The Road to Beervana – Brewers, Beers, & Benjamin Franklin

By: Laurel Harrison 

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” – Dave Barry 

Beer and pizza, beer and tacos, beer and gyros . . . you get the picture!  In case you missed it, the food truck list for Capitol Beer Fest is up, and here at SacFoodies we’ve already started plotting our beer and food pairings for the event. Until then, take a break from your beer-themed daydreams and bone up on your brewer knowledge with the final installment of our Road to Beervana series.

Read on for a Q&A with some brilliant brewers to find out what they drink, who they want to drink it with (Ben Franklin is a favorite), and, most importantly, what they think you should drink. Cheers!

Yolo Brewing Co. 
Jim Schraith: Co-Owner

What is your favorite beer made by another brewery?
It’s impossible to pick just one. We have so many great breweries here.

If you could share a beer with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Michael Lewis and Charlie Bamforth at UC Davis! We are blessed to have such brewing talent right in our own backyard.

What’s your go-to car karaoke jam?
“99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” of course!

What beer do people absolutely have to try when they come to your taproom?
Orange Blossom Blonde is our all-time best seller and a must-try. Our Nutty Brown won first place at the California State Fair last year, so it’s also on the list. Our tap list changes weekly so there’s always guaranteed to be something new and fun to try.

Device Brewing Co. 
Ken Anthony: Owner/Brewmaster

What is your favorite beer made by another brewery?
Supplication by Russian River.

If you could share a beer with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My grandfather. He never got to know me beyond childhood. I think he’d be really proud of me.

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The Road to Beervana – February Showers Bring March Growlers

By: Laurel Harrison 

If the weather over the weekend was any indication, spring is making its (highly anticipated) way to Sacramento! There’s nothing like a cold beer on a sunny day, and the SacFoodies are getting very excited about all of the things that March brings –mainly, Sac Beer Week and Capitol Beer Fest. The saying is “February showers bring March growlers,” right? Join us today for the second round of our Road to Beervana series, where we check in with five more breweries, talk to the brewers, and learn about their Sac Beer Week events. Cheers!

Yolo Brewing Co.

Located in West Sac, Yolo Brew Co. is an award-winning craft brewery that delivers delicious beer, a rotating selection of food trucks and a personal brewing experience. With 11 year-round beers on tap and a variety of seasonal and limited release beers, Yolo Brew offers a wide selection of styles sure to satisfy any beer fan! Those who are in the mood to bike and beer can visit Yolo Brewing on the West Sac Brew Bike Tour on March 12, which also includes stops at Bike Dog and Jackrabbit Brewing.

Device Brewing Co.

Device Brewing Co. got its start after owner and head brewer, Ken Anthony, decided to give up a career in structural engineering and dive into the craft beer industry. Since its inception in 2013, Device has amassed a dedicated fan base, won several awards at the California State Fair, and expanded its taproom. If you’re a trivia buff, Device’s Wednesday night trivia is definitely worth a visit.  Head to Device on March 5 to try the last keg of their barrel-aged Brits in Moscow Russian Imperial Stout – it’s a fan favorite, and it’ll go fast!

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Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

By: Laurel Harrison 

If you forgot to make reservations, buy flowers, or write your S.O’s name in the sky today, don’t fret. Instead, head to Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, located on 18th and L. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates features signature and seasonal creations sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, and is holding extended hours today from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. SacFoodies decided to stop in and ask Alison, the executive pastry chef, a few dessert-related questions to help us hone in on the perfect Valentine’s dessert. Valentine’s Day procrastinators – this one’s for you!

If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream. There are endless possibilities for flavor combinations and textures you can add. I will never tire of eating it.

If someone was having Ginger Elizabeth chocolates for the first time, what would you recommend they try?
Our bon-bons and macarons. We have 24 flavors of bon-bons, and always have special flavors rotating. The bon-bons are my babies and we have spent years perfecting them. The macarons are delicate, not overly sweet and are an extra special treat as well. We have 7-8 different flavors at a time.

What’s your favorite dessert to make for Valentine’s Day?
I love making our Valentine’s Day entremet cake every year. It is a different flavor each year, and the recipe developing and testing is one of my favorite things to do. This year it is a salty caramel cupcake entremet that has a caramel custard, salted butter caramel, devil’s food cake, and 62% Valrhona bittersweet chocolate mousse.

You can see more dessert options at Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates.

Need more sweet treat ideas? Check out past SacFoodies Valentine’s features below:
Where to Get Something Sweet for your Sweetie in Sacramento 
Sweets for the Sweet
More Chocolate-Covered Strawberries



Valentine’s Day in Sacramento

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

Valentine’s Day is almost here. We know that everyone can use a little bit of help with the planning process sometimes, so we have gathered Valentine’s weekend events and restaurant specials that are sure to please!

Valentine’s Day Weekend Events:

Port, Wine and Chocolate Lover’s Weekend
Port, Wine and Chocolate? You can’t go wrong there! Old Sugar Mill is giving you access to all three with their Lover’s Weekend. Thirteen wineries are in one location offering tastings from the barrels – of wine and chocolate. A cigar lounge, live music and demonstrations, including a “Bottle Your Own Port” activity round out the event. This is a unique event that will certainly add some fun to your Valentine’s Day weekend.

Cost: $29.50 in advance, $40 the day of, and $10 for any Designated Driver; $125 for the Bon Temps Package for groups of 6 or more. (purchase tickets)

February 11, 2017 – February 12, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Avenue
Clarksburg, CA 95612

Valentine’s Day Wine Tour
Odds are you are going to get some sort of chocolate this Valentine’s Day and nothing pairs better with chocolate than wine! Grab your heart shaped box and hop on the Valentine’s Day Wine Tour presented by Cain Event Planning. This all-day tour includes transportation to participating Amador County wineries Karmere, Dobra Zemjla and Helwig Winery, drink service during travel, lunch and of course wine tastings.  It is a great way to spend the day with your loved one.

Cost: $59 for a single ticket and $110 for a couple’s ticket (purchase tickets)

February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Butterfield Station
9636 Butterfield Road
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Sacramento Beer Week 2017 – The Brains Behind the Beer

By: Laurel Harrison 

Join SacFoodies this week on “The Road to Beervana” (a.k.a. Capitol Beer Fest) with a peek into the brains behind the beer that we love so much!

Have you ever wondered what your local brewer sings in the car? Who their #1 beer pal would be? What beer of theirs you absolutely have to try? You’re in luck! Check out SacFoodies’ Q&A with some fabulously awesome fermenters below.

Bike Dog Brewing Co.
Sage Smith: Co-Founder 
What is your favorite beer made by another brewery?
Maui Waui by Altamont. That beer opened my eyes to the amount of tropical flavors a beer could have.

If you could share a beer with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Liam Neeson—I ate dinner at a table next to his in NYC and figured it would be cool to have a beer with him since we’re practically best friends now.

What’s your go-to car karaoke jam?
It used to be “Angels” by Robbie Williams, mainly because I’m terrible with lyrics and I somehow mostly knew the lyrics by heart. Now, my go-to is “California” by Phantom Planet (the theme song from The O.C.) because you get to yell California for a long time. Also, I still can’t believe Marissa is dead.

What beer do people absolutely have to try when they come to your taproom?
Mosaic Pale Ale is our go-to suggestion because it’s the beer that showcases our brewing philosophy the best.

The Monk’s Cellar 
Andy Klein: Founder

What is your favorite beer made by another brewery?
Local beer would probably be the classic Rubicon IPA or the Gold Country Pilsner from Auburn Alehouse.  Non-local would be Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont in Belgium.

If you could share a beer with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably Michael Jackson (the beer writer, not the musician).  He was so instrumental in developing our understanding of world beer styles in America, and because of that had a huge influence on the American Craft Beer revolution. He inspired many brewers.

What’s your go-to car karaoke jam?
You won’t see me doing a karaoke jam.

What beer do people absolutely have to try when they come to your taproom?
The Crooked Bridge English Style Pale Ale.


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Countdown to Kick-off!

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

It is one of the biggest sports weekends of the year, and whether you are watching the game or the commercials, it is always nice to be somewhere exciting with good beer on tap and delicious food to snack on. Check out our roundup of game day events and great places to watch the game.


Big Sexy Super Bowl Party
Big Sexy Brewing Company is hosting a party that puts the Super Bowl musts in one place. Watch the game on multiple 70-inch HD TVs and enjoy pint specials all day and food from It’s Nacho Truck. Basically, all the makings of a great game day!

February 5, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Big Sexy Brewing Company
5861 88th St., Ste 800, Sacramento, CA 95828

Vegan Super Bowl Party (El Papagayo)
Looking for an alternative to the traditional wings? El Papagayo has you covered with their Vegan Super Bowl Party. With a great place to watch the game and food for vegans and non-vegans alike, it seems like a great place to spend your game day.

February 5, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 (purchase tickets)

El Papagayo
5804 Marconi Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608

Vegan Super Bowl (Capitol Garage)
Capitol Garage offers up another vegan alternative. Enjoy the game at their downtown location and an all-you-can-eat buffet full of vegan options like nachos, hummus and vegan wings. There will also be drink specials available with the purchase of your ticket. This is another great alternative to the traditional party.

February 5, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Cost: $15 (purchase tickets)

Capitol Garage
1500 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Places to Watch the Game:

If you are looking for a place to watch the game, but want to avoid the party scene, here are some of our favorites! It’s a good idea to make a reservation so that your game day experience can be everything you want it to be.

Firestone Public House:
Beer. Food. Sports. Firestone is a great place to settle in for some great food and a great atmosphere. Take a look at our review here.

1132 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

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The Road to Beervana

by Laurel Harrison

As we slowly inch our way towards spring, our thoughts are turning towards sunshine, farmer’s markets, and, of course, Sacramento Beer Week,  running March 2 – March 12. We here at SacFoodies love great beer almost as much as we love great food, and for the month leading up to Beer Week we’ll be featuring local breweries and the people behind the beer. Join us this month on “The Road to Beervana” (i.e., Capitol Beer Fest)  – look forward to bios, fun facts about your favorite brewers, and a little extra insight into the best brews in town. Cheers!

Bike Dog Brewing Co. 
Founded by Sage Smith, A.J. Tendick, Raef Porter and Pete Atwood, Bike Dog Brewing quickly established itself as a go-to for craft beer in West Sacramento. Bike Dog’s newest venture, a taproom on Broadway, is slated to open early this year in conjunction with the Selland’s Market-Café.  Their “good people deserve good beer” motto has led them to great success, proving that good beer does, in fact, bring around good people (and even better business). Check out Bike Dog on the West Sac Brew Bike Tour during Sac Beer Week, and have a pint for us!

The Monk’s Cellar
The Monk’s Cellar, founded in 2014 and located in Roseville,  pays homage to brewing traditions from Belgium and seeks to provide a casual, relaxed environment dedicated to the enjoyment of good beer. During Sac Beer Week, The Monk’s Cellar will be hosting two unique and exciting events – the Trappist Beer Dinner and the Placer County Firkin Fest. The Trappist Beer Dinner will feature a five-course meal of traditional Belgian foods paired expertly with five different Trappist beers. Due to demand, seating is (obviously) limited and reservations are required! The Placer County Firkin Fest will include 13 Placer County breweries. Each brewery will bring a unique beer to the event, and each beer will be poured directly from the cask; every beer lover’s dream.

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OBO’ Italian Table and Bar


The latest Selland Family Restaurant to open in Sacramento, OBO’ Italian Table and Bar, is located in East Sacramento next to the new Kru location. OBO’, which opened in June, follows suit with fellow Selland restaurants in that there is no formal table service – you order at the counter, take a number, and your food is delivered to your table when it’s ready. Randall Selland calls it a “non-committal” approach, and I’d have to agree.

I recently grabbed a table at OBO’ on a Saturday night when my husband and I felt like dining out, but just wanted something casual, yet not take-out casual. OBO’, like most Selland restaurants, fits this description perfectly. It’s a best of both worlds approach – I can still have a nice glass of wine and a delicious meal, but skip the formalities and often lengthier process of a typical sit-down restaurant if I’m not in the mood.

We shared two dishes, the Tagliatelle Poached Egg Pasta with prosciutto, lemon, butter, chives and topped with a poached egg, and the Bianca Sausage & Olive Pizza, featuring ricotta, fresh mozzarella, garlic, chili and castelvetrano olives. At $10.50 and $14 respectively, both dishes were not only delicious but reasonably priced as well. We paired our meal with a couple of glasses of Nebbiolo to round things out, because who can enjoy Italian food without Italian wine?

If you are a fan of Selland Family restaurants and haven’t tried OBO’ yet, I highly recommend you do so next time you find yourself hungry in East Sac. Meanwhile, I’ll be awaiting the opening of Selland’s Market-Cafe (and Bike Dog Brewing Co. next door) in my own neighborhood of Land Park, on the Broadway corridor.

OBO’ Italian Table and Bar
3145 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95816

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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt

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The Art of Beer

One of Sacramento’s favorite events has returned: The Art of Beer. The event brings 30+ breweries together for a night of tasting not only the beers on tap, but some favorite food pairings from Sacramento’s Farm-To-Fork restaurants as well. While guests enjoy unlimited tastings of food and drink, they can also take a moment to browse and bid on the 30+ art pieces in the silent auction.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go to Sol Collective. General tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $70 and can be purchased here.

January 27, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The McCellan Convention Center
5411 Luce Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95652

4th Annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon

Attention chocolate fanatics and aficionados: The Sacramento Chocolate Salon is back for its 4th year and is bringing 20+ chocolatiers and confectioners to the Sacramento area for an event dedicated solely to chocolate. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy offerings from the many participants. They will also be able to learn directly from people in the chocolate industry at one of the panel events. Tickets are $20 for advance purchase and $25 at the door. This is a kid-friendly event, children ages 12 and under are $10.

January 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites Hotel: Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Branch to Box


When the team at Branch to Box contacted us to ask if our office wanted to try a sample box of fresh fruit, of course we jumped at the offer. The company, founded by 6th generation fruit grower Chiles Wilson of Walnut Grove, Calif., offers curated boxes of fresh fruit and healthy snacks designed to be enjoyed by offices of various sizes. The Wilson family has been farming in the Sacramento Delta since the 1840s.


Branch to Box launched in 2016 with the goal of making it easy, affordable and enjoyable to eat healthy in the workplace – and who can argue with that? Our box arrived full of fresh fruit ranging from oranges, tangerines and apples, as well as healthy snack packs made up of nuts and dried fruits. The box even included a handy “small fruit box map” to serve as a guide for identifying each piece of fruit.

Do you have an office that could use a new healthy snack option? Branch to Box offers a new mix of fresh fruit and snacks every week, free delivery and uses shipping boxes made from 50 percent recycled material – so you can really feel good about snacking at work. Click here to give Branch to Box a try!

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