Appetizers
September 4, 2007
Mopping Up

The risk in doing a comprehensive roundup feature is that it will turn out not to be as comprehensive as you'd like. In the Taste section of The Sacramento Bee last Wednesday I wrote an article and compiled a list about brewpubs in the area. After the pieces had gone to press and been posted online, however, I learned I'd overlooked Placerville Brewing Co. in Placerville. So here's an attempt to make amends, outlining what Placerville Brewing Co. has to offer beer enthusiasts, in the same format used for the other brewpubs:

Placerville Brewing Co.
Opened: Originally Hangtown Brewery, dating from the early 1990s; it became Placerville Brewing Co. in November 2005
Brewmaster: Steve Meylor, who joined Hangtown Brewery in 2001, then acquired the business with his fiance, Niki Norwood, and two other partners, Mitch Hastings and Carol Meylor-Hastings, to create Placerville Brewing Co.
Monthly production: About 30 barrels
Number of beers brewed: 15, with around 10 on tap at any given time
Most popular: Strong Blonde, a slightly sweet malt beer with a touch of hops to give it a note of bitterness (8 percent alcohol)
Most unusual: Whiskey Barrel Ale, which can be almost any style of beer that Meylor has aged for up to a month in Tennessee bourbon barrels, giving it added complexity
Summer beer: Wheat and Rye, a somewhat sweet beer that finishes with a sensation of dryness due to the rye
What sets it apart: Placerville Brewing Co. is celebrated for its fish and chips, Texas barbecue and down-home family atmosphere
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except Tuesday for food and beer, two additional hours Fridays and Saturdays for beer only
Address: 155 Placerville Drive, Placerville
Phone: (530) 295-9166

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