Sacramento sure loves its suds. That's the final verdict as Sacramento Beer Week wrapped up on Sunday, after seven days, 300 events around the region, and who knows how many hangovers. The mood was festive throughout this first-ever beer celebration, with opportunities to try some fine local brews and beers from parts beyond. A crowd of 400 packed the Colonial Theatre last Monday for Sacramento Beer Week's "Inaugural Gala," and the beer loving masses seemed to be everywhere. Anyone get a table at Rubicon Brewing Co. over the weekend? If so, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
"Rubicon was packed for three days straight," says Dan Scott, Sacramento Beer Week's executive director. "(Rubicon owner Glynn Phillips) said two of them were the busiest days he's ever had. There were just really great stories about attendance. On a rainy Monday night, the Golden Bear went through 200 pints of Guinness. Streets of London ran out by 4 p.m. of the Sierra Nevada Beer they were serving. A bunch of events at the Shack and Pangaea Cafe were just wall to wall."
So it's no surprise to report that Sacramento Beer Week will be back next year.
"Oh yeah, we'll be back," says Scott. "Our intention was to start small, but there was such great participation from local business owners that it just took off. People went to bars they didn't know existed, and tried beers they hadn't heard of. That was the point of entire week: to get people out to try new things, and enjoy it enough to do it again."