Thursday, May 15, 2008

45 Reasons to Attend Raley Field Brewfest

Can I go on record to say this will be THE beer festival of the year in Sacramento? Yes, I think I will. Here are 45 reasons I believe that.

Before I get to the fun stuff, let's get business out of the way. The price for admission does not get you unlimited tastings, I've had a few folks email me about this. Your admission will get you 10 five-ounce tastings in the event, along with a glass. You can purchase more tickets for tasting for a buck inside the event. So, keep that in mind as you plan your trip out.

First and foremost, this supports our local brewers. The money made here will go toward the purchase of high-end (expensive) equipment that will make Northern California beer even better than it already is. Not only that, the Northern California Brewers Guild will make sure the money stays with the brewers, and you know we (the consumers) are the ones who will benefit most in the end.

Second, the setting. Last year I wasn't sure how it would all look on the field concourse, but it worked. It was shaded, the view of the field was great and getting in and out was a breeze.

Reasons three through 45? Well, check out the list of attending brewers. I don't mean to call out favorites, but there are a few brewers on this list that you won't find in Sacramento any other time of year: Russian River, Triple Rock, Valley, Drakes to name a few.
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Auburn Ale House
  • Bear Republic Brewing
  • Beermans
  • Bison Brewing
  • BJ's Brewing
  • Black Diamond Brewing
  • Blue Frog and Grog
  • Brew It Up
  • Brewman's Group
  • Butte Creek Brewing
  • Drakes Brewing
  • Eel River
  • Elk Grove Brewing
  • Fifty Fifty Brewing
  • Fox Barrel Cider
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hoppy Brewing
  • Iron Springs Pub
  • Jack Russel Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Lodi Beer Brewing
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Marin Brewing
  • Mendocino Brewing
  • Moylans Brewing
  • Mt. Shasta Brewing
  • North Coast
  • Placerville Brewing
  • River City Brewing
  • Rubicon Brewing
  • Russian River Brewing
  • Sacramento Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Ale
  • Schooners
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Speakeasy Brewking
  • Sudwerks
  • Sutter Buttes Brewing
  • Third Street Ale Work
  • Triple Rock
  • Two Rivers Cider
  • Valley Brewing