September 29, 2009
Sacramento scores @ Great American Beer Festival


The Great American Beer Festival, held this past weekend in Denver, featured some 3,300 beers vying for honors. And when the last suds were sipped and winners announced, two Sacramento breweries emerged with honors.

Rubicon Brewing Company (2004 Capitol Ave., Sacramento; 916-448-7032) won a silver medal in the "other strong beer" category for a Winter Wheat Wine. Nice work, folks ...

Sacramento Brewing Company (2713 El Paseo Ln., Sacramento; 916-485-4677) nabbed a bronze medal in the "Belgian and French-Style Ale" category for a beer called Collaborative Evil.

"It's a Belgian style golden ale that was a project with eight other breweries," says Peter Hoey (pictured above), brewmaster at Sacramento Brewing Company. "It's a very dry beer but still has a nice full mouthfeel. The aroma is really complex, but subtle. There's pear and stone fruits, with a mild spicy finish. It's just really smooth and easy to drink."

Apparently the judges agreed, and doesn't a sip of Collaborative Evil sound good right now? The downside is that Sacramento Brewing Company is currently sold out of the Collaborative Evil, but some may be available for a future tasting. Stay tuned ...

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