Sacramento’s brewery and taproom scene is a gem. This is well-known. An often undiscussed angle of the local beer boom, though, is how many of our area’s breweries and taprooms consistently host live music, often booking local talent. Ask many of our city’s professional gigging musicians and chances are they’ll agree the beer boom has been good for them. One of the key players in not only production of great beers, but also as excellent curators of live music, is Berryessa Brewing Co. in Winters (27260 Highway 128). If you live in or are visiting the Sacramento area, you owe it to yourself to take a day trip out to Berryessa on most Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays when they regularly host bands like Misner and Smith (Friday, Sept. 27), The Bathtub Gins (Sunday, Sept. 29) and Mike Blanchard and the Californios (Saturday, Oct. 5). All of their regular shows are free, but on Sunday, Oct. 13 you’ll need a $20 ticket, as that’s when Berryessa Brewing is celebrating their anniversary (eight years of brewing, seven years since their tap room opened) with a helluva shindig featuring live music from Dead Winter Carpenters, Achilles Wheel and The Casual Coalition, with special guests popping in. The event runs from noon ‘til dark, and there will be a climbing wall, food trucks and art vendors, giving it a family friendly festival environment. Kids get in free and 10 percent of ticket proceeds are being donated to Winters Schools Music Boosters. Space is limited, so get tickets in advance through (search “Berryessa Brewing Anniversary Party 2019”). Check out or for more.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #301 (Sept. 25 – Oct. 9, 2019)**