There's never been a better time to be a beer lover in Sacramento. With the explosion of the farm-to-fork movement in the city coupled with the nationwide resurgence of craft breweries, Sacramento is a destination for beer lovers. Approximately 50 local breweries operate in and around the city, and many of them source their ingredients locally, ensuring unique flavor profiles and truly local beers.
Brewing is in Our Genes
Sacramento has a long history as a beer town. Before Prohibition, Sacramento breweries such as Buffalo Brewing Company (now the site of The Sacramento Bee) and beers made by Swiss immigrant Capt. Frank Ruhstaller took advantage of the region's agricultural bounty, making Sacramento the largest beer production spot west of the Mississippi.
Prohibition came, and the land formerly used to grow hops was converted to other crops, helping California grow a rich variety of produce, including almonds, pears, tomatoes and so much rice that today it is actually exported to Japan for use in sushi.
The Resurgence of Sacramento's Craft Scene
Today's Sacramento beer scene is vibrant, and from tours of hop yards owned by local brewers to beer dinners, multiple beer festivals, the Farm-to-Fork Celebration and craft brew tasting rooms scattered throughout the downtown and Midtown core, it's more accessible than ever before.
Stalwart Sacramento breweries such as Rubicon Brewing Company have been around for more than a decade, and they're still going strong as new breweries join the scene. Over the past five years, beer makers such as Track 7 and Bike Dog have added to the scene, while Ruhstaller Beer and New Helvetia Brewing Company have also opened, paying homage to Sacramento's rich brewing past.
A Festival for any Occasion
There is a beer-related festival in Sacramento just about any time of the year. The more than 250 days of sunshine in Sacramento mean there's usually good weather, and we have ample spaces for indoor beer festivals when the weather is rainy, such as at the Capitol Beer Fest (pictured to the left.
Some beer festivals, such as Oktoberfest and Sactoberfest, pay homage to beer traditions in other parts of the world, and others, such as the Farm-to-Fork Festival, are uniquely Sacramento.
Join us throughout the year at one of the following festivals:
Art of Beer: January
Sacramento Beer Week: February/March
Capitol Beer Fest: March
Beer & Chili Festival: April
Bockbierfest at the Sacramento Turn Verein: April
West Coast Brew Fest: May
Raley's Brew Fest: June
California Brewer's Festival: September
Farm-to-Fork Festival with Brewer's Alley: September
Oktoberfest at the Sacramento Turn Verein: October
If you're not in town for one of the major events, there's likely still a good beer-themed event going on. Check Sacramento365.com for a full listing of Sacramento events.
Sacramento Beer Activities
What's better than seeing the sights in a new city, or even a city you've come to love? See it with a pint of local brew. Whether you're out for a party with friends on the Sac Brew Bike (pictured to the left) or are looking to learn a little bit about the city's history, such as at the Dead Brewer's Tour & Old City Cemetery, there are great beer-themed activities to take part in year-round.
Sac Brew Bike
Dead Brewer's Tour & Old City Cemetery
Tour Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico)
Local Beer Historian (Ed Carroll)
Sacramento Beer Train
Tour Ruhstaller Hop Farm
Take the Ultimate Northern California Beer Itinerary (Contact Nick Leonti: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Discover Sacramento Restaurants and Bars for Beer Lovers
Burgers & Brew
Capitol Beer & Tap Room
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden
Firestone Public House
Fox & Goose Pub
Kupros Craft House
Pangaea Bier Cafe
River City Brewing Company
Ruhstaller Tasting Room
Samuel Horne Tavern
Tank House BBQ and Bar
University of Beer