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Best Local Breweries

February 16, 2011 11:54 AM

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Are you a local beer lover? Here are four amazing local breweries that you can try that not only have their own creations on tap, but you can take some home with you as well. Check it out!

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Hoppy Brewing Company

6300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA.
(916) 451-4677
http://www.hoppy.com

Its logo is a “Hoppy” face and it’s an ideal description of the beer selections. The brew is big on hops and the growing fraternity of enthusiasts’ fancy favorites Total Eclipse Black, Stony Face Red Ale among nearly a dozen others. A beer sampler, nine 3-ounce offerings, is a favorite, too. Hoppy has big screen televisions and gets a good college crowd from Sacramento State University. The menu isn’t just pub grub, but there’s that, too, with even simple munchies like kettle chips above regular- grade fare.

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Brew It Up!

801 14th Street
Sacramento, CA.
(916) 441-3000
http://www.brewitup.com

Start with 22 beers made on the premises and that’s a good enough reason to visit the midtown mainstay. But here are four other reasons: Margarita Monday, Beerfest Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, Thursty Thursday. And of course, the title of the establishment is its catch. Brew It Up! offers beer-making classes, and it’s fond of slogans. Two of the best: “Isn’t it time you brewed a beer of your own?” and “Sacramento Women Who Love Beer.” That’s two more reasons to visit.

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River City Brewing Company

545 Downtown Plaza Suite #1115
Sacramento, CA.
(916) 447-2744
http://www.rivercitybrewing.net/index.html

This brewery and restaurant is a fusion of brewing expertise, culinary artistry, experienced and friendly staff and relaxing yet vibrant ambiance. The beers brewed at the establishment are traditional and innovative. With over 22 different ales and lagers brewed throughout the year, you are assured a great selection and a satisfied palette. And if you’re interested in bringing some great beer home with you, River City Brewing Company sells 10-pint kegs for $30. Also, if you bring the keg back, the brewery will take $5 off a refill.

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Rubicon Brewing Company

2004 Captiol Ave.
Sacramento, CA.
(916) 448-7032
http://www.sacweb.com/rubicon

A midtown mainstay for more than two decades, Rubicon Brewing combines uniquely styled beer with an extensive menu. There are good specials like $2 tacos and all-you-can-eat fish and chips, and so it’s easy to understand why there are good daily crowds. Of course, fine beer doesn’t hurt — Goldfinger to Ol’ Moe Porter to Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale. It all adds up to an ideal mix for small business owners, government employees, students and the neighborhood crowd.

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