By Jennifer McGraw

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A staple to the Midtown corridor, Rubicon Brewing is shutting its doors after 30 years.

“It’s a sad day,” said Pat Hannon who has been buying brews since the beginning.

For Hannon and fellow patrons, the Rubicon is much more than just a local pub.

“This was our living room,” he said.

Hannon said it’s an extension of the family. He brought his daughter in the day she was born to show his friends what he had made. She’s now 24.

“I started crying, to be honest. This was my childhood, man,” said Erin Hannon.

Some have been soaking up suds far longer than that.

“Since 1988,” said Marcus Nieto.

Rubicon Brewing Company opened its doors in 1987 in Midtown and later expanded its tap room to West Sacramento.

“The Rubicon is just a haven of great people. That’s what I love about this place. I’m really devastated that it’s not going to be around,” said another patron Marty Erickson.

The owner, Glynn Phillips, released the sad news on Facebook, both locations will close for good by the end of the month. He hasn’t yet said why, but loyal patrons say the competition in Sacramento has made it difficult.

“The saturation point has been reached, and I think Rubicon is just the tip of the iceberg for many places in Sacramento,” Nieto said.

When the news broke, patrons flocked by the dozen making it once again a packed house.

“This is more like a wake than anything else,” Nieto said.

Patrons can’t believe after three decades the Rubicon will serve no more.

“I’m hoping that it stays in some reincarnation, but I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens,” Erickson said.

They plan to share stories and laugh till the barrels run dry.

“I’m going to come until they run out of beer, or cider and I’ll drink the beer when they run out of cider,” said Katie-Mae Sarber who has been coming here for more than two decades.

Luckily, people will still have a chance to say goodbye and drink up before the end of the month.

Letter from the owner:

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Rubicon Brewing Company will be closing its doors this month. For nearly 30 years, you all have been part of the Rubicon family, an amazing, dedicated group of beer-lovers who made our pub a home away from home. The Tap Room in West Sacramento will be open Thursday & Friday next week (August 17 & 18) and then, will close permanently. The Brew Pub in Midtown will be serving food until Wednesday (August 9) and beer until the end of the month (or until we run out…).

More information will be coming later this week, but for now, everyone at Rubicon thanks you for your many years of support, friendship and laughs. We hope to see you over the next few weeks to enjoy a pint and say goodbye.

Cheers to you all for your friendship and patronage through the years.

Glynn Phillips.

  1. Mike Giles says:

    Very Sad! This is just the latest of a renewed public consciousness of this issue. This job-losing result has been occurring for years as imperious, wildly overpaid operatives of the corrupt Sacramento City Government drive ever more businesses out Sacramento, or kill them altogether! But, Hey, it’s only you Middle Class, & Lower Middle Class glubs who “get” to lose!

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