Pardon the pun, but hope you're not tapped out already from Sacramento Beer Week. As noted before, a "week" in the Sacramento Beer Week world means closer to 10 days, and this year's edition has already been packed with good times. We're talking epic lines and interest for the much ballyhooed Pliny the Younger, a beer dinner at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe with guest chef Billy Ngo and various kegs of Hitachino Nest ales (my personal favorite brewery) and more than 100 individual events.
Beer Week events will continue to foam over this weekend. Check out its official web site for a full listing, and for now here are some quick picks:
Barrel-Aged Day at Davis Beer Shoppe: Brewers are increasingly using casks for wine and whiskey to age beers. This adds new layers of flavor and aroma complexity, and especially an added fruitiness when wine barrels are used. Davis Beer Shoppe (211 G St., Davis) has eight barrel-aged beers to sample today, and can also be purchased in a flight.
Capital Beerfest: Here's the grand daddy of Sacramento Beer Week events, with more than 90 breweries being featured on Saturday at Cal Expo. More than 4,000 are expected to attend. Organizers are offering free shuttles to the event from 15th and Capitol and 30th and R streets, with buses running from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. A $75 ticket includes a food and beer tasting that starts at noon, while beer only runs $40 and begins at 2 p.m. Note that Cal Expo parking costs $10. Click here for tickets.
Half-shells, Bellies and Beer: The east Sacramento location of Selland's Market Cafe (5340 H St., Sacramento) will feature a tasty trifecta on Saturday: oysters on the half shell, pork belly sandwiches and brew from Sacramento's own Track 7. This menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rare Beer Night at Pangaea: This Saturday event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. is a must-attend for the most hardcore fans of craft beers. Pangaea Two Brews Cafe (2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento) will pour some especially rare beers in conjunction with plenty of food. The owners are being hush-hush as to which beers exactly will get poured, but we're pretty sure one of them is a beer that some folks have waited in very long lines for over Beer Week. An $85 ticket gets you these rare beers and food throughout the evening. Ticket information: (916) 454-4942 or pangaeatwobrews.com.
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