As the craft beer movement continues to grow, consumers reap the benefits of brewers getting more and more creative with their concoctions. No matter what your tastes are, there’s probably a beer style out there for you. The same is true for coffee lovers. There is no shortage of amazing coffee beers out there these days, mostly stouts and porters, as they are great base styles for coffee beers. Increasingly, brewers are also experimenting with adding coffee flavors to IPAs, cream ales and other styles. Come Friday, Nov. 10, well over a dozen West Coast craft breweries will be on hand at The Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex (2837 36th St.) for the Sacramento Coffee Beerfest and Competition, which organizers claim is the first of its kind in the country. Sip on unlimited tastings of coffee beer offerings from breweries like Flatland, Claimstake, Drake’s, High Water, Sactown Union, Calicraft, The Monk’s Cellar and many others, and then vote for your favorite. DJ Nocturnal will be spinning jams, and there will also be food trucks on site. General admission tickets are $30, with VIP and designated driver options available as well. Visit Sacramentocoffeebeerfest.com for more information and to snag tickets ahead of time.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 11 of issue #251 (Oct. 23 – Nov. 6, 2017)**