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Quenching All Thirsts: Sac Beer Week Starts Now
The wait is finally over . . .a tsunami of craft beer is flooding Sacramento!
Starting last night with taps opening for a Brewers Showcase at the California Auto Museum, Sacramento Beer Week 2015 kicked off officially. Actually, a “week” isn’t nearly sufficient to accommodate all of the events planned, so this year’s program plays out over 11 days, February 26 through March 8. The foamy festival culminates with a spectacular finale highlighting more than 100 craft breweries at the Capitol Beer Fest on Capitol Mall.
And throughout the week, hundreds of craft beer tastings, dinner pairings and new release parties will be hosted at breweries and restaurants across the Sacramento region, with the Auburn Alehouse featured in a dozen events off-site, and a full week of special activities in-house in Old Town.
“Sac Beer Week is a great opportunity for craft beer lovers to taste the latest releases, learn about advances in the industry and to meet brewers in relaxed situations,” said Brewmaster Brian Ford. “I really look forward to meeting craft beer fans and tasting the brews being made around northern California.”
Because liquor laws tightly regulate how events can be promoted, the best way to get details about Alehouse appearances is to go to the Events Calendar at http://sacbeerweek.com/event-directory. It provides a daily rundown of most activities, with locations, times and organizers.
Highlights for the Auburn Alehouse, however, will be educational beer-pairing dinners hosted by two of Sacramento finest restaurants. Mulvaney’s B&L in Midtown, owned by award-winning Chef Patrick Mulvaney, is hosting the Alehouse on March 5. Contact the restaurant directly: www.mulvaneysbl.com or 916-441-6022 for reservations and pricing; click here to view the menu. For all information about the beer pairing dinner at 33rd Street Bistro go to www.33rdstreetbistro.com or call 916-455-2233.
The craft-beer frenzy peaks on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 5p.m., when more than 100 craft breweries will be pouring 300+ of their best beers at the 5th Annual Capitol Beer Fest. It takes four city blocks on Capitol Mall to accommodate participating breweries and food trucks. General admission tickets are $40 each and available for purchase online at http://www.capitolbeerfest.com/tickets.
Samplers & Pairings Celebrate Sac Beer Week
Starting tonight (February 27) the Auburn Alehouse will officially kick-off its own celebration of Sacramento Beer Week with a series of three separate unique food samplers paired with craft beer. There are two ways to purchase these tasty treats: by ordering a sampler presentation of bite-sized portions; or by ordering regular menu items with featured components added to enhance each dish.
2/27 through 3/1: “Artisan Cheeses” presents a selection of fine cheeses sourced from Cheeseworks in Midtown Sacramento and from the Newcastle Cheese Shop.
3/2 through 3/4: “Sweet & Savory” offers a range of bite-sized chocolates from the Newcastle Chocolatier as well as mini-appetizer portions of house-made specialties such as dates stuffed with blue cheese, figs wrapped in bacon and bread pudding.
3/5 through 3/8: “Bacon & Beer” is a concept everyone can get behind. Sourced from Master Bacon Curer Mark Storm of Newcastle, bacon samplers will include rashers that have been candied, hop-cured, maple-cured and more.
“It is amazing how perfectly beers can pair with the distinct flavors of foods like bacon and chocolate,” explained Alehouse co-owner Lisa Ford. “We’re making it simple by providing suggested pairings for each sampler, or guests can simply request the craft beer they prefer. . .it’s a win-win proposition!”
Six New Alehouse Craft Beers Roll Out this Week
There’s been no rest for weary at the Alehouse as the brewing staff has worked non-stop to get ready for Sacramento Beer Week by producing six new craft beer releases:
Milepost 125. . .a Double IPA, inspired by a friend who is a train engineer.
Village Idiot. . .Fools Gold, a strong pale ale, aged for five months in Four Roses Bourbon barrels; just six kegs made.
Imperial Stout. . .available in cask only, tapped tonight (Friday).
Imperial Porter. . .a more intense porter with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and toasty oak.
Also during the week, two beers brewed by Brewmaster Brian Ford in collaboration with colleagues from other breweries especially for Sac Beer Week will be released: Cease & Desist, an American-style Belgian, brewed with Chris Miller of Berryessa Brewing Company in Winters; and Sluice Box, an American Brown Ale with a hint of molasses, brewed with Steve Altimari of High Water Brewing in Fresno.
March is dedicated to The Forgotten Soldier Program
Here at the Alehouse we believe in supporting and growing a strong community. Community Night is designed to help support a local charity or organization in our community by bringing people together in a fun way to connect with each other as a community. Every Tuesday from 5-9pm we will be donating 5% of all sales directly to the community of the month. Yes that’s right, each charity gets a full month of Tuesdays to raise donations, so you have multiple chances to come out and show your support!
March is dedicated to The Forgotten Soldier Program located in Auburn, CA. The Forgotten Soldier Program has a simple mission: Giving hope so that no one is forgotten. We do this by focusing on the needs of the veteran and their family. The Auburn branch offers soldiers who are coming home to the Foothills area the emotional and physical support they need to heal at no cost to them. They offer many services including but not limited to: Moral Injury Counseling, Suicide Prevention, Crainiosacral Therapy, Acupuncture and much much more.
The donation from you and the Auburn Alehouse will go towards helping to finance a community garden right next to the center. This garden will provide soldiers with a place that they can go for relaxation and provide an escape from any stress they may be feeling.
We hope that you can come out and support this wonderful charity.
Brian & Lisa Ford and the Alehouse staff