For the Official App for Stockton Beer Week, download the free Beers In Sac App!

This upcoming July 17-26 many of the pubs, restaurants, and breweries throughout the greater Stockton area will be celebrating local craft beer during Stockton’s Beer Week, a non profit event series organized and promoted by Visit Stockton. More than 17 different establishments will host craft beer-related events throughout the week, including tap take-overs, tastings, a run/walk race, a 9-hole golf tournament, and a beer fest. In addition to the events, Dust Bowl Brewing brewed the official beer of Stockton Beer Week, the Stockton Citrus IPA, which will only be available during Beer Week at The Abbey Trappist Pub, Centrale Kitchen and Bar, Empresso Coffeehouse, Lincoln Cellar, Squeeze Burger, and of course, the Dust Bowl tasting room in Turlock.

The Brews and Shoes Showdown is a 3-mile run/walk event through Lincoln Village. The event will start at Midgley’s Public House on Tuesday July 21 at 5 p.m. The sponsors charge a $5 entry, 100% of which is donated to the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton. For the entry fee one receives a pint and 3 samples of beer from Highwater Brewing, appetizers from Midgley’s, test shoes from Fleet Feet Stockton, games and raffles prizes, and other beer-related swag. The Showdown should be a lot of fun and members of Sacramento's Sloppy Moose Running Club might be interested in making the drive down south to support this good cause. Register online soon though, the event is limited to the first 200 participants.

The Reserve at Spanos Park and Sierra Nevada are hosting the Birdies and Brews Twilight Tournament Friday, July 24th beginning at 5 pm. This 9-hole golf tournament and 'beer extravaganza' will feature food and beer pairings out on the course, live music, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and closest to the pin. The entry fee is $45 and you can call 209-477-4653 or email or to set up a tee time.

The 3rd Annual Beer Festival at The Abbey Trappist Pub on Saturday, July 25th will feature breweries, food trucks, live music, and local craft vendors. This event is a staple of Beer Week for The Abbey Trappist Pub and tickets are $25. The first two beers are free, with beers only $1 after that. If you are interested in the VIP experience you can pay $35, which gets you into the event an hour early as well as several special-release beers which will be poured during that hour. The Beer Fest opens at 11 a.m. for VIP and general admission starts at 12 p.m. Tickets are currently available for purchase at the Pub. They will also be hosting Sunday Sours night on July 19th with an impressive lineup of curated sour kegs, Central Valley Trivia Night on the 22nd, "This One Time At Beer Camp" on the 23rd, and Highwater Friday on the 24th.

Stockton Beer Week is a great opportunity for the city to showcase their up and coming craft beer scene. And for those of us in Sac who don't make it down there often, it's a chance to check out what our neighbors to the south are up to in the craft beer world. Check out their website for more details about the participating venues and events and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates. For limited edition 2015 Stockton Beer Week t-shirts, you can purchase them here.

Also be sure to download the Beers in Sac App, the official app of Stockton Beer Week, for a map and calendar of events.   

Written by Matt Braun