabid Dexter fan.

DO: Be a game player
Xoso Sport & Social League will bring cornhole, beer pong (a.k.a. giant beer pong), and giant Jenga games to Cesar Chavez Plaza for your enjoyment. Challenge your friends for the title of Sactown Wings Champion!

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Eat something that’s too hot for you

Although all of the chicken wings will be delicious, some may have a little extra kick. (Turning fire engine red in the face is not a good look for most people…) But then again, there will be beer on hand to cool you off.

DO: Shake your tail feather
Spend some time listening to local surf/roots/rock band Arden Park Roots. This will be your chance to catch the band if you missed their closing-night gig at Concerts in the Park.

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

DO: Enter our Sac365 TixFix
Share your own Sactown Wings “do” or “don’t” on our Facebook page here or in the Blog comment section below for a chance to win our last two Sactown Wings tickets! Contest ends Thursday, August 13 at 1pm. (See, sometimes happiness IS free!)

Be sure to stop by the Sactown Wings festival this Saturday, August 15 from 3pm-7pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Tickets are available now or you can purchase tickets the day of the event at the corner of 10th and J St. For more event info, check out the Sacramento365.com event listing here.

This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Dylan Fisher.

Brew Up Some Fun

Raley Field Brewfest

NorCal’s greatest breweries will batter up this Friday night. Photo courtesy of Raley Field.

This Friday (6/12) you can experience the ultimate American Dream: drinking beer on a baseball field! If you love beer or the ballpark experience (minus the baseball part), don’t miss the 9th Annual Raley Field Brewfest. You’ll be able to sample brews from over 40 breweries — and if that’s not enough — you can thrash with the totally tubular ‘80s party band 8 Track Massacre. But most importantly, the Raley Field Brewfest is a great way to bond with friends and experience Raley Field in a whole new way.

Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to most at this year’s festivities:

  1. Trying some new creations from my favorite breweries — Lagunitas, Anchor Brewing, and Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  2. Sampling local brewing scene. I wonder what Hoppy Brewing, New Helvetia Brewing, Ruhstaller Beer, and Track 7 have up their sleeve!
  3. Reliving my glory days on the field. In my tee-ball heyday, I was a hitting machine.
  4. Possibly dance to some of favorite ‘80s jams…this depends on how much sampling I’ve done.
  5. Eat all kinds of ballpark food. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza, you better watch out!

Join me for some fun on the field at this year’s Raley Field Brewfest. Tickets are on sale now for $40 online or $45 at the door. For more information, check out the Sacramento365.com event listing. I look forward to seeing you there!

*** This blog post was written by Dylan Fisher, Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist.

Make it a Foodie Night: Dine Downtown 2015

Sarah Maren Photographers

Change up your dinner routine and chow down at a participating Dine Downtown 2015 restaurant! (Photo by Sarah Maren Photography.)

3 course meals for $31.
10 days.
26 restaurants.
…My body is ready.

On New Year’s Day I decided that 2015 would be the year that I’d eat real good food. I’d expand my culinary horizons — less gummy bears, more gazpacho — which makes the timing of this week’s Dine Downtown Restaurant Week so perfect. From January 15-24, you too can embark on a foodie adventure, tasting the decadent food pairings crafted by some of Sacramento’s top chefs. (You can eat three course meals from Ella, Biba, and The Firehouse for only $31…for real!) And if you have finicky dietary restrictions like me, you won’t be left out. Many restaurants will be offering gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Eating well has its benefits. While treating myself to the region’s best farm-to-fork cuisine, I’ll be supporting a great cause. One dollar from each Dine Downtown dinner will be donated to Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring change in community food education. (Fun fact: A party of four can provide a week of food literacy education for one child.)

For more information on Dine Downtown 2015, visit the restaurant week’s Sacramento365.com event page here.

***Blog post written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Breaking Bread Together

f2efIn the month of September, our region will celebrate its rich agricultural bounty with the Farm to Fork Celebration (September 13-28). During the two weeks, a number of events will celebrate our status as the Farm to Fork Capital, but one in particular will connect Sacramento’s culinary community to the hungry and food insecure, Fork It: Farm to Every Fork Dinner.

Organized by the Farm to Every Fork Coalition (F2EF), the dinner hopes to spread awareness about the importance of food equality in Sacramento — that every mouth deserves healthy, high quality foods. The Sacramento Farmers and Chefs art project is also collaborating with the coalition.

For $150, guests will enjoy a family style meal prepared by Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of Mother and Empress Tavern at Trinity Cathedral Church on Saturday, September 13. Dishes will be sourced from local farms and producers including Bledsoe Meats, Kingbird Farms, Durst Farms, Azolla Farms, and Sacramento Waldorf School bio dynamic garden amongst others. Jason Griest of Old Soul will be on hand blending a special roast to accompany dessert and guests can sip on Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc from local vintner Revolution Wines.

The twist? Each ticket funds two dinners: one for the ticket holder and one for a person facing hunger on a daily basis (through homelessness or cuts to federal food stamp programs). In essence, the dinner will bring together people who probably would not sit at the same table. “We’ll break bread together, share stories, and understand better the challenges facing those who are struggling with the cost of food,” says Paula Lomazzi of SHOC.

Eric Holt-Gimenez of Oakland’s Food First! will keynote and television reporter and Closing the Gap board member Dana Howard will be the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Along with the dinner, attendees can enjoy a raffle and auction.

Proceeds from the gala dinner will benefit organizations serving the low income, food insecure, and/or homeless community and key to success of the F2EF coalition: Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC), Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, River City Food Bank, Food Not Bombs and The Fund for Urban Gardens.

f2ef logistics

Farm to Every Fork coalition members sorting out the logistics for the gala dinner. (Photo by Mapurunga Photography)

Before attending the the Farm to Every Fork dinner, Sacramento Farmers and Chefs is a documentary photography project that highlights the individuals responsible for the bountiful food culture of the Sacramento Valley through a collection of portraits and interviews.



To learn more about Fork It!, visit its Sacramento365.com event page. (Any donation made through the Sacramento365 event listing until September 13 will be shared among the event beneficiaries.)

For other ways to get involved with the Farm to Every Fork Coalition, click here or email Paula Lomazzi at shoc_1@yahoo.com.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.