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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:31

First Two Greek Varietals in California

By Darrell Corti

When was the last time you could say that you were at the “first” of anything?

Monday, 04 September 2017 15:33

Rail Museum Links with Smithsonian

by Alyssa Green

With Sacramento's rich railroading history, it's only fitting that the California State Railroad Museum, located in historic Old Sacramento, begins an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.

Monday, 07 August 2017 18:30

Revisiting The Crocker

by Lindsey Adams

Sacramento, August 8, 2017 – I was born and raised in Sacramento. I love this city, but sometimes I forget just how great some of our landmarks are.

Monday, 12 June 2017 09:21

Arts & Culture in Sacramento

TASTE News Service, June 13, 2017 = From show-stopping musical acts, to Broadway productions, to world-class museums – the arts are thriving in every corner of Sacramento.

Friday, 07 April 2017 12:37

National Beer Day

By Dan Clarke

Today, April 7th , is National Beer Day.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:51

Taste of Yolo Festival Comes to Davis

TASTE News Service, March 1, 2017 - Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever Taste of Yolo festival, set for June 10, 2017, in Central Park in downtown Davis CA.

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:17

Autorama Returns to Cal Expo

TASTE News Service, February 6 2017 –A premier event in the world of hot rods and custom cars celebrates its 67th edition this month.

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:35

Sacramento to Dine on a Bridge

Tower Bridge Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, July 6, 2016 – Residents of California’s Capital have embraced the idea of eating dinner by the river. Actually, not just by the river, but right over the top of it. The Tower Bridge might seem an unlikely setting for something billed as a Gala Dinner, but the event is becoming a sold-out tradition.

Crocker Edited PicmonkeyAllan Houser (American Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994), Force, 1990. Vermont marble, 26.5 x 26 x 27 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D.

By Matthew Guillory

February 11, 2016 - There is a lot happening at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum as it heads into the second half of 2016 - exhibitions include glass (from ancient Roman to contemporary American), photography, colonial art, sculpture and European drawings.

Talks, walks and the like are great ways to learn a little more about the art on display. At their monthly noontime “Lunch & Learn,” museum docents dive deep into a specific exhibition for 30-minute sprints. And Gallery Bites -- also monthly at noon -- takes a half-hour look at a different gallery each time.

Buffalo Brewery lithoSacramento's Buffalo Brewery

TASTE News Service, May 14, 2015 - Once home to the largest brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento's beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention. Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, Sacramento visitors will find some of the country's best beer events and activities that are sure to quench their thirst.

“In many ways, Sacramento is the birthplace of beer in California,” said Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Director Nick Leonti. “It's only fitting that the region has reclaimed its title as one of the best craft beer destinations in the Golden State. There's enough variety here to please any beer fan, and it's not every day that you can enjoy an ale that was crafted from hops grown only a few miles away.”  

History

Prior to prohibition, Sacramento was the beer capital of the West. The region's abundant fresh water supply, coupled with ideal growing conditions for California's first hops fields, led to more than 16 breweries in the city's downtown alone. Chief among them was Buffalo Brewing Company, the largest brewery west of the Mississippi River. Captain Frank Ruhstaller was a leader in Sacramento's beer production, helping to found several breweries including his namesake, Ruhstaller Brewery. Prohibition came, and the land formerly used to grow hops was converted to other crops. These crops can still be found throughout the region's farmland today, including almonds, pears, tomatoes and rice.

The Return of Sacramento's Beer Scene

Today's Sacramento beer scene is vibrant, and craft brew tasting rooms are scattered throughout the city's downtown and Midtown core, and across the region. Stalwart Sacramento breweries such as River City Brewing and Rubicon Brewing Company have been around for more than a decade, and they're still going strong as new breweries join the scene. Over the past five years, beer makers such as Track 7 and Bike Dog have added to the mix, while Ruhstaller Beer and New Helvetia Brewing Company have also opened, paying homage to Sacramento's rich brewing past.

Ruhstallers beer sign PicmonkeyHops-to-Pint

Captain Ruhstaller's legacy can still be seen today in the region's remerging brew scene, with a new iteration of Ruhstaller returning to Sacramento in 2013. The modern day Ruhstaller's founder J-E Paino established a hops farm and yard in 2013 just outside of the city, and brews his beer locally. During harvest season, beer fans can tour the farm and see how the growing hops go on to become of the region's most popular brews. And Ruhstaller's fan base extends well beyond the Sacramento region, with distribution of its brews extending as far as Great Britain.

Beer Events

It's no surprise that the Sacramento region is also home to some of the country's best beer events. From the annual Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival, to the city’s own “Sactoberfest,” there's always something beer-related on the Sacramento region's calendar.

In March, beer fans flock to Sacramento for Beer Week – a non-stop, city-wide party designed to showcase the region's brews. Run by the Northern California Brewers Guild, Sacramento Beer Week is an 11-day celebration boasting everything from beer and food pairings to a festival on Capitol Mall with breweries from all over the state and beyond.

Coming to Sacramento in 2015 is the first annual California Craft Beer Summit and Showcase,Sac Brew Bike Picmonkey hosted by the California Craft Brewers Association. The new event, open to both the industry and the public, will be the first time craft beer enthusiasts can come together in the same room with the master brewers to see, touch, taste and learn the process of creating craft beers.

Sacramento's food scene hits a high point in September during the annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration, a two-week event designed to highlight the region's robust agriculture and fresh-food scene. A favorite attraction during the Celebration is the Farm-to-Fork Festival, a massive outdoor fair held on the city's Capitol Mall featuring booths and interactive exhibits from farms, restaurants, grocers and more. As one would expect, food and drink take center stage at the Farm-to-Fork Festival, and beer is a main attraction. The Festival boasts a packed brewer's alley that showcases beers from across the region, and many of the 20,000+ attendees head straight for the alley to get a glass of their favorite ale to enjoy while checking out the Festival.

Beer Activities

Beer-enthusiasts can do more than just sip their pints in Sacramento; the region offers a host of activities that showcase the region's brew scene. Thirsty fans can tour the region's breweries and pedal for their pints aboard Sac Brew Bike, a newer addition to the city. Or, you can sit back and sip your craft brew aboard the Sacramento Beer Train, which takes travelers along the rails through rural West Sacramento. Restaurants across the region also offer monthly beer pairing dinners, providing beer fans with a chance to sample the region's cuisine and local brews.

Editor’s Note: Planning a beer-inspired visit to the state capital? First check out California Wine and Food’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to the sites of local craft beer purveyors and area wineries.

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