Bottom’s up! It’s that time again! Sacramento Beer Week runs from May 10 – 20, 2018, this year and boasts everything from tap takeovers, to special beer releases, concerts, food pairings, exciting collaborations and all sorts of other fun and creative beer-themed events. With more than 300 events spread throughout the entire region, navigating Sacramento Beer Week can be downright overwhelming, so that’s where we come in to try and help a little. We searched around for hours on both Sacbeerweek.com (a fantastic resource with tons of listings!) and a lot of our favorite local craft beer bar’s websites and came up with a list of 10 Beer Week events we think you should have on your radar. Remember folks, Sacramento Beer Week is all about celebrating and cultivating our region’s impressive and growing craft beer scene, not just getting fucked up. So let’s all have some fun while being safe and respectful, and remember to cheers those who are helping make the greater Sacramento-area a true craft beer destination.
Sac Mac + Brew Review at River Walk Park: Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m.
The official opening event of Sacramento Beer Week will see local chefs pairing their creative takes on mac-n-cheese dishes with beers from local breweries. Check out pairings from the likes of Claimstake Brewing and Capital Hop Shop, The Monk’s Cellar and Localis, Flatland Brewing Co. and Boulevard Bistro, plus many others. Tickets are $40 if you use the discount code “Submerge” and that includes all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink samples! Hit up Sacbeerweek.com/event/sac-mac-brew-review for more info and to purchase tickets. 651 Second St., West Sacramento.
Meet the Farmer at Kupros Craft House: Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m.
Learn all about growing hops with Cultivar Beer’s resident hop enthusiast, Mark Cabrera. Cabrera manages Cultivar’s five-acre hop farm on the Sacramento River where they grow six different types, or cultivars, of hops: Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Cluster and Willamette. Taste some of Cabrera’s beers and pick his brain about all things hops. Free event! 1217 21st St., Sacramento.
Second Annual Beer Week Rocks at Big Sexy Brewing Co.: Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.
This free, kid-friendly event will feature live music from Simple Creation, ZuhG, Big Sticky Mess and Fonty, along with special beer releases and grub from New Bite Food Truck. 5861 88th St., Ste. 800, Sacramento.
Revision: Beer Week As F@ck! at Capitol Beer and Taproom: Saturday, May 12, All Day
Jeremy Warren is a bit of a rockstar in the brewing scene. He started Knee Deep in Auburn, then after helping grow it in both size and reputation, he left and started Revision Brewing Company in Sparks, Nevada. Revision is putting out some amazing beers and on May 12 you can sample more than 10 of them on the board at Cap Tap without having to drive all the way to Sparks. Win-win! 2222 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento.
Fifth Annual Beer & Cupcake Pairing Event at Final Gravity: Tuesday, May 15, 12 p.m.
One of FG’s most popular Beer Week events! For $20 you get four 5-ounce pours, expertly paired with four mini cupcakes from a local Roseville baker. Here’s a tease: A Sunset Crush Cream Ale by Pure Project brewed with strawberry and Madagascar vanilla will be paired with a strawberry cupcake topped with vanilla velvet whipped frosting. Oh my god, give me that now! This event is 21-and-over only, and supplies are limited as this is not a ticketed event. 9205 Sierra College Blvd., Ste. 100, Roseville.
Bring Your Dog Day Wet Noses Party at Der Biergarten: Tuesday, May 15, All Day
Dogs and craft beer: two of our favorite things! Hang out outside with a bunch of cute puppers and enjoy Midtown’s best outdoor beer garden while sipping on brews from Alaskan, Founders and others. 2332 K St., Sacramento.
Sour & Stout Soiree at Pangaea Bier Cafe: Wednesday, May 16, All Day
It’s all about sours and stouts on May 16 at Pangaea with beers from highly regarded and very-hard-to-find breweries like Perennial Artisan Ales, Cascade Brewing, Jackie O’s, Crooked Stave, OEC Brewing and others. 2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento.
Blind Hazy IPA Battle: NorCal vs. SoCal at Grist Beer Hall: Friday, May 18, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Which region makes the best New England Style (aka “hazy”) IPAs? Come find out! Blindly taste flights of four hazies from Southern California breweries and four from Northern California breweries, then pick your favorite flight. Barebottle out of San Francisco and Flatland out of Elk Grove will be two of the NorCal entries, while Novo Brazil out of Chula Vista and Pure Project out of San Diego will be two of the SoCal entries. Others announced soon. 310 Palladio Pkwy., Ste. 713, Folsom.
Sierra Nevada 30 Tap Attack at Capital Hop Shop: Saturday, May 19, All Day
Beer Week would not be complete without paying homage to one of the true OGs in the craft beer industry, Northern California’s own Sierra Nevada. Hop Shop will have 30 kegs from Sierra on tap on May 19, everything from the classics we know and love to the new and the rare stuff. 1431 I St., Sacramento.
Punk Rock Prom at New Glory Craft Brewery: Saturday, May 19, 5 – 10 p.m.
New Glory is taking it to the streets (parking lot actually) for their Beer Week closing party, a Punk Rock Prom! Expect punk playlists, food from Dos Tacos Y Mas, a photo booth and a full tap list with all of the beers New Glory made especially for Sacramento Beer Week. Tickets are $15, 21-plus, and designated drivers get in free. Visit Facebook.com/NewGloryBrewery to look for more info and a link to buy tix. 8251 Alpine Ave., Sacramento.
None of these events float your boat? That’s fine, just hit up Sacbeerweek.com/events and see if you can come up with an itinerary that better suits your tastes. There’s a little something for all beer lovers during this year’s Sacramento Beer Week!
**This piece first appeared in print on page 9 of issue #265 (May 7 – 21, 2018)**