When Dan Scott founded Sacramento Beer Week there were 8 breweries in the Sacramento area. Now with over 40, Beer Week is entering it's 6th and most promising year yet. Through Scott's hard work over the last few years, Beer Week has grown into one of the marquee events in the city, drawing folks not just from Northern California but across the U.S. too. The explosive growth in Sacramento's craft beer scene over the last few years mirrors the growth of Beer Week as more and more pubs, breweries, and restaurants satisfy the public's desire for continued high-quality, unique beers.
"While most of us are still basking in the glow of turkey and shopping, Amerine and his team are hard at work putting together what is shaping up to be a memorable Beer Week."
But after organizing and promoting this event over the last 5 years, Scott is handing the reins over to the new Executive Director of the Northern California Brewers Guild, Darrell Amerine. While most of us are still basking in the glow of turkey and shopping, Amerine and his team are hard at work putting together what is shaping up to be a memorable Beer Week.
Like last year, the 2015 week's activities will be bookended by the Sacramento Brewer's Showcase at the California Auto Museum on February 26th, and the Capitol Beer Fest on the Capitol Mall on March 8th. The Brewer's Showcase is the premier event for Sacramento beer lovers, with exclusively local breweries (~45 miles of Sac), serving up some of their tastiest favorites and new brews (and you get to check out cool cars all night, which is pretty sweet). The Capitol Beer Fest is a huge event on the grassy mall in front of the State Capitol (also really cool scenery to taste some beers), including many California and west coast breweries in addition to some excellent national brewers. Last year this event drew around 5,000 people, so organizers are a little better prepared to handle the logistics, e.g., 3 times the port-a-potties as last year, multiple entrances, and expanding the event by another block down the mall.
"Fortunately, smartphone users are lucky enough to have a Beers In Sac app which will have all of the Beer Week events and a Beer Map helping you to navigate your way through the week's events."
In the days between these events, pubs, breweries, and restaurants throughout the Sacramento region will be showcasing events, tastings, food/beer pairings, and more. Organizers are toying around with the idea of "fests" for different styles of beer, like a SourFest and a BarleywineFest, and recreational events like a cornhole tournament. Last year there were over 500 (official and nonofficial) events at area establishments; this year will likely have even more. Fortunately, smartphone users are lucky enough to have a Beers in Sac App which will have all of the Beer Week events and a Beer Map helping you to navigate your way through the week's events.
Sacramento is quickly becoming a renowned craft beer city, and it's events like Beer Week that showcase our city's great beers and people. And with Darrell Amerine and the NCBG at the helm for this year's festivities, Sac beer lovers should be excited for what's to come in the next few months.