Capitol Beer Fest 2018

Repeat visitors to one of the area’s biggest and best craft beer festivals, Capitol Beer Fest, will likely be excited about a couple of big changes to this year’s event. First, it’s moving back to its prior location on the wide-open and ever-so-beautiful Capitol Mall Greens, after taking place on the way-too-cramped Fifth Street Bridge in 2017 (most people were not stoked on that location, if social media comments are any indicator). Secondly, the event is moving from a Sunday to a Saturday (March 3, to be exact) so that attendees can enjoy the event and still have some of their weekend left ahead of them (and let’s face it, being hungover on a Monday is the worst!). Organizers are expecting more than 120 craft breweries to be on hand, along with 20 food trucks! You’ll want to take a look at the full lists of participants online at, but just a couple that we’re really excited about are: Moksa Brewing Company, a brand new and much-hyped Rocklin brewery; Pizza Port Brewing Company, all the way from Carlsbad; Modern Times Beer, one of the best to emerge out of the insanely awesome San Diego beer scene; and more than a couple of our other favorite locals like Knee Deep out of Auburn; Blue Note out of Woodland; Jack Rabbit out of West Sacramento; Track 7 and Device, both out of Sacramento; and so many others. Tickets to Capitol Beer Fest are on sale now and are $40 for general admission, $65 for VIP, and $15 for a music-only-non-drinker ticket (live tunes provided by Red Dirt Ruckus and Humble Wolf). The event runs from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and it’s for 21-plus only. All of the proceeds from this event benefit the Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program, so you’ll be drinking for a great cause.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #259 (Feb. 12 – 26, 2018)**